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Neste, Covestro, SK export recycled-content polyurethane


Finland-based Neste Oyj, Germany-based Covestro and South Korean petrochemical company SK geo centric say they are now producing and exporting a polyurethane raw material made from 100 percent renewable raw materials such as waste and residue oil and fats.

The cooperative effort is creating Neste RE, which the companies call an International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC)-certified feedstock for polymers and chemicals made from 100 percent renewable raw materials, including waste fats, oils and grease (FOG).

SK geo centric is processing this feedstock into benzene at the company’s facilities in South Korea. That material is then supplied to Covestro to use as raw material for methylene diphenyl di-isocyanate (MDI) at its site in Shanghai, China.

The companies describe MDI as “a key raw material for the manufacture of rigid polyurethane foam, which often is used as insulating material for buildings and in the cold

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The cooperation marks the beginning of attainable future collaborations between the three firms geared toward changing fossil feedstocks with extra sustainable ones within the manufacturing of polymers and chemical compounds within the Asia-Pacific area and past.

“With renewable options accessible, we are actually getting into the part of scaling up their utilization within the chemical business,” says Mercedes Alonso, an govt vp at Neste, which is concerned in one other large-scale renewable merchandise effort in Singapore. “This will probably be essential in changing the huge quantities of fossil sources the business is presently relying on. To make this ramp-up successful, we’ll want to determine collaborations alongside the worth chain – and this one between three sustainability-minded companions is a first-rate instance of how the business can just do that.”

Replacing crude oil-based feedstock with Neste RE offers a big discount in greenhouse gasoline (GHG) emissions, say the businesses, “thereby enhancing the carbon footprint of the polyurethane uncooked supplies produced by Covestro and of downstream industries.”

“I’m a lot happy that by way of this collaboration we proceed to ramp up the marketplace for such sustainable different supplies,” says Sucheta Govil, chief business officer of Covestro. “This allows us to produce our prospects in Asia-Pacific with extra sustainable MDI based mostly on mass-balanced uncooked supplies.”

Continues Govil, “Using such supplies is engaging as a result of it would additionally assist them obtain their local weather objectives. Another core advantage of this line of merchandise is that it’s a technical drop-in resolution that our prospects can use instantly with no main changeover of their crops.”

Comments Woohyuk-Choi, a vp at SK geo centric, “We are delighted to ship and export our first renewable-benzene produced with one hundred pc renewable Neste RE feedstock. SK geo centric will actively work with Covestro and Neste as we mark the primary collaboration of this sort within the Asia-Pacific area. We stay dedicated to increasing this cooperation.”

Under a method it calls “Green for Better Life,” SK geo centric has introduced a goal to change into “internet zero” earlier than 2050. The firm says it would drive its enterprise transformation by increasing its renewable merchandise portfolio, and that it’s going to “reply to rising international calls for available in the market by leveraging the sturdy synergies between collaboration companions.”


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