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BASF to supply Graphit Kropfmühl with Guarantees of Origin

BASF to supply Graphit Kropfmühl with Guarantees of Origin
BASF to supply renewable energy certificates to Graphit Kropfmühl (photo courtesy BASF).

Germany-headed global chemicals major BASF SE (BASF) and Graphit Kropfmühl, a subsidiary of AMG Critical Materials N.V., have entered into an innovative agreement to reduce their product carbon footprint. Under this agreement, BASF will supply renewable energy certificates, so-called “Guarantees of Origin” (GOs), to Graphit Kropfmühl’s production site in Hauzenberg, Germany.

A Guarantee of Origin (GO) certifies that a given amount of power was produced in a particular renewable power plant, thus providing tangible proof of the usage and source of the renewable power.

By using these GOs, the carbon footprint of graphite produced by Graphit Kropfmühl at the Hauzenberg site will be reduced by at least 25 percent.

We are excited to deepen our partnership with BASF by reducing our product carbon footprint (PCF) by at least 25 percent and moving towards a more sustainable future together, said Thomas Junker, CEO of Graphit Kropfmühl.

BASF has set what it says are “ambitious goals” and is striving to achieve net zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2050.

One major lever to achieve these targets is the use of renewable power. BASF has therefore conducted significant investments in renewable power sources over the past years.

With this innovative concept, we act hand in hand with our customers and beyond the boundaries of our own factory gates to effectively protect the climate. By deepening our collaboration with Graphit Kropfmühl, we are able to accelerate the journey towards net zero together, said Horatio Evers, Managing Director of BASF Renewable Energy.

A win-win for both companies

The graphite from Graphit Kropfmühl will then be used by BASF as a raw material for the production of “Neopor”, enabling a lower product carbon footprint.

BASF’s Neopor is used as raw material for insulation products for buildings.

This is a win-win for BASF and Graphit Kropfmühl – a pragmatic approach with a positive impact that will strengthen our long-standing partnership with Graphit Kropfmühl and show that we are pulling together when it comes to sustainability. Neopor and Neopor BMB are solutions with outstanding insulation performance and sustainability profiles. The use of graphite with a reduced product carbon footprint from our partner Graphit Kropfmühl is a consequent further step on our journey to net zero. BASF is also working on further such projects with other partners, said Yong Liu, Director of Global Direct Procurement Plastic Additives at BASF.

AMG was founded on the principle that CO2 abatement targets would create increased criticality for specialty materials.

This strategic focus is encapsulated in the company’s Enabled CO2 Reduction Portfolio concept (ECO2RP) at the level of AMG’s customers.

Its strategic focus is fully aligned with and supports the EU Taxonomy.

As a subsidiary of AMG, Graphit Kropfmühl supports the parent company’s commitment to reduce its direct CO2 emissions by 20 percent from a baseline of 2019 until 2030.

This, the company says, corresponds to a total reduction of 125,000 tonnes of CO2.

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