Sweden-headed global specialty chemicals major Perstorp Holding AB has announced that it is converting a large majority of the polyols produced at its largest production plant in Perstorp, Sweden, to Pro-Environment products. By doing this, Perstorp will enable reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for its polyol customers and downstream value chains.
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Polyols are compounds with multiple hydroxyl functional groups available for organic reactions and are used in a wide range of chemical products such as resins, coatings, synthetic lubricants, rosin esters, liquid polyesters, powder polyesters, aviation turbine oils, transformer oils, and refrigeration lubricants.
Perstorp is continuing its sustainability journey towards becoming finite material neutral and aligning with the Paris Agreement, by converting all base polyols produced at the Perstorp plant – Pentaerythritol (Penta), Neopentyl glycol (Neo), and Trimethylolpropane (TMP) – to Pro-Environment.
Phasing out the fossil base polyols produced at the site in Perstorp is a bold move, but we are convinced that this is the only way forward for us, as an industry, to align with the Paris Agreement and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, said Jan Secher, CEO of Perstorp Group.
Renewable or recycled content
From 2023 onwards, all fossil versions of the base polyols produced at the Perstorp plant will be replaced by Pro-Environment grades (called “Voxtar”, “Evyrone”, and “Neeture”) with partially renewable or recycled content, based on a traceable mass-balance concept.
The Pro-Environment products are certified with International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) PLUS, and are identical to the fossil-based versions, meaning that they are drop-in replacements.
The products benefit customers and the value chain by reducing GHG emissions and by supporting the transition to renewable or recycled materials, in other words supporting the challenge of reaching climate neutrality.
As an upstream company in the chemical industry we can, and should, make a positive impact across multiple value-chains by offering products with a reduced carbon footprint, Jan Secher.
Perstorp introduced the first Pro-Environment polyol already 2010, and in 2017, Perstorp announced the long-term ambition to become “Finite Material Neutral”.
Since late 2021, the company has set Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) emission reduction targets aligned with the Paris agreement.
The transition to Pro-Environment polyols will significantly reduce Perstorp’s usage of finite materials, and will also provide the market with products with a lower carbon footprint, hence contributing toward Perstorp, and its customers, reaching its scope 3 reduction targets.