Braskem publishes carbon footprint data for its products

Bob Moser
PLASTICS NEWS

Published: May 24, 2013 1:40 pm ET
Updated: May 24, 2013 1:42 pm ET

Related to this story

Topics Materials, Sustainability, Materials Suppliers

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL — Braskem SA, the leading thermoplastic resin producer in the Americas and world's largest biopolymer producer, staked its claim Wednesday as the first chemical company to publish a carbon footprint of its products.

The company's study, released at the Feiplastic trade show in São Paulo, details the volume of greenhouse gases released from the extraction of raw materials, transportation and Braskem's entire production process.

"In addition to seeking alternatives to reduce emissions, measuring a carbon footprint helps verify potential cost reductions and enhances the reputation of companies," said Jorge Soto, Braskem's sustainable development director. "This is information that will certainly influence the purchase decision."

Based on figures released, Braskem reduced its GHG emissions by 12.8 percent between 2008 and 2012. The carbon footprint data indicates that Braskem's products, including polyethylene, polypropylene and PVC, were better for the environment than equivalents produced in Europe and the United States, the company said.

Braskem's carbon footprint study only measures the lifecycle of plastics while in the company's possession. Converters, distributors, retailers and recyclers are being encouraged by Braskem to measure their combined carbon footprint to the end consumer.


Comments

Braskem publishes carbon footprint data for its products

Bob Moser
PLASTICS NEWS

Published: May 24, 2013 1:40 pm ET
Updated: May 24, 2013 1:42 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Dunkin' Donuts looking at PP to replace foam cups

September 19, 2014 3:22 pm ET

Dunkin' Donuts is testing a new polypropylene coffee cup that the company believes could help boost recycling.    More

Image

Foster building medical polymers plant

September 19, 2014 1:39 pm ET

Foster Delivery Science is investing $8 million in a new plant in Putnam, Conn., for production of medical polymer blends, as well as rods, film or...    More

Image

BP to restart damaged PTA unit in limited capacity by November

September 19, 2014 10:27 am ET

British Petroleum plc may restart its fire-damaged purified terephthalic acid (PTA) feedstock unit in South Carolina in late October or early...    More

Image

Bayer spinning off plastics business

September 18, 2014 8:49 am ET

Bayer AG will spin off its MaterialScience plastics group into a separate, publicly-traded company within the next 12 to 18 months.    More

Image

Study: 75 percent of Australia's ocean debris is plastic

September 18, 2014 7:48 pm ET

About 75 percent of the trash found in the waters off Australia's beaches is plastic, with most of that coming from local sources rather than sea-born...    More

Market Reports

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Shale Gas Market - Analysis of North American Region

This report highlights the impact of shale-based natural gas on the North American plastics market and features an in-depth analysis of production trends in the United States during 2013 and a forecast for 2014 and beyond.

Learn more

Thermoformed Packaging 2014 Market Review & Outlook – North America

This in-depth report analyzes economic and market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting supply and demand, business opportunities and threats, materials pricing, manufacturing technology, as well as growth strategies being implemented by thermoformed packaging companies.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

More Events