In recent years, there has been increasing concern about the growing amount of plastic waste coming from our daily life. Different kinds of synthetic plastics are currently used for an extensive range of needs, but in order to reduce the impact of petroleum-based plastics and material waste, considerable attention has been focused on “green” plastics.
We are pleased to announce that our partners from Versalis have obtained ISCC Plus certification for monomers, intermediates, polymers and elastomers produced with sustainable raw materials, from bio-naphtha and chemical recycling, at the Brindisi, Porto Marghera, Mantua, Ferrara and Ravenna plants. The ISCC Plus certification process, launched at Versalis in 2020, will be extended to other Italian and overseas plants during the year, demonstrating the tangibility of circular economy strategy which also aims to promote the use of sustainable raw materials. Bio-naphtha will be made available through Versalis’s integration with Eni, which has transformed two refineries into biorefineries, in Porto Marghera and in Gela, guaranteeing the supply of sustainable raw materials from vegetable oils, exhausted food oils or other types of organic waste. ISCC Plus is part of the ISCC certification scheme (International Sustainability & Carbon Certification, approved by the European Union), which is voluntary and allows companies throughout the supply chain to monitor and be able to demonstrate the sustainability of their products based on the sustainability, traceability and mass balance requirements. This means together with our partners from Versalis, we can supply the market with decarbonized and circular products in the following product groups:
At the time being the certified products produced by sustainable raw materials include monomers and intermediates such as ethylene, propylene, benzene, styrene, butadiene, and polymers such as polyethylene (LDPE, HDPE, LLDPE), styrenics (PS, EPS and ABS), and elastomers (SBR, BR, EPDM) that do not differ in their chemical composition and physical-mechanical performance from those made from fossil-based raw materials.