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The biomass balance approach: How organic waste replaces fossil raw materials

BASF has broken new ground with the development of the biomass balance approach (BMB) for the use of renewable raw materials in the chemical industry. This approach allows fossil raw materials to be replaced by renewable feedstock in BASF's production Verbund.

In the course of the biomass balance process, renewable raw materials such as bio-naphtha or bio-gas from organic waste or vegetable oils are already used as raw materials in the production of basic chemical products. The proportion of bio-based raw materials is then allocated to specific sales products according to a certified calculation method. This production method saves valuable resources and at the same time reduces CO2 emissions. The biomass-balanced product Styrodur® BMB thus protects the environment and climate without losing its usual quality: Compared with its fossil counterpart, it is identical in terms of formulation and properties.

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Recycling with transparency: REDcert2 certification

BASF has established a closed control chain. This extends from the renewable raw materials used to the end product. An independent certification confirms that the quantities of fossil resources required for the sold biomass-balanced product have been replaced by renewable raw materials. The certification of all biomass-balanced products was updated to the new European REDcert2 standard of the chemical industry at the end of 2019.


Good to know:

During the production of Styrodur® BMB, BASF prevents 67% CO2 emissions compared to conventional production. The technical properties of the biomass-balanced sheets remain the same as those of conventional Styrodur®.

Styrodur® 3000 BMB

Instead of fossil raw materials, renewable feedstock is used in the production of Styrodur® BMB, saving valuable resources and reducing CO2 emissions. Find out more about Styrodur® BMB - the more climate and environmentally friendly thermal insulation solution - here.

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