Climate change is the greatest challenge of our time. That is why we are committed to the European Green Deal and are striving to reach its target of net-zero emissions by 2050. Additionally, by 2030 BASF aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 25 percent compared to 2018. The product carbon footprint (PCF) of each BASF product thus plays an important role and creates the necessary transparency in relation to the associated greenhouse gas emissions.
Initially, Lupranat® ZERO is available for the product specification M 70 R, which is used for the production of MDI polyisocyanurate boards (PIR or polyiso) and rigid polyurethane foam for the thermal insulation of buildings. This is of particular interest to the construction and automotive industries. But it can also benefit the furniture industry as well as architects, organizations, and governments.
BASF is expanding its portfolio of climate-friendly products such as methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) and introducing Lupranat® ZERO (net-zero emissions, renewable origin, and renewable energy), the first greenhouse gas-neutral isocyanate. Lupranat® ZERO has a balance sheet cradle-to-gate PCF of zero.
Our 24/7 sustainability promise: The MDI plant in Antwerp produces isocyanate diphenyl-diisocyanate (MDI)—and in the case of Lupranat® Zero, MDI with a zero carbon footprint. In addition, during production, the biomass balance method (BMB) and chemical recycling (ChemCycling™) method are applied, both of which are certified by the German control authority REDcert. Methylene diphenyl diisocyanate is an essential raw material for polyurethanes, polyamide-imide or polyamide-imide foam, insulating foam, and adhesives. Along with TDI, it is one of the most widely produced isocyanates in the world. In rare cases, technical diphenylmethane diisocyanate is also used for bonding MDF boards. The picture features Lies De Keer, Process Manager of the MDI plant in Antwerp. She is optimizing the efficiency of an extraction column by adjusting the pulsation.
We keep our promise
The certification of the PCF calculation by TÜV NORD (German technical inspection authority) has been successfully completed. “We have checked the calculation of the PCF of Lupranat ZERO M 70 R in detail and are now pleased to be able to confirm it for the first time,” says Delia Carls, auditor at TÜV NORD. At the raw material level, certification by “REDcert2 ” is available to our customers. In this way, we guarantee that recyclable raw materials have been fed into the Verbund production. This includes the link between the recycled raw materials used in Ludwigshafen and the mainstream products produced in Ludwigshafen and Antwerp. As a result, customers and BASF can manufacture a wide range of products in a more sustainable way. Our production is based on green energy sources with proof of renewable energy origin. This supports our goal of reaching net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050. In addition, we are saving fossil resources.
What else do we aim to achieve?
Following the successful launch of Lupranat ZERO M 70 R, further variants of the product will be added to the portfolio.
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