Mass Balance: Using renewable feedstocks in the integrated production
BASF has developed aninnovative mass balance approachfor the use of renewable feedstocks in the integrated production. This process is available for many products and can be tailored to the specific requirements of our customers.
How does it work?
In our mass balance approach, we usebiomassas a feedstock in the manufacturing of basic products in existing plants. This biomass share is then allocated to sales products according to their recipes using the new certified methodology. The quality of the products remains unchanged.
Derivates from organic waste, such asbio-naphtha and biogas, or their petrochemical analogs are used for the mass balance approach. They are fed into plants at the beginning of the production process: for example, bio-naphtha is fed into the steam cracker, and biogas into the syngas plant.
What are the benefits?
Products mass-balanced in this manner save fossil raw materials and reduce greenhouse gas emissions – an important contribution to theirsustainability. For our architectural coatings, up to 100 percent of the fossil feedstock required for the manufacturing of our dispersions can be replaced by renewable raw materials. Our customers don’t even need do adjust their product formulations. They can offer the same product quality and better fulfill sustainability requirements from their customers.
Our mass balance approach and its underlying certification methodology were thoroughly checked by independent certifier TÜV SÜD.