Borealis and Neste enter agreement for renewable polypropylene

Article by Amanda Doyle


NESTE will provide its renewable propane to Borealis for production of polypropylene as part of a strategic cooperation.

Neste can use almost any bio-based oil or fat as a raw material to produce premium-quality renewable products such as propane. Neste’s renewable propane is produced at its facility in Rotterdam, and Borealis will use this as a feedstock at its facilities in Kallo and Beringen, Belgium, starting at the end of this year. This will be the first time that renewable propane dehydrogenation will occur at an industrial scale. The renewable polypropylene will also be fully recyclable.  

“Using renewable feedstocks produced primarily from waste and residue streams is a major contribution to reducing our reliance on fossil-fuel based feedstocks,” said Lucrèce Foufopoulos, Borealis Executive Vice President Polyolefins, Innovation & Technology and Circular Economy Solutions.

“Polymers and chemicals industries will play a major role in the fight against climate change. It is, therefore, very satisfying to see the industry change starting to happen towards more sustainable, climate-friendlier feedstock alternatives. We are eager to help forerunner companies like Borealis to start replacing fossil-based feedstock with renewable ones. This new step is a meaningful contribution towards creating a healthier planet for our children,” said Mercedes Alonso, Executive Vice President, Renewable Polymers and Chemicals, Neste.

The cooperation with Neste is in line with Borealis’ endorsement of The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, an initiative to create a circular economy for plastics.

Article by Amanda Doyle

Staff Reporter, The Chemical Engineer

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