Michael Carus, nova-Institut GmbH (DE): Conference Opening & Chairman
Policy & Strategy
- Dr. Kerstin Ulrich BASF SE (DE)
BASF’s Biomass Balance Approach BASF offers customers a variety of products for which at the beginning of the value chain fossil resources were replaced by a sustainably produced renewable feedstock. For each of our Biomass Balanced Products the amount of necessary resources is calculated and then a respective amount of feedstock is replaced at the beginning of our production chain. As our Verbund includes over 160 production plants connected by thousands of kilometers of pipes, it cannot be traced where the biomass will exactly end up. Therefore, our Biomass Balanced Products are NOT bio-based. However, Biomass was used at an early process step of the chemical production instead of fossil resources. The system can easily be compared to the one of green electricity. All sources feed into one system and the green electricity cannot be separated anymore from the conventional energy production. Nevertheless, you can buy green electricity and thereby contribute to sustainability.
- Lucy Nattrass AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals (NL)