Braskem participates in the European Bioplastics Conference 2012 with its Green Polyethylene

Company is a sponsor of the largest international event in the bioplastics industry

Braskem, the leading thermoplastic resins producer in the Americas and the world's largest biopolymer producer, is participating in the European Bioplastics Conference, which is the largest European conference in the bioplastics industry, now in its 7th edition. Braskem is one of the sponsors of the conference, which will be held in Berlin, Germany on November 6 and 7.

The highlight is Green PE, a polymer produced from renewable resources made from sugarcane ethanol. Of the cycle of lectures at the event, Green PE will be the main topic of three. At the Braskem booth, certain products made for the company's clients using the biopolymer will be on display for visitors.

On November 7, the consulting firms E4Tech and LCA Works, which are working in partnership with Braskem to conduct Life Cycle Analyses (LCA) of the Green PE, will give lectures on the topic. The study is part of the company's program to corroborate the product's environmental performance (from the planting of sugarcane to Braskem's factory gate) and in this way arm clients with information pertinent to understanding and communicating the performance of their products. The other two lectures will be given by clients about the new products developed using Green PE.

"Offering increasingly more sustainable products is one of the pillars of our activities with the aim of better serving Clients and Society. In this light, Braskem has been intensifying its research on products made from renewable resources. We must participate in this event, which offers a platform of unique information on the industry's latest trends in a very important market and in which important industry players also participate," said Marcelo Nunes, head of the Renewable Chemicals Business at Braskem.

Green Polyethylene (Green PE)
Braskem has produced Green PE on a commercial scale since 2010, at its plant located in Triunfo, Rio Grande do Sul. The product is made from a renewable resource, i.e. sugarcane ethanol, and maintains the same technical characteristics of traditional polyethylene made from fossil fuels, and can be used immediately in various applications to substitute traditional polyethylene.

Winning awards and recognition from around the globe, Braskem's Green PE has a very positive environmental balance, since over the course of its production chain, from the planting of the sugarcane to Braskem's gate, it captures and sequesters CO2 from the atmosphere, helping to reduce the level of greenhouse gases. Announced to the market in 2007, the product was validated by the international laboratory Beta Analytic and certified by the Belgian institute Vinçotte regarding its content of renewable resources.

The "I'm greenTM" brand, developed to identify products made using Green PE, seeks to attest to consumers their contribution to reducing the greenhouse effect and commitment to transparent communication.