From Brazil to the world
In September 2010, Braskem inaugurated the largest plant in the world producing ethylene from sugarcane ethanol
The new plant, which was developed with Brazilian technology, will have green ethylene production capacity of 200 ktons and was created by a team of scientists from Braskem working at the Technology and Innovation Center located at the company's Triunfo Complex in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. The plant was built by Construtora Norberto Odebrecht, a company from the controlling group of Braskem.
The plant will enable Braskem to supply the world with resin made from renewable sources, moving forward in its strategy to become the world leader in sustainable chemicals and innovating to better serve people. The high-quality specifications for ethylene polymerization were obtained very rapidly, proving compatible with the level of excellence of the company's resin production processes.
The bulk of the ethanol used as feedstock in the plants will be supplied through agreements signed with leading national producers, with these relationships governed by Braskem's Code of Conduct for Ethanol Suppliers. This document, which was prepared by Braskem and revised by a renowned independent institution, defines sustainability criteria, such as compliance with environmental guidelines and respect for biodiversity and human and labor rights.
In line with its strategy, in October 2010, Braskem announced the construction of another production unit using renewable raw materials. This time, the plant will produce green propylene, which is also made from sugarcane ethanol and will have minimum production capacity of 30 ktons/year, with start-up slated for late 2013. This will enable the production of green polypropylene, which, in its fossil fuel version, is the second most used thermoplastic resin in the world. The green PP will complement the company’s biopolymers portfolio and make possible new applications and partnerships.
Braskem is considering the construction of new biopolymer and green chemical capacities with the aim of meeting the growing demand in this market, consolidating its leadership position through sustainable development and investments in innovation.