Offering increasingly sustainable products is one of the pillars of Braskem's operations in its drive to better serve Clients and society. Along these lines, Braskem has intensified its research into renewable chemicals - products made from renewable raw materials.
Braskem has made major progress in this regard, and by 2020, the target for reaching the position set out in its Corporate Vision (being the world leader in sustainable chemicals, innovating to serve people better), numerous innovations will reach Clients worldwide.

Producing Green Polyethylene (Green PE)

  • Plantation
  • Sugarcane Crushing, Fermentation and distillation
  • Generation of bioelectricity Through the remainder of cane sugar.
  • Dehydration
  • Polymerization
  • Extrusion
  • Transformation
  • Recycling
  • Ethylene
  • Ethanol
  • Ethanol
  • Catalyst
  • Reactor
  • Powder
  • Granules

Green Polyethylene (Green PE)

Braskem is the world leader in the field of biopolymers because of Green PE, first produced on a commercial scale in September 2010.

The market values this product highly because it is obtained from a renewable source (instead of fossil fuels) - sugarcane ethanol - while retaining the performance characteristics of a traditional PE, which means it can be used immediately in a variety of applications.

Awarded and recognized worldwide, Braskem's Green PE highly has a very positive environmental balance because, considering the complete supply chain, it removes up to 2.15 metric tons of CO2 from the atmosphere for each ton produced. The product was announced to the market in 2007, has received certification from the international Beta Analytic laboratory, and was certified by the Vinçotte Institute of Belgium. To learn more, visit:

Polyethylene is the most widely used type of plastic in the world, especially by the automotive industry and manufacturers of cosmetics, packaging, toy, personal hygiene and cleaning products, among others.


Braskem will shortly be launching Green PP on the market , another product made from sugarcane ethanol. In October 2010, the company announced the completion of the conceptual design phase of construction of the plant that will produce the raw materials for this product, which has the same technical processability and performance properties of conventional polypropylene.

A preliminary study of the product's eco-efficiency was very favorable because of the environmental benefits of green ethylene. The study was conducted in partnership with the Eco Espaço Foundation, and the data used as the basis for conceptual engineering. For every metric ton of green polypropylene produced, around 2.3 tons of CO2 will be captured and sequestered.

Investments in this new product will total around USD 100 million and production capacity will be 30,000 tons per year or more.

Polypropylene is the second most used plastic in the world and has unique features that set it apart from all other polymers, including an excellent balance of physical properties, the possibility of high transparency and impact resistance at low temperatures, low density - enabling production of lighter products - and tremendous versatility for numerous applications.

ETBE (Ethyl tert-butyl ether)

ETBE is a gasoline bioadditive partially made from sugarcane ethanol. This product, which required nearly three years of research, is an innovation that replaces the traditional additive, MTBE (methyl tert-butyl ether), and reduce chemical risks, since MTBE is potentially carcinogenic and subject to restrictions on the international market.

Because it is produced with raw materials obtained from renewable sources, ETBE prevents CO2 emissions compared with MTBE. Every metric ton of ETBE produced prevents 783 kg of CO2 from entering the earth's atmosphere, which helps mitigate climate change.