Chemicals and polymers are the building blocks of the plastics and materials we use to create countless products that sustain and enhance our lives, including — among many others — medical equipment, construction components, automotive parts, textiles, electronics, and packaging.
Demand for these products continues to grow — along with consumer awareness of the need to produce, use, and reuse them in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner.
The ubiquity of chemical and polymer products has come to be associated with major social and environmental challenges, as well as contributing to climate change through their carbon intensive production.
The sector is looking for solutions today.
Uptake of bio-based alternative feedstocks continues to grow. However, without sustainability certification, bio-based plastic production can result in food security being threatened, human, labour, and land rights being infringed upon, and environmental damage such as destruction of forests and water resources.
Waste feedstock offers an exciting solution for companies looking to increase the circularity of their production system. Increased technology, capacity and uptake for chemical recycling – which breaks products down to their monomer form to re-enter the production system – is helping to overcome the limitations of mechanical recycling.
Demonstrating GHG reduction across the supply chain enables industry to represent the climate impacts of complex production systems.
The RSB Advanced Products Standard has been developed to support the chemicals and polymers sector with its transition to real and credible sustainability, by providing a system to trace materials and impacts through complex supply chains and processes – enabling industry leaders to make powerful sustainability claims about their products.
RSB’s unique approach to Positive Impacts enables companies to demonstrate clearly that their products are produced more sustainably, with reduced greenhouse gas emissions and fewer fossil resources.
Products that achieve the RSB’s Advanced Products Standard certification are supported by three powerful claims about their positive impacts.
RSB Certified Advanced Products:
RSB-certified bio-naphtha is mixed with virgin fossil naphtha from UPM when it enters the INEOS O&P supply chain in Germany. The RSB-certified output material from their cracker is attributed (meaning the RSB sustainability characteristic is given to a selected batch of material) to the correct volume of ethylene ready to be sold to INOVYN for conversion to bio-attributed PVC – which is supplied to Tarkett for the production of PVC floor rolls and tiles which carry an RSB certification.
Positive Impacts Across the Supply Chain
By creating solutions to ensure the sustainability of evolving bio-based and circular production, agricultural and energy systems, RSB is helping to drive a just transition to a net positive world.
By 2030, the RSB will have supported the emergence of a new world bioeconomy founded on social, economic and environmental considerations that contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals – reducing climate impacts, enhancing food security and rural development, and protecting ecosystems.