BASF: NPG and PA with product carbon footprint of zero

According to the company, BASF for the first time offers neopentyl glycol (NPG) and propionic acid (PA) with a cradle-to-gate product carbon footprint (PCF) of zero. 

An aerial view of BASF's Ludwigshafen Verbund site.
Produced at the company's Ludwigshafen Verbund site Image source: BASF.

BASF achieves the zero PCF for NPG and PA by using renewable raw materials in its Verbund production system via its biomass balance (BMB) approach. For NPG, BASF additionally uses renewable energy for production.

“Drop-in” solutions

The new products are “drop-in” solutions: According to the company they are identical in quality and properties to the standard products, allowing customers to use them in their production without the need for adjustments to their existing processes.

An essential field of NPG application is powder coatings, especially for the construction and automotive industries as well as for household appliances. PA, which is fully biodegradable, is ultilised as a mold inhibitor for the preservation of food and feed grains. Other application areas include the production of crop protection agents, flavors and fragrances, pharmaceuticals, solvents and thermoplastics.

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