Braskem America signs renewable and emissions-free energy contracts for its production facilities reducing annualized CO2e output beginning in 2022
Philadelphia, PA /PRNewswire/ - Braskem the largest polyolefins producer in the Americas, as well as a market leader and pioneer producer of biopolymers on an industrial scale, today announced significant progress towards securing renewable and emissions-free power for its North American production facilities. The Company's current energy sourcing roadmap calls for more than a 15% reduction in carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions by 2030 with a path to carbon neutrality by 2050.
Mark Nikolich, CEO of Braskem America, stated "Braskem has a clear commitment to helping create a Carbon-Neutral Circular Economy and everything is transformed. Our initial North American renewable, as well as emissions-free power purchase agreements, are aligned with Braskem's macro goals of reducing CO2 scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions and expanding the circular economy concept in the plastic chain with the end goal of becoming a carbon-neutral company by 2050. Looking ahead, we will further scale our North American renewable and emissions-free power purchases and we look forward to reporting on our progress along the way to creating a more sustainable future for everyone."
Today's announcement reflects Braskem America's success in signing a renewable power purchase agreement (PPA) for Neal, West Virginia, securing emissions-free power contracts for Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania through 2027, and purchasing Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) in the USGC resulting in an annualized reduction of CO2 scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions. These initial agreements source energy from wind, solar, and nuclear as the first phase in Braskem America's carbon reduction goals. Braskem publishes its GHG Emissions Inventory every year, with the GHG Protocol guidelines.
Richard Huh, Renewable Energy & Decarbonization Manager, Braskem America, "Braskem has a long-standing commitment to sustainability and carbon reduction initiatives, and our renewable and emissions-free power purchases reflect another major advance in our carbon neutrality framework in North America all helping advance our long-term carbon neutrality objective. These important reductions in CO2 emissions would not be possible without the close coordination of our energy production, regulatory and governmental partners in each of our key operating regions and we are grateful for their support."
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With a global vision of the oriented future-oriented toward people and sustainability, Braskem is committed to contributing to the value chain for strengthening the Circular Economy. The petrochemical company's almost 8,000 team members dedicate themselves every day to improve people's lives through sustainable chemicals and plastics solutions. Braskem has an innovative DNA and a comprehensive portfolio of plastic resins and chemical products for diverse segments, such as food packaging, construction, manufacturing, automotive, agribusiness, healthcare, and hygiene, among others. With 40 industrial units in Brazil, the United States, Mexico, and Germany, and exports its products to clients in more than 70 countries.
Braskem America is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Braskem S.A. headquartered in Philadelphia. The company is the leading producer of polypropylene in the United States, with five production plants located in Texas, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, an Innovation and Technology Center in Pittsburgh, and operations in Boston focused on leveraging groundbreaking developments in biotechnology and advanced materials. For more information, visit www.braskem.com/usa.
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