INEOS Launches Bio-Attributed EO Substituting Fossil Feedstock With Renewable Biomass

INEOS Oxide has launched new Bio-Attributed Ethylene Oxide (EO), based on certified biobased sources which do not compete with food production. The Bio-attributed Ethylene Oxide delivers 100% substitution of fossil feedstock on a mass balance basis, as certified by RSB and ISCC.
INEOS Launches Bio-Attributed EO Substituting Fossil Feedstock With Renewable Biomass

Tobias Hannemann, CEO, INEOS Oxide, said, “Our new EO delivers identical performance to traditional feedstocks - the fundamental performance of the product is not changed, but it comes with huge savings in fossil fuel usage and Greenhouse Gas emissions.”

First sales of this Bio-Attributed EO have already been made. 

"This new product reaffirms INEOS’ commitment to developing more sustainable ways to produce the materials we use and rely on on a daily basis. INEOS Oxide is developing a suite of solutions to deliver carbon neutrality by 2050, of which this new product is one, the company said in a press release.

Both RSB (Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials) and ISCC+ (International Sustainability & Carbon Certification Plus) have certified that the new product is 100% renewable on a mass balance basis and delivers a Greenhouse Gas saving of over 100% compared to conventionally produced EO.

This allows INEOS customers to significantly reduce their carbon footprint and offer innovative solutions to serve their ever more demanding markets for sustainable solutions.

EO is an important building block for a wide variety of derivative products, which are used in the production of detergents, thickeners, solvents, and plastics. EO is consumed internally by INEOS Oxide in the production of intermediates such as glycols, ethanolamines, glycol ethers and ethoxylates.

Mass balance is an essential tool used to reduce the reliance on fossil fuel materials as feedstock across a wide range of industries. In practice, it allows the mixing of renewable and recycled materials with traditional feedstock to create a lower-carbon product. It is recognized as a necessary step in arriving at a fully circular economy.

INEOS’s Bio-Attributed EO is the culmination of three years of work to develop a low carbon ethylene oxide product. 

Hannemann concluded, “In developing our Bio-Attributed Ethylene Oxide, INEOS is once again leading the way in developing sustainable solutions for products essential to our everyday lives.” 

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