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. The unit is expected to go online by 2013.
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.
Source: Braskem, press release, 2011-12-13.