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BASF’s biomass balance approach: saving fossil resources in the production of EPS

The biomass balance method (BMB), certified by German technical inspection authority TÜV SÜD, means that fossil raw materials required for the manufacture of EPS (expandable polystyrene) can be replaced with renewable feedstock. Production methods of this kind save valuable resources and reduce CO2 emissions at the same time. The use of biomass-balanced Styropor® and Neopor®, known as Styropor® BMB and Neopor® BMB for short, protects the environment and the climate while maintaining the usual high quality. This is because they are identical to their fossil equivalents in terms of their formulation and properties.

BASF’s Biomass Balance Approach

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Reducing CO2 with packaging made of Styropor® BMB

Packaging made of Styropor® BMB protects the environment and the climate by helping to reduce CO2 emissions throughout its life cycle.

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Reducing CO2 with packaging made of Styropor® BMB

  • If the packaging for 1,000 washing machines were made of Styropor® BMB, the CO2 reduction would be equivalent to that emitted by a car driving further than 10,000 km, compared with standard Styropor®.(3)

1 Calculation of the CO2 reduction in the Verbund simulator is based on BASF’s own cradle-to-gate calculations.
2 In 2016, the recycling rate in Germany was approximately 50% (see “Generation and Management of EPS and XPS Waste in 2016 in Germany in the Packaging and Building Industries” commissioned by BKV GmbH).
3 Calculation based on a car that consumes 7 L of petrol per 100 km, thus burning 2.33 kg CO2 per litre of fuel. (Spritmonitor.de, 2018)