BASF’s biomass balance approach
BASF has broken new ground with the development of the biomass balance process for the use of renewable raw materials in the chemical industry. This approach allows fossil fuels to be replaced by renewable raw materials in BASF's Production Verbund. In contrast, certificate trading completely separates the use of biomass from in-house product manufacture.
In the biomass balance approach, renewable resources such as bio-naphtha or biogas derived from organic waste or vegetable oils are used as feedstock in the very first steps of chemical production. The bio-based feedstock amount is then allocated to specific products sold by means of the certified method.
BASF has established a closed chain of custody from the renewable feedstock it uses through to the final product. An independent certification confirms that BASF has replaced the required quantities of fossil resources for the biomass balanced product with renewable feedstock. BASF has transferred the certification of all its biomass balanced products to the new European REDcert2 scheme for the chemical industry in 2019.