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BASF’s biomass balance approach

Reduce CO2 emissions and save fossil resources 

BASF’s biomass balance approach contributes to the use of renewable raw materials in BASF's integrated production system and can be applied to the majority of BASF's product portfolio.


Benefits of the biomass balance approach:

  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions
  • Saves fossil resources
  • Drives the use of renewable resources
  • Is independently certified
  • Ensures identical product quality and properties

Video: BASF's biomass balance approach

BASF developed the innovative “biomass balance method” together with TÜV SÜD, in which fossil resources in the current Production Verbund are replaced by renewable resources with sustainability certification. The formulation and quality of the corresponding end products remain unchanged. In this process, renewable raw materials are used as feedstock at the very beginning of production in the Verbund, and allocated to the respective sales products using the novel certification method. The certified products thus contribute to sustainable development by saving fossil resources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

How does the biomass balance approach work?

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 purchased with renewable feedstock. All of BASF’s biomass balanced products are certified according to the new REDcert² scheme for the chemical industry (find the certificate here).


Logo of the REDcert² scheme

Since 2018, BASF is transferring the certification to the new European REDcert2 scheme for the chemical industry. BASF is going to certify all its biomass balanced products according to the new scheme by the end of 2019 and has already received the first certificate end of 2018.

The approach is applied for many BASF products, such as superabsorbents, dispersions, plastics and intermediates. The resulting biomass balanced products offer BASF customers a differentiation opportunity such as a quantifiably improved CO2 footprint and savings of fossil resources. Customers can rely on the identical product quality and performance to which they are accustomed to and benefit from a sustainable drop-in solution, making a conscious contribution to environmental protection.

BASF markets its biomass balanced products as BMBcertTM portfolio.


Examples for biomass balanced products:

Ellen MacArthur Foundation_White Paper_2019

Ellen MacArthur Foundation White Paper 2019


BASF's biomass balance approach