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Renewable resources

Renewable resources are those materials, energy and water sources that can quickly replenish after human exploitation. Renewable examples in three resource categories include:

  • Materials: wood, bamboo, cork, straw, linseed, linoleum, cotton, soy, wool, etc.
  • Energy: solar, wind, geothermal, hydro, biomass, wave, etc.
  • Water: rainwater, replenishing aquifer, treated wastewater, etc.

You may also consider “rapidly renewable materials” which are renewable materials that replenish within 10 years. 

Example

BASF: Biomass Balance Method

Situation

  • There has been a significant increase in the interest of customers for products that are produced from renewable raw materials.

Challenges

  • Replacing fossil feedstocks with renewable resources often requires the development of new processes and the construction of new plants.
  • The renewable feedstock solution should not affect the product performance or quality.
  • In some cases, biomass can be twice as expensive as the conventional source.

Solution

  • BASF has developed an innovative and independently certified concept together with TÜV SÜD known as the “biomass balance method”. Renewable raw materials can be used as feedstock in existing Production Verbund and then allocated to the respective sales products, thereby using less fossil-based resources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The amount of bio-based feedstock used is allocated mathematically to specific products using a novel certification method.
  • The amount of the certified renewable feedstock could be 25% to 100%, as per the requirements of the customer.

Key Benefits

  • The quality, properties and the functionality of the finished product are equivalent to conventional product.
  • The approach drives the use of sustainably produced renewable resources.
  • It saves fossil based resources and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.