Milan, Italy – Versalis has obtained ISCC Plus certification for monomers, intermediates, polymers and elastomers produced with sustainable raw materials, the Eni company has announced.
The certification covers materials produced from bionaphtha and chemical recycling, at the Italian company’s Brindisi, Porto Marghera, Mantua, Ferrara and Ravenna plants, Versalis said 16 Feb.
The achievement represents an important step towards the goal of putting decarbonised and circular products on the market, according to the statement.
Products, it noted, include a new ‘bio attributed’ and ‘bio-circular attributed’ range made from bionaphtha, and a ‘circular attributed’ pyrolysis oil, from the chemical recycling of mixed plastic waste.
Bionaphtha will be supplied via Versalis’ integration with Eni, which has transformed two refineries into biorefineries, in Venice Porto Marghera and in Gela.
This, said Versalis will “guarantee the supply of sustainable raw materials from vegetable oils, exhausted food oils or other types of organic waste.”
ISCC Plus is part of the EU-approved International Sustainability & Carbon Certification scheme – a voluntary system that allows companies to demonstrate the sustainability of products based on the sustainability, traceability and mass-balance requirements.
Versalis' certified products include feedstocks such as ethylene, propylene, benzene, styrene, butadiene, and polymers such as polyethylene, styrenics and elastomers including styrene-butadiene, butadiene and EPDM rubber.
A requirement for certification, is that products do not differ in their chemical composition and physical-mechanical performance from those made from fossil-based raw materials.
The ISCC Plus certification process, launched at Versalis in 2020, will be extended to other Italian and overseas plants during the year, the company pointed out.