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BASF & US' Encina boost circular economy with new benzene agreement

21 Jun '24
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US BASF and Encina boost circular economy with new benzene agreement


  • Encina Development Group and BASF have signed a long-term agreement for chemically recycled circular benzene from post-consumer plastics.
  • This partnership enhances BASF's commitment to the circular economy by integrating more recycled materials into its production.
  • Encina's catalytic technology produces high-yield circular feedstocks, supporting BASF's transition.
Encina Development Group, LLC (Encina), a manufacturer of ISCC PLUS certified circular chemicals, and BASF announced a long-term supply agreement for chemically recycled circular benzene derived from post-consumer end-of-life plastics. The agreement marks a pivotal moment in sustainable sourcing, as BASF strengthens the circular economy by integrating more chemically recycled, circular-based raw materials into its production processes. BASF will use the chemically recycled benzene for its broad Ccycled product portfolio.

“The use of benzene derived from post-consumer plastics as raw material in BASF’s value chains underscores our ongoing commitment to transition towards non-fossil and circular alternatives,” stated Thomas Ohlinger, Vice President Traded Products at BASF. “Through our partnership with Encina, we drive BASF’s transformation by increasing recycling-based feedstocks to offer more Ccycled products to our customers, for example in the packaging, textile and automotive industries.”

Encina’s circular chemicals are key ingredients used in the production of everyday and novel plastics. Encina’s proprietary catalytic technology produces drop-in quality and high yield circular feedstocks.

“Encina is proud to partner with BASF, an industry leader renowned for its commitment to innovation and sustainability,” said David Roesser, PhD, and Chief Executive Officer of Encina. “This agreement is a big step on the transformative journey towards a truly circular economy, where waste is minimized, and resources are maximized for a more sustainable future.”

BASF’s approach towards achieving circularity encompasses the increasing use of recycled and renewable feedstocks, shaping new material cycles and creating new business models. The collaboration with Encina exemplifies BASF’s dedication to implementing cutting-edge solutions to accelerate the feedstock transformation.

Roesser added, “our agreement with BASF demonstrates that circularity is not just a concept but a tangible reality within our reach.”

*In the production of Ccycled products, conventional fossil raw materials required to manufacture BASF products are replaced with recycled feedstock from the chemical recycling of plastic waste along BASF’s integrated production chain. The corresponding share of recycled feedstock, e.g., benzene, is attributed to the specific Ccycled product via a certified mass balance approach. BASF sites and Ccycled products are third-party certified according to internationally recognized certification schemes like REDcert2 and ISCC PLUS and meet the definitions by ISO 22095:2020.

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