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Since the international plans to make this world a better place were objectified in 2015, each country has taken the reins of its tasks and between the public and the private the consensus is beginning to bear fruit.
Among the main objectives of one of these SDGs - number 12, which refers to responsible production and consumption - is to achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources. Another of its goals is the ecologically sound management of chemical products and of all production processes and activities and the waste generated.
For this reason, some companies are taking steps forward to strengthen their commitment to sustainable development and launch rational solutions to the market and respond to the challenges that society demands. One of these examples is Cepsa Química with the introduction of renewable and recycled raw materials in the production of its main products for industrial use under the NextLab and NextPhenol brands, the first developments of which are launched on the market this month.
In the coming years, other products of sustainable origin and with an improved environmental footprint will be added to the portfolio. Cepsa Química has introduced, for the first time, certified renewable raw material for the production of LAB (linear alkylbenzene), an essential component in the production of biodegradable detergents, of which it is the world leader. The resulting biodegradable detergent will retain its properties and performance, but will include linear alkylbenzene (LAB) from renewable sources in its formula for the first time.
Phenol, for its part, is used mainly in the automotive industry and in construction. It is also widely used in the chemical, pharmaceutical and clinical industries as a powerful fungicide, bactericide, antiseptic and disinfectant, also to produce agrochemicals, bisphenol A (raw material to produce epoxy resins and polycarbonates), in the acetylsalicylic acid manufacturing process ( aspirin) and in medical preparations such as mouthwashes and sore throat lozenges. In the case of Cepsa Química, the company obtains phenol from renewable and recycled raw materials, which allows the use of materials that would otherwise end up in a landfill. But in addition to this, its production reduces direct and indirect CO2 emissions, with an exclusively renewable electricity consumption.
NextLAB and NextPhenol are obtained from renewable and recycled raw materials and will be initially produced at the company's plants in Spain. Puente Mayorga in Campo de Gibraltar (Cádiz) will be responsible for the development of NextLab and Palos de la Frontera (Huelva), of NextPhenol.
In addition, both facilities have the ISCC + certification system that allows the identification and guarantee of sustainable production from origin to delivery, using the material balance methodology. This methodology ensures that the sustainable products produced correspond to the amount of sustainable raw material introduced into the process. In March 2021, the company obtained certification under the ISCC + system for the Puente Mayorga plant. Similarly, in 2019 it achieved the same certification at its Palos de la Frontera plant for the production of phenol and acetone. Cepsa Química is currently working to obtain the cumene and AMS certification at Palos de la Frontera and the Shanghai plant, as well as at LAB and LABSA at the Detén (Brazil) and Bécancour (Canada) plants.
Paloma Alonso, Director of the Chemistry and ESG area of Cepsa, has stressed the importance of this launch by stating that “this sustainable portfolio is part of our multigenerational plan to achieve the green transition and gradually endow our business with the sustainability that customers and society demand of us. This is the focus of our efforts in innovation and technology, just as it has been since our inception, when we succeeded in creating biodegradable surfactants, or developing the technology to produce LAB in a more environmentally friendly way. With this we contribute to the sustainable development of the societies and economies in which we operate while leading the future of the chemical industry ”.
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This methodology ensures that the sustainable products produced correspond to the amount of sustainable raw material introduced into the process. In March 2021, the company obtained certification under the ISCC + system for the Puente Mayorga plant. Similarly, in 2019 it achieved the same certification at its Palos de la Frontera plant for the production of phenol and acetone. Cepsa Química is currently working to obtain the cumene and AMS certification at Palos de la Frontera and the Shanghai plant, as well as at LAB and LABSA at the Detén (Brazil) and Bécancour (Canada) plants.