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LyondellBasell to extend Circulen products to North America

The expansion is possible through a recent ISCC PLUS certification it obtained.

September 10, 2021

LyondellBasell, a multinational plastics, chemical and refining company, has announced that it obtained the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) PLUS certification for certain grades of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) produced at four of its U.S. manufacturing sites. The ISCC PLUS certification is a system for providing traceability of recycled and renewable-based materials across the supply chain. 

The company says the certification enables it to extend its Circulen suite of products to customers in North America and offer mass balance certificates for these products. The company will begin North American Circulen production with its CirculenRevive products, which are polymers produced from plastic scrap through an advanced recycling process, initially using feedstock provided by third parties. LyondellBasell says it expects to gradually ramp up production to meet growing demand over the coming years.

“The ISCC PLUS certification of four of our North American sites will help us bring more sustainable solutions to our customers,” says Ken Lane, LyondellBasell executive vice president of global olefins and polyolefins. “By delivering these new CirculenRevive products, we are proving plastics have value beyond their initial use, in any application that virgin plastic is used. The ISCC PLUS certification helps us to accelerate our progress as an industry leader in the production and marketing of recycled and renewable-based polymers.”

LyondellBasell secured the certification for its crackers in Channelview, Texas, and its polymer sites in Lake Charles, Louisiana; La Porte, Texas; and Clinton, Iowa. The company says it plans to broaden the ISCC PLUS certification to its other North American polymer plants also. 

The ISCC PLUS certification is part of the company’s multipronged approach to help advance the circular economy.