BASF and Henkel focus on renewable raw materials in Henkel consumer products

ASF and Henkel jointly commit to replacing fossil carbon raw materials with renewable raw materials for most products in Henkel’s European laundry and home care and beauty care businesses over the next four years, at following a successful pilot project with Henkel’s Love Nature cleaning and detergent brand in 2021. Through the cooperation, the fossil raw material for approximately 110,000 tpa of ingredients will be replaced with a renewable raw material using the BASF Certified Biomass Balance Approach. As a result, Henkel’s flagship brands such as Persil, Pril, Fa and Schauma will have a reduced carbon footprint, avoiding around 200,000 t of CO2 total emissions.

“We are delighted to strengthen our continued cooperation with BASF and to significantly increase the share of biomass in our value chain for our products used every day by millions of people around the world,” said Carsten Knobel, CEO of Henkel. . “To foster a regenerative planet, we are on the way to an environmental transformation of our business model. We intend to continuously improve our processes, products and use of raw materials for a resource-efficient and carbon-neutral future. The integration of BASF’s biomass balance approach into our supply chain as a pioneer is a good step in this direction.

Dr. Martin Brudermüller, Chairman of the Board of BASF, said: “I am very proud that Henkel honors BASF’s efforts to provide Henkel with low carbon footprint products. We are also proud to support such an innovative brand owner who is the first to bring more sustainable solutions to end consumers on such a large scale. The project underscores both companies’ commitment to creating a sustainable future.

The replacement of fossil raw materials is possible thanks to BASF’s biomass balance approach: renewable resources are used in the very first stages of chemical production. The quantity of bio-based raw materials is then allocated to specific products using the certified method.

BASF has established a closed chain of custody from the renewable raw material it uses to the final product. TÜV Nord, an independent certification body, supports the practical implementation and confirms according to the REDCert2 certification scheme that BASF replaces the required amounts of fossil resources for the biomass-balanced product with renewable raw materials.

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