Brenntag develops sustainable product portfolio

Published: 29-Sep-2023

The German company has expanded its sustainable product portfolio and signed an exclusive distribution agreement in Europe with UPM Biochemicals

Brenntag has announced a sole distribution agreement for Europe with UPM Biochemicals for UPM BioPura, its sustainable bio mono-ethylene glycol (Bio-MEG). 

Bio-MEG can be used in a variety of applications, including polymers, coolants, textiles and a broad range of other use-cases.

UPM invests $1,180 million (USD $1,995,385) to build the world’s first industrial scale biorefinery in Leuna, Germany, where sustainably sourced, certified hardwood will be converted into next generation biochemicals that will enable the vital shift away from fossil-based to renewable materials across a wide range of industries.

UPM BioPura will be produced from certified hardwood obtained from regional forests around Leuna. The biomass does not compete with food resources and will provide manufacturers with a viable option to progress towards their net zero targets and significantly reduce their scope 3 emissions by switching effortlessly from fossil-based ingredients to renewable, drop-in solutions.

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“Brenntag is making significant progress towards its goal of furthering the distribution of sustainable chemicals. We are intensively field-testing new technologies to drive this change forward and are working closely with supply partners like UPM to offer our customers the best possible bio-based alternatives to established chemicals and ingredients to lower carbon emissions," said Wolfgang Edel, Senior Manager Sustainable Products and Solutions at Brenntag.

Brenntag aims to be a leader in the responsible distribution of sustainable chemicals and ingredients and shaping the sustainability agenda of the industry. Brenntag Essentials was selected for the market launch of UPM BioPura in Europe because of its highly diversified geographic, industry and product spread. The global reach, regional expertise and local excellence make Brenntag a reliable partner for a broad range of suppliers.  

“As we evaluated potential partners, we were impressed by Brenntag’s strong distribution network across Europe, as well as its holistic approach to sustainability,” explained Michael Duetsch, VP at Biochemicals at UPM. 

“Brenntag has demonstrated that they can market, deliver, and promote the advantages of sustainable solutions. We are very much looking forward to our collaboration and to opening up new channels for our products that serve a wide range of industries and applications,” continued Duetsch.

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