Braskem to present its green plastic at COP16
Braskem, the largest producer of thermoplastic resins in the Americas, will participate in the 16th Conference of the Parties (COP-16) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which will be held from November 29 to December 10, 2010 in Cancun, Mexico. The initiative reinforces the company’s positioning of maintaining a presence in various production chains, always with a view to promoting sustainable development.
At the meeting, Braskem will raise new topics for discussion that could give the leaders in attendance an opportunity to learn about unique views as well as emphasize Brazil’s vanguard position. One of Braskem's key objectives is to reinforce the importance of renewable raw materials in production processes, presenting as an example its recently released green plastic, which is made from sugarcane. In September, Braskem inaugurated the world’s first plant producing green ethylene on an industrial scale. More recently, it also announced the conclusion of the conceptual phase of its project to build a new green propylene plant, which should begin operations in 2013. The technology for making sustainable resins will be presented at the conference as a key solution for creating a low-carbon economy on a global scale.
In addition, since it a representative of the chemicals industry at COP16, Braskem will be responsible for presenting and mediating a debate on the industry's contributions to climate change, which be given on December 7 at the Brazil Pavilion.
"Braskem believes that topics such as climate change and new technologies promoting sustainability must be adequately supported. That's why we are participating in COP16 to present our experience and give all the support needed to foster this debate," said Jorge Soto, Braskem's sustainable development officer.
In parallel to COP16, Green Solutions@COP16 will also be taking place, which is organized by the Mexican government and sponsored by several companies. The meeting will be held on December 5-9 and was created to promote the exchange of ideas on climate change among leaders in the private sector, with a focus on investing in and developing new technologies.