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Makrolon® RE for light switches and sockets of SAGA™ collection

In a groundbreaking collaboration, ABB, a pioneer in electrification and home and building automation, partnered with us to revolutionize the switches and sockets industry. This alliance, introduced the first-ever switches and sockets made with Makrolon® RE from Covestro, setting new standards for more sustainable innovation, based on a mass balance approach.
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Task

ABB’s strong focus on more sustainable light switches and sockets

ABB’s focus on a more circular economy aligns with the task, aiming to achieve a low-carbon society, preserve resources, and drive social progress. At Covestro, our mission is to support our partners with more sustainable materials, paving the way into a climate neutral* future. Together with ABB, we developed the industry’s first switches and sockets made from Makrolon® RE, a high-performance polycarbonate with very low carbon footprint. Selected Makrolon® RE grades are climate-neutral* from cradle to gate.

“Utilizing Covestro's solutions is not just a choice; it's a strategic relief. It's about crafting products that don't just connect circuits but connect with a sustainable future and setting a new standard for responsible electrification."

Sven Werdes

Global Product Line Manager, ABB

Challenge

Mission zero carbon footprint

Solution

Eco-conscious electrification with more sustainable polycarbonate

Our material solution for ABBs challenging goals is Makrolon® RE, a bio-circular and, as a thermoplastic polymer, recyclable material.

ABB’s Mission to Zero™ program drives the Porvoo factory to achieve carbon-neutral operations, showcasing a significant leap towards sustainability. The SAGA™ wiring collection, a testament to this collaboration, not only meets but exceeds the highest quality standards.

Covestro’s crucial role in this journey involves supporting ABB with low carbon footprint Makrolon® RE, a more sustainable polycarbonate with UV resistance in signal white. This product solution not only addresses the challenge of sustainability but also sets new benchmarks for high product quality and environmental responsibility in the switches and sockets industry.

“By utilizing Makrolon® RE for the SAGA™ series of switches and sockets, we not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions but also substitute fossil fuels with renewable raw materials in the value chain. This collaboration marks a milestone towards eco-conscious electrification, creating high-quality products simultaneously.”

Dr. Niklas Meine

Senior Industrial Marketing Manager, Covestro

Key benefits

  • Bio-circular raw materials Bio-circular contents of ISCC PLUS certified waste and residues of biological origin are allocated via mass balance.
  • Carbon footprint reduction Significant reduction of the product's CO₂ footprint through the use of Makrolon® RE. Some grades are climate-neutral* from cradle to gate.
  • Drop-in Solution Our RE series can be seamlessly integrated into existing systems without requiring technical investment or production interruptions.
  • High quality Material in signal white with UV resistance properties.
*Climate neutral is the result of an assessment of a partial product life cycle from resource extraction (cradle) to the factory gate, also referred to as cradle to gate assessment. The methodology of our Life Cycle Assessment is based on the ISO 14040 standard, critically reviewed by TÜV Rheinland on the basis of a plausibility check. The calculation considers biogenic carbon sequestration based on preliminary supply chain data and replacing electricity grid mix with renewable electricity used for the manufacturing process. No offsetting measures have been applied.

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