The mass-balance approach for a reduced carbon footprint and a circular economy
By introducing the branding “CQ”, Covestro has taken yet another step in underlining its commitment to climate neutrality and a circular economy. The branding suffix CQ stands for circular intelligence and highlights how innovative solutions can drive the circular economy ahead. And Covestro aims to continue expanding its range of chemicals and solutions that bear the CQ suffix.
Desmodur® CQ products play an important role in achieving our sustainability goals. Desmodur® CQ T80, Desmodur® CQ T65, Desmodur® CQ 44V70L MB and Desmodur® CQ 44V20L MB – in addition to our climate-neutral products Desmodur® CQ 44V70L MS and Desmodur® CQ 44V20L MS – are among the first products available with a significantly improved carbon footprint.
With the “CQ” concept, Covestro aims to highlight the alternative raw material base in products if it is at least 25 percent. Among the first “CQ” products, polyurethanes based on Desmodur® CQ are deployed, for example, in upholstered furniture, mattresses and thermal insulation. In addition, they are used, for instance, as coatings for cars or household appliances.
Customers can easily distinguish products based on alternative raw materials from fossil-based ones by the CQ label in the product name. All our solutions under the umbrella CQ show our intention of transforming our vision of a circular economy into reality and to help customers and partners achieve their sustainability and climate goals. In this way, we also aim to meet consumer demands for more sustainable products.
Raw materials produced from biomass and, in particular, from bio-waste and residual materials continue to gain importance. Both are now available in large quantities and can be used to manufacture a wide range of plastics. Through mass balancing, they are offered at the same high quality as their fossil-based counterparts without customers undertaking technical modifications or changing their processing operations.
In fact, Covestro works with a number of suppliers who offer the raw materials using a mass-balance approach certified according to the internationally recognized ISCC PLUS standard. The starting point also includes fossil raw materials, with the biological portions being allocated to the products by a third-party-audited allocation method.
Covestro is thus converting its production to the use of alternative and, above all, mass-balanced raw materials.
Solutions that can be adopted seamlessly without any technical or procedural modifications and a fully circular production that is ultimately independent of fossil resources – surely the benefits are clear. By focusing on these ambitious targets, we at Covestro are supporting a wide range of industries in reducing the carbon footprint of their own products.