BASF launches the first biomass balanced products for its ammonia and urea portfolio

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BASF replaces fossil resources at the beginning of the production process with certified biowaste raw materials, alongside electricity from renewable sources to reduce its product's carbon footprint by at least 80%.

German chemicals producer Badische Anilin und Soda Fabrik (BASF) introduced its first biomass balanced (BMB) ammonia and urea products to its portfolio, the company announced on Thursday.

The wide range of products includes ammonia anhydrous BMBcert, ammonia solution 24.5% BMBcert, urea prills BMBcert, urea solution 40% BMBcert and urea solution 45% BMBcert.

The role of renewables

BASF, the world's largest chemicals producer, replaces fossil resources at the beginning of the production process with certified biowaste raw materials to reduce product-related emissions.

The mass balanced products are certified according to International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) PLUS standards.

Additionally, BASF is using electricity from renewable sources for the manufacturing of the ammonia and urea products, further lowering emissions.

These measures shrink the products’ carbon footprint by at least 80%, when compared to the average carbon footprint of products made using conventional fossil ammonia derivatives.

The certified BMBcert products also allow customers to reduce their scope 3 emissions.

Dr. Jens Aßmann, Vice President Business Management Ammonia Value Chain and Operations Amino Resins at BASF said in a press statement, “BASF was the first company to develop both an industrial ammonia as well as an industrial urea process.”

“Today, we are the first company that offers such biomass balanced options as part of the regular ammonia and urea portfolio,” she continued.

With this portfolio, BASF meets the rising demand in industry while helping its customers reach their sustainability targets, she added.

The BMB ammonia derivative portfolio is a further step on the sustainability roadmap of BASF’s Monomers division which was announced last year.

The company aims to produce at least lower carbon footprint product option for every major product line by 2025, reinforcing BASF’s path to climate neutrality and net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050.


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