Significantly expanding the reach of its circular economy portfolio, Covestro’s production site in Baytown, Texas has received the ISCC (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification) PLUS certification. The Baytown site is the company's largest operating facility in North and South America and its third-largest production site worldwide. All of Covestro's major sites are now certified by the internationally recognized ISCC PLUS standard. Covestro is the first manufacturer of polyurethane and polycarbonate raw materials to receive this certification in the United States.  

"Thanks to this new milestone, Covestro will soon be able to serve even more customers around the world with an easily accessible, more sustainable product portfolio," said Sucheta Govil, chief commercial officer of Covestro. "Customers in North America can now reduce their carbon footprint and Scope 3 emissions with drop-in, mass-balanced materials derived from recycled and bio-attributed products."

Covestro has introduced a specially branded product line with the suffix "CQ,” an abbreviation of circular intelligence. It is a portfolio of products with attribution of at least 25% alternative raw materials derived from biomass or recycled plastics. Covestro currently has hundreds of CQ products and is continuously expanding this portfolio. 

Covestro is also introducing the name Evocycle® CQ for all evolutionary recycling processes. The first project of this kind is called Evocycle CQ Mattress and denotes an innovative chemical recycling technology for polyurethane mattress foam. 

The ISCC PLUS certified products produced at Covestro’s Baytown facilities will include hexamethylene diisocyanate (HDI), isophorone diisocyanate (IPDI), Desmodur® W and Desmodur Z, which are used in various coatings and adhesive applications

The products will be produced using a mass-balance approach. Sustainable raw materials will be accounted for throughout the value chain and production process, allowing for an accurate attribution in the end products. The existing production infrastructure will be utilized while reducing the carbon footprint of the final products.

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