Covestro and LANXESS are cooperating in the energy-intensive production of basic chemicals at the Lower Rhine sites in Germany, to make the chemicals more climate friendly. LANXESS procures chlorine, caustic soda, and hydrogen from the ISCC PLUS-certified sites of Covestro in Leverkusen, Germany, and Krefeld-Uerdingen, Germany. With immediate effect, Covestro is manufacturing around one-third of the volume of products it supplies to LANXESS using energy from hydropower based on guarantees of origin. 

"Covestro is pursuing the goal of completely converting its production to electricity from renewable sources on its path to operational climate neutrality in 2035," said Klaus Schäfer, Ph.D., chief technology officer of Covestro. "A particular focus is on the energy-intensive production of basic raw materials. In cooperation with LANXESS, we use energy in our electrolysis plants in North Rhine-Westphalia on a pro-rata basis, which enables us to reduce our reported emissions by up to 120,000 metric tons of CO2 per year." 

"The joint project with Covestro is an important building block in making our entire value chain climate-neutral. By sourcing raw materials for these products with a significantly reduced carbon footprint, we will be able to reduce our reported indirect emissions by up to 120,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalents per year," said Hubert Fink, Ph.D., member of the LANXESS board of management.

Chlorine, caustic soda, and hydrogen are basic building blocks for many products in the chemical industry. However, their production is very energy-intensive. LANXESS uses the raw materials supplied by Covestro, for example, for products that are then used in the food and agricultural industries. Covestro produces the three basic raw materials at its North Rhine-Westphalian sites in Leverkusen, Krefeld-Uerdingen, and Dormagen. Both of the former have already been certified to the internationally recognized ISCC PLUS standard for the production of the strategic raw material chlorine – this is also planned for Dormagen in the near future.

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