Perstorp unveils new drop-in replacements for a low-emission future of synthetic polyol esters

Leading specialty chemicals innovator Perstorp has launched new grades for carboxylic acids which are now available with 100% renewable, traceable mass balanced content and the market’s lowest product carbon footprint.

Malmö September 14, 2023 - The new products, Valeric Acid Pro 100 and 2-Ethylhexanoic Acid Pro 100, represent the latest stride in Perstorp's mission towards becoming Finite Material Neutral™, heralding a significant shift in the industry's dependence on virgin fossil raw materials while allowing downstream industries to reduce Scope 3 emissions.

When considering the biogenic CO2 uptake1 absorbed by the renewable raw materials used, these products demonstrate a negative carbon footprint from the cradle to the Perstorp gate. Developed based on a traceable mass balance concept, Valeric Acid Pro 100 and 2-EHA Pro 100 are designed to minimize the carbon footprint2 throughout the value chain, supporting sustainable sourcing of renewable and recycled raw materials.

Valeric Acid Pro 100 and 2-EHA Pro 100, as well as all Perstorp’s Pro-Environment offerings, bear the ISCC PLUS (International Sustainability & Carbon Certification) sustainability certification. This seal of approval attests that stringent sustainability standards are met, including the products, the mass balance methodology, and the product carbon footprint (PCF) calculations. Both products exhibit a negative cradle-to-gate PCF value, aligned with Together for Sustainability methodology.

Together with Perstorp’s portfolio of Pro-Environment Polyols (Neeture™, Evyron™, and Voxtar™) the debut of Valeric Acid Pro 100 and 2-EHA Pro 100 marks the inauguration of a comprehensive portfolio of Polyol Esters (POE) building blocks, positioning Perstorp as a sustainable solutions provider for businesses aspiring to lessen their reliance on virgin fossil raw materials and minimize their product or corporate carbon footprints.

“The synthetic lubricant industry is inherently a sustainable industry,” says Dr. Valentina Serra Holm, Perstorp’s Vice President of Engineered Fluids. “The use of synthetic lubricants is making a positive impact by reducing the energy used and extending the lifetime of parts. Now, in addition to sustainable applications, we can proudly offer a wide range of more sustainable building blocks for polyol esters.”

By introducing Valeric Acid Pro 100 and 2-EHA Pro 100 to its Pro-Environment portfolio, Perstorp continues to demonstrate its steadfast commitment to a sustainable future. These Pro-Environment products match the performance and quality of their fossil counterparts but exhibit a superior environmental profile. By employing traceable mass balance, Perstorp helps to shift the feedstocks of the chemical industry to renewable and recycled sources, but without the need for long development lead-times. These drop-in solutions offer a seamless transition with the same quality and performance as the fossil-based products.

“Mass balance, with chemical and physical traceability, is a crucial methodology that contributes traceability, efficiency, accountability, compliance, and sustainability across industries and processes,” says Elisa Swanson-Parbäck, Global Marketing Director for Sustainable Lubricants at Perstorp. “It enables our customers to accurately track materials and make informed decisions. Further on, it showcases our commitment, long-term and short-term, to responsible practices as we can ensure our value chain partners that we apply a credible and transparent transition towards renewable raw materials.”

Emphasizing transparency and traceability, the Traceable Mass Balance applies chemical and physical traceability principles. This ensures the product's progressive transition from fossil to fully renewable and/or recycled, marking a significant stride towards sustainability in the synthetic lubricants sector.

The launch of Valeric Acid Pro 100 and 2-EHA Pro 100 marks another significant milestone in Perstorp's quest to lead the industry's shift towards renewable and recycled raw materials. It reflects an exciting step towards future-proofing, gradually phasing out virgin fossil raw materials for a variety of applications, including synthetic oil in the aviation and automotive lubricants market segments.

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1 Biogenic CO2 uptake refers to the CO2 captured by the plant/biomass from the atmosphere, during the photosynthesis process, while growing.
2 Negative product carbon footprint implies a net removal of CO2 from cradle to Perstorp gate when factoring in the biogenic CO2 uptake. The conversion of biomass into products thereby signifies a net CO2 extraction via its storage in the final product.

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Perstorp believes in improving everyday life – making it safer, more convenient and more environmentally sound for billions of people all over the world. As a world leading specialty chemicals company, our innovations provide essential properties for products used every day and everywhere. You’ll find us all the way from your car and mobile phone to towering wind turbines and the local dairy farm. Simply put, we work to make good products even better, with a clear sustainability agenda.

Founded in Sweden in 1881, Perstorp’s focused innovation builds on more than 140 years of experience, representing a complete chain of solutions in organic chemistry, process technology and application development. Perstorp has approximately 1,500 employees and manufacturing units in Asia, Europe and North America. Sales in 2022 amounted to 15.3 billion SEK. Perstorp is a wholly-owned subsidiary of PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad (PCG), Malaysia´s leading integrated chemicals provider and part of PETRONAS Group.

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