BP Aromatics is committed to leading the PTA industry in minimising its environmental impact and in supporting our customers in their sustainability goals by helping to reduce the environmental footprint of polyester products.

This commitment has led us to conduct life-cycle assessments of the products manufactured on our sites and enabled us to focus our efforts on the activities of greatest impact in terms of greenhouse gases, water and waste.

Our focus on understanding the full life cycle of our products has greatly supported the continuous improvement of the environmental performance of our proprietary PX and PTA technologies: we estimate that our latest generation PTA technology delivers 65% fewer GHG emissions 75% less water discharge and 95% less solid waste disposal than conventional PTA technology of the 1990’s1.

By applying the latest PTA technology to the world-scale production facilities at Cooper River, South Carolina and Geel, Belgium, we expect to greatly improve feedstock and energy efficiency thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

In support of a wider sustainability agenda, BP Aromatics Ltd NV is now launching a new low carbon PTA2: PTAirTM.

A feature of PTAirTM is its use of proprietary PX and PTA technology which supports a 29% lower global warming potential than the average European PTA production3.This low carbon benefit has been independently assured by ERM CVS4.

In addition to this BP Aromatics will also be launching PTAirTM Neutral, the world’s first certified CO2e neutral PTA.

PTAirTM Neutral offers customers the opportunity to purchase a carbon neutral product where associated CO2e emissions are mitigated through the investment in carbon projects providing equivalent CO2 benefits and delivering a net zero position.

These projects, located around the world, provide economic, social and environmental benefits to the communities they serve.  

We believe by collaborating in these activities with our customers and our customers’ customers we are taking an important step to improving sustainability in the polyester industry and moving towards a lower carbon future.

1 derived from BP analysis based on publicly available competitor data and compared to conventional technology of 1990’s.     

 2 based on an independent cradle-to-gate Eco-profile by IFEU reviewed by ERM Certification and Verification Services (ERM CVS). The study conducted by IFEU uses Plastics Europe Methodology to compare the environmental impact of 1 Kg of BP  Geel PTA manufactured with BP integrated PX (integrated production) to PTA produced in Europe as published in the Environmental Product Declaration of the PET Manufacturers in Europe February 2016.The study is in accordance to ISO 14040–44 requirements. Data for both studies are based on 2013. Mass balance approach based on proportion of integrated PX versus total consumption. XTM is a trade mark of BP p.l.c.  

3compared to the Global Warming Potential (100 years) per 1 kg PTA as published in the Environmental Product Declaration of the PET Manufacturers in Europe February 2016. PTA produced by BP Aromatics NV in Geel is included in the European study average and represents ~30% of the total installed production capacity in Europe in the input      

4 The full assurance opinion of ERM CVS can be found at www.bp.com/bp-geel/ptair/assurance