Neste, Bugaboo, DSM Engineering Materials, and Fibrant partner to enable industry-first stroller portfolio made with bio-based materials
Neste Corporation, Press Release, 21 October 2022 at 8:00 a.m. (EET)
Bugaboo Donkey stroller in action. Photo: Bugaboo.
Today, Bugaboo, DSM Engineering Materials, Fibrant and Neste announce that their cross-value chain partnership has successfully enabled the launch of an entire Bugaboo stroller portfolio made with bio-based materials. Specifically, the majority of the strollers’ plastic parts are made using DSM Engineering Materials’ Akulon® 100% bio-based B-MB polyamide 6 (PA6), which in turn is made using bio-based feedstock from both Fibrant and Neste. DSM Engineering Materials uses a mass-balancing approach with renewable waste and residue raw material to enable a ~75% PA6 carbon footprint reduction compared to conventional PA6 and up to 24% of the entire stroller.
Earlier in 2022, Bugaboo announced ambitious targets to achieve net-zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2035. As most of Bugaboo’s impact derives from its Scope 3 emissions, a transition toward lower fossil carbon materials is a key element of the company’s environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategy. This aligns closely with the ambitions of the other partners: DSM Engineering Materials’ ongoing ambition of a full alternative portfolio of bio-based and circular solutions, helping to defossilize the economy as part of its SimplyCircular™ initiative, Fibrant’s commitment to make the entire value chain more sustainable and Neste’s offering of Neste RE™ feedstock for polymers and chemicals.
While conventional Akulon® PA6 is already an excellent-in-class for carbon footprint, switching to Akulon® 100% bio-based B-MB PA6 offers a significant carbon footprint reduction compared to conventional PA6 and helps to further de-fossilize the value chain. Used in the entire stroller line, the new material was developed by DSM Engineering Materials in collaboration with its partners Fibrant and Neste. Specifically, Neste provided renewable Neste RE™, a feedstock for polymers made 100% from bio-based materials such as waste and residues, which was used to replace fossil feedstock in the value chain. DSM Engineering Materials, Fibrant, and Neste are all ISCC-PLUS certified.
With identical mechanical performance and characteristics to conventional Akulon® grades, this mass-balanced bio-based Akulon® PA6 offers the quality and durability necessary to comply with Bugaboo’s strict safety standards, making it a drop-in substitution while enabling a CO2 reduction of up to 24% per stroller in line with the company’s ambitious ESG targets. This first line of strollers will be gradually available online and in stores worldwide in the coming period. In addition, over the course of 2023, Bugaboo will transition its entire stroller portfolio to production with bio-based materials.
Adriaan Thiery, CEO at Bugaboo, comments: “Tackling the imminent climate crisis and all its consequences requires companies to take responsibility now – but no company can achieve a circular economy alone. By partnering along the value chain, we can benefit from innovative low-carbon emission solutions like bio-based PA6, which enable companies like Bugaboo to achieve our ESG goals, stick to our Paris Agreement targets, and move toward a circular, low-carbon economy.”
Roeland Polet, President DSM Engineering Materials, says: “As Bugaboo becomes one of the earliest pioneers of bio-based PA6, we’re very proud that our collaboration with Fibrant and Neste has produced such an innovative material. Collaboration remains key as we work toward the sustainable economy that consumers know we need, and sustainable circular solutions like our bio-based PA6 are practical ways for our partners to get ahead by realising their environmental ambitions while making positive impacts at scale. We’re looking forward to supporting many more of our partners as they follow Bugaboo’s example and lead the way toward a more sustainable society.”
Martijn Amory, CEO Fibrant, says : “Acting now is at the core of Fibrants’ commitment to climate neutrality. We are proud that by applying our EcoLactam® Bio in this cross-value-chain collaboration, we are enabling a significant and excellent-in-class carbon footprint reduction. This confirms our view that innovation and partnership lead the way to a sustainable future.”
Mercedes Alonso, Executive Vice President at Neste Renewable Polymers and Chemicals: “The cooperation with Bugaboo, DSM and Fibrant shows what joint efforts can achieve in our industry: a high quality, yet more sustainable product leading to significant reductions in our industry’s dependence on fossil resources. It shows once more that where there is a will to cooperate, there is change and it also is another example that change is possible in all kinds of industries and applications: Industry-wise, there are no limits when it comes to making polymers more sustainable.”
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Neste in brief
Neste (NESTE, Nasdaq Helsinki) creates solutions for combating climate change and accelerating a shift to a circular economy. We refine waste, residues and innovative raw materials into renewable fuels and sustainable feedstock for plastics and other materials. We are the world’s leading producer of sustainable aviation fuel and renewable diesel and developing chemical recycling to combat the plastic waste challenge. We aim at helping customers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions with our renewable and circular solutions by at least 20 million tons annually by 2030. Our ambition is to make the Porvoo oil refinery in Finland the most sustainable refinery in Europe by 2030. We are introducing renewable and recycled raw materials such as liquefied waste plastic as refinery raw materials. We have committed to reaching carbon-neutral production by 2035, and we will reduce the carbon emission intensity of sold products by 50% by 2040. We also have set high standards for biodiversity, human rights and supply chain. We have consistently been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices and the Global 100 list of the world’s most sustainable companies. In 2021, Neste's revenue stood at EUR 15.1 billion. Read more: neste.com
DSM in brief
DSM Engineering Materials is a business group of Royal DSM, a global, purpose-led company in Health, Nutrition & Bioscience, applying science to improve the health of people, animals, and the planet. DSM’s purpose is to create brighter lives for all. DSM’s products and solutions address some of the world’s biggest challenges while simultaneously creating economic, environmental, and societal value for all its stakeholders – customers, employees, shareholders, and society at large. The company was founded in 1902 and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. More information can be found at www.dsm.com.
Fibrant in brief
Our story began in 1952, with the opening of the first factory in The Netherlands to manufacture Caprolactam. Fibrant is currently a part of HSCC (Highsun Group China), with production facilities in the Netherlands (Geleen) and in China (Fuzhou and Nanjing). Together, we are the world's largest Caprolactam and Ammonium Sulfate producer. Fibrant aims to maintain the undeniable market leader position for Caprolactam, Cyclohexanone, and Ammonium Sulfate. We are proud to set the standard in low carbon footprint, bio-based, and circular Caprolactam with the introduction of EcoLactam®, our latest generation of products. We serve numerous value chains, including textile, automotive, food packaging, and agricultural chains, through valued business partners, relying on superior and environmentally friendly products. Fibrant has a team of approximately 350 specialists working in the Netherlands, with headquarters in Urmond and the Chemelot site in Geleen, the Netherlands’ chemical hub. We stand for 'Future Forward Chemistry,' referring not only to innovation and sustainability as critical success factors, but also to the drive and the mindset of employees and business partners. More information is available at www.fibrant52.com