Chemicals & Polymers Fast Facts

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  • The global production of plastics amounted to 359 million tonnes in 2019.

  • 16% of crude oil goes directly into petrochemicals.

  • The industry is committed to tackling sustainability challenges through different feedstocks and production systems, with a focus on the use of bio-based and circular approaches.

  • RSB’s approach to Advanced Products focuses on positive impacts: demonstrating that products are produced more sustainably, using fewer fossil resources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


The ubiquity of chemical and polymer products has come to be associated with major social and environmental challenges, as well as contributing to climate change through their carbon intensive production.

The sector is looking for solutions today.


    Uptake of bio-based alternative feedstocks continues to grow. However, without sustainability certification, bio-based plastic production can result in food security being threatened, human, labour, and land rights being infringed upon, and environmental damage such as destruction of forests and water resources.


    Waste feedstock offers an exciting solution for companies looking to increase the circularity of their production system. Increased technology, capacity and uptake for chemical recycling – which breaks products down to their monomer form to re-enter the production system – is helping to overcome the limitations of mechanical recycling.


    Demonstrating GHG reduction across the supply chain enables industry to represent the climate impacts of complex production systems.

Practical Solutions for the Chemicals & Polymers Sector

The RSB Advanced Products Standard has been developed to support the chemicals and polymers sector with its transition to real and credible sustainability, by providing a system to trace materials and impacts through complex supply chains and processes – enabling industry leaders to make powerful sustainability claims about their products.



  • Suitable for any feedstock, material, or supply chain — on a global level.
  • Work with existing infrastructure as well as new and innovative processes and facilities, thereby building on highly efficient supply chains.
  • One uniform standard for bio-based, recycled content, and attributed systems.
  • Approved through a multi-stakeholder, consensus-based process which is compliant with ISEAL.
  • Contain robust sustainability criteria recognised and trusted by WWF, IUCN and NRDC.
  • The global Bioplastics Feedstock Alliance (BFA) recommends RSB for credible supply chain certification of biomaterials and its multi-feedstock approach.
  • Utilise GHG calculation and tracking along the whole supply chain, for an accurate GHG claim on the final product.
  • Enable calculation of a clear metric to communicate the replacement of fossil materials.
  • Sustainability requirements apply to industrial operators, ensuring high levels of confidence in social and environmental claims along the entire supply chain.


RSB-certified bio-naphtha is mixed with virgin fossil naphtha from UPM when it enters the INEOS O&P supply chain in Germany. The RSB-certified output material from their cracker is attributed (meaning the RSB sustainability characteristic is given to a selected batch of material) to the correct volume of ethylene ready to be sold to INOVYN for conversion to bio-attributed PVC – which is supplied to Tarkett for the production of PVC floor rolls and tiles which carry an RSB certification.

Positive Impacts Across the Supply Chain

Powerful Claims

RSB's Chemicals & Polymers Team


By creating solutions to ensure the sustainability of evolving bio-based and circular production, agricultural and energy systems, RSB is helping to drive a just transition to a net positive world.

By 2030, the RSB will have supported the emergence of a new world bioeconomy founded on social, economic and environmental considerations that contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals – reducing climate impacts, enhancing food security and rural development, and protecting ecosystems.


Germany's oldest eco label, Blauer Engel (Blue Angel), found that RSB is the only certification system for biomass that fulfil their own rigorous requirements to be recognised under their own approach.

Blue Angel