ISCC PLUS certification completed for Scanfill and Polykemi

Press release,23 November, 2023

Scanfill and our parent company Polykemi are now certified according to ISCC PLUS. The certification guarantees total traceability in the production and delivery of bio-circular mass balance certified plastic raw material – another step towards increased sustainability and reduced climate footprint.

An obvious step in a conscious market

The ISCC PLUS certification is part of the Polykemi Group’s global efforts for a progressive and sustainable industry, but also a natural effect of increasing customer awareness.

”We need to be able to show what we are doing to reduce the carbon footprint of our materials. It’s not a request from customers anymore, it’s a requirement. The certification enables us to offer high-performance materials that reduce the amount of fossil raw material and ultimately the climate footprint,” says Jörgen Andersson, Quality and Environmental Manager at Polykemi Group.

Bio-based and bio-circular materials become traceable

Bio-based refers to any material whose raw material is derived from plants (e.g. corn or sugar cane), while bio-circular refers to the part of bio-based material whose raw material comes from biological residues (e.g. used frying oil from the restaurant industry or waste from the forestry industry).

”Technically, we have been able to offer this type of both bio-based and bio-circular materials before, but now with certificates specifying how much biomaterial our supplier used in their process, and how much we then used in our materials, we can provide the customer with a traceable, accurate receipt of the content,” says Jörgen Andersson.

Jörgen Andersson, Quality and Environmental Manager at Polykemi Group

”The difference in material quality between our bio-circular PP materials and conventional PP materials is actually none at all, they have the same technical performance. The difference lies in the used proportion of fossil-based raw material, which is lower in the bio-circular materials, thus resulting in a lower climate impact.”

Certified recycled materials is the next step

The current certification applies to Polykemi and Scanfill in Ystad, Sweden, and Scanfill’s sister company Rondo Plast has also initiated the project to obtain the same or similar certification.

”A certification for Rondo would mean that our customers can buy materials based on recycled raw materials with certificates that trace the material back in the production chain. However, the certification process is more extensive and complex when it comes to recycled raw materials and therefore comes in a second step,” says Jörgen Andersson.