Circular Propylene Glycol solutions

Dow announces launch of reduced carbon, bio-based, and circular Propylene Glycol solutions to support more sustainable offerings for propylene glycol applications.
Propylene glycol plant in Stade, Germany (source: Dow)

Dow Polyurethanes, a business division of Dow, launched a new range of propylene glycol (PG) solutions featuring alternative – lower carbon, bio-based and circular – feedstocks in Europe.

Customers can now deliver end-products to a broad range of industries, such as pharmaceutical, agricultural, and food, with third-party validated sustainability benefits due to a mass balance approach. This mass balance approach traces the flow of sustainable raw materials used to manufacture PG through a complex value chain and attributes it based on verifiable bookkeeping; an approach that has received ISCC PLUS certification.

“We recognize the demand for increasing the use of renewable material to reduce carbon and enable circularity. By applying our low carbon, bio-based, and advanced recycling technologies, we are making this a reality for PG. Customers benefit from the same high-quality performance with the added benefit of a more sustainable material,” said Andrew Jones, global business director, Dow CAV & POPG.

By using its existing innovative technologies, three variations of Dow’s propylene glycol will be available:

  • Propylene Glycol RDC featuring Decarbia reduced carbon technology,
  • Propylene Glycol REN featuring Ecolibrium bio-based technology,
  • Propylene Glycol CIR featuring Renuva high performance recycled content.

PG RDC, PG REN and PG CIR are suitable for a broad range of applications across industries as diverse as agricultural, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, textile and food. Over the coming months, Dow intends to launch equivalent products in other regions of the world.


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