Scaling up Sustainability in Synthetic Rubber

In Trinseo’s synthetic rubber activities, we focus on an ambitious set of sustainability goals – and on helping our customers achieve their own targets. They can benefit from strong technical support, state-of-the-art assets, and above all from our innovation and technology leadership in synthetic rubber stretching back over eight decades.

As societal demands change and consumers place more emphasis on environmental factors, Trinseo Synthetic Rubber has taken a leading role in giving materials a more sustainable life cycle. This is a multi-faceted effort, including sourcing feedstocks responsibly and extracting maximum performance and efficiency from products when in use. To us, it means moving towards a circular economy in which synthetic rubber materials are returned to the value chain after use, instead of being wasted.

For Trinseo being a frontrunner in a sustainability-focused synthetic rubber business means:

  • Scaling up the use of certified renewable and circular raw materials
  • Decreasing tire rolling resistance to save fuel and limit CO2 emissions
  • Developing solutions for the collection, processing, and recycling of end-of-life tires

And all the while engaging with the entire value chain to ensure it both contributes to and benefits from these measures.

Driving sustainable mobility with functionalized S-SBR

Our forward-thinking team and proprietary functionalization technologies enable both superior performance and environmental advantages for the most demanding application requirements. The development of functionalized S-SBR (Solution-Styrene Butadiene Rubber) has been a key milestone in our synthetic rubber sustainability journey.

Trinseo’s functionalized S-SBR has been proven to reduce rolling resistance lab indicators by 50 percent without undue compromise to wet grip or wear resistance. If consumers fit tires that are produced using S-SBR to a vehicle, they can achieve 3-5 percent more fuel efficiency in the tires use phase, which accounts for 90 percent of total life-cycle emissions. This motivates us to constantly innovate and develop new grades of functionalized S-SBR.

Input equals output – our mass balance certification is true customer value

We received mass balance certification according to the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) standard for the synthetic rubber that we produce in Schkopau, Germany. The mass balance approach means that inputs of sustainable feedstock at the beginning of the value chain are attributed downstream.

Mass balance is one of our ways of taking action with regard to sustainability and increasing support for the bio- and circular economy through cost-effective scalability that derives from the involvement of large industrial players. This chain-of-custody model allows Trinseo customers to benefit directly: they can now credibly claim the use of Trinseo synthetic rubber based on renewable/recycled feedstock in their own products.

Make tires from tires – high-performance recycled rubber powder

Our Synthetic Rubber team believes that close collaboration with the customer is essential to achieving full circularity and has engaged in several partnerships to help the performance tire market to achieve their goals to become at least 80 percent sustainable by 2045.One of these partnerships is with Tyre Recycling Solutions SA (TRS), a company focused on building profitable, sustainable, and global solutions for the collection, processing, and recycling of end-of-life tires. Our two organizations are joining forces and putting their technology and stakeholder networks to use to develop solutions that further drive circularity in synthetic rubber.

Select from our available resources to learn more about the application segments we support with innovative synthetic rubber solutions and scaling up sustainability. We invite you to get in touch with us to discuss how we can work together to help enhance your material solutions for synthetic rubber applications.

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