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BASF Environmental Catalyst and Metal Solutions has long been a leader in advancing circularity and sustainability through our metals expertise. Now, we’re raising the bar again, with Verdium — a new recycled metal approach that sets the standard in the PGM space for independent, third-party certification based on mass balance.

Designed with their unique needs in mind, Verdium is accelerating our customers’ specific sustainability strategies, while moving the world closer to net zero.

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What is Verdium?

Verdium is a new approach to recycled metal that sets the standard for third-party audit in the PGM space based on mass balance.

How is Verdium different?

Verdium is raising the bar for recycled PGM certifications and opening up new avenues for customers to advance their sustainability strategies. Recognizing the pressing demand for tangible sustainability progress, BASF ECMS worked in close consultation with customers to design Verdium as a traceable, audited solution that can help customers take measurable strides towards their goals.

Why Verdium is Impactful

Just one kilogram of Verdium means over thirty metric tons of carbon reduction. That’s the difference recycled PGMs make. Verdium can lower emissions by up to 97%, in comparison to refining primary materials. And by providing verified, detailed documentation, we’re giving businesses the carbon reduction metrics they need. Verdium helps customers make a significant, measurable leap forward in their sustainability journey, while supporting a circular economy that protects our planet.

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How can Verdium help your company?

Just one kilogram of Verdium saves up to thirty metric tons of CO2 equivalent, due to the carbon emissions impact of PGM mining1. That means reducing carbon emissions by up to 97%, maximizing the sustainable impact of our customers’ operations, enabling them to produce more sustainable products, and lowering their Scope 3 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The validated environmental claim by UL Solutions is available for metals purchases, but also for final products such as Mobile Emissions Catalysts or Precious Metal Chemicals. The validated chain of custody extends to the final products sold by ECMS.

1Sphera Solutions GmbH (2022): GaBi Database Edition 2022, SP37 62

How was Verdium developed?

ECMS worked in close consultation with customers to design Verdium as an audited solution that can help customer take measurable strides towards their sustainability goals.

What are Scope 3 GHG emissions and why do they matter?

GHG Protocol establishes comprehensive global standardized frameworks to measure and manage greenhouse gas emissions from private and public sector operations, value chains and mitigation actions.

It is a method of quantifying a company’s impact on climate change, using three categories to account for the various ways that companies can impact the atmosphere. Within this framework, emissions are classified as Scope 1, 2 or 3. This approach has gained momentum following the 2015 Paris Agreement.

The Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures, a group led by the finance industry, was set up in the same year to encourage companies to publish details about any environmental risks in the public domain. Sustainability and climate related disclosures have become an important part of the reporting landscape.

Companies are now aiming to decarbonize their supply chains by tackling scope 3 emissions (indirect emissions along the value chain). Scope 3 emissions are difficult for companies to manage because they reside outside the companies’ direct control.

As industry confronts the scope of global climate challenge, regulation by bodies such as the Securities & Exchange Commission and European Sustainability Reporting Standards will require increased transparency and disclosure on climate-related metrics.

What is mass balance?

Mass balance is one of several chain-of-custody models. It is based on the attribution of specific properties of input materials in a mixture of inputs to specific output materials. Chain of custody models were developed within the chemical and other industries over the years and formally defined in 2020 with ISO 22095. The current ISO standard describes mass balance as a “chain of custody” model in which materials or products with a set of specified characteristics are mixed according to defined criteria with materials or products without that set of characteristics.”

Is Mass Balance an accepted approach in other materials industries?

Yes, it has been applied already for a long time in the wood (Forest Stewardship Council®) and palm oil (Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil™) industries, for example. Today, many other industries utilize similar approaches, like cotton textiles (Better Cotton™) or cocoa (UTZ).

Who provides third-party certification of Verdium?

Verdium has been independently validated by UL Solutions, a global safety science company based in Northbrook, Illinois. It is certified to UL Solutions’ mass balance chain of custody (CoC) standard UL 2809-1, the Environmental Claim Validation Procedure for Defined Source Content, which is in accordance with CoC design and models specified in ISO 22095. The validation process includes annual CoC audits and site visits by UL Solutions.

Who can purchase Verdium?

PGM customers in Europe and the United States can purchase Verdium. Customers will receive the same quality recycled metal from ECMS, but with Verdium, they can verify their carbon reduction. Documented verification will confirm the amount of recycled metals purchased and applied to select end products, which can be traced to a concrete carbon metric.


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