INEOS Inovyn’s Antwerp hydrogen production has been certified under the ISCC (International Sustainability & Carbon Certification) PLUS scheme. How will this help its customers to market low-carbon products?
As the largest operator of electrolysis technology in Europe, INEOS Inovyn is producing 60,000 tonnes of low-carbon hydrogen annually across multiple sites.
Hydrogen production at the group’s Antwerp site is now certified under ISCC PLUS – a global voluntary certification program for bio-based, circular, and renewable raw materials across all markets.
It marks INEOS Inovyn as the first certified company in Europe to have its required GHG data fully audited, providing added value to customers by enabling the traceability of sustainable materials along supply chains.
INEOS has said that customers using its renewable hydrogen will now be able to develop sustainable downstream products that benefit from this certification, along with reducing their Scope 3 emissions.
The certification will help drive the market towards reaching net zero
Business Director Hydrogen at INEOS Inovyn, Wouter Bleukx, explained that the certification reflects how important it is for Europe and beyond to focus on becoming more sustainable.
Wouter said: “This demonstrates our commitment to providing industry leadership and strengthening Europe’s renewable hydrogen production.
“It allows our customers to calculate their own product footprints, enabling them to market lower carbon products.”
INEOS Inovyn’s Antwerp site produces hydrogen through Chlor-Alkali electrolysis; the electrolysis of brine producing chlorine, caustic soda/potash, sodium hypochlorite, and hydrogen.
The electricity used to produce this hydrogen comes directly from wind turbines off Belgium’s North Coast.
On this, Wouter highlighted that amplifying the importance of hydrogen is needed to push the transition to reach net zero: “We use renewable electricity from existing and local Power Purchase Agreements to produce renewable hydrogen.”
I’m proud that our hydrogen is now labelled renewable-energy-derived material and hope this drives the market towards greater sustainability.
Continuing, Wouter expressed that the certification also reflects how this hydrogen will be key to boosting and supporting Europe’s hydrogen market: “Hydrogen produced from the Chlor-Alkali industry is vital as the European hydrogen market grows, this ISCC PLUS certification means there is only one product on the market today with robust and transparent sustainability credentials.”
Project ONE will attract green investment for Europe
As both a user and producer of hydrogen, INEOS Inovyn is being put in a unique position at the heart of Europe’s hydrogen economy.
To ensure that it is having a key part to play in the hydrogen economy, INEOS has already announced a €2 billion investment into electrolysis projects over the next 10 years. The aim is that this investment will help to boost hydrogen across Europe, for power generation, transport, and industrial use.
One project that INEOS is involved in is the Project ONE project, in Antwerp, Belgium. Project ONE is a €3bn landmark investment in Europe’s zero-carbon industrial strategy.
The aim is to transform the environmental impact of the European manufacturing sector, support the EU’s sustainable competitiveness ambitions, and to help enable the achievement of EU carbon and climate targets.
It will also support the wider economy of the Antwerp region, attracting additional green investments, and creating 300 green jobs.
A shift to seeing strong green hydrogen activity across Europe will require investment of capital and resources from both the private and public sectors. This will help to amplify innovation, technology, and infrastructure transformation.