Düsseldorf and Tokyo, 11 October 2022 – In September 2022 Asahi Kasei Europe became  member of a pioneering joint project on blockchain technology for the ISCC PLUS certification.  Led by the Dutch software provider Circularise and the Japanese trading company Marubeni,  this project aims at enhancing the efficiency of the certification process and the integrity of  the certified data. 

In order to achieve its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050 and to contribute to a carbon-neutral  society, the Asahi Kasei Group is currently enhancing activities around the utilization of bio-based and  recyclable materials, as well as renewable energy sources. To ensure full reliability and transparency,  the company is accelerating the certification of its more sustainable materials, also responding to the changing needs of the customers. 

The ISCC PLUS certification is one leading global certification scheme that links the supply chain from  raw materials such as biomass feedstock and recycled materials to finished products through mass  balance management. This helps to guarantee full transparency of the final products to the end user. With both reliability of the certification and efficiency of the certification process increasingly growing  in importance, Asahi Kasei Europe decided to participate in abovementioned pilot project. 

Akira Nishizawa, Managing Director of Asahi Kasei Europe, comments: “We aim to contribute to a  sustainable society through our business. As a supplier of plastics, fibers, and synthetic rubber, the  ISCC PLUS mass balance certification is becoming more important for us to advance this strategy.” 

Test results confirm confidentiality and reliability of blockchain technology In addition to the project leader Circularise, ten companies across the entire supply chain participated  in this project, including chemical manufacturers, trading companies, and consumer electronics  manufacturers. The mass balance management of ISCC PLUS certification was operated on  Circularise’s software system, and the 10 companies conducted trial runs, testing the effectiveness of  the system, as well as the material traceability and data verification.

The results of the trials confirmed that in addition to the system efficiency, the utilization of blockchain  technology ensures full confidentiality in the data transmission process across the entire supply chain,  appropriate mass balance management, and full data reliability. 

Nishizawa concludes: “Many of our products are currently in the process of obtaining the ISCC PLUS  certification. This still takes much effort and time.” A more efficient certification process is needed to  achieve a sustainable society, and we have found that digital technology can play a major role in this  process.” 

About the Asahi Kasei Corporation 

The Asahi Kasei Group contributes to life and living for people around the world. Since its foundation  in 1922 with ammonia and cellulose fiber businesses, Asahi Kasei has consistently grown through the  proactive transformation of its business portfolio to meet the evolving needs of every age. With more  than 46,000 employees around the world, the company contributes to a sustainable society by provid 

ing solutions to the world’s challenges through its three business sectors of Material, Homes, and  Health Care. Its Materials sector, comprised of Environmental Solutions, Mobility & Industrial, and Life  Innovation, includes a wide array of products from battery separators and biodegradable textiles to  engineering plastics and sound solutions. For more information, visit www.asahi-kasei.com

Asahi Kasei is also dedicated to sustainability initiatives and is contributing to reaching a carbon neu tral society by 2050. To learn more, visit https://www.asahi-kasei.com/sustainability/