Introducing PTAir – a world-first low carbon and carbon neutral PTA solution.


BP Target Neutral has been working with our Petchems business on a world first, the low carbon1 and carbon neutral PTA brand, PTAir. The range includes three products that offer a more sustainable solution for the polyester value chain through a combination of world-class technology and carbon management expertise.

A feature of PTAir is its use of proprietary PX and PTA technology which supports a 29% lower global warming potential than the average European PTA production2. This low carbon benefit has been independently assured by ERM CVS3.

In addition to this BP has launched PTAir Neutral, the world’s first certified carbon neutral PTA. PTAir Neutral offers customers the opportunity to purchase a carbon neutral product where associated carbon equivalent emissions are mitigated through the investment in carbon projects providing equivalent carbon benefits and delivering a net zero position. These projects, located around the world, provide economic, social and environmental benefits to the communities they serve.

In addition, customers have the opportunity to offset all of their product footprint – over and above their PTA use – to achieve full carbon neutrality across their product portfolio. This unique offer is made possible through BP Target Neutral.

PTAir is available in Europe and China today with plans to roll out in the US in 2018.

“Our exciting new PTAir product offer is an important stepping stone towards a more sustainable polyester chain,” said Luis Sierra, CEO, BP Aromatics. “PTAir is available today in large quantities and seamlessly fits into the current supply chain as a ‘drop in’ substitute for higher carbon, conventional PTA. Moreover it allows our customers to economically achieve a meaningful carbon footprint reduction using a raw material whose eco-profile has been independently measured and verified by respected environmental consultants.”

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  1. Based on an independent cradle-to-gate Eco-profile by IFEU reviewed by ERM Certification and Verification Services (ERM CVS). The study conducted by IFEU uses Plastics Europe Methodology to compare the environmental impact of 1 Kg of BP Geel PTA manufactured with BP integrated PX (integrated production) to PTA produced in Europe as published in the Environmental Product Declaration of the PET Manufacturers in Europe February 2016.The study is in accordance to ISO 14040-44 requirements. Data for both studies are based on 2013. Mass balance approach based on proportion of integrated PX versus total consumption. PTAir is a trade mark of BP p.l.c
  2. Compared to the Global Warming Potential (100 years) per 1 kg PTA as published in the Environmental Product Declaration of the PET Manufacturers in Europe February 2016. PTA produced by BP Aromatics NV in Geel is included in the European study average and represents ~30% of the total installed production capacity in Europe in the input
  3. The full assurance opinion of ERM CVS can be found on