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First biowaste-based breaker will cut carbon emissions

02 July, 2024

Siemens and BASF have announced the first electrical safety product to contain plastic components derived from recycled sources, such as agricultural waste, instead of relying on fossil-based raw materials. Siemens’ Sirius 3RV2 motor starter circuit breakers are now being produced using materials developed by BASF in which traditional fossil feedstocks have been replaced by renewables-derived biomethane. Siemens estimates that the change will cut its carbon dioxide equivalent emissions by around 270 tonnes a year.

In addition to most of the product housing and functional parts of the new 3RV2 breaker being made from biomass-balanced plastics, the device also consumes less power than its predecessor. The new materials are said to offer the same quality and performance as traditional plastics.

The breaker is one of the first products designed to meet the strict criteria of Siemens’ recently introduced EcoTech label, intended to give customers an insight into product performance across selected environmental criteria.

In the coming months, Siemens plans to expand the use of sustainable materials across its Sirius industrial controls portfolio.

Siemens’ Sirius 3RV2 breakers now contain plastics derived from recycled sources

“The mass balance approach is a game-changing solution that enables the gradual replacement of fossil raw materials in sometimes complex production processes,” explains Martin Jung, president BASF Performance Materials. “The advantages of this approach are obvious, and the greater the demand for alternative products, the higher the proportion of alternative raw materials in the production network.”

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