Braskem and Polytan to supply sustainable hockey turf for the 2020 Olympic Games

Tokyo has decided to use green technologies to organize the first-ever carbon-neutral Olympic Games in 2020. Polytan, based in Germany, a leading supplier of world-class hockey fields and a global partner of the International Hockey Federation (FIH), is developing the sustainable hockey turf Poligras Tokyo GT(an acronym for Green Technology), for which 60% of filaments adopt the renewable I’m green polyethylene technology developed by Braskem, based in Brazil.

Thierry Weil, CEO, FIH, said, “FIH is delighted that this new turf technology will support Tokyo’s carbon-neutral vision and make a positive contribution to the Games. FIH has a strategic priority to improve hockey’s environmental footprint, which is why partnerships with progressive companies such as Polytan and Braskem are crucial. We are pleased to note that the surface that will be used in Tokyo requires 66% less water than surfaces used at previous Olympic Games. FIH believes that hockey can contribute to a more sustainable environment by making use of all the technological possibilities modern turf offers.”

Friedemann Söll, Director Product Management, Polytan, commented, “With the development of the Poligras Tokyo GT, we have succeeded not only in making a hockey pitch more sustainable, but also in significantly improving its performance. ”

“We are so proud that Polytan and the FIH have chosen Braskem’s I’m green  polyethylene for the hockey fields for the 2020 Tokyo Games”, said, Marco Jansen, commercial director at Braskem’s Renewable Chemicals Europe & North America division. He, added, “The city has set for itself the goal of organizing the first carbon-neutral games, and we are happy that Braskem can make its contribution together with FIH and Polytan.