Our belief

We believe that sustainability shouldn't be difficult.

And being sustainable shouldn't compromise quality.

With material sourced by QIRA, you can keep delivering the quality your customers deserve and at the same time enable them to do good for people and the planet.

Our motivation: sustainability from farmer to consumer

Discover different perspectives on the sustainability of QIRA

Perspective from consumers
Perspective from a brand
Perspective from our production facility
Perspective from a farmer






Significantly lower CO2 footprint

Due to its unique manufacturing process and use of renewable plants, like corn, QIRA’s CO2 footprint is significantly lower compared to conventional BDO. As QIRA can be used in a variety of industries, such as fashion, automotive, packaging and electronics, it can play a significant role in making our planet more sustainable. We continue working with our supply chain partners to further improve QIRA’s CO2 footprint with the goal of becoming “net-zero” or carbon negative.

Conventional BDO

Disclaimer: This information is based on preliminary evaluations and is provided for informational purposes only.  Specific results for fossil-based products may vary. QIRA (bio-based BDO) GHG calculated based on site-specific data in North America and engineering design from 2021. QIRA (bio-based BDO) results are from an external commissioned study. Conventional BDO results were calculated internally using IPCC 100a method and data from EcoInvent database version 3, assuming production in China. The information in these graphs are based on publicly available sources and unpublished data and is believed to be true and accurate, however, Qore does not guarantee or make any warrant of accuracy or completeness. 


Passenger vehicles driven for one year


homes' electricity use for one year


barrels of oil consumed


number of smartphones charged

Source: EPA's Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator (April 8, 2022)

The U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

Qore is committed to leveraging the combined global reach of our parent companies to help achieve the U.N.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are aimed at ending poverty, improving food security, promoting gender equality, advancing sustainable economic development, addressing climate change and ensuring prosperity for all.

Qore contributes to advancing the following U.N. SDGs:

QIRA has the same specification as conventional 1,4-butanediol.

To guarantee the same quality of material, producers must ensure that the specification of their raw materials are within a defined range. BDO is globally specified by its purity, moisture content, color and appearance. QIRA offers the same or even higher quality than fossil-fuel based BDOs and therefore can be used as a direct replacement.

Sustainability has never been so easy.

 Conventional BDO
Assay (wt % 1,4-butanediol)>99.599.5
Water (ppm)<500<500
Color (APHA)<10<10
AppearanceClear, free of visible matterClear, free of visible matter

QIRA: The following test methods are used: GC, DIN 51777 and DIN EN 1557


QIRA is made from corn, a natural, renewable feedstock that is grown, harvested and processed in the United States. Through supply-chain programs, we encourage use of regenerative practices by farmers to promote healthy soil, protect water quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from crop cultivation.

We respect consumers’ varying views on the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). We recognize that GMOs offer the potential for increased agricultural productivity, especially in the midst of a changing climate where crops must adapt in order to survive with more heat, less water and other challenges. We work with customers to understand their preferences and find solutions, such as the potential for QIRA-made materials that are certified as containing no genetic material from GMO corn.

Learn more about the sustainable supply chain of our joint venture partner, Cargill.

Sustainable Corn | Cargill


Find out how QIRA can be implemented in existing supply chains.

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Sustainability benefits

Product benefits

Industry benefits