Azerbaijan is developing measures to reduce the use of polymer packaging
MOSCOW- Azerbaijan is developing measures to reduce the use of polymer packaging, reports Sputnik Azerbaijan .
“The plan of measures to reduce the harmful effects of plastic packaging on the environment for 2019-2020” was approved by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. The main responsibilities in the process of refusing plastic bottles and plastic bags are assigned to the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of AR (MENR).
The Ministry of Environment began to actively promote the harm of plastic and the policy of separate collection of garbage back in mid-2018. 135 special containers for collecting plastic containers appeared in the parks of Baku and district centers. And representatives of the environmental protection agency themselves began distributing cloth shopping bags in stores, advising them to abandon plastic bags.
Earlier it was reported that now 45% of all plastic produced in the world goes to packaging materials, while electronics only 7%. Reducing the use of plastic bags and a number of other types of plastic can slow down the growth of its total consumption by half in the next two decades, thereby weakening the prospects for demand for oil.
Earlier it was reported that the European Parliament Committee on the Environment voted to ban in the European Union from 2021 the use of disposable plastic products, which account for more than 70% of marine garbage.
Earlier it was reported that Moldova, starting in 2019, will begin to abandon plastic bags. Failure will take place in several stages. In Georgia, in order to reduce environmental pollution, since October 1, 2018, the production, import and sale of oxo-degradable plastic bags with a thickness of less than 15 microns is prohibited .
In New Zealand, disposable plastic bags will also be banned from July 2019.
In early August, banned the use of disposable plastic bags banned in Chile. Other countries that have banned the use of plastic bags are Zimbabwe, Australia, the United Kingdom and Kenya.
Braskem chemical recycling sustainable development
Actions will promote the reuse of post-consumer plastics by manufacturers
Seeking solutions that contribute to the circular economy and to sustainable development, Braskem announces new partnerships for the development of chemical recycling, with a focus on transforming post-consumer plastics, such as grocery bags and packaging films for snacks and cookies, once again into chemical products that can be used by various different value chains and will benefit the general public. Braskem, the recognized leader in innovation with a successful record in renewable chemicals, has applied its knowledge and commitment once again to move the industry towards the circular economy.
The partnerships seek to further research into technologies that can transform plastics that are more difficult to be recycled mechanically into new chemical products. The research is being conducted in partnership with the Polymer Engineering Laboratory (EngePol) at the Alberto Luiz Coimbra Institute of Graduate Studies and Research in Engineering of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (COPPE/UFRJ), the SENAI Institute for Innovation in Biosynthetics (SENAI CETIQT) and Cetrel (an environmental service company that started its activities in 1978 jointly with manufacturers located in the Camaçari Petrochemical Complex). Braskem chemical recycling sustainable development
“As we strive to reach a true circular economy, we recognize the challenges and limitations posed by traditional recycling technologies. Braskem is committed to developing, implementing and offering sustainable solutions. Chemical recycling and its potential to overcome all these challenges and limitations will enable us to achieve this goal. We are accelerating these efforts through partnerships and collaboration with other companies that think like we do in order to reach these targets as soon as possible,” explained Gus Hutras, head of Process Technology at Braskem.
This new technological route complements the initiatives that Braskem has recently undertaken to contribute to the Circular Economy, which is a production concept that involves reducing, reusing, recuperating and recycling materials to create a sustainable cycle from the production phase to the reintegration of materials in a new production process. Braskem chemical recycling sustainable development
“These studies in chemical recycling uphold the principles of Braskem, which drives innovation to develop sustainable solutions. Every day, we want to create businesses and initiatives that increase the value of plastic waste,” said Fabiana Quiroga, head of Recycling. “The advantage of chemical recycling lies in its capacity to process and transform plastic waste back into a raw material that can be used to make new plastics,” she added.
To add value to materials made from recycled resins, Braskem has maintained, since 2015, the Wecycle platform, which combines the need for proper disposal with the market’s demand for sustainable raw materials. The platform works to develop businesses and initiatives that add value to plastic waste through partnerships, which enhances the development of products, solutions and processes that involve all links of the plastics recycling chain by supporting businesses and actions involving recycling.
Braskem’s initiatives to promote the Circular Economy Braskem, the Americas’ largest resin producer and the world’s leading biopolymer producer, has defined a series of global initiatives to boost the Circular Economy in the production chain of manufactured plastic goods. Entitled “Braskem’s Positioning for the Circular Economy,” the document establishes initiatives for forging partnerships with clients to conceive new products that will extend and facilitate the recycling and reuse of plastic packaging, especially single-use packaging. It also establishes higher investments in new resins derived from renewable resources, such as Green Plastic made from sugar cane, and support for new technologies, business models and systems for collecting, picking, recycling and recovering materials.
Braskem invites its clients and other stakeholders to join forces. The initiatives also include encouraging consumers to get involved in recycling programs through educational actions focusing on conscientious consumerism, the use of life cycle assessment tools and support for actions that improve solid waste management to prevent the disposal of debris in marine environments.
Braskem also undertakes to report on the progress made in these initiatives in its annual report. To learn about “Braskem’s Positioning for the Circular Economy,” go to: http://www.braskem.com/circulareconomy
Actions will promote the reuse of post-consumer plastics by manufacturers
Seeking solutions that contribute to the circular economy and to sustainable development, Braskem announces new partnerships for the development of chemical recycling, with a focus on transforming post-consumer plastics, such as grocery bags and packaging films for snacks and cookies, once again into chemical products that can be used by various different value chains and will benefit the general public.
Braskem, the recognized leader in innovation with a successful record in renewable chemicals, has applied its knowledge and commitment once again to move the industry towards the circular economy.
An oil discovery in a remote corner of northwestern China could trigger a surge in shale drilling, benefiting service companies and providing a needed output boost for the world’s biggest importer, according to analysts at Morgan Stanley.
PetroChina has achieved daily output of 733 bbl oil at a test well in the Jimsar field in Xinjiang province, suggesting that shale oil has strong commercial potential in the nation for the first time, analysts including Andy Meng said in a Feb. 18 note.
China has had some success in producing shale gas, but advancing on shale oil would be a particular help to the world’s largest crude importer, which has seen output decline since 2015 even as the country’s leadership extols the virtues of energy self-sufficiency. Still, it’s unlikely China will be able to scale the heights of U.S. shale, which accounts for about half of American production, Morgan Stanley said.
Britain is to set out plans to overhaul its recycling system on Monday, including making plastic packaging producers pay the full cost of dealing with their waste and introducing a deposit return scheme for cans and bottles.
The plans, which also aim to make household rubbish collections more consistent around the country, will be introduced by environment secretary Michael Gove and go out for consultation for three months.
‘We will introduce a world-leading tax to boost recycled content in plastic packaging, make producers foot the bill for handling their packaging waste, and end the confusion over household recycling,’ Gove said in a statement.
Belgian speciality chemicals company Solvay SA has filed a lawsuit for patent infringement against Chinese chemicals company Beijing Tiangang Auxiliary Co. Ltd.
In a Feb. 18 statement, the Brussels-based chemicals supplier said it had filed the complaint with the Beijing intellectual property court on behalf of its wholly owned subsidiary, Cytec Industries Inc., and its Polymer Additives business unit “following a lengthy investigation.”
Polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, is a very commonly used polyester ever since its discovery in 1941. The easiest way to recognize PET in commercial use is to look for the “#1” sign on the plastic, which is the global indicator of the polyester. The two key physical properties of PET that make it so popular are its strength and nontoxic nature. PET products are highly durable, long lasting, light in weight, resistant to several types of mild chemicals, resistant to breakage or shattering, and are also recyclable.
In fact, PET is nearly 100 percent recyclable, as a new PET product can be made from an older PET product of the same volume, and this process can be essentially repeated an infinite number of times.
“Danone brand Evian will be looking to increase the amount of recycled PET it uses in its drink bottles (picture courtesy of Evian).Loop Industries has developed a technology that enables a continuous loop for recycling at large scale.”
French food group Danone has expanded a PET supply agreement with US technology provider Loop Industries to boost the amount of recycled PET it uses across its brands. Earlier this year, Danone entered into a partnership with Loop Industries to enable its drinks brand Evian to meet a “100% recycled plastic” target by 2025.
Under the new agreement, Danone will purchase 100% upcycled Loop-branded PET from Loop’s US joint venture facility with Indorama Ventures for use in brands across its portfolio including Evian.
Higher feedstock prices, some pre-buying in the UK, several planned cracker outages, and a force majeure at a major plant are leading some polyethylene (PE) sellers in Europe to expect higher prices in March.
VARIOUSNet prices are also lower than the ethylene contract in some cases.
A couple of producers have already closed order books on some PE grades, and one has said extra volumes for February will incur a surcharge of €50/tonne.
Some spot prices are looking up, but sentiment is also weighed down by fresh import volumes from the US, and not all sellers are convinced prices will go up in March.
Brent crude prices have increased steadily in recent weeks and, while naphtha has been lagging behind, an upturn has been seen there too.
Motan-colortronic India Privat, a wholly owned subsidiary of the motan group has moved to its modern larger premises in Chennai, India.
The new company building was festively inaugurated, in the presence of Karin Stoll, the Consul General for the Federal Republic of Germany.
The building was opened with a celebratory speech, which made clear that the quality standard “made by motan” is being realised globally. The local suppliers play a big part in this and they, as well as the other guests, then had the opportunity to view the new building.
“Untitled design – 2019-02-19T161251.879The acquisition of Synova is a concrete proof of our commitment to developing plastic recycling.”
Oil giant Total has announced that it has acquired Synova, a French manufacturer of recycled polypropylene for the automotive sector. Combining Synova’s recycling expertise and Total’s polymers know-how will increase the supply of recycled polypropylene for automotive applications that deliver the same performance as virgin polymers, Total claimed in a statement.
Synova produces around 20,000 tonnes per year of recycled polypropylene for automakers.
“By contributing to the lighter weight of vehicles, plastics improve their energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions. Producing them from recycled materials will also meet the challenge of managing their end of life,” said Bernard Pinatel, President Refining & Chemicals, Total (@Total).