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RadiciGroup unveils its visionary Sustainability Plan, aptly named “From Earth to Earth,” signaling its unwavering commitment to a sustainable future

This comprehensive strategy encompasses Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) objectives, underscoring the company’s dedication to value creation for all stakeholders while prioritizing adherence to evolving sustainability regulations.

With a focus on transparency and responsibility across its entire value chain, RadiciGroup aims to address economic, social, and environmental concerns head-on. The plan reflects the organization’s evolution towards ESG governance, evident in its longstanding engagement with environmental and social issues, as exemplified by its forthcoming 20th annual Sustainability Report. Green-hydrogen H2

“From Earth to Earth” emerges as a pivotal component of RadiciGroup’s overarching sustainability strategy, capitalizing on past achievements while charting a course towards medium-term goals. Encompassing all “material” areas, the plan addresses ESG principles and their financial ramifications, aiming to ensure business continuity and foster growth for the company and its stakeholders alike.

Angelo Radici, President of RadiciGroup, emphasizes the plan’s significance, framing it as a testament to the company’s ethical commitment and foresight. With tangible, measurable goals established, the focus now shifts to collaborative action, as RadiciGroup strives to realize its objectives and uphold its credibility with stakeholders.

In essence, “From Earth to Earth” encapsulates RadiciGroup’s proactive stance towards sustainability, reflecting not only its resilience and competitiveness but also its enduring ethical values and dedication to responsible business practices. Green-hydrogen H2


​​​​​Read the press release to find out more

Click here to view the RadiciGroup Sustainability Plan “From Earth to Earth”.

Mr. Maurizio Radici - RadiciGroup

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Taiwan Cement Corporation (TCC) has recently announced a significant collaboration with thyssenkrupp Polysius (tkPOL) aimed at developing innovative carbon capture technology

This partnership is pivotal in the context of Taiwan’s commitment to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

The collaboration, formalized through a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed on January 31st, focuses on implementing a Separate Oxyfuel Calciner technology at the Hoping Plant.

This cutting-edge technology involves the addition of pure oxygen to the calcination process, enhancing carbon dioxide capture to over 90% while simultaneously reducing energy consumption. Green-hydrogen H2

The project, slated for completion by 2026, aims to commercialize the technology by 2030, with an annual carbon dioxide capture target exceeding 100,000 tons. The captured carbon dioxide will find applications across various industries, aligning with government policies on storage, carbon credits, and value-added utilization.

Mr. Nelson Chang, Chairman of TCC, expressed the significance of this collaboration in addressing emissions from the cement industry and reaffirmed TCC’s commitment to supporting sustainable development. Mr. Pablo Hofelich, CEO of tkPOL, commended TCC’s dedication to innovation and sustainability, emphasizing the strategic importance of the partnership.  Green-hydrogen H2

Building upon previous collaborations focused on carbon capture technologies, TCC and tkPOL will embark on a phased approach to implementing the Separate Oxyfuel Calciner technology. Leveraging tkPOL’s expertise and experience in similar projects, the collaboration is poised to make significant contributions to carbon reduction efforts, advancing towards a greener and more sustainable future.

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Despite challenges, circularity is still the way to go, says Borealis CEO

After the record results reported by Borealis in 2022, the year 2023 was by comparison less than stellar. It was, in the words of Thomas Gangl, CEO at Borealis, ‘definitely a challenging year, not just for us but for the entire industry’. Nonetheless, while inflation, the economic slowdown and geopolitical developments have taken their toll, Borealis has continued to pursue its sustainability journey: implementing its Strategy 2030, the company’s transformation framework for the future. The goal: to become  a global leader in advanced and sustainable chemicals and material solutions.

“We have taken some important steps forward, and I would love to say we have achieved more. But at the moment our customers are in the difficult situation that they cannot afford to pay more than what they need to pay. Right now, the regulatory framework is the driving force for the transformation towards circularity,” said Gangl, speaking during an online interview on 4 Feb. with Sustainable Plastics. Green-hydrogen H2

Looking at Borealis’ five main financial KPIs, however, the company would appear to have adeptly navigated the challenges of the past year.

Sales were down roughly €2 bn, noted Daniel Turnheim, although the actual volumes sold remained for the most part stable. “So, this reduction in revenue can, by and large, be attributed to the lower prices of polyolefins,” he explained. The operating profit, which plummeted from €703 in 2022 to €18m in 2023 –  a drop of 94% –   was a different story, he continued. This was due in the first place to inventory effects – ‘selling products purchased in a higher pricing environment’ – as well as to what he described as a ‘very difficult market environment, especially in Europe’: cheap imports, inflation and high energy costs.  Green-hydrogen H2

The margins achieved on the commoditised part of the business suffered from the pressures of the market, but the specialities side of the business, representing around 45%, ‘held up quite nicely’, he said. “As a European-based producer, we do not have a feedstock advantage, so we have to focus on delivering a very good product. Our European asset base contributed strongly to the result.”


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Partnership in advanced recycling of waste plastic announced

CPRI) and AmSpec Group today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on the development of a comprehensive testing and certification process for waste plastic feedstock used in the advanced (chemical) recycling industry as well as pyrolysis oil produced from those waste plastic and hydrocarbon products produced by further conversion of the pyoil using thermal (steam cracking) or catalytic (fluid catalytic cracking) processes.  Green-hydrogen H2

“There is currently no certification process that addresses the composition and quality of plastic waste feed used in advanced recycling and the effects of those properties on the ultimate production of ethylene and propylene building blocks,” commented Dr. Robert Schucker, President and CEO of CPRI. “Operators understand that contaminants such as chlorine and bromine have a detrimental effect on processing equipment but don’t have a holistic picture of how other aspects of feedstock quality affect the yield and quality of their products.”

Matt Corr, CEO of AmSpec, further commented, “The analytical methods are available to characterize waste plastic feedstocks fully, but what is lacking is a comprehensive, uniformed approach that all processors can use to evaluate new sources of plastic feedstocks.” Green-hydrogen H2

The new partnership will take advantage of CPRI’s knowledge in feedstock selection and pyrolysis chemistry and AmSpec’s proven ability to quantitatively analyze hydrocarbon streams to offer a testing and evaluation service to the advanced recycling industry that will allow them to standardize feed selection and processing for optimum ultimate ethylene and propylene yield.

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Venator, a leading manufacturer of titanium dioxide (TiO2) and additives for plastic materials, is undergoing significant strategic changes in its European operations

Emerging from Chapter 11 in the USA, the company has embarked on a new transformation plan following a strategic review. This plan includes the rationalization of production activities in Europe, focusing on consolidating production capacities and optimizing operational efficiency.

In Germany, production will be concentrated in Uerdingen, with the closure of the TiO2 plant in Duisburg, which has a capacity of 50,000 tonnes per year. The shutdown is scheduled for the second quarter of this year, with the site shifting its focus to functional additives. Meanwhile, the 80,000 tonnes per year TiO2 plant in Scarlino, Italy, remains inactive due to regulatory factors and market conditions.  Green-hydrogen H2

Venator’s transformation plan aims to strengthen its TiO2 portfolio through innovation and investments while improving margins through price and cost management. Additionally, the company seeks to identify opportunities for monetizing specific segments in additives.

With headquarters in the United Kingdom, Venator operates with approximately 2,700 employees and divides its businesses into two main segments: titanium dioxide and high-performance additives.

These strategic changes underscore Venator’s commitment to adapt to market dynamics and enhance its competitiveness in the industry.  Green-hydrogen H2

Venator, a leading manufacturer of titanium dioxide (TiO2) and additives for plastic materials, is undergoing significant strategic changes in its European operations

PiovanGroup has solidified its global presence in the industrial process cooling segment through the amalgamation of Thermal Care and Aquatech, unveiling a new strategic division

Drawing on their shared 50-year legacy of delivering top-notch heat transfer solutions across 50 industries, the unified division emerges as a worldwide player, boasting manufacturing capabilities across North and Latin America, Europe, and Asia. With an expansive service structure, it ensures proximity to customers globally.

This integration promises synergies in research and development, enriching the portfolio of products, solutions, and services, and facilitating efficient support for diverse market sectors. Lee Sobocinski, the current president of Thermal Care Inc., will spearhead the division, operating under the Thermal Care brand and anticipating global consolidated sales of around 100 million euros.  Green-hydrogen H2

Filippo Zuppichin, CEO at PiovanGroup, expresses excitement about establishing a benchmark in industrial refrigeration solutions. Lee Sobocinski shares the sentiment, envisioning the new division as a global leader, providing unparalleled assistance to customers worldwide. The creation of the Thermal Care brand, coupled with the exchange of institutional knowledge within PiovanGroup, signifies a bright future for the division, set to deliver unmatched solutions in industrial heat transfer. Together, they aspire to reach new heights and redefine industry standards.

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PiovanGroup has solidified its global presence in the industrial process cooling segment through the amalgamation of Thermal Care and Aquatech, unveiling a new strategic division

LyondellBasell, a global petrochemical leader, has recently inked an agreement to acquire a 35% stake in National Petrochemical Industrial Co (Natpet), a Saudi Arabia-based firm, from Alujain Corp for approximately $500 million

Natpet currently boasts a polypropylene (PP) capacity of 400,000 tonnes per year. As part of this strategic move, LyondellBasell and Alujain are jointly exploring the possibility of constructing a propylene via propane dehydrogenation and PP facility at the Natpet site, pending a final investment decision.  Green-hydrogen H2

The completion of this transaction is contingent upon regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

In a separate development, Bora LyondellBasell Petrochemical, a collaboration between Liaoning Bora Enterprise and LyondellBasell, successfully resumed production of low-density polyethylene (HDPE), linear polyethylene (LDL), and polypropylene (PP) at its Panjin facility in China on January 5. This revival followed a scheduled shutdown for preventive maintenance that began on December 27 of the preceding year. The production facility, with an annual capacity of 350 thousand tons of HDPE, 450 thousand tons of LDL, and 200 thousand tons of PP, plays a crucial role in the regional petrochemical landscape. These strategic moves reinforce LyondellBasell’s commitment to expanding its presence and capabilities in the global petrochemical market.  Green-hydrogen H2

LyondellBasell, a global petrochemical leader, has recently inked an agreement to acquire a 35% stake in National Petrochemical Industrial Co (Natpet), a Saudi Arabia-based firm, from Alujain Corp for approximately $500 million

JSW Neo Energy Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of JSW Energy Limited, has achieved a significant milestone by securing a capacity allocation of 6.5 KTPA for the establishment of a green hydrogen production facility

This accomplishment resulted from the company’s participation in the inaugural auction held by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) under the Strategic Interventions for Green Hydrogen Transition (SIGHT) scheme.

Following the successful bid, JSW Neo Energy received a Letter of Award (LoA) from SECI, committing to commission the production capacity within 36 months. The venture is projected to yield incentives totaling Rs. 67.6 crores over a three-year period post-commissioning.  Green-hydrogen H2

This strategic move aligns seamlessly with JSW Neo Energy’s sustainability objectives and contributes significantly to India’s broader net-zero aspirations. The company’s success in this auction further solidifies its position as a trailblazer in the green hydrogen sector, capitalizing on its profound understanding of the Indian energy landscape, robust financial standing, and unwavering commitment to technological advancements.

JSW Neo Energy has set an ambitious target of achieving 20 GW in generation capacity and 40 GWh in energy storage capacity by 2030. Currently boasting a total capacity of 9.8 GW (including projects under construction), the company is well on track to meet its interim goal of 10 GW by 2025.  Green-hydrogen H2

Moreover, JSW Energy has already secured 3.4 GWh of energy storage capacity through battery energy storage systems and hydro pumped storage projects. This puts the company on a trajectory towards its broader goal of a 50% reduction in carbon footprint by 2030, ultimately aiming for Carbon Neutrality by 2050.

JSW Neo Energy Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of JSW Energy Limited, has achieved a significant milestone by securing a capacity allocation of 6.5 KTPA for the establishment of a green hydrogen production facility

Asda has recently taken a significant step towards sustainability by introducing recyclable plastic film packaging for its Just Essentials beef mince range, effectively replacing traditional plastic trays

This innovative move not only reduces plastic waste but also aligns with Asda’s commitment to achieving 100% recyclable packaging by 2025. The new packaging boasts a remarkable 60% reduction in plastic usage, a testament to Asda’s dedication to environmental responsibility.

By adopting this lighter and recyclable flexible plastic film alternative, Asda aims to eliminate a substantial 67.6 tonnes of plastic from its supply chain annually. The introduction of vacuum-packaging not only extends shelf life but also results in a smaller pack size, further reducing environmental impact.  Green-hydrogen H2

Jon Wells, Sustainable Packaging Manager at Asda, emphasized the significance of this initiative, stating, “We’re always looking at new ways that we can make positive changes which will benefit both our customers and the planet and we believe that this is one of those changes.” He highlighted the dual benefits of improved shelf life and convenience for customers, along with the substantial reduction of non-recyclable plastic in the supply chain, ultimately contributing to a decrease in Asda’s carbon footprint.

Overall, Asda’s transition to recyclable packaging for its beef mince range signifies a proactive approach towards sustainability, setting a commendable example for the retail industry as a whole.  Green-hydrogen H2

Asda has recently taken a significant step towards sustainability by introducing recyclable plastic film packaging for its Just Essentials beef mince range, effectively replacing traditional plastic trays

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CO2 into ethylene – Growth in China projected to slow to 4.6% in 2024, 3.5% in 2028: IMF 07-02-2024

White hydrogen – Setting Up a Recycled Polyester Manufacturing Plant: Project Report 2023 18-11-2023

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SK Geo Centric Breaks Ground on Ulsan Recycling Facility

The $1.4 billion facility is expected to be capable of processing 320,000 metric tons of waste plastic per year.

SK Geo Centric held a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 15, for the Ulsan Advanced Recycling Cluster (ARC), a waste recycling complex.

The site represents a total projected investment of KRW 1.8 trillion ($1.4 billion USD) and will cover 60 acres. The Ulsan ARC is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2025.

SK Geo Centric is partnering with Plastic EnergyPurecycle Technologies and Loop Industries to apply three recycling technologies in one site: pyrolysis,  polypropylene (PP) extraction and depolymerization.  White hydrogen

“The ability to create a closed-loop recycling system for apparel companies using the Infinite Loop technology will play a significant role in our Asian JV with SKGC as we work to reinvent the supply chain for textile manufacturing in Asia,” says Daniel Solomita, Loop Industries CEO.

When the facility is operational, it is expected to have an annual capacity to reprocess 320,000 metric tons (over 700 million lbs) of plastic waste.

Operating at full capacity, this will enable processing 9% of waste plastic incinerated or buried each year in South Korea and 60% of the nation’s annual consumption of PET water bottles and plastic cups.

SK Geo Centric’s Ulsan ARC project is designed to serve as a model for future projects, with discussions already underway for building additional plants in France, Belgium and China.  White hydrogen

The Ulsan site will be able to create raw plastic materials from a wide range of discarded plastics, such as takeout  containers, bottles, automotive parts and certain plastic-based textiles.

It will be able to turn some plastics, such as vinyl and other composite plastics, into chemical materials that can be used as a substitute for crude oil.


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Carbios’ PET Biorecycling Plant, Longlaville, France

Carbios is developing the world’s first PET biorecycling plant in Longlaville, France.

Carbios, a biotech company based in France, is developing a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) biorecycling plant in Longlaville, France. It is expected to be the first of its kind in the world.

The new facility is being developed in a joint venture (JV) with Indorama Ventures, a producer of recycled PET for beverage bottles. The JV is expected to invest €230m ($242.9m) in the facility.  White hydrogen

The construction is scheduled to begin by the end of 2023, with commissioning targeted for 2025. The project is expected to create approximately 150 direct and indirect full-time jobs.

The new facility is part of Indorama’s Vision 2030, which is aimed at achieving a recycling capacity of 50 billion PET bottles a year by 2025 and 100 billion bottles a year by 2030. Indorama plans to expand the technology to other PET plants based on the performance of the new facility.

Carbios’ PET biorecycling plant location

The PET biorecycling plant will be built on a 13.7ha site within Indorama’s PET production site located in Longlaville, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France. The site has space to double its capacity in the future.  White hydrogen

The plant’s location near the borders of Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg provides access to nearby waste supply.

Development details

Carbios and Indorama announced plans to develop the facility in February 2022. The two companies signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) in June 2023 for the project.

Indorama will ensure 100% output repolymerisation and both partners will be responsible for securing feedstock supply under the MoU.

Carbios filed for the permitting process of the new plant in December 2022. The environmental operating permit was issued in September 2023, while the building permits were granted in October 2023.

Carbios’ PET biorecycling plant details

Carbios’ PET biorecycling plant will provide an industrial-scale enzymatic recycling solution for PET waste.  White hydrogen

The plant will have a processing capacity of 50,000t of post-consumer PET waste a year, including non-recyclable mechanical waste equivalent to two billion coloured PET bottles or 2.5 billion PET food trays.

The initial supply for the plant will be sourced by a consortium comprising Carbios, Wellman, a subsidiary of Indorama Ventures and Valorplast, as part of a tender issued by CITEO. Valorplast is a recycling services provider, while CITEO is a not-for-profit organisation focused on reducing the environmental impact of packaging.

The consortium will handle 30% of the tonnage of multilayer food trays proposed by CITEO, a portion of which will be supplied to the new plant in 2025.

Carbios’ enzymatic recycling process details  White hydrogen

Carbios’ C-ZYME is a first-of-its-kind enzyme-based biological process that converts PET plastic and textile waste into its core monomers, which are then purified to enable repolymerisation into a PET of similar quality to that of one manufactured from virgin material.

The solvent-free process overcomes the limits of existing thermomechanical recycling processes that can only recycle clear plastic in a closed loop with some loss in quality. The technology enables all types of PET waste to be recycled, allowing for the manufacture of 100% recycled and infinitely recyclable PET products.  White hydrogen


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The Power and Traceable Proof Behind Lenzing’s Fiber Brands

Now more than ever, companies need to know where their fibers come from. Being able to pinpoint a material’s origin not only helps to provide more specific sustainability progress, benchmarking and reporting, but it also enables brands to make supported, substantiated claims about their products’ impact.

However, the apparel and textile industries’ long and complex supply chains make it challenging to have full confidence in tracing a material origin and the authenticity of the claims made about specific products.  White hydrogen

Most companies can only trace back to Tier 2, or their fabric supplier, leaving opportunities for counterfeit risks. In an effort to establish better traceability practices, wood-based fiber manufacturer the Lenzing Group created traceability and transparency systems and solutions to protect its fiber brands, TENCEL™ and LENZING™ ECOVERO™.

The companies that source Lenzing materials know they are getting the verified, sustainable lyocell and modal, compared to generic viscose fi“Respect and protection of trademarks are our core values, and we strongly believe that innovation is the lifeline for ongoing growth and development of the fashion and home textile value chain,” said Harold Weghorst, vice president of global marketing and branding at Lenzing.

“For years, we have been taking proactive steps to enforce the TENCEL™ and LENZING™ ECOVERO™ trademarks to ensure that the rights of our partners and consumers are protected, and that only products made of authentic branded fibers bear the trademarks.”

In 2018, Lenzing launched its Lenzing E-Branding Service for its supply chain partners. In this system, the manufacturer can have their fabric tested to ensure that it is authentic, meaning that they can accurately claim that their materials are made with Lenzing fibers. Once the test confirms the product contains Lenzing fibers, the producer receives a certificate which can be carried through to the brand buyer, enabling the consumer-facing retailer to apply for product licensing as well as branding materials from Lenzing.

Among the marketing materials available for e-commerce stores are free swing tickets and a Digital Hangtag tool. Even in today’s digital retail environment, hangtags still provide an opportunity for brands to communicate benefits to better market products.

A 2020 consumer survey conducted for Lenzing found that 88 percent of clothing shoppers and 86 percent of bedding buyers read hangtags.  White hydrogen

Lenzing E-Branding Service also includes a helpdesk that gives licensees direct access to experts who can assist them in the certification process.


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Setting Up a Recycled Polyester Manufacturing Plant: Project Report 2023

The report “Recycled Polyester Manufacturing Plant Project Report 2023: Industry Trends, Plant Setup, Machinery, Raw Materials, Investment Opportunities, Cost and Revenue” provides a comprehensive guide for establishing a recycled polyester manufacturing plant. The report covers various aspects, ranging from a broad market overview to intricate details like unit operations, raw material and utility requirements, infrastructure necessities, machinery requirements, manpower needs, packaging and transportation requirements, and more.

In addition to the operational aspects, the report also provides in-depth insights into recycled polyester manufacturing process, project economics, encompassing vital aspects such as capital investments, project funding, operating expenses, income and expenditure projections, fixed and variable costs, direct and indirect expenses, expected ROI, net present value (NPV), profit and loss account, and thorough financial analysis, among other crucial metrics. With this comprehensive roadmap, entrepreneurs and stakeholders can make informed decisions and venture into a successful recycled polyester manufacturing unit.  White hydrogen

Recycled polyester, a sustainable textile innovation, has emerged as a beacon of hope in the fashion and textile industry’s quest for eco-friendliness. This revolutionary material is derived from post-consumer plastic bottles, diverting them from landfills and oceans, and transforming them into a versatile, eco-conscious fabric. With its reduced environmental footprint, recycled polyester addresses the growing concerns of resource depletion and plastic pollution. Its adoption aligns with the global shift towards sustainable fashion, offering a guilt-free alternative to traditional polyester.

This textile has emerged as a sustainable and eco-friendly alternative to traditional polyester, driven by several market drivers and trends. One of the key drivers is the growing global awareness of environmental issues and the need to reduce plastic waste. Recycled polyester addresses this concern by repurposing PET plastic bottles and textile waste into new polyester fibers, reducing the reliance on virgin petroleum-based polyester. Consumer demand for sustainable as well as ethically produced clothing and textiles has also fueled the growth of this textile.  White hydrogen

Brands and manufacturers are responding to this demand by incorporating recycled polyester into their product lines. Additionally, government regulations and policies promoting sustainable practices and circular economy principles have further propelled the adoption of this textile. Innovations in recycling technologies and processes have made it more cost-effective to produce high-quality recycled polyester, making it competitive with virgin polyester in terms of price and performance.


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In a groundbreaking announcement, scientists worldwide have unveiled the remarkable revelation of an exceptionally abundant reservoir of white hydrogen

This discovery, estimated to encompass a staggering 6 to 250 million metric tons, emerges as a transformative catalyst for the evolution of sustainable energy solutions.

White hydrogen, distinguished for its minimal environmental footprint by yielding only water upon combustion, has long been a coveted resource in sectors like aviation and steel production. The prevailing methods for hydrogen production presently heavily lean on fossil fuels, making this discovery a pivotal stride towards establishing a more environmentally conscious economy.  White hydrogen

The magnitude of interest sparked by this revelation stems from its sheer abundance and the untapped potential it presents as a pristine energy source. This finding not only challenges pre-existing hypotheses but also charts a course towards unexplored frontiers in utilizing hydrogen as an expansive and eco-friendly energy reservoir.

Experts are quick to underscore the profound positive ramifications this discovery could have in the larger context of transitioning towards sustainable energy sources. It serves as a paradigm shift, upending established notions regarding hydrogen supply and laying the groundwork for a future characterized by increased cleanliness and sustainability.

The implications of this white hydrogen deposit extend far beyond its immediate environmental benefits.  White hydrogen

The prospect of a more extensive and accessible source challenges industries to reimagine their energy landscapes, offering a compelling alternative to conventional methods reliant on fossil fuels. As the demand for cleaner energy intensifies, this discovery becomes a linchpin in fostering a global shift towards practices that are not only economically viable but also ecologically responsible.

Moreover, the newfound abundance of white hydrogen provides a strategic advantage in diversifying energy portfolios. Its versatility and eco-friendly attributes position it as a frontrunner in reshaping the energy matrix, potentially reducing our dependence on finite and environmentally taxing resources.  White hydrogen

In conclusion, the revelation of this unprecedented white hydrogen deposit represents a watershed moment in the pursuit of sustainable energy. Its vast potential, coupled with its minimal environmental impact, challenges the status quo and propels us towards a future where hydrogen plays a central role in a cleaner and more sustainable global energy landscape.

In a groundbreaking announcement, scientists worldwide have unveiled the remarkable revelation of an exceptionally abundant reservoir of white hydrogen

Stora Enso to produce 1.2 million tonnes of packaging materials at Oulu mill beginning in 2025

With its new production line in the Oulu Mill in northern Finland, Stora Enso will increase its capacity and produce 1.2 million tonnes of sustainable packaging materials in one site starting from 2025.

“This is an ongoing journey, and a shift in mindset towards packaging sustainability is now taking place across all regions. The regulation is most advanced in Europe, but the trend can be seen everywhere. Our winning combination at Stora Enso is the fact that we can offer our customers a large portfolio of premium-quality materials while supporting their efforts in moving towards more sustainable offering,” Tomi Nurminen, Stora Enso’s Head of Product Line, CKB, says.  White hydrogen

Stora Enso’s expanded capacity in Oulu empowers customers to embrace greater sustainability in their choices for food, beverage and personal care packaging. The new high-quality and material-efficient packaging boards enable the use of renewable materials and encourages circular design principles, including bio-based, recyclable, and low carbon options.

In the long term, the use rate, availability, and cost of sustainable materials will evolve as more people prioritise them. There will be more alternatives available, and materials will be prioritised also by different mechanisms such as the producer responsibility costs.


Stora Enso to produce 1.2 million tonnes of packaging materials at Oulu mill beginning in 2025

Opinion: Establishing a New Plastics Value Equation

The world clearly needs a new plastics value equation – one where the utility of plastics is maintained, CO2 emissions are greatly reduced and plastic pollution is prevented.

There can be no doubt that plastics-producing and plastics-using corporations are largely responsible for significantly reducing the environmental impact of these materials. However, companies’ central role in this pursuit cannot be performed in isolation.

Outlining the circular plastics system
There is growing recognition that the solution is a circular economy. The principal goals are to decouple plastic production from its harmful reliance on fossil feedstock and to keep high-quality plastics in circulation.  White hydrogen

Material circularity holds the greatest potential for carbon emissions abatement. As outlined in the recently launched Plastics Transition Roadmap, a 28% reduction in emissions generated by the European plastics industry is achievable by 2030,  setting us on the path to  net-zero by 2050*. All up- and down-stream levers need to be engaged including new reuse business models, design of lighter materials, design for recycling, as well as mechanical and chemical recycling. Further emission reductions can be realized by increased use of renewable sources of power, green hydrogen, carbon capture and alternative feedstocks such as biowaste in the production of plastics materials.

While all of these avenues must be pursued intensively, one of the biggest opportunities to reduce emissions comes from increasing recycling levels. White hydrogen

Intelligent systems that efficiently sort and then recycle multiple waste streams, including those that are difficult to reprocess, are emerging. This technology is progressing quickly, aided by the adoption of AI, which is set to improve waste sorting and processing efficiency. Moreover, concepts to “decentralise” recycling by setting up small-scale hubs near waste-generating sites are gaining traction.
However, note that there is no “silver bullet” to deliver the new plastics value equation. A range of complementary solutions that operate fluidly at scale is required. Establishing such physical and systemic infrastructure relies on contributions by a variety of stakeholders.


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Recycled content – Johnson Matthey demonstrates new recycling technology for fuel-cell and electrolyzer materials 17-11-2023

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Solid-state batteries – Bio-based Leather Alternative for Auto Interiors Attracts Investment 14-11-2023

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Race to all-solid-state batteries draws in Japan’s AGC, Idemitsu

Companies work to slash time and cost of making vital material

Japanese materials maker AGC and energy group Idemitsu Kosan have made strides toward mass producing the main ingredient in all-solid-state batteries, which are seen as a next-generation power source for electric vehicles.

All-solid-state batteries contain solid electrolytes instead of the liquid ones found in lithium-ion batteries.

They have been hailed as a safer, fast-charging alternative for powering EVs, but production at significant levels remains years away. Solid-state batteries

Efforts to build a supply chain for them are moving ahead in Japan, which leads in patent applications for all-solid-state battery technology, followed closely by China.

AGC, the world’s leading automotive glass producer, has built a test facility for solid electrolytes inside the company’s Yokohama Technical Center.

Research is underway on combining up to 10 ingredients and melting them at below 1,000 C to produce a dark molten material. When it cools, the liquid solidifies into a yellow sulfide electrolyte.  Solid-state batteries

“Although it’s a late start, the new technology gives us good prospect of coming from behind,” said Naoki Okahata, a senior manager at AGC. The company announced its entry into sulfide electrolytes in September.

Toyota Motor is developing an all-solid-state battery that can be recharged in under 10 minutes and provide 1,200 kilometers per charge, more than double the range of today’s EVs. Toyota aims to roll out cars with all-solid-state batteries in 2027 or 2028.

Research and development into all-solid-state batteries in Japan goes back two or three decades, with Idemitsu among the pioneers. AGC’s program is less than four years old.

But since September, “the reception has been significant, and we’ve received inquiries from manufacturers around the world,” said an AGC representative.

Ions move more easily between electrodes through solid sulfide electrolytes than with liquid ones. Sulfide solid-state batteries are also resistant to temperature changes, allowing for reduced charge times, extended EV ranges and a smaller battery.

But sulfides are chemically unstable.  Solid-state batteries

To work in EVs, they need to overcome hurdles in durability and high production costs. One of the biggest challenges has been ensuring the chemicals are evenly combined, which has been difficult to do with conventional methods.

This is where AGC stepped in, with over 100 years of glassmaking know-how in melting together materials to produce a homogenous solid.

The company developed its own technology for melting together lithium sulfide and other materials to produce electrolytes of high consistency. The process speeds up the chemical reaction and shortens production time to less than a tenth of conventional methods.

“For automotive applications requiring a large amount of electrolyte, this ensures lower production costs,” Okahata said.

The cost to produce all-solid-state batteries can range from four to 25 times that of lithium-ion batteries, according to the Japan Science and Technology Agency.

Electrolytes account for 76% of materials costs. Lowering mass production costs will be key to bringing solid-state EV batteries into the mainstream.  Solid-state batteries

AGC’s process can also incorporate raw materials that are difficult to mix, which opens up a wider variety of compositions. Since lithium is relatively scarce, AGC looks to use material recycled from used batteries.

AGC will build a large pilot electrolyte facility by 2025, with the goal of bringing the product to market between 2027 and 2028. The company has set an annual revenue target of 10 billion yen ($66 million) by 2030 for the business.

Idemitsu, which ranks second in the world in patent applications for solid sulfide electrolytes, entered into a partnership with Toyota in October to mass produce all-solid-state batteries.


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Purecycle sends first shipments of recycled resin

Florida-based polypropylene (rPP) recycler Purecycle has sent out its first shipments of recycled resin after a force majeure and months of delay during construction.

Purecycle, which has built its first recycling plant in Ironton, Ohio, says its unique solvent-based recycling technology allows the company to create rPP that has properties closer to virgin material.

Purecycle said they have recycled 409,000 lbs, or 204.5t, of used polypropylene so far at its Ironton plant. The company has sent its first shipments of rPP to Formerra and Milliken, two US-based polymer producers.

Purecycle aims to increase its production to 4.45mn lbs of input capacity per year by 31 December.  Solid-state batteries

“Ironton is the first facility of its kind and as expected, we are working through many challenges in getting the facility to run on a continuous basis,” Chief executive Dustin Olson said. “We have identified a set of reliability and operational improvements that are expected to be addressed during a two-week outage in November, including the installation of an automatic screen changer on the final product extruder, which has impacted continuous run times.”

The company noted that most of its production issues have been as a result of mechanical issues that are part of an “operational learning curve”.


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New oil from plastic that pollutes the sea

Sea plastic is a huge environmental problem, but it can also be a valuable resource. Aenea, a research institute, has developed a way to transform more than 90% of the plastic recovered from the sea into new oil, using a chemical process called pyrolysis. Pyrolysis breaks down the plastic by heating it to over 400 degrees without oxygen.

The process also uses another waste material, the ash from coal plants, as a catalyst.

The new oil obtained from pyrolysis is very rich in hydrocarbons, which can be used to make fuels, high quality chemicals, new plastics, paints, solvents and many other products.  Solid-state batteries

The process is cleaner and more efficient than using the original oil.

The American Chemical Society has certified the results of Aenea’s technology and published them in its online journal ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering.

The challenge of reducing plastic pollution Plastic pollution is a global threat to the oceans and marine life.

Every year, the world produces 400 million tons of plastic waste, and at least 10 million tons end up in the oceans, forming huge floating islands of plastic debris.

These islands interfere with navigation and are only the tip of the iceberg of the damage caused by plastic.  Solid-state batteries

Plastic takes more than 600 years to degrade naturally, and in the sea it breaks into smaller pieces, called microplastics, that attract and absorb other pollutants, such as pesticides, fertilizers, industrial waste, detergents and cosmetics.

These microplastics then enter the food chain, affecting fish, mammals, birds and humans. The effects of plastic on health, nutrition, metabolism and hormones are unknown and worrying.

A local and circular solution The current methods of recycling and disposing of sea plastic are mainly based on mechanical processes, which have many limitations and difficulties, especially when the plastic is mixed with other materials.  Solid-state batteries

Catalytic pyrolysis, on the other hand, offers a more effective and sustainable solution, as it can handle large quantities of heterogeneous and unsorted waste.

Moreover, pyrolysis can be done locally, using small plants installed in ports, which could even produce fuel for boats from the plastic collected at sea, suggests Riccardo Tuffi, the Aenea researcher who carried out the research with his colleagues Lorenzo Cafiero and Doina De Angelis.

This would create a circular and zero-kilometer recycling system, turning a problem into an opportunity.

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Bio-based Leather Alternative for Auto Interiors Attracts Investment

NFW, a startup based in Peoria, IL, that produces non-petroleum-based leather alternatives for car interiors, has attracted investment from Asahi Kasei. The Japanese company and its US-based affiliate, Sage Automotive Interiors Inc., said it will work with NFW in a strategic partnership enabling another major step to support global automotive OEMs in reducing the environmental burden of automobiles.

NFW was founded in 2015 and has developed a platform capable of producing precision-engineered leather, foam, and textiles without using animal- or petrochemicals-based materials.  Solid-state batteries

The company’s patented leather alternative, called Mirum, is certified by the US Department of Agriculture as having 100% bio-based content, and is made from natural rubber, fibers, plant oils, pigments, and minerals. The material’s durability and quality make it a suitable replacement for traditional animal-based or synthetic leather products without the use of polyurethane or other coatings.

A yen for sustainable growth

Sage Automotive is engaged in the development, manufacture, and sale of innovative functional materials used in automobile interiors globally. Since its acquisition by Asahi Kasei in 2018, Sage has been strengthening its business activities in Europe and China through mergers and acquisitions, parallel to expanding its lineup of growth-potential materials such as suede and synthetic leather.  Solid-state batteries

As one of the leading global suppliers in the car seat fabric market, Sage has a strong presence among automakers and suppliers.

Dirk Pieper, chairman of the Sage board of directors and lead executive for the development and growth of Asahi Kasei’s overall automotive product offering, stated: “The cooperation with NFW will enable Asahi Kasei and Sage to assist global automakers in reducing the environmental burden of their cars. By jointly developing and manufacturing a non-petroleum-based and fully circular leather alternative, the Asahi Kasei Group takes a leading position in revolutionizing the market for car interior materials.”

Asahi Kasei earmarks $100 million for sustainability-minded startups

The cooperation with NFW is the first project within Asahi Kasei’s Care for Earth investment framework announced in April 2023.  Solid-state batteries


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Novozymes launches Quara LowP

As the world seeks sustainable alternatives to traditional fuels, renewable diesel and SAF production have taken center stage. By 2030, vegetable oils are projected to account for over 40 percent of global feedstock used in renewable diesel and SAF production. However, producers have long grappled with challenges related to feedstock availability, pricing fluctuations, and the ever-increasing market demand.

To address these pressing issues, Novozymes has leveraged its extensive experience in enzymatic degumming, which has resulted in Quara LowP, an innovative solution that gives customers flexibility to process mixed feedstocks without negatively impacting their bottom line.  Solid-state batteries

“This innovation is a testament to our commitment to sustainable solutions for the renewable diesel and SAF industry. Quara LowP offers producers the flexibility to process blends of feedstocks resulting in increased efficiency, reduced operating costs, and lowered environmental impact. It is a great contribution to the industry and a reflection of Novozymes’ dedication to rethinking tomorrow,” said Hans Ole Klingenberg, VP of marketing, Agriculture & Industrial Biosolutions at Novozymes.

A sustainable solution for a growing demand

Quara LowP facilitates the efficient processing of HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) and HEFA (Hydroprocessed Esters and Fatty Acids) feedstocks. By pretreating these feedstocks with Quara LowP, producers can achieve higher yields and significantly lower operational costs, all while reducing the environmental footprint of their operations.

This innovation holds profound significance for the HVO and SAF industry:
•    Increased efficiency: HVO/HEFA feedstock producers now have a means to process blends of vegetable oils with other lipid feedstocks without compromising yield or incurring additional operating costs.  Solid-state batteries

The current practice of overusing bleaching earth/bleaching clay to address contaminants in vegetable oils when blending with waste oils is a thing of the past. Quara LowP offers a more efficient and cost-effective solution.
•    Economic benefits: With Quara LowP, producers can enjoy increased yields and lower operating costs, overcoming process inefficiencies.
•    Environmental impact: The industry can benefit from a greener operation, with reduced waste handling hazards and lower water consumption, aligning with the global sustainability goals.  Solid-state batteries


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Republic Services and Blue Polymers to develop plastics recycling complex

The move is part of a JV established between the companies earlier this year.

Republic Services and Blue Polymers have broken ground on a new plastics recycling complex in Indianapolis, US.

The site encompasses a Republic ‘Polymer Center’ and a Blue advanced polymer production facility.  Solid-state batteries

Both facilities are anticipated to be opened by the end of next year.

They are expected to promote the circularity of plastics and provide recycled materials for sustainable packaging and other applications.

The Indianapolis-based site will comprise two buildings with a combined area of approximately 286,000ft² and create roughly 125 permanent jobs for the local community.

Lauth Group has been selected for the development and construction of the project.

Republic recycling and sustainability vice-president Pete Keller said: “Through our Polymer Center network and Blue Polymers partnership, we’re helping customers achieve their ambitious recycled content goals by producing high-quality recycled plastics.

“As a leader in the environmental services industry and one of the nation’s largest recyclers, Republic Services is uniquely positioned to advance plastics circularity and the region’s circular economy while supporting Indianapolis’ vision for a more resilient future.”

Republic is establishing a national network of Polymer Centers alongside Blue Polymers’ production facilities via a joint venture (JV) established earlier this year.


Republic Services and Blue Polymers to develop plastics recycling complex

Polypropylene (PP) prices drift lower in Europe

This week, PP prices slipped in Europe.  Solid-state batteries
An industry source in Europe informed a Polymerupdate team member, “A bearish pricing sentiment prevailed in the European PP market as demand weakened ahead of winter. A moderate rise witnessed in consumer activity over the last two months has ebbed considerably, with a large number of market participants procuring inventories prior to the onset of winter and making purchases on a need-based basis.”
The source added, “Prices further trended lower as sellers were keen on destocking their excess inventories ahead of the winter season typically marked by depressed demand sentiments.”
In the spot markets, PP injection moulding grade prices were assessed at the Euro 1125-1135/mt FD North West Europe mark, a decline of Euro (-30/mt). PP block copolymer grade prices were assessed at the Euro 1175-1185/mt FD Northwest Europe levels, week on week sharply lower by Euro (-40/mt).
In the contract markets, PP injection moulding grade prices were assessed at the Euro 1420-1425/mt FD NWE Germany and FD NWE France levels, both fallen by Euro (-20/mt) from the previous week. PP injection moulding grade prices were assessed at the Euro 1410 1415/mt FD NWE Italy levels, a drop of Euro (-20/mt) from last week. Meanwhile, PP injection moulding grade prices were assessed at the GBP 1235-1240/mt FD NWE UK levels, week on week down by GBP (-15/mt).  Solid-state batteries
In the contract markets, PP block copolymer grade prices were assessed at the Euro 1500-1505/mt FD NWE Germany and FD NWE France levels, both lower by Euro (-20/mt) from last week. PP block copolymer grade prices were assessed at the Euro 1490-1495/mt FD NWE Italy levels, a drop of Euro (-20/mt) from the previous week. Meanwhile, PP block copolymer grade prices were assessed at the GBP 1305-1310/mt FD NWE UK levels, down GBP (-15/mt) from last week.
FCA Antwerp PP homopolymer prices were assessed at the Euro 1110-1140/mt levels, a week on week fall of Euro (-20/mt), while FCA Antwerp PP copolymer prices were assessed at the Euro 1160-1190/mt levels, a sharp week on week drop of Euro (-40/mt).
Upstream propylene spot prices on Thursday were assessed at the Euro 875-885/mt FD Northwest Europe levels, week on week rise of Euro (+15/mt).  Solid-state batteries


Polypropylene (PP) prices drift lower in Europe

Packaging waste – New project called GRAPHERGIA to revolutionize energy harvesting in textiles and battery technology 13-11-2023

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