Circular plastic – Hydrogen – PET 06-02-2023
Circular plastic – Hydrogen – PET
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-Toyota Calls On Science To Tell EV-Only Extremists That They’re Wrong
The Japanese carmaker got its share of criticism lately and now it’s fighting back.
Toyota is known mostly for its hybrid-powered vehicles, with the Prius first coming into mind, but with all the other manufacturers racing towards an EV-only future, the Japanese brand seems to be lagging in terms of a wider-scale adoption on the electric-only front.
In fact, it’s reportedly one of the reasons why its CEO, Akio Toyoda, who’s the grandson of the firm’s founder, will be stepping down in April. But even as Toyota moves to develop its first dedicated EV platform, it still won’t make the shift to an all-electric lineup and now it’s using science to tell EV-only extremists that they’re wrong.
With some solid facts and figures at hand, the carmaker’s Chief Scientist Gill Pratt says that the best approach for a sustainable future is a multipronged one, blending EVs with hybrids and other green technologies, and not a full-on commitment to battery-powered cars only.Circular plastic – Hydrogen – PET
-PET, a circular plastic system? New study says not yet
Report says chemical recycling for PET could substantially boost circularity
While the strong recycling performance of clear PET beverage bottles in some European countries has given PET/polyester a reputation as a ‘circular plastic system’, a new synthesis study from system change company Systemiq begs to differ.
According to this report, with today’s limited recycling capabilities, only about one quarter of this material is being successfully recycled. Implementing chemical recycling technologies at scale alongside existing mechanical recycling approaches could set the stage for both positive environmental benefits and transformative success for the wider PET/polyester industry, the authors write. Circular plastic – Hydrogen – PET
-Air Liquide and TotalEnergies join forces to develop a network of over 100 hydrogen stations for heavy duty vehicles in Europe
Air Liquide and TotalEnergies announce their decision to create an equally owned joint venture to develop a network of hydrogen stations, geared towards heavy duty vehicles on major European road corridors. This initiative will help facilitate access to hydrogen, enabling the development of its use for goods transportation and further strengthening the hydrogen sector. Circular plastic – Hydrogen – PET
The partners aim to deploy more than 100 hydrogen stations on major European roads – in France, Benelux and Germany – in the coming years.
These stations, under the TotalEnergies brand, will be located on major strategic corridors.
This agreement will lead to the creation of a major player in hydrogen refueling solutions and contribute to the decarbonization of road transportation in Europe. The two companies will combine their know-how and expertise in infrastructure, hydrogen distribution and mobility:
- Air Liquide will contribute with its expertise in technologies and its mastery of the entire hydrogen value chain; Circular plastic – Hydrogen – PET
- TotalEnergies will bring its expertise in the operation and management of stations networks and the distribution of energies to BtoB customers.
-December contract price of TPA in Europe decreased by EUR177 per ton
The contract price of purified terephthalic acid (TPA) in Europe for December 2022 has dropped significantly, ICIS reports.
Thus, the December contract price of TPA is reduced by EUR177 per ton to EUR924-958 per ton, FD NWE (Northwest Europe).
The price agreement occurred along with the delay in the settlement of December prices of paraxylene raw materials. Circular plastic – Hydrogen – PET
Earlier it was reported that the December contract price of paraxylene in Europe decreased by EUR195 per ton compared with November. One single concluded agreement was reported at EUR1,035 per tonne, FD NWE (Northwest Europe) compared to EUR1,230 per tonne in the previous month.
This is the largest decline in the price of paraxylene since March 2020, when restrictive measures began in Europe to contain COVID-19.
According to the ScanPlast survey, the estimated consumption of PET in December 2022 increased by 24% compared to last year. In the reporting month, the estimated consumption of PET amounted to 86.15 thousand tons. In total, by the end of 2022, the total estimated consumption in Russia increased by 2% and amounted to 844.84 thousand tons of PET (830.43 thousand tons in 2021). Circular plastic – Hydrogen – PET
-Repsol invests €26 m in new Reciclex line
Repsol has announced it making a €26 million investment in the installation of a new production line at its Puertollano Industrial Complex in Spain.
With a production capacity of 25,000 tons of recycled plastic annually, the new line will serve to significantly expand the current volume – 16,000 tons – of the company’s Reciclex polyolefins produced at the site. The new unit is scheduled to come into operation at the end of 2024. Circular plastic – Hydrogen – PET
Repsol’s Reciclex range of resins consists of high and low-density polyethylene (HDPE and LDPE) with a mechanically recycled plastic content of 10% and 80%.
These are used to produce rigid and flexible packaging for non-food use, such as cleaning product containers or product packaging bags.
This investment is in line with recent European and Spanish regulations, which are aimed at achieving a recycled content target of 30% for plastic packaging by 2030.
Repsol said that the company would also be starting up a new polyurethane foam recovery plant in Puertollano this year; the first in Spain and on the Iberian Peninsula.
To ensure a reliable and constant production at the site, Repsol has entered into various alliances with recyclers to secure a consistent volume and supply of recycled products. In this way, customers will be assured of being provided with recycled materials of consistent quality. Circular plastic – Hydrogen – PET
The circular economy is an ongoing focus for Repsol.
The company has a stated commitment to recycle the equivalent of 20% of its polyolefin production by 2030, and to reach a production of 100,000 tons per year.
It has further acquired stakes in Acteco, an integrated waste management and recovery company, and in Enerkem, a leading technology company in waste gasification, thus expanding the scope of its activities in the sustainable space.
In addition, an integrated model of decarbonisation technologies based on improving efficiency, increasing low-emissions power generation capacity, producing low-carbon fuels, and developing new customer solutions is being introduced aiming to reduce the industry’s carbon footprint. Circular plastic – Hydrogen – PET
-Complementary chemical and mechanical recycling technologies environmentally beneficial for PET and polyester industries, says SYSTEMIQ
A new synthesis study by SYSTEMIQ has suggested that the scaling up of chemical recycling to work in tandem with mechanical recycling technologies will lead to ‘very high’ recycling rates and lower carbon emissions for PET and polyester packaging solutions.
With only a quarter of Europe’s PET plastics and polyester textiles currently being successfully recycled, according to SYSTEMIQ, the study examines the outcomes of using depolymerisation alongside mechanical recycling and reuse for PET and polyester packaging and textile solutions. Circular plastic – Hydrogen – PET
It aims to evaluate whether such solutions would reduce dependence on fossil-fuel-based feedstocks, increase resource efficiency, and lower greenhouse gas emissions, and is apparently the first in a series aiming to explore the possibilities for circular systems involving PET and polyester.
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