Petrochemical Hydrogen TextileRecycling 12-12-2020
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The Taiwanese government holds the “circular economy,” “purifying air,” “improving water quality,” and “caring for the earth” as core parts of its administration, integrating them through recycling and reusing, hoping to achieve the goal of sustainability and zero-waste. Under its governance, Taiwanese companies have also rapidly developed products that exceed the current global environmental standards.
Taiwan has a strong concern on how humans treat the environment, which explains why it continues to champion the design and development of eco-friendly products that will not harm the earth.
Currently, statistics show that the world uses around 370 billion disposable plastic straws each year. Disposable plastic waste is perhaps one of the most serious forms of global pollution, and that is why more and more consumers are concerned about whether the products they buy are environment friendly and whether they have also become complicit in destroying the environment when they buy certain products made out of plastic.
The outlook for isomer-grade mixed xylene in the first half of 2021 is beset with uncertainty as production margins for MX and downstream paraxylene as well as other aromatics have been unusually poor in 2020, and producers are carefully considering their overall refinery production going into the next year.
In Asia, more downstream PX capacity is set to start up, including phase two of the massive Zhejiang Petrochemical and Saudi Aramco’s Jazan, adding a total 5.85 million mt of PX output to the existing pool in 2021. Petrochemical Hydrogen TextileRecycling
However, MX demand is not expected to receive a boost from these new PX plants as they are mostly self-sufficient in upstream feedstock supply.
Instead, many market participants are concerned that Asian and Middle East PX plant capacity additions will further erode PX margins and lead to lower operating rates at PX plants outside China, thereby leading to an imbalance in MX demand and supply dynamics.
After two years of working on the project, scientists from the UK-based Brunel University London (www.brunel.ac.uk), along with Nextek (London; www.nextek.org) and scientists from the University of Greenwich (London; www.gre.ac.uk) have developed a degradable bioplastic film by recycling waste starch produced by India’s expansive cassava plant industry. The bioplastic film – which the scientists claim is significantly cheaper than current films – aims to help India manage its food waste by extending edibles’ shelf-life; 40% of the country’s fresh produce is currently disposed of because of packaging and delivery discrepancies. Petrochemical Hydrogen TextileRecycling
“The cassava plant has to be treated first with washing, and then beaten, before it can be used,” said Karnik Tarverdi, director of extrusion technology at Brunel University London’s chemical engineering department. “When the plant is treated, it releases tapioca starch that is washed down the waterways and causes pollution downstream. We wanted to harness this waste starch and use it as an additive to make film cheaper.”
Four MRFs in the eastern half of the U.S. will begin sorting polypropylene with financial assistance from major brands, retailers and other industry members brought together through The Recycling Partnership. Petrochemical Hydrogen TextileRecycling
The Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, a project of The Recycling Partnership, on Dec. 8 announced nearly $2 million in grants to four MRF recipients. The money, which is the first grant funding issued by the coalition, is going to facilities that do not currently accept PP, allowing them to begin sorting and selling the plastic.
The Polypropylene Recycling Coalition launched this year with a focus on improving recovery of the resin across the country. It opened its first round of grant funding over the summer.
The recipient MRFs are Cougles Recycling in Hamburg, Pa.; Mazza Recycling in Tinton Falls, N.J.; Rumpke Recycling in Cincinnati; and Winters Brothers in Brookhaven, N.Y.
The UK chemicals industry on Wednesday warned again that a no-deal end to Brexit would damage chemicals trade and investment. Petrochemical Hydrogen TextileRecycling
Ahead of what is widely seen as the critical meeting in post-Brexit trade talks between UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday evening, the Chemical Industries Association (CIA) urged the two leaders to finalise and sign a free trade agreement (FTA).
“Chemical businesses in the UK alongside those in EU member states, have consistently set out the case for free trade and regulatory consistency,” said Steve Elliott, CIA’s CEO.
“We do not seek such an outcome for the sake of it – UK firms need it to ensure that they can continue to export on a competitive basis to our biggest market, without the huge disruption and cost that tariffs, border delays and duplicate regulatory requirements would all bring through a failure to agree a deal.
Chemical recycling has a role to play in a circular economy but should be a last resort for plastics and other materials that cannot be recycled or reused conventionally, the European Commission has warned. Petrochemical Hydrogen TextileRecycling
The cautionary tone on the innovative technology came from two senior representatives of the commission during an online discussion of the role of chemicals as a catalyst for a sustainable recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Kerstin Jorna, director-general at DG Grow, said the commission’s ‘Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability’, published in October, recognised that chemicals were ‘an active ingredient’ for recovery and plastics had a part to play in a green economy – where appropriate.
Senior Editor, Recycling, Matt Tudball gives an update on the European recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET), including:
December demand looks strong, prices look stable
Growing demand from sheet sector for colourless flakes
Optimistic outlook for early 2021 Petrochemical Hydrogen TextileRecycling
Green chemistry company Avantium NV has secured a €7.5m funding from the National Programme Groningen to support the construction of a 5 kilotonnes FDCA plant.
The new grant is part of a €30m financing mix that Avantium and the Groningen consortium announced this January. Petrochemical Hydrogen TextileRecycling
FDCA is the key building block for PEF (polyethylene furanoate), a plant-based, fully recyclable plastic material that outperforms today’s standard PET with regards to environmental footprint and performance. The FDCA flagship plant to be built in Delfzijl is planned to start up in 2023. This will provide around 60 jobs in the region.
Today CHEM Trust publishes a detailed report on ‘Chemical Recycling’, a set of technologies that are often claimed to be on the cusp of revolutionising the recycling of plastics. This study finds that these technologies in reality have major problems, including substantial energy use, a need for pre-sorted, good quality plastic input and concerns over hazardous chemicals. Petrochemical Hydrogen TextileRecycling
The report, “Chemical Recycling: State of Play“, written by the environmental consultancy Eunomia, reviews available information on a large number of different chemical recycling technologies, and attempts to assess their performance and feasibility, including their energy use, climate impacts, to what extent they are able to address hazardous chemicals and how they might fit into waste management systems.
Eunomia identify a lack of adequate information as a pervasive problem when assessing these technologies. However, with the information available they assess that some chemical recycling technologies perform better than others. All technologies share key issues including energy use, need for almost clean and homogeneous inputs, and problems competing with mechanical recycling technologies.
The acquisition of the source was completed by the family active in the production of PET preforms through S.I.Con., An operation announced in the summer.
The Quagliuolo family, owner of S.I.Con, an important producer of PET preforms for mineral waters and soft drinks, has completed the acquisition of Acqua Vera from the Sanpellegrino Group through the newco AQua Vera. The preliminary agreement with the Nestlè group was signed last June (read article).
In addition to the brand, the change also concerns the two plants in Santo Stefano Quisquina, in the province of Agrigento, and in Castrocielo (Frosinone), while in the one of San Giorgio in Bosco (PD), which remains in the availability of Sanpellegrino, mineral water Vera will be bottled on the basis of a co-packing agreement.
Acqua Vera thus returns to Italian hands and will be at the center of a development and relaunch project. Petrochemical Hydrogen TextileRecycling
Leading the company as CEO is Fabrizio Quagliuolo, founder of SICon., Flanked by a team of managers, some of whom are also present in the shareholder base: Marco Franzoso, former commercial director of Acqua Fiuggi and Sangemini will be responsible for the activities commercials, Luca Maggi (formerly San Benedetto) will preside over the GDO channel, while Alberto Ventriglia (from Ferrarelle) will follow the Ho.re.ca.
The Chairman of the Board of Directors is Pierluigi Tosato, former CEO of the San Benedetto Group.
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