Transforming household waste into raw material for chemicals
The Waste 2 Chemistry initiative, a consortium set up under the leadership of Nouryon, aims to use a new technology to produce methanol from municipal waste. Methanol, traditionally produced from fossil feedstock such as natural gas or coal, is a base chemical widely used in the production of glues, thickeners, propellants and other everyday materials.
The technology allows to extract carbon from the municipal solid waste and biomass which can no longer be recycled mechanically and use it as a raw material for the production of chemicals.
A plant using this technology is planned to be built in Rotterdam, Netherlands and will supply the Dutch chemical industry with this low-carbon feedstock. The plant is expected to reduce the industry’s CO2 emissions by 135kT per year, equivalent to the CO2 emissions of 53,000 households.
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Circular Economy 2.0
In 2015, the European Commission published its Circular Economy package to promote the transition from a linear economy into a circular economy, where resource efficiency is increased and the value of products and materials is maintained for as long as possible. When a product reaches the end of its life, options such re-use, remanufacturing and recycling can be explored to create additional value. Circular Economy can bring forth economic benefits, by contributing to growth and job creation and stimulating innovation, and in parallel provide environmental benefits.