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Chemistry is going circular


A Canadian waste-to-biofuel technology pioneer is set to build its first advanced facility in Europe.

Enerkem, which is beginning to make an impact in the Chinese and American markets, is collaborating with Air Liquide, AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals, and the Port of Rotterdam to deliver a multi-million euro waste-to-chemistry plant in Rotterdam. It will convert non-recyclable wastes into raw materials that can be used by the chemical industry.

The consortium have signed a deal to secure the initial investment needed to progress the plans.

“This is an important milestone for the project and a significant step toward implementing a sustainable and circular chemical industry,” said Marco Waas, Director RD&I at AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals. “We can convert non-recyclable waste, into methanol, an essential raw material for many everyday products, including low carbon transportation fuel. Not only can this be used in the existing supply chains and replace fossil sources, but it also avoids CO2 emissions otherwise produced by burning waste.”

A final investment decision will be made by Enerkem and its partners later this year on the best way to fund the €200-million project.

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