Thermal recycling reduces CO2 emissions

Today, the world population sends millions of tonnes of plastic waste to incineration plants and burns the materials. Then the waste is gone – but not without a trace. When plastic burns at incineration plants, it waves goodbye by emitting massive amounts of CO2.

However, Plastcon can help change this. By thermally recycling plastic waste in a 50 tonnes/day Plastcon facility, it is possible to reduce CO2 emissions by 32,000 tonnes/year compared to burning it at incineration plants.

Infographic saying: Plastcon reduces CO2 emissions

In comparison, the CO2 reduction from Plastcon corresponds to quite a lot of car driving, coffee drink and TV watching. More specifically, the CO2 that a standard 50 tonnes/day Plastcon facility saves our planet from corresponds to driving around the world 6,553 times in a new EU car from 2019, making 6.3 billion cups of coffee or watching 233,784 years of TV. Amounts that would make even the most well-travelled, coffee-loving and film-fanatic types a bit dizzy.

Infographic comparing the reduced CO2 emissions with example years of watching television

CO2 emissions from incineration vs. thermal recycling

When burning plastic waste at Danish incineration plants to make power or heat, 1 kg plastic emits 1.38 kg CO2. Incineration plants differ from country to country, and the same, consequently, goes for the emissions. But in any case, burning plastic waste sends more CO2 into the air than thermal recycling does.

By thermally recycling plastic waste in Plastcon to make pyrolysis oil, gas and carbon black, 1 kg of plastic waste has a negative impact of -0.29 kg CO2. To specify, this means that producing the resources (pyrolysis oil, gas and carbon black) through thermal recycling instead of digging up fossil fuels saves our planet from 0.29 kg CO2. The resources and machines it takes to bring up brand new resources simply emit more CO2 than the thermal recycling of plastic waste.

Infographic showing CO2 emissions from 1 kg plastic waste
Reduced sulphur emission

Producing marine gas oil that matches 2020 emissions regulations

Traditionally, shipowners have used marine gas oil (MGO) as fuel for their vessels, but legislation has forced them to rethink this choice and go with a more environmentally friendly source of energy. And with the pyrolysis oil from Plastcon, they get a useful alternative that lives up to the current emissions regulations with its low sulphur content.

Exactly sulphur is one of the main focus points for shipowners. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has set a limit for the emissions of this gas from ships within the global Emission Control Areas (EMA), and since January 2020 vessels have had to use fuels with a sulphur content of maximum 0.5%. A level so low that traditional marine fuels cannot do the job.

However, the pyrolysis oil produced in Plastcon emits 10 times less sulphur than conventional marine gas oil – and importantly, lives up to the new, low sulphur contents requirements.