The plastics industry is playing a key role in the new circular economy model. The plastics sector has embraced this model as an opportunity to use ecodesign to market more sustainable products, and to improve management systems and recycling processes to recover waste for reuse as a raw material. Moreover, plastic materials are allies in the fight against climate change because they can reduce more CO2 emissions than other materials.
Eco-leasing, product customization, better waste management and ICT tools for bidirectional communication between manufacturers, consumers and waste managers will help reduce the 12 million tonnes of waste produced by this sector each year.
In financial year 2019, the technology centre presented more than 80 circular economy projects, taught 25 courses on the topic and sponsored 26 talks by AIMPLAS experts.
One of the objectives in the field of sustainable development is the conversion of greenhouse gases, such as CO2, into reusable raw materials. During the last few decades, a lot of efforts have been made to succeed in transforming CO2 into chemical products with a high added value. As it happens, nearly 127.3 million industrial tonnes of CO2 in 2018 were emitted in Spain. This waste is now used as a raw material in line with the criteria set by the Circular Economy.
For a long time, we have used a linear model, in which products are produced, used and then become waste. This situation is unsustainable. The […]
The European poultry sector generates 3.6 million tonnes of waste feathers each year, of which only around 25% are collected separately and valorised for feather meal and fertiliser applications. A new European funded collaborative project, UNLOCK, was launched on 1 May to generate new value from a waste stream that contains nearly 90 % keratin, a valuable protein that can be a source for biodegradable materials.
The NONTOX Project is developing new decontamination processes for plastic materials to recover waste from the automotive, construction, and electrical and electronic industries
BioSupPack is geared towards contributing to the European bio-based circular economy by developing Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA)-based packaging solutions derived from residues and demonstrating a viable recycling […]
Chemical recycling consists of a set of thermal, chemical and biological processes that complement mechanical recycling with the aim of achieving the ambitious goal of […]
One of the societal challenges being addressed by AIMPLAS in its activities is the drive to make progress towards the circular economy, a production model […]