TotalEnergies doubles its recycled plastic production capacity in France
PARIS–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Regulatory news:
TotalEnergies (Paris: TTE) (LSE: TTE) (NYSE: TTE) inaugurated the extension of Synova in Normandy, the French leader in the production of recycled polypropylene. TotalEnergies is thus doubling its production capacity for the mechanical recycling of recycled polymers, to meet the growing demand for sustainable polymers from customers such as automobile manufacturers (Auto OEMs) and the construction industry.
Advancing the circular economy
Plastics are essential for everyday life because of their many properties, including lightness, which allows the automotive industry, for example, to reduce the weight of vehicles and therefore also the consumption of fuel and CO2 emissions. But the end of life of plastics is a crucial subject, which is why TotalEnergies is actively involved in the recycling of plastics as part of its circular economy approach.
In order to increase its mechanical recycling capacity, TotalEnergies acquired in 2019 Synova, the French leader in the production of recycled polypropylene from industrial plastic waste, household waste and automotive parts such as bumpers.
With the installation of two new production lines, Synova will produce nearly 45,000 tonnes of recycled polypropylene per year using mechanical recycling methods, including a range containing fiberglass to produce components with very high mechanical performance.
Valérie Goff, Senior Vice President Polymers of the Refining-Chemicals division of TotalEnergies, declared: “After announcing in 2020, on our zero gross platform of Grandpuits, the first chemical recycling plant and our second plant for the production of biobased and biodegradable plastics, the Synova extension has now doubled our recycling production capacity mechanics in France. We are perfectly positioned to meet the growing demand from our customers for more efficient and environmentally friendly polymers, while providing concrete answers to the challenge of managing end-of-life plastics. This investment will contribute to our ambition by 2030 to produce 30% recycled and renewable polymers.
TotalEnergies and plastic recycling
TotalEnergies aims to produce 30% recycled and renewable polymers by 2030. TotalEnergies works on all types of recycling:
- In mechanical recycling with its subsidiary Synova, the French leader in the production of recycled polypropylene for sustainable applications in the automotive and construction industries.
- In chemical recycling, TotalEnergies announced in September 2020 the construction of the first chemical recycling plant in France on its zero gross platform at Grandpuits. This new plant will use Plastic Energy’s patented technology to transform generally non-recyclable plastic waste into a pyrolysis oil called Tacoil, which will then be used as a raw material in TotalEnergies’ steam crackers to produce polymers with properties identical to virgin polymers.
TotalEnergies is also a world leader in bioplastics. The joint venture between TotalEnergies and Corbion has a plant in Thailand producing 75,000 tonnes / year of PLA, a 100% bio-based, recyclable and biodegradable bioplastic. In September 2020, it announced the construction of a second plant with a capacity of 100,000 tonnes / year on the zero gross platform of Grandpuits in France.
TotalEnergies is also a founding member of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, which brings together some forty companies invested in the plastics and consumer goods value chain.. They pledged to allocate more than $ 1 billion, with a target of reaching $ 1.5 billion by 2025, to implement solutions to eliminate plastic waste in the environment, especially in the oceans.
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