Plastics - moving from the waste stream to the chemicals industry?

10 March 2021 15:50 - 16:25

Circular economy principles are driving much resource and waste strategy, and are seen as part of the route to net zero.  As waste streams become more separated and the fuels and chemicals industries look for alternative feedstocks, there are opportunities for advanced technical solutions for the plastics waste stream. 
But questions remain -
Are these systems technically and economically viable?
Securing waste streams and achieving correct feedstock quality  - what are the challenges and how can they be resolved?
The smaller scale, decentralised plants -  can sufficient scale-up or multiplication be achieved?
The new partnerships that are being forged - how robust are they, and do they provide the model for the waste industry of the future?

Dr Stephen Wise, Director, Ceres EMC; session chair