ReNew ELP and Plastic Oceans UK Partnership

ReNew ELP are pleased to announce a new partnership with Plastic Oceans UK, aligning our strategy and ethos as we push towards establishing a circular plastics economy. The partnership between ReNew ELP, Mura Technology and Plastic Oceans UK allows for the sharing of research, findings and technology in the bid to create a plastic neutral society. Our aim is to reprocess all end of life plastics into new, high value and stable hydrocarbon products, tackling the global problem of plastic pollution.

Plastic Oceans UK work with businesses, scientists and policy-makers to highlight the effect of plastic pollution on oceans and wildlife; recognising and endorsing ReNew ELP’s Cat-HTR™ technology and its potential to help stop all waste plastic reaching the ocean within a decade, the founding vision of Plastic Oceans UK. Their award-winning Netflix documentary “A Plastic Ocean” was recognised as “one of the most important films of our time” by Sir David Attenborough.

ReNew ELP’s Cat-HTR™ chemical recycling technology holds the key to infinitely recycling end-of-life plastic. With over 8 million tonnes of waste plastic reaching the ocean each year[1], the effects on water quality, natural environments and wildlife is evident. Plastic production volume increases year on year, with approximately 350 million tonnes made annually[2]. A huge shift in the approach to plastic recycling and environmental safeguarding is needed.

Our Catalytic Hydrothermal Reactor (Cat-HTR™) uses supercritical water to convert end of life plastic back into hydrocarbon feedstocks (chemicals and waxes) for further use in the petrochemical industry – in essence, turning plastic back into the ingredients from which it was made for the recreation of new hydro carbon products. Our technology offers the solution to moving away from a linear model of produce-consume-dispose to a circular economy model of produce-consume-recycle.

ReNew ELP are working with Mura Technology to develop the first commercial scale

Cat-HTR™ plant in the world, at our site in Teesside, North East UK. This site will see up to 80,000 tonnes of end-of-life plastic processed through their reactors annually. The technology is modular, allowing for easy upscale, has a high conversion efficiency and doesn’t create toxic by-products, like dioxins.

Mura also recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Timor-Leste. Successful implementation of the technology would make Timor-Leste the first plastic neutral country in the world, while producing revenues to fund environmental and social impact through a not-for-profit company.

Richard Daley, ReNew ELP Managing Director says:

“We’re extremely pleased to partner with Plastic Oceans UK. Their first-hand experience, knowledge and research into the quantity and effects of plastic on our ocean environments is invaluable, as we strive to develop a solution to global plastic pollution. By partnering with Plastic Oceans UK, we are recognised by an environmentally focussed group for our innovative chemical recycling solution. Although we recognise the value of recovered waste plastic, it is also incredibly important that our technology offers the ability to prevent plastic pollution – diverting it away from landfill and incineration, and back into plastic manufacture, as part of a circular economy.”

Jo Ruxton, Founder of Plastic Oceans says:

“Having encountered plastic waste in the ocean and on the shorelines of the remotest part of our planet whilst filming for the first BBC Blue Planet series and in subsequent underwater wildlife documentaries, I felt it was time our audiences knew the truth behind those perfect images in our films. During filming for A Plastic Ocean,I witnessed the plastic problem at the centre of three different oceans and on the most remote islands including Tuvalu in the Pacific. Being there with families who were drowning in plastic waste really made me think about the rest of the world – if Tuvalu was to represent the entire land mass of our planet, might this be a snap-shot of the future for all of us if we don’t stop our ‘addiction’ to single-use plastic?

We are delighted to be supporting Mura and ReNew ELP – their technology deals with plastic waste effectively and without harm to the environment. It is just what we all need to clean up the waste that is already there, impacting on our rivers and coasts and ultimately affecting our health. Being able to clean up and prevent harm sustainably is so important to us and we want the Cat-HTR™ technology to be available globally to recycle plastic back into beneficial use – and not cause pollution for decades to come.”

 

For more information, or to speak to a spokesperson from ReNew ELP, please contact:

Kim West

ReNew ELP

T: 01642 438280

E: info@renewelp.co.uk

 

[1]Plastic Oceans UK
[2]Production, Use and Fate of All Plastics Ever Made. Science Advances Research Article. Asci. Adv. 2017; 3:e1700782. R. Geyer,

J.R. Jambeck, K.L Law


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