Advancing the energy transition
BP has developed an enhanced recycling technology, BP Infinia, that enables currently unrecyclable PET plastic waste – such as black food trays and coloured bottles –to be diverted from landfill or incineration and instead transformed back into new, virgin-quality feedstocks.
The new feedstocks are interchangeable with those made from traditional hydrocarbon sources and can be used to make new PET packaging that may be recycled again and again.
BP Infinia is complimentary to mechanical recycling, dealing with PET waste that is currently difficult or impossible to process using mechanical methods.
BP’s new pilot plant, located at its research and development hub in Naperville, Illinois, is expected to be operational in late 2020 to prove the technology on a continuous basis. BP sees the potential to develop multiple full-scale commercial plants using this technology around the world. If deployed at scale in a number of facilities, BP estimates that the technology has the potential to prevent billions of PET bottles and trays from ending up in landfill or incineration every year.¹
In a BP Magazine interview, Rita Griffin, chief operations officer of BP Petrochemicals, explains the game-changing possibilities of BP Infinia and why, for her, it’s personal. The technology has the potential to divert a vast amount of difficult-to-recycle plastic items from landfill.
Leading companies from across the polyester packaging value chain announced in December 2019 the formation of a new consortium that aims to help to address the problem of plastic waste by accelerating the commercialisation of BP Infinia.
BP’s Advancing Low Carbon accreditation programme is specifically designed to encourage every part of BP to pursue lower carbon opportunities. Activities are only included within the programme if we are satisfied that they make a difference and deliver a better carbon outcome. This can be, for example, through emissions savings or offsetting the carbon they produce, through demonstrating exciting new technologies, or through supporting partnerships and initiatives that aim to advance research or drive action on low carbon across the industry.
Purified terephthalic acid (PTA) is a raw material used in making high-performance multi-purpose plastics for packaging, clothing and industrial fibre products. PTAir offers customers in the polyester value chain the opportunity to purchase lower carbon feedstock.