Advancing the energy transition
“BP is committed to fully developing and commercializing this technology. We have long experience and a proven track record of scaling technology and we firmly believe that this innovation can ultimately contribute to making all types of polyester waste infinitely recyclable.”
Charles Damianides, vice president of petrochemicals technology, licensing and business development
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
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.