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
Leading companies operating across the polyester packaging value chain – including businesses involved in the manufacture, use, collection and recycling of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic packaging – have announced they have formed a new consortium that aims to help to address the problem of plastic waste by accelerating the commercialisation.
The consortium intends to combine the capabilities and experience of its members – packaging and recycling specialist Alpla; food, drink and consumer goods producers Britvic, Danone and Unilever; waste management and recycling specialist REMONDIS; and energy and petrochemicals producer BP – to develop a new circular approach to dealing with PET plastic waste.
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.