To enable all plastic-based products to become circular, from the packaging industry to the automotive industry, requires both a sustainable and green technology that corresponds to future producer responsibility.
Producer responsibility and requirements for sorting and material recycling of plastic waste shall be set against the Swedish Government’s decision on a ban of direct incineration or disposal of waste that is collected separately to be prepared for reuse or for material recycling.
Today, only a small part of all plastic is recycled, and this is done mechanically. Simplified, you can say that you recycle plastic into plastic, but Mechanical Recycling often gives a lower quality than the original, which affects the requirements the plastics industry have to take towards durability and quality on the end product.
The challenge is to create new conditions for a sustainable circular production of plastic and see the challenge from a product-life cycle perspective, with focus on identifying raw material that can replace the market’s dependence of fossil raw materials. It will require a technology that can produce a chemical raw liquid (Synthetic oil) that can be refined into performance chemicals that meet the market requirements.
One of the alternatives is Feedstock Recycling, a broader type of chemical recycling process. Here, the Swedish company SWESTEP has come a long way, the company’s CC technology (Catalytic Conversion Process) can recycle all types of hydrocarbon-based waste into a synthetic CO2 neutral oil that gives the industry greater flexibility, as it gives the plastics more lives. A circular recycling technology that can be repeated several times, and each time contributes the same benefit to the environment.
-So, now is the time ready to break the industry’s fossil dependence and stop depleting the earth’s resources. Create viable conditions for a true circular economy, where the focus is on sustainable value chains with a recycling technology that can minimize the plastic’s ecological footprint.
Time to take the next step
Time for change
The Circularity Gap Report 2021
The Reports provide insights into the global metabolism and key levers for transitioning to circularity, as well as supporting decision-makers by communicating metrics and better measurement of the circular economy to guide their action.
To understand how circular economy strategies can contribute to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement; we first need to understand where we stand today and how material extraction and GHG emissions are linked.
The Circle Economy’s Circularity Gap Report revealed that our world is only 8.6% circular, leaving a massive Circularity Gap.
A solution to replace fossil energy and raw materials to renewable, sustainable or circular alternatives is not found in one invention alone, it must be a combination of many different solutions.
But most importantly, it is time to break the world’s fossil dependence on exploitation and depletion of our planets resources…
MAKE PLASTIC WASTE USEFUL
– Plastic could be Fantastic – If made Circular and Sustainable with clear rules, laws and requirements about where and how it must be recycled –
The industry and decision makers have to rethink how their value plastic and polymeric products and see it as a circular material. The responsibility for producing, handling and recycling, from a product life cycle perspective – must be put on the producer. They are the ones who push prices, margin and pollutes our oceans, water and land.
PLASTIC FEEDSTOCK – Time to give plastic waste a value, price and meaning… See plastic waste and residues as a non fossil feedstock to be recycled into renewable fuels for the transport sector or virgin grade recycled material for the chemical industry to refine into performing chemicals for all fossil dependent industries.
SOLUTION PROVIDER – A SWESTEP Plant can recycle/turn all organic hydrocarbon-based waste and residues, including plastic, into renewable fuels (for Air-Land-Sea) or additives and virgin raw oils to refine into performance chemicals for the petrochemical industry. (New Raw materials that can help fossil dependent industries close the loop for future production of plastic, textile, cosmetic, medicine glue and binding materials)
SWESTEP intends to develop and roll out their technology on an industrial scale as it has the potential to:
• Recycle plastics for which there are limited other viable and effective recycling solutions and technologies today.
• Remove all undesired substances in the process.
• Produce virgin grade oils, sustainable additives and renewable fuels
• Turn biomass and solid waste/residues into valuable feedstock for the chemical industry or fuel for the transport sector.
SOLUTION PROCESS – Through the patented *CC process, plastic waste is broken down to fuels, oil or gaseous liquid products for the chemical industry. These hydrocarbon-based materials (feedstock) could replace todays fossil feedstock and be used to produce new sustainable and circular products, plastic being one segment among others.
THE CC TECHNOLOGY – A SWESTEP Plant – The Next Generation Process Technology for Sustainable Recycling Production.
– No high temperatures creating cancerogen materials and gases
– Low pressure -0.05 bar
– Co2 neutral
– High efficiency
– Great variation on insert material
– Great variation on the end product
– Circular economy
– Co2 Neutral economy
– Strengthens the local and regional independent of oil import
– No greenhouse gases from production
Time to leave the fossil dependence
Time to take the next step
*CC = Catalytic Conversion Process
It is obvious how vulnerable our society is when we today can see the lack of materials and resources that arise in the wake of closed borders.
A profound social change is underway in the quiet and we are realizing that our high-tech civilization is not as invulnerable as many policymakers and planners have stated, and the risks of climate change is becoming increasingly evident even among those who make optimistic assesments of the corona ciris.
We can all see the crucial importance and need of emergency stocks, independent domestic production of energy, food and medicine as well as functioning national health care systems.
Unlike the social changes that we have been accustomed to, it seems that the revaluation and re-prioritization of established plans and decisions can be made much faster.
– So, to reduce future vulnerability, we now have an opportunity to draw up a climate friendly roadmap for a true fossil independence that is both sustainable and economically viable.
We must drastically reduce our fossil import dependence and prioritize sustainable domestic self-sufficiency production of renewable energy and fuels.
Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something …
Swestep work with a recycling technology that can process and recycle hydrocarbon based (all organic incl. plastics) waste and residues from agriculture, industry, municipalities and households. The primary end products are today renewable energy products and fuels for the CO2 neutral economy. But the twist that makes Swestep’s CC Process (Catalytic Conversion) unique, from a circular economic perspective, is that the oil based raw material can also be refined into performance chemicals that could help fossil dependent industries close the loop and become fossil independent.
Today, in the midst of the Corona epidemic, we have taken the time to go through older documents and found one of Swestep’s early mission statements.
– “Our mission was, and still is to develop a workable, stable and sustainable solution that will be a foundation for nations, municipalities and companies to build up a domestic independent and economically viable production capacity of renewable energy and fuel, regardless of size or geographic location. – Seen from where we are today, time has caught up with us in a positive way…
Are you part of the solution or part of… Time to take the next step, time for change.
Thank you most humbly for your time and attention.
#Swestep – Environmentally Friendly, CO2 Neutral, Fossil Independent
Swestep acquires new patents that will revolutionize production of fossil-free fuels
Swestep announces that they have acquired four patents for technology that will revolutionize the production of fossil-free fuels.
These four patents enables a more efficient production of renewable fuels from waste from paper and biomass and other organic waste including plastics, using Swestep’s CC technology.
– Swestep’s technology and the patents we have acquired mean that it is now possible to extract more renewable energy from waste from the paper and pulp industry than before. In addition, the investment cost is a fraction compared to what alternatives in the market require. This is an unbeatable combination, fully in line with what we have previously offered to handle other organic waste and plastics for other fossil-dependent industries globally, ”says Karl-Magnus Mattsson, CEO and founder of Swestep.
The basic function of CC technology is to convert organic waste, such as lignin, into a liquid end product which can be used directly as fuel or chemical raw material to refine into performance chemicals for the production of plastic, textile, glue or cosmetics. The oil can also be used as raw material for further processing – for example in the form of hydrogenation / additives to conventional diesel.
Through the process combinations that the patent covers, an efficient production of renewable fuels is obtained from primarily wood raw materials, including related waste such as lignin. The tests conducted with lignin show high cost efficiency.
– The Swestep process produces a liter of diesel from three kilos of lignin and biomass. It blends into one third each of non-recyclable plastics and cardboard products, which otherwise are burned up, with the biomass we get 1 liter of diesel from about 2.5 kg of waste, says Karl-Magnus Mattsson.
The first deliveries of customer facilities are expected to be up and running in 2020. Two of these plants are planned to be built in Sweden.
The SWESTEP process technology can effectively recycle all hydrocarbon-based waste, including plastic, into renewable additives and fuels for Air-Land-Sea or a virgin sustainable raw oil to refine into liquids or performance chemicals for the petrochemical industry. (Raw materials/liquids that can help fossil dependent industries close the loop for future production of textile, cosmetic, medicine and plastic)
Plastic is Fantastic…
If made Circular and Sustainable with clear rules, laws and requirements about where/how it must be recycled
Today, most of all plastic waste goes to incineration and only a minor part is mechanically recycled. In addition, mechanical material recycling gives plastics a lower quality than the original.
Therefore, it is important to highlight feedstock recycling as a justifiable and profitable alternative for industry to produce green plastic products with guaranteed quality that meet the sustainability and environmental requirements.
Swestep’s CC Process is an efficient method for plastic recycling, the waste can be broken down at molecular level and deliver an oil product that can be refined into performance chemicals and/or new optional plastic products that meets the industry quality requirements.
– Another advantage of Swestep’s technology is that it also allows a gradual phase-out of fossil dependence.
Plastic waste recycling is poised to be the most important and transformative trend in the petrochemicals industry during the coming decade. Replacing plastic with other materials is not practical. When considering all aspects of the product lifecycle, plastics have a much lower environmental cost than their alternative materials.
So, while opportunities exist to reduce per capita plastic consumption, the solution to plastic waste must include the ongoing use of plastics for their superior material properties.
The end products are renewable fuels, energy and/or a chemical raw material (in liquid form) that can be processed into performance chemicals and new materials for all fossil-dependent industries.
Important to emphasize is that Swestep’s patented CC process (Catalytic Conversion Process) mimic natures decay process, but in contrast to that it takes nature millions of years Swestep’s solution do it under 6 minutes.
The technology is a combined feedstock-, chemical-, and mechanical recycling process that can recycle all hydrocarbon-based waste and residues. (Including contaminated waste, end of life products and flame retardant material)
INFORMATION – The CC process is NOT an incineration technology – There are no chimneys; Thanks to that the production process runs under 300°C there are no cancerogenic (Furans, dioxins…) emissions produced.
Time to take the next step
Time for change
Swestep – All residues come to use