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…
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
Plastic in our environment and food
Microplastics come from many sources: synthetic clothing fibres, dust from tyres, road paints, and the breakdown of larger items. Orb Media’s recent investigation has brought the issue of microplastics in the environment into sharp focus. The analysis of tap water samples from around the world found that a high proportion of drinking water is contaminated with microscopic fragments of plastic (83% of samples collected worldwide, but up to 94% in the USA). Microplastic contamination seems more widespread than we perhaps knew, and they are regularly being ingested by people worldwide. Most concerning is how little is known about the effects of microplastic consumption on human health.It is no small problem.
As of 2015, 6300 million tonnes of plastic waste have been generated, around 9% of which was recycled, 12% was incinerated, and 79% ended up in landfills or the environment. The issue of large plastic items polluting the world’s oceans is well known, leading to policies that aim to limit the production and use of plastic bags and bottles, and increase recycling. However, a key problem with plastics is that they are essentially indestructible; rather than being biodegraded, they break down into smaller and smaller pieces, eventually becoming microscopic fragments.
We should no longer just be concerned with large plastic items clogging up oceans and waterways, but also more attention needs to be paid to these tiny fragments and their effects on planetary health.
Prince Charles stated at a recent Our Ocean summit,
“Plastic is very much on the menu”.
Health – How plastic affects us
Humans are already eating plastic from the sea. The average person who eats seafood swallows up to 11,000 pieces of microplastic every year, according to a study by researchers at the University of Ghent. Most concerning is how little is known about the effects of microplastic consumption on human health (Microplastics and human health—an urgent problem, The Lancet, 2017)
In March 2018, the World Health Organisation announced a review into the potential risks of plastic in drinking water after an analysis found 90% of some of the world’s most popular bottled water brands contained tiny pieces of plastic. A previous study also found high levels of microplastics in tap water.
First, the amount of plastic being released into the environment must be drastically reduced. Some policies have already been formulated with this goal in mind, for example, many countries have made it illegal for retailers to give away plastic bags for free, and deposit schemes for plastic bottles are in place in parts of the USA and Europe. However, progress on this front has been slow and piecemeal.
“The research unveils the need for companies to consider their plastic footprint, just as they do for carbon, water and forestry,” said Andrew Russell, Director of the PDP. “By measuring, managing and reporting plastic use and disposal, companies can mitigate the risks, maximize the opportunities, and become more successful and sustainable.”
Time to take the next step
Time fore change
#Swestep – All residues come to use
SOURCE: The Lancet – Planetary Health