Global Chemical Companies Announce Hub for Plastic Waste Processing Research

Members of the Low Carbon Emitting Technologies initiative signed an agreement with TNO to establish R&D Hub. 


Seven members of the Low Carbon Emissions Technology initiative (LCET), BASF, Covestro, Dow, Mitsubishi Chemical, SABIC, Solvay and Lyondell Basell, signed an agreement with the independent research organization TNO, establishing a research hub in the Netherlands.

Leaders from chemical companies.

Leading chemical companies announced R&D hub.
Photo Credit: SABIC

Activities at the hub, hosted by TNO, will focus on the development of sustainable, low carbon reprocessing of plastic waste. According to SABIC, the first projects will focus on improving plastic waste sorting with new ideas for detection of different types of polymers and contaminants in material streams, and for improving the separation of plastics from fibers, fillers and other inorganics. 

Participating companies are hopeful that the research can help remove some of the technological obstacles to improving access to recycled materials, by improving quality, reducing contamination, and improving supply consistency.

The establishment of the research hub is the first project to come from the LCET initiative, established in 2019 to accelerate the development and scaling of low-carbon emitting technologies for chemical production. The initiative has set a target of 2050 for reaching carbon neutrality.