Panel Discussion: Chemical wastes – how to close the loop?

11 Nov 2021
The Greener Manufacturing Show Conference

End-of-life chemical materials such as plastics and mixed municipal solids waste have been traditionally regarded as valueless rubbish to be disposed of at minimum cost. This perception is rapidly changing, and these wastes are increasingly seen as a low-cost resource for chemical synthesis or energy generation. This leaves the question about the best use of these materials. Should we seek full closure of the loop for new chemical production or prioritize lower-cost alternatives that can be implemented immediately?

Jonathan Wagner, Programme Lead, Centre for Circular Chemical Economy - Loughborough University
Carlos Monreal, CEO - Plastic Energy
Pieter Imhof, Senior Business Developer Circular Plastics - TNO
Babette Pettersen, VP, Europe - LanzaTech