bp and Brightmark to explore developing next generation plastics renewal plants in Europe
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bp and Brightmark to explore developing next generation plastics renewal plants in Europe

Companies have signed a MOU to jointly evaluate opportunities for development of the next generation of plastic waste renewal plants in Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium

  • By ICN Group | September 14, 2021
bp, an international oil company transitioning into an integrated energy company, and Brightmark, a global waste solutions company with a mission to reimagine waste, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly evaluate opportunities for development of the next generation of plastic waste renewal plants in Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium.
 
The MOU brings together bp’s extensive knowledge and trading experience in refining, and petrochemical markets, with Brightmark’s proprietary advanced recycling technology. The companies will evaluate opportunities for projects that convert end-of-life waste plastics otherwise destined for incineration, landfill, or export, into valuable petrochemical feedstocks for plastics and other industrial applications.
 
Brightmark’s proprietary plastics renewal process recycles plastic waste that has reached the end of its useful life. This includes items not currently recyclable using conventional mechanical processes (types 3-7), such as plastic film, flexible packaging, styrofoam, plastic beverage cups, car seats and children’s toys. Each prospective plastics renewal plant could divert up to 400,000 tonnes a year (kt/yr) of waste plastic from disposal to create sustainable products and potentially create 100+ full-time jobs supporting the circular economy.
 
“Bringing our plastics renewal solution to Europe is a key next step in delivering on our mission to Reimagine Waste and create a circular economy globally,” said Bob Powell, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Brightmark. “bp has been a terrific partner with Brightmark and we’re looking forward to expanding on our combined initiatives to scale our environmentally and economically sustainable circular solutions in Europe.”
 
Carol Howle, executive vice president trading and shipping, bp said, “Promoting circularity and unlocking new sources of value are part of our sustainability frame. We are excited to extend our work with the team at Brightmark as we seek to develop new sustainable products and supply chains. Their innovative technology complements our refining and trading businesses while providing opportunities for a more sustainable future, enabling materials to be kept in use for longer. “
 
Brightmark and bp are closely aligned in their approach to the circular economy.  bp aims to unlock new sources of value through circularity as set out in its Sustainability Report 2020. Through its plastics renewal projects, Brightmark’s goal over the next five years is to divert 8.4 million tonnes of plastic from landfills and the natural environment and use that plastic to produce 1.7 million tonnes of feedstocks necessary to remake plastics, creating a truly circular solution.
 
As a first step, Brightmark and bp intend to work together to develop plans that could lead to the construction of an initial European plant.
 
This new MOU is a further development of the relationship between Brightmark and bp. bp is the offtaker for Brightmark’s landmark 100kt/yr plastics renewal plant in Ashley, Indiana USA, which is currently undergoing final commissioning. In addition, Brightmark recently announced plans for the world’s largest plastics conversion plant in Macon, Georgia USA with a 400kt/yr capacity.

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