Urban & Ocean Plastics Carbon Recycling

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May 2020
By Enerkem
Headquarters Montréal, QC H3A 2S7, Canada

Urban & Ocean Plastics Carbon Recycling - A cleantech solution converting urban and ocean plastics into low carbon transportation fuels

This solution provides a carbon recycling technology using non-recyclable, non-compostable municipal solid waste - namely plastics - to produce low-carbon liquid transportation fuels and chemicals while providing a smart alternative to incineration or landfilling.

As countries struggle to manage urban plastic waste and floating plastics in our oceans, this technology aims at leading the world toward a more circular economy by using waste as a resource to produce sustainable products. This solution helps reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions and enables the transition towards a more sustainable and low carbon mobility. This cleantech process converts urban and ocean plastics into a synthetic gas which is then purified in order to be converted into liquid chemicals via catalytic synthesis. Highly scalable, this solution can help SMEs, corporations, governments and cities to meet the worldwide challenge of waste disposal worldwide while producing sustainable and clean fuels for cars, ships and planes.

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Key features

  • The conversion of 1 tonne of mixed plastics will reduce GHG emissions by 600 kg of CO2eq, produce 745 L of ethanol and avoid the production of around 500 L of gasoline from crude oil
  • Reduces dependence on crude oil
  • Reduces GHG emissions related to waste transportation
  • Minimizes or eliminates the disposal of plastics in landfills, incinerators, and leakage to both terrestrial and marine environments


  • Takes plastic waste and converts it into low carbon transportation fuels providing a competitive solution generating savings in the range of 10 to 15% lower than traditional solutions

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Maturity Stage

  • Medium and large scale commercialization
  • Small scale commercialization
  • Initial market commercialization
  • Prototype testing in the real world
  • Prototype testing 1:1 in the lab

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