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C-ZYME™

World-first enzyme-based process enabling infinite recycling of PET plastics and fibers.

February 2019
May 2022
Gallery C-ZYME™ 1
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01.

Identification

Technology provides an industrial solution to the recycling of PET plastics and textiles (the dominant polymer in bottles, trays, and textiles made of polyester). The enzymatic recycling technology developed by Carbios deconstructs any type of PET plastic waste into its basic components, which can then be reused to produce new PET plastics of a quality equivalent to virgin ones. This innovation, the first of its kind in the world, was recently recognized in a scientific paper published in the prestigious journal Nature.

Label Date May 2022
By CARBIOS
From France
Maturity stage Prototype testing in the real world
Looking For Visibility, Partners, Network

Sectors - Value chain - Application

Sectors
Applications
Design, Power & Produce
Package & Distribute
Use & Efficiency
Valorize & Restore
Value Chain Steps
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02.

The environmental benefits

  • A 20m3 depolymerization reactor is capable of processing 2 tons of PET waste per batch, which is the equivalent of 100,000 bottles
  • The enzyme depolymerizes 90% of post-consumption PET in only 10 hours
  • Low temperature (72 °C), atmospheric pressure, water-based technology, no organic solvants
  • Potential saving of 30% CO2 emisions compared to a conventional end-of-life for PET waste not treated by mechanical recycling (mix of in incineration and landfill).
03.

The Financial benefits

  • Suitable with existing PET production facilities
  • A biological technology based on the principles of the Circular Economy that opens up new opportunities for all the players of the value chain
  • Upcycles post-consumer waste that today has no or very low value (few dollars per tons): trays as well as opaque, colored and multi-layered bottles unsuitable for mainstrain alternatives
04.

Activity Region

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Europe

France,

  • Headquarters
  • Activity
05.

Implementation Stories

C-ZYME™ by CARBIOS
Implemented by Longlaville in Longlaville (France) in 2025

A collaboration between Carbios and Indorama Ventures, the world leader in the production of recycled PET for the bottle market, was announced in February 2022. The project is to build the world’s first PET bio recycling plant in France (Longlaville, Meurthe et Moselle) for 2025, with an estimated processing capacity of approximately 50,000 tons of post-consumer PET waste per year (= 2B bottles). The first industrial unit is scheduled to be operational in early 2025 and is expected to create approximately 150 direct and indirect full-time jobs.

Result

Potential saving of 45,000 tons of co2 equivalent per year

06.

Company Profile

CARBIOS

Enzyme-based solutions for infinite biorecycling and biodegradation of plastics

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Headquarters 63000 Clermont-Ferrand, France
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