19 November 2020

Vynova pioneers production of circular-attributed PVC

New material is produced using ethylene which is made from pyrolysis oil as feedstock

Vynova has launched the world’s first range of certified circular-attributed PVC resins. The innovative PVC portfolio is manufactured using circular ethylene which is produced from mixed plastic waste, helping close the loop on plastics recycling.

The new circular-attributed PVC is produced using ethylene which is made from pyrolysis oil as feedstock. This feedstock is produced from mixed plastic waste streams via pyrolysis. This is a chemical recycling process in which plastic waste is heated without oxygen so that it breaks down into products that can be further processed into a chemical feedstock, in this case ethylene.

This approach contributes to sustainable management of difficult to recycle plastic waste streams, advancing the journey towards a circular economy. Furthermore, the pyrolysis oil replaces conventional fossil feedstock, resulting in a CO2 emission reduction of 50%1. The circular ethylene is supplied to Vynova by SABIC2 from the company’s production facilities in Geleen (the Netherlands).

VynoEcoSolutions

The circular-attributed PVC resins will be marketed under the VynoEcoSolutions brand, Vynova’s new portfolio of circular and renewable products, which currently also includes the company’s bio-attributed PVC range.

“With the launch of our new generation of PVC resins, we have reached another milestone in our journey towards circularity. By using circular feedstock in the production of PVC, we are enabling our customers to achieve their sustainability goals and helping to address the issue of plastics waste management”, comments Jonathan Stewart, Vynova Vice President PVC Business Management.

Same product quality and performance

The circular-attributed PVC resins meet the same rigorous product quality, specifications and material performance as Vynova’s conventionally produced PVC grades. Converters will be able to process the new PVC resins with their existing equipment, under identical process conditions.

Vynova’s circular-attributed PVC portfolio can be used in both rigid and flexible applications and includes an extensive range of K-values. The new range of PVC resins will initially be manufactured at the Vynova sites in Beek (the Netherlands) and Mazingarbe (France).

Vynova’s circular-attributed PVC grades are certified under the ISCC PLUS framework according to a mass balance approach. ISCC is a globally applicable sustainability certification system that covers all sustainable feedstocks, including agricultural and forestry biomass, circular materials and renewables. The ISCC PLUS certification scheme requires strict traceability and is verified by independent third-party auditors.

 

1/ Taking into account the CO2 emission avoidance compared to incineration of end-of-life plastics (based on a recent peer-reviewed SABIC internal LCA study and the PlasticsEurope eco-profile study on VCM and PVC 2015).

2/ The circular ethylene forms part of TRUCIRCLE™, SABIC’s complete portfolio of solutions that include design for recyclability, mechanically recycled products, certified circular products from feedstock recycling of plastic waste streams as well as certified renewables products from bio-based feedstock.

Source: Vynova, press release, 2020-11-12.

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