The Chemical Industry's Dirty Little Secret
The chemical industry is a major contributor to carbon emissions. The industry needs to transition to a more sustainable model to reach climate goals.
The European Commission's document ""Transition pathway for the chemical industry"" outlines several ways to defossilize the chemical industry, such as using chemical recycling to transform plastic waste into valuable products that replace fossil-based ones.
However, plastic waste needs to be sorted and processed before it can be used as feedstock. Since waste is heterogeneous, this is not easy.
Despite its challenges, chemical recycling has the potential to play a major role in the defossilization of the chemical industry and thus make a significant positive impact on the environment.