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Las últimas investigaciones muestran grandes ahorros de CO2 para los polímeros reciclados de Axion

Revisión de la huella de carbono

Recycled polymers have significantly lower carbon footprint than oil-based virgin plastics – up to 89% for ABS – according to latest research by Axion Polymers.

The Manchester-based plastic recycler’s 2017 Axpoly® Carbon Footprint Analysis also reveals a carbon saving of 82.5% for recycled (HIPS) and 73% for recycled (PP).

The CO2 savings are large, according to Axion. Their team calculated that using just one tonne of Axpoly ABS instead of virgin material to make goods would give a saving of 3,380 kgs of CO2 – equivalent to a 40ft articulated lorry transporting the material 2,272 miles. On one full-load, the same lorry could be driven 45,500 miles or almost twice round the world on the equivalent CO2 savings.

Axion Polymers produces three types of recycled polymer from their advanced re-processing plants for Automotive Shredder Residue (ASR) derived from End of Life Vehicles (ELV) and WEEE. These are Axpoly® PP (polypropylene), ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) and HIPS (high impact polystyrene) and are the most common plastics used in the automotive and E&E markets over the past 15 years.

menor impacto de carbono

The Axpoly® polymers can be used as a direct replacement for virgin polymer, or combined with virgin polymers to produce a high-grade polymer with recycled content that can be used in demanding applications.

El nuevo estudio fue impulsado por la reciente inversión en procesos de separación más eficientes y la mejora del rendimiento que ha aumentado el rendimiento de los polímeros terminados. Axion basó su metodología en las etapas similares del proceso para fabricar un polímero a base de petróleo a partir del petróleo crudo para permitir una comparación directa entre las rutas del proceso y las emisiones de carbono resultantes.

The calculations were done by Axion’s Head of Engineering & Research, Richard McKinlay who says: “These ‘new metrics’ of the circular economy are the numbers that need to be considered by designers and specifiers of polymer materials when selecting plastic for use in new parts and components on all types of consumer goods and vehicles.”

Axion Director Keith Freegard explains: “What we’ve confirmed is that as our process technology has developed, our throughput has increased, our efficiency has improved and our power consumption per unit output has got much better with lower wastage and better yield; then that all pays off in an improved carbon footprint per tonne of output product.”

He continues: “This proves to me that actually using a carbon footprint metric is a really good way of tracking if your process is an efficient conversion of waste into finished product.”

Keith says customers can benefit from their analysis by demonstrating the carbon savings credited to their finished moulded products. “We’ve already heard from some customers who are excited about having a new updated number on the savings that accrue to them. We’re also happy to provide a bespoke carbon analysis on their operations so they gain the benefit from the work we’ve done of measuring our own carbon footprint.”

Referring to recent calls by major petrochemical companies for a ‘carbon tax’ (Presione aquí) para acelerar la transición a una economía circular y minimizar el impacto ambiental, Keith sugiere que ahora sería un buen momento para aplicar este tipo de métrica en forma de impuestos a los principales fabricantes.

He adds: “Of course, if everyone along the manufacturing chain was picking up their tax for the carbon impact of what they did, there’d be a huge financial driver for producers to switch from virgin polymers to recycled grades. One day that will come!”

Axion Polymers es parte del Grupo Axion que desarrolla y opera soluciones innovadoras de recuperación y procesamiento de recursos para reciclar materiales de desecho. El Grupo trabaja con una amplia gama de clientes dentro de las industrias de reciclaje y proceso en el desarrollo práctico de nuevos métodos de procesamiento y recolección.

Para obtener más información, póngase en contacto con Axion Polymers en 161 737 6124 o visite el sitio web - www.axionpolymers.com; @axionpolymers.

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Axion Polímeros
Langley Road South
Salford
Manchester
M6 6HQ
Tel: 0161 426 7731 / Fax: 0161 426 7732
E - mail: book.equilibrium@gmail.com

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