bp and Clean Planet Energy reach an agreement to help advance the circular plastics economy

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bp has signed a ten-year offtake agreement with Clean Planet Energy, a UK-based company developing facilities to convert difficult-to-recycle waste plastics into circular petrochemical feedstocks and ultra-low sulphur diesel (ULSD). Clean Planet Energy designs and constructs ecoPlants, which are expected to process plastics that are typically rejected by traditional recycling centers and would otherwise be sent to landfills or incineration.

bp will initially receive the output of Clean Planet Energy’s first facility, which is currently under construction in Teesside, England’s northeast. The Teesside facility is designed to process 20,000 tonnes of waste plastics per year into naphtha and ULSD. The naphtha can be used as feedstock in circular plastics value chains, which aligns with BP’s goal of unlocking new sources of value through circularity and extending the life of products and materials. Clean Planet Energy will allow BP to expand the relationship by offloading products from its future plants outside of Teesside.

“This long-term agreement with Clean Planet Energy for the offtake of naphtha will help bp unlock new sources of value through circularity, while helping divert plastic waste away from landfill, incineration and the environment. Clean Planet Energy’s first facility in Teesside should help accelerate this journey,”

Sven Boss-Walker, SVP Refining & Products Trading. 

bp is already leading a series of major hydrogen and carbon capture and storage projects in and around Teesside that will help the region’s industries decarbonize.

“We set out to find an international energy company to work with that we felt understood our vision. bp not only put sustainability performance at the heart of their discussions with us from day one, but their global-leading refining and trading businesses means our naphtha product can have an impact in helping to advance a circular economy,”  

Dr. Katerina Garyfalou, Director of Business Development at Clean Planet Energy, said.

Clean Planet Energy is currently developing 12 ecoPlants around the world. The company hopes to divert 250,000 tonnes of difficult-to-recycle waste plastic from landfills and the environment each year through these facilities, creating more than 700 green jobs in local communities. Clean Planet Energy intends to announce additional ecoPlants in the United Kingdom, the European Union, South-East Asia, and the Americas later this year.

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