Integrated Green Energy Solutions (IGES), FinCo Fuel Group, and CIV Texel in June started an initiative to cooperate to remove non-recyclable plastics from the North Sea and deliver it after conversion as a clean transportation fuel to the Texel fishing fleet.
The development is supported by Paro Amsterdam B.V. Stichting De Noordzee and KIMO.
The participating fishermen take all non-recyclable plastic waste from their fishing nets to shore from which it will be delivered to IGES, that will produce low carbon diesel quality fuels from the collected plastics at their new Amsterdam production facility which is currently under construction. FinCo will distribute the fuel back to the fishermen as a clean diesel for their fishing fleet.
“It works two ways; on one hand these waste-to-plastic fuels result in a significant reduction of CO2emissions which reflects the ambitions of all companies involved, and on the other hand it shows our commitment to be actively involved in the cleanup of our oceans”, said Bart-Willem ten Cate, responsible for biofuels and renewables at FinCo Fuel Group.
Executive Chairman of IGES, Paul Dickson said, “We are thrilled to be a part of this initiative to engage with the local community to fight against marine litter and create immediate and positive impacts together.”
“Our patented technology offers a sustainable solution to reduce plastic pollution and maximize the economic value of end of life plastic. IGES’s Amsterdam plant will process 96 tons of end of life plastics per day to deliver 35 million liters of fuel per annum that requires no further processing, blending or refining- a world first.”
He adds that this will result in a reduction of approximately 80% less CO2 emissions when compared to conventional diesel.
Photo credit: FinCo Fuel Group
Published: 4 July, 2019
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