New fuel from plastic waste could reduce CO2 emissions by 75%

Green-energy company, Clean Planet Energy, have today (February 18) announced the creation of a new fuel that is made from plastics and can act as a direct replacement for fossil-fuel equivalents. 

Clean Planet Energy’s mission is to remove over 1 million tonnes of plastic waste from the environment every single year.

Following today’s announcement, the company can now achieve their goal in their new ecoPlants, which convert non-recyclable plastic waste into new products, including ultra-clean fuels.

With the first two plants already underway in the UK, and another 4 in development, Clean Planet Energy is currently scaling their ecoPlant pipeline and are working with local authorities around the UK and Europe to provide a revenue-generating solution.

Clean Planet has previously introduced a certified clean and zero-sulphur Diesel fuel which meets the top EU EN15940 specifications and which can substitute the fossil-fuel requirements for large Marine vessels.

This latest announcement now means Clean Planet Energy cover almost all major road, sea and air transport fuel types.

Dr Andrew Odjo, the chief technology officer of Clean Planet Energy (CPE), said: ‘In addition to the carbon-emission savings, our Kerosene fuel also has an 850 x reduction in the poisonous NOx (Nitrogen Dioxide) and SOx (Sulphur Oxide) emissions which are globally responsible for around 9,000 early-deaths a day.

‘The CPE technology is able to handle plastics that simply cannot be mechanically recycled today, therefore also providing a solution to the waste-plastic crisis too.’

Bertie Stephens, CEO of Clean Planet Energy, added: ‘On an average day across the world (post-covid), you would expect 75,000 planes to take-off.

‘The aviation industry is making great strides to be greener and cleaner, but still, it is calculated by the European EEA that a domestic flight, for every 1,000 KM travelled, will release 250kg of new CO2 emissions for every economy passenger onboard.

‘Those numbers will not meet the emission cuts the world must make to stop climate change, so alternatives are needed now. Currently, there is no viable commercial alternative to fossil-fuelled aviation, so until there is our strategy is to assist in the reduction of carbon emissions by producing alternative & greener fuels.’

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This is just nonsense. Plastic is made from fossil carbon. Just because it is waste it doesn’t stop it being fossil carbon. If you turn it into a fuel and burn it you are burning a fossil carbon fuel. You might as well burn the oil rather than waste all that energy turning the plastic into fossil fuel. Much better to bale all the fossil carbon plastic you can’t recycle and bury it in a secure repository — then at least you have sequestered all that fossil carbon. This report has the same failed logic as the “energy from waste”… Read more »