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Westlake Vinnolit turns used
cooking oil into bio-based PVC
WESTLAKE
VINNOLIT
Hall 5,
Booth B42
Thomas Brock, business unit
director of vinyls, innovation
and technology at Westlake
Vinnolit, part of Houston-based
Westlake Corp., says the
GreenVin bio-attributed PVC has
a reduced carbon footprint of
about 90 percent, compared with
conventionally produced Vinnolit
PVC.
they want to be serious with going
into sustainability, " he said.
" We really believe in it, which is
why we launched two lines.
" I can't see into the future, "
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second-generation renewable
biomass - used cooking oil -
its feedstock isn't in competition
with agriculture for food, " which
is very often the case when you
talk about renewable feedstock, "
Brock said.
The cooking oil is " recovered
from restaurants and companies
that do fried and frozen foods, "
from Austria-based OMV Group
and other partners, he said. The
oil is then recycled into an ISCC
Plus-certifi ed renewable ethylene.
" We think there's suffi cient
material right now, " Brock said.
" And today people tend to burn
it or use it as an energy resource.
But together, with our supplier,
we think that we can make better
use of it feeding it into a circular
economy. "
The 100 percent fossil fuel-free
PVC is made of ethylene and
salt, he added.
Earlier this year, Westlake
By Sarah Kominek
Plastics News Staff
Cologne, Germany-based
Westlake Vinnolit GmbH &
Co. KG, a subsidiary of Houston-based
Westlake Corp., has
launched a bio-attributed PVC
produced with renewable electricity
and renewable ethylene
from recycled, used cooking oil.
Westlake Vinnolit's new GreenVin
bio-attributed PVC has a reduced
carbon footprint of about
90 percent, compared with conventionally
produced Vinnolit
PVC, Thomas Brock, business
unit director of vinyls, innovation
and technology, told Plastics
News.
Because the company uses a
Vinnolit released a low-carbon
alternative PVC, its fi rst product
under the GreenVin brand, of
which the company has already
sold several thousands of tons.
The original GreenVin PVC has
reduced carbon emissions of
about 25 percent, Brock said, " at
a little price premium compared
to the conventional PVC. "
" Many of our customers say
Brock said, " but perhaps, 10, 15
years into the future, [conventional
PVC] will be phased out
and fully replaced. "
K 2022 gave Westlake Chemical
the opportunity to showcase
all of its legal entities at one
booth, he added.
" Our mother company set
goals to reduce the carbon footprint
of the company by at least
20 percent by 2030, " Brock said.
" We're looking at all the product
lines and establishing an organization
[that] it's only task is
to improve [sustainability], "
including energy replacement,
increasing energy effi ciency and
product recovery and recycling.
" Climate protection is important
to us, and we are constantly
looking for new ways to make our
product portfolio and production
processes more sustainable, "
Karl-Martin Schellerer, Westlake
Vinnolit managing director, said
in an Oct. 17 news release. " Renewable
electricity and renewable
raw materials, such as biomass,
play a key role in this. "
" Our customers now have
the entire Westlake Vinnolit
PVC portfolio
available as
both GreenVin and GreenVin
bio-attributed, with unchanged
product quality and processing
properties, " Brock said in the
release. " We are actively helping
our customers achieve their
sustainability goals. In doing so,
we also support the goals of VinylPlus,
the European PVC industry's
voluntary commitment to
sustainable development. "
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