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Thursday, May 06 2021 - 22:15
LyondellBasell starts commercial production of polymers using raw material derived from plastic waste
WESSELING, Germany, May 6, 2021 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/

LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) today announced another step towards its ambition to 
advance the circular economy by making virgin quality polymers from raw 
materials derived from plastic waste at its Wesseling, Germany, site. Produced 
by the thermal conversion of plastic waste, this raw material is converted into 
ethylene and propylene in the LyondellBasell production facilities, and then 
processed into polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) in the downstream units 
for plastics production. The first use of raw material derived from plastic 
waste follows the company's successful production of plastic materials made 
from renewable-based raw materials such as used cooking oil, which helps to 
reduce CO2 over the product life cycle and reduce the use of fossil-based raw 

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"Advancing the circular economy requires definitive action and by consistently 
using these new raw materials in the production of polymers on a commercial 
scale, we are doing our part to help eliminate plastic waste and address 
climate change," says Richard Roudeix, SVP Olefins & Polyolefins for Europe, 
Middle East, Africa and India. "We are expanding our range of sustainable 
solutions through our Circulen brand and the use of recycled content, offering 
our customers a way to use recycled polymers in a wide variety of applications."

The products made from recycled and renewable-based raw materials will be 
marketed by LyondellBasell under the Circulen brand name enabling brand owners 
to improve the sustainability of consumer products. They enable the production 
of high-quality plastics for strictly controlled applications such as food 
packaging and healthcare items. The LyondellBasell facilities manufacturing 
these products are certified according to the ISCC (International 
Sustainability & Carbon Certification) PLUS standard. 

LyondellBasell has pledged to reduce CO2 emissions in its operations worldwide 
by 15% per ton of product produced by 2030 compared with 2015 levels, and 
produce and market two million metric tons per year of recycled or 
renewable-based polymers by 2030. 

Additionally, LyondellBasell commissioned a pilot plant last year in Ferrara, 
Italy, to further develop its molecular recycling technology where plastic 
waste is converted into raw materials for the production of new plastics. The 
use of plastic waste under real-life conditions helps to further improve 
research efforts, the goal of which is to build a possible industrial-scale 
molecular recycling plant, which will further grow the use of raw material 
derived from plastic waste to produce new plastics. 

These developments complement LyondellBasell's activities in the field of 
mechanical recycling. Here, the Dutch joint venture Quality Circular Polymers 
(QCP) produces high-quality polyethylene and polypropylene grades from 
household waste, which are also marketed under the Circulen brand. These 
polymers are used, for example, in electrical appliances, detergent bottles and 
travel cases.

About LyondellBasell:
LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) is one of the largest plastics, chemicals and 
refining companies in the world. Driven by its employees around the globe, 
LyondellBasell produces materials and products that are key to advancing 
solutions to modern challenges like enhancing food safety through lightweight 
and flexible packaging, protecting the purity of water supplies through 
stronger and more versatile pipes, improving the safety, comfort and fuel 
efficiency of many of the cars and trucks on the road, and ensuring the safe 
and effective functionality in electronics and appliances. LyondellBasell sells 
products into more than 100 countries and is the world's largest producer of 
polypropylene compounds and the largest licensor of polyolefin technologies. In 
2021, LyondellBasell was named to FORTUNE Magazine's list of the "World's Most 
Admired Companies" for the fourth consecutive year. More information about 
LyondellBasell can be found at

Circulen and MoReTec are trademarks owned and/or used by the LyondellBasell 
family of companies and they are registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark 

SOURCE LyondellBasell Industries

CONTACT: LyondellBasell, Andreas Anker, +49 2236 72 1595