While chemical recycling opens new possibilities for the circular economy, only a full lifecycle approach will be able to determine the real environmental benefits in terms of saved energy and global warming emissions, a senior EU official has said.
“Chemical recycling is a promising technology,” said Kęstutis Sadauskas, director at the European Commission’s environment directorate in charge of the circular economy and green growth.
“However, some challenges remain,” he told sustainability consultant Michael Laermann in a July interview published on his blog. This, he explained, includes “the need for more information on the overall environmental performance of these technologies, in particular regarding energy consumption and the nature and safety of the process output.”
Read more at the Euractive website https://www.euractiv.com/section/circular-manufacturing/news/chemical-recycling-promising-for-circular-economy-eu-official-says/