Speaker insights from Eastman Chemical Company

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About Chemical Recycling 

Ahead of the Chemical Recycling conference we took the opportunity to gather industry insights from our speakers.

We spoke to them about the lessons learned through chemical recycling, EU legislation, common misconceptions and what they will be speaking about at the Chemical Recycling conference in September.  

27 -28  September 2021

Düsseldorf, Germany


Inari Seppä
Technology Innovation Director, 
Eastman Chemical Company
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Inari Seppä
Technology Innovation Director, 
Eastman Chemical Company

"Transitioning towards a circular economy with advanced recycling technologies"

AMI’s Chemical Recycling 2021 Conference will address the various challenges and opportunities in the chemical recycling market and bring together experts from across the supply chain to discuss the latest trends and developments in this dynamic market.

Key areas of focus include global market trends, the variety of technologies, outputs and processes available, and how the industry can work together to integrate chemical recycling into the waste hierarchy as a viable process on an industrial scale. This conference will be a fantastic opportunity to engage with key industry players at an event that encourages discussion, debate and ideas sharing.

What is the most important lesson you have learned through your work on chemical recycling? 

We have the opportunity to help solve global waste and environmental crises to help repair and prepare our planet for future generations. And we can do it through science and innovation, through chemical recycling. Society wants solutions and they demand them right now. By working together across and beyond the industry, we can truly make a difference. What I’ve also learned is that there’s some ways to go for us all to get aligned on what the gaps are to create change at scale and how to really collaborate.

How does EU legislation support or hinder the development of chemical recycling technologies? 

We firmly believe that in order to boost a circular econonomy and make more sustainable products available in Europe, scaling up chemical recycling of hard to recycle plastics is essential. To deliver on the promises of a well functioning circular economy model, we see opportuntinies within the European legislative framework. For example, to work on the creation of harmonised infrastructure for collection, sorting and recyling; propose durable financial incentives for sustainable manufacturing processes or sustainably produced/designed  products; promote product recycled content from molecular recyling; and to favor use of deposit and return schemes for consumers. At Eastman, we are collaborating with organizations, policy makers, NGOs and others to stimulate a harmonized legislative landscape.

What common misconceptions do people have about advanced / chemical recycling? How can these be addressed?

There are a number of misconceptions out there today. By actively engaging with our stakeholders, we hope to take these away and replace them with accurate information. For example, we often see people talk about molecular recycling as an idea of the future, as if it’s something we are only thinking about and planning for. At Eastman, we’ve proven advanced recycling is possible right now. With our molecular recycling technologies commercialized, we can make products with recycled content through manufacturing processes that are better for the environment than traditional processes and that prevent the unfavourable disposal of waste plastic while also helping our customers realize their sustainability commitments.

You will be speaking at the Chemical Recycling Conference 2021, could you give us a little preview on what you will be talking about?

We will show our audience what is possible right now, when it comes to solving the global plastic waste and global environmental crises. But also, what Eastman’s vision is for the future and what we see as the gaps and opportunities to work together and create change at scale so that our world is a healthy and safe environment for future generations to grow up in.