Speaker insights from ISCC

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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, challenges to develop at scale and what they will be speaking about at the Chemical Recycling conference in September.  

27 -28  September 2021

Düsseldorf, Germany


Dr. Jan Henke
ISCC, Meo Carbon Solutions

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.

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Dr. Jan Henke
ISCC, Meo Carbon Solutions

Presentation: "Certification solutions for the circular economy" 

What is the most important lesson you have learned through your work on chemical recycling? 
I see a great potential and there is also huge interest in ISCC PLUS certification for the circular economy and bioeconomy across the entire supply chain. This is in particular the case for supply chains where chemical recycling is involved. Scale up is required. There is great interest from brand owners. At the same time chemical recycling itself, the mass balance and certified attribution concepts in the petrochemical and chemical industry must be better explained, also as an important complement to mechanical recycling.

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

I believe additional support is required. Certified mass balance and attribution approaches should become recognized, also for achieving recycling targets and for plastic tax regimes. Multi-stakeholder sustainability certification schemes can contribute to a secure and credible certification of supply chains from points of origin of the waste and residues to final products. Certification also provides required information on volumes achieved and allows for credible claims for final products on recycled materials used in the supply chains.

 What challenges remain to developing chemical recycling at scale?

Transparency must be established, benefits better explained. Critical aspects need to be tackled.  For example the greenhouse gas performance or a potential competition with mechanical recycling. The raw material supply base and categorization is also important regarding claims with respect to post-consumer recycling

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

I will introduce the ISCC PLUS sustainability certification scheme for the circular economy and bioeconomy. Who is using it already? How can it be applied for chemical recycling and downstream supply chains all the way to the final product? How does mass balancing work? What are the benefits? What are the requirements? What the implementation costs, efforts and timing?