Biolubricants: characteristics, benefits, perspectives

Position Paper 2020

NextChem è entrata quest’anno a far parte dell’Alleanza per l’Economia Circolare.

Oggi l’alleanza presenta il nuovo Position Paper 2020, con la road map verso un modello economico circolare: cinque obiettivi e 23 azioni di dettaglio finalizzate a sfruttare appieno il potenziale di sviluppo economico, sociale, ambientale e di decarbonizzazione legato all’economia circolare. Un aumento del 7% degli investimenti, una riduzione del 10% dei costi per le materie prime, oltre a 700.000 nuovi posti di lavoro in Europa al 2030.

ExecutiveSummary PP 2020

L’Alleanza per l’Economia Circolare ritiene che si presenti oggi un’occasione unica per rilanciare un impegno coordinato e deciso a favore di un nuovo modello di sviluppo. La crisi COVID-19 ha rafforzato quanto la crisi climatica faceva presagire e mostrato come i sistemi (naturali, economici e sociali) siano fortemente interconnessi: perseguire un modello economico circolare non rappresenta solamente una scelta obbligata, ma è un’opportunità di rilancio del Paese.


Hydrogen: a key enabler to unlock decarbonization opportunities

At the end of 2019, the European Commission presented the “European Green Deal”, committing to a legally binding target of reaching net-zero carbon by 2050 and therefore becoming the world’s first climate-neutral continent. This measure is accompanied with a broader roadmap of initiatives, including cutting emissions (reduction target for 2030 proposed at a level of 50-55%), investing in cutting-edge R&D (Von der Leyen – European Commission President – proposed to make up to €100 billion a year available to finance the transition to a low-carbon economy), and preserving Europe’s natural environment.

Biofuels: NextChem innovate proposition to drive the future

Discovery of biofuels traces back to 20th century, when Henry Ford designed his first Model T engine to run on ethanol. Although, as massive supply of fossil fuels became available, biofuels competitiveness decreased. Nonetheless, as regulations (mainly in EU and US) and environmental concerns regarding fossil fuels rise, an urgency to search for cleaner, renewable fuels emerges. Therefore, the search for solutions to blend or replace traditional fossil fuels with biomass-based fuels has begun.

The role of Green Chemistry

The energy transition is driving both producers and customers to rethink their future needs and what kinds of products and solutions will be required to enable a sustainable future in terms of emissions waste and economics. The scale and complexity of the shift required are huge, but it will be driven by asset owners’ increasingly moving capital employed from traditional, legacy activities to new ‘greener’ assets and by customers placing a premium on sustainable products and consumption.
In this space NextChem is a partner to develop innovative business models and technological solutions in a wide range of areas. The flexible business models enable for fast track solutions and simple piloting of new technology, always backed by consolidated engineering procurement and construction global capabilities of Maire Tecnimont Group that will also enable the delivery and scale up at global level.

Waste plastic circularity

Plastics are under pressure due to regulations, social awareness and investors who are posing increasing attention to environmental concerns and in particular on how to reduce waste. Solutions to address the plastic waste issue over the long term are urgent. Plastic packaging and components producers need to invest in the redesign of their core products increasing the usage of recycled plastic from waste rather than from virgin naphtha. Plastics sustainability is a complex problem that will impact the entire plastics value chain, thus also including in different capacities petrochemical companies, Fast Moving Consumer Goods companies (FMCG), and waste management companies. The transition to a new circular plastic economy requires players in the value chain to integrate recycling technologies into their traditional business model. This means exploring different technologies and partner with new players.