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World’s first carbon-neutral recycled PET by ALPLA Group

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World’s first carbon-neutral recycled PET by ALPLA Group

On 12 October 2020, ALPLA Group, the global manufacturer of plastic packaging and recycling specialist, unveiled the world’s first carbon-neutral recycled PET. The company switched its PET Recycling Team plants in Wöllersdorf (Austria) and Radomsko (Poland) to a mix of electricity from renewable sources for producing carbon-neutral recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET). Source: Plastics Insight

This step brought a big impact on the carbon footprint of our food-grade regranulate. As per the calculations, emissions have been reduced by up to 90 percent as compared to virgin material. The market provided good feedback regarding this further development.

Georg Lässer, Head of Recycling, ALPLA

At present, the company is now offering its customers carbon-neutral rPET based on the purchase of certificates. The remaining, unavoidable emissions relating to the delivery of input material to the plants are offset with carbon certificates. Georg observed, “The world’s first carbon-neutral regranulate could significantly contribute towards climate protection and highlight the value of used plastics.”

In cooperation with the climate neutrality alliance, Klimaneutralitätsbündnis 2025, and the non-governmental organization (NGO), Helioz, ALPLA has selected specific projects. In the Asian and African continents, ALPLA is supporting Helioz that provides solar devices for monitoring water disinfection using PET bottles.

In Nicaragua, a reforestation project is being supported. In China, traditional coal-fired stoves are being replaced with ovens run on biomass. These projects would decrease emissions and prevent the health implications caused by harmful exhaust air. In Ethiopia, 5,000 household packages (comprising modern stoves, vegetable seeds, seedlings, training) are financed.

Based on life cycle assessments, packaging types that contained a high proportion of recycled material have the least impact on the climate. With the world’s first carbon-neutral rPET, ALPLA is helping its customers to achieve their sustainability goals. ‘We are once again demonstrating that close collaboration between packaging developers, packaging manufacturers, and recycling experts can lead to solutions which set an example for the industry as a whole,’ stressed Georg.