Wastefront LCA Shows Positive Results

Wastefront's LCA

Wastefront’s Sunderland plant project now has the results of an LCA that suggest positive outcomes from the anticipated plant.

Wastefront LCA Gives a Positive Outlook

Wastefront appointed DNV GL to conduct a Life Cycle Assessment for Wastefront’s proposed waste tyre to hydrocarbon plant in Sunderland. Some of the report findings are release below. Tyre and Rubber Recycling will be speaking with Wastefron’t CTO Henrik Selstam shortly, for a more detailed update.

Some of the key figures from the LCA are as follows:

  • The reduction in emissions per unit of energy for the base-case, when compared with typical emissions, is 79.1% for the naphtha and 80.8% for the bunker oil.

  • The outputs of the Sunderland plant in the base-case scenario would avoid 1,815,839 tonnes of CO2e over 30 years, or 60,528 tonnes per year, by replacing the typical sources of these substances i.e. raw fossil fuels.

  • When including the emissions associated with the construction, operation and decommissioning of the plant, the net benefit is a reduction of 30,529 tonnes of CO2e per year (compared with a baseline of nothing happening to the tyres).

  • When using the distillate to create virgin carbon black (vCB) rather than powering the site, using bio-pyrolysis oil as an alternative fuel for the site power further reduces CO2e emissions by 9,946 tonnes per year (and in this scenario the distillate is used as fuel for onsite generators to provide 100% of the plant’s power requirements).

As the project develops Tyre and Rubber Recycling will bring more news when it arises. Wastefront have now also releases a video  entitles  “A Circular Story”, which outlines the longer term aims of the project.

 

As the project develops Tyre and Rubber Recycling will bring more news when it arises. Wastefront have now also releases a video  entitles  “A Circular Story”, which outlines the longer term aims of the project.

About the author

Ewan has been editor of Retreading Business since 2006 and of Tyre & Rubber Recycling since the magazine was founded. During this period he has become an expert on the global tyre recycling sector. He has many years' experience as an automotive journalist including a period at Tyres & Accessories.

Email: ewan.scott@tyreandrubberrecycling.com

 

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