Two companies with long-term commitments to boosting the transition to a more circular economy are joining forces to create more sustainable packaging.
Under an agreement announced Dec. 17, Spanish multi-energy global company Repsol will supply ISCC Plus certified circular polyolefins from its Repsol Reciclex range to the Berry Global Group Inc. The polyolefins in the Reciclex portfolio are derived from chemically recycled post-consumer plastic waste not suitable for traditional recycling.
Repsol has certified all its petrochemical complexes to produce circular polyolefins under the ISCC PLUS certification. This certification guarantees the traceability of the plastic waste used at the source. At the same time, Repsol, applies the latest and innovative technology to ensure that the circular polyolefins have the same quality and functionality as virgin polyolefins.
Repsol will initially supply Berry with food-grade polypropylene for food and health care packaging produced at its European facilities.
Berry and Repsol both deem advanced recycling as complementary to traditional mechanical recycling and as a critical component of their respective circular economy strategies.
“By recovering and diverting plastic that would have otherwise been sent to landfill or incineration, we are working towards our common goal of promoting a circular economy,” said Jean-Marc Galvez, president of Berry’s Consumer Packaging International division.
Repsol has set an ambitious target to become a net zero company by 2050. The company has had a circular economy strategy in place since 2016, which is applied throughout the company's entire value chain, from obtaining raw materials to the marketing of products and services.
The company currently has over 200 projects in this field, developed in collaboration with more than 180 strategic partners, organizations, and institutions.
This most recent alliance with Berry reinforces its our ambition to recycle the equivalent of 20 percent of its polyolefins production, emphasized Rafael Jiménez, polyolefins business unit director at Repsol.