Closing the loop on plastics circularity can help solve the massive plastics waste issue facing the world today, said Kevin Quast, the Global Business Lead for Plastics Circularity at Honeywell. Honeywell UOP’s UpCycle Process Technology is helping to do precisely that.
Introduced in 2021, Honeywell’s Upcycle Process Technology is an advanced recycling process based on pyrolysis, a technology that, as the world’s largest process licensing organization, Honeywell has used for decades. “Pyrolysis is a core competence for us,” said Kevin Quast, the Global Business Lead for Plastics Circularity at Honeywell. “We've now gone above and beyond just pyrolysis within oil and gas. Advanced recycling fits into our strategy as an organization as we help our customers transform and become more sustainable in their operations.”
Honeywell's UpCycle Process Technology was created within Honeywell's Sustainable Technology Solutions (STS) group, which is part of Honeywell UOP. The company’s deep knowledge of the pyrolysis process spurred the development of the new technology. The company looked at a variety of different business opportunities from an environmental or sustainability perspective, said Quast, and plastics circularity came out as one of the most promising. It is one of a number of areas related to circularity, sustainability, and environmental improvement, including clean hydrogen, carbon sequestration, renewable fuels, and even bioplastics, in which Honeywell is active.