Chemical Recycling Europe and the European Plastic Waste Landscape

Chemical Recycling Europe (ChemRecEurope) has brought together the chemical recycling industry in Europe to tackle the problem of plastic waste. This presentation will cover a background of ChemRecEurope and more about the plastic waste situation in Europe as a whole, as well as some key policy opportunities and challenges.

A presentation by Carlos Monreal, President of Chemical Recycling Europe / CEO of Plastic Energy.


Question 1: What drives you?
My motivation is to help contribute to reducing global plastic pollution through chemical recycling, and build a more sustainable future for my generation, and generations to come.

Question 2: Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
Delegates should attend my presentation to learn more about the plastic waste situation in Europe, and how chemical recycling can provide a solution for end-of-life plastic waste.

Question 3: What emerging technologies / trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
Emerging trends are brands wanting to incorporate more recycled content into packaging, which will fuel the need for more emerging technologies to recycle plastic waste. There will also be an increasing trend in technologies that can recycle difficult to recycle flexibles and films, as these are the main types of plastics that cannot be mechanically recycled.

Question 4: What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
New recycling technologies, including chemical recycling, will mean that more plastics are being recycled, rather then being incinerated or sent to landfills. They will also make a big impact to the packaging sector, providing more options for brands being able to meet recycled content targets.

Question 5: What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
Barriers are lack of support from governments to invest in recycling infrastructure to expand these technologies, and low gate fees for incinerators and landfills, which do not incentivise recycling.

About Carlos Monreal
Carlos Monreal is the President of Chemical Recycling Europe, and the Founder and CEO of Plastic Energy, one of the world’s leading chemical recycling companies, with industrial plants in operation for the last six years. He is an engineer by training and has been a serial entrepreneur for more than 30 years, focusing on developing disruptive technologies and innovative solutions in the sustainability sector. He is the founder of a wide range of companies whose activities include the development of GPS applications like precision farming and machine control of fleet management, as well as an EPC company on renewable energy.

About Chemical Recycling Europe
The members of Chemical Recycling Europe are united by one common goal: closing the loop for the plastics industry by offering the technology to chemically recycle all plastic waste back into its original components and/or other value-added materials.
To help our members achieve this goal, Chemical Recycling Europe (ChemRecEurope) was established in 2019 to promote and implement the innovative solutions that the chemical recycling of plastic waste offers to benefit our economy and society. ChemRecEurope represents the interest of the European chemical recycling industry towards the public and European institutions. Chemical recycling technologies play a decisive role in closing the loop and supporting the transition towards a more sustainable and circular economy in Europe.

About Plastic Energy
Plastic Energy is a global leader in chemical recycling, offering a sustainable solution to help prevent plastic waste, transforming previously unrecyclable plastic waste into a valuable resource. Our patented and proven chemical recycling technology converts end-of-life plastic waste into an optimal feedstock (TACOIL) for making virgin-quality recycled plastics. Plastic Energy currently has two chemical recycling plants that are in constant operation in Spain and is one of the few companies worldwide that has sold TACOIL from the conversion of end-of-life plastic waste to replace fossil oils in the manufacturing of new plastics. We are leading our field in the transition to a low-carbon circular economy for plastics.

Carlos Monreal is speaker at the 2022 edition of the Circular Chemistry Conference.

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