Pyrolysis technology and renewable fuels company Circtec has signed a long-term supply agreement with carbon black company Birla Carbon. The supply agreement for sustainable carbonaceous materials will create the largest sustainability footprint in the carbon black industry. Using its expertise in the sector and its customized solutions, Birla Carbon says that it will take the sustainability solution to its global customer base.
Following 10 years of scaling up its proprietary production processes to a commercial level, Circtec is to set up a flagship production plant in the Netherlands. Production is expected to begin by the end of 2022, and the company says the facility will be the largest, most efficient and most sustainable pyrolysis plant in Europe.
The pyrolysis process involves recycling millions of end-of-life tires. The Circtec plant is estimated to have a yearly production capacity of 73,000 tons of sustainable carbonaceous materials over the next five years. The site is to be the largest single source of sustainable carbonaceous materials and product-grade renewable fuels produced using end-of-life tires.
“Our commitment to sustainability over the last decade has seen Birla Carbon bring more and more innovation-focused solutions to our customers,” commented Santrupt Misra, chief executive officer at Birla Carbon. “This partnership with Circtec is a big step toward product circularity in our value chain and bringing our customers’ sustainability aspirations closer to reality. Through our collaboration, we will become the largest suppliers of sustainable carbonaceous materials in the world, weaving together technology expertise and customized solutions.”
A lifecycle assessment of Circtec’s recycling process was carried out according to ISO 14040 and ISO 14044. The assessment demonstrated that at full capacity, 228,000 tons of direct and indirect CO2 emissions would be eliminated yearly.
Commenting on the partnership with Birla Carbon, Allen Timpany, co-founder and CEO of Circtec, said, “Our long-term alliance with Birla Carbon is instrumental to our objective to build a leading global business in the low-carbon circular economy.”