TotalEnergies and the French automotive supplier Plastic Omnium have signed a strategic partnership to design and develop new plastics, based on recycled polypropylene, for the automotive industry.
TotalEnergies and Plastic Omnium will pool their engineering skills to design new types of recycled materials offering increased performance while providing deliverable responses to the challenges posed by end-of-life plastics. These new materials will contain between 20% and 100% recycled materials and come from industrial and domestic waste streams. They will also have a CO2 impact that is up to six times lower than that of using virgin materials.
The use of plastics in automotive bodywork plays a key role in reducing the carbon emissions of the automotive industry. They make it easier to improve aerodynamic performance and reduce the overall weight of vehicles, thus helping to reduce the amount of fuel used by internal combustion vehicles and increase the range of electric vehicles.
“This partnership with Plastic Omnium is a fine example of collaboration and innovation to develop ever higher and environmentally friendly recycled plastics which help our OEM customers and vehicle manufacturers to reduce their carbon footprint,” said Valérie Goff. , senior vice president, polymers at TotalEnergies. “This project will also help meet the challenge of the circular economy and our ambition to produce 30% recycled and renewable polymers by 2030.”
“The recycling of plastics is a challenge for us as industrialists, and a vital issue for our planet,” said Stéphane Noël, Chairman and CEO of Plastic Omnium Intelligent Exterior Systems. “This exciting partnership paves the way for better integrated responses that are more respectful of the environment, reflecting the carbon neutrality objectives of our customers and suppliers. This is absolutely essential to a strategic partnership that aims to support the far-reaching transformation that the industry is currently undergoing. “
TotalEnergies and Plastic Omnium are working on the development of new recycled PPs for the automotive market.