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CO2 emissions are a cost for industry, but can also be used as a raw material for new plastics, for example. Finnish research institute VTT is currently conducting research into producing plastics from carbon dioxide derived from forestry and waste incineration.
Editorial office / Espoo

In this so-called ‘Forest Cump’ project, new, climate-friendly replacements for polyolefins such as polythene and polypropylene can be developed. These usually petroleum-based plastics are widely used in products and packaging.

Forest Cump aims to develop a processing concept that will allow the technology to be scaled up to the level of industrial production. A first pilot plant is expected to be built by 2024.

Forest Cump was launched in August 2022 and will continue until the end of 2024. Participants in the project include Borealis, Neste and ABB, and Metsä Spring, Kemira, Vantaa Energy, Stora Enso, Kleener Power Solutions, Carbon ReUse Finland, Fortum and Essity. Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) and VTT are research partners in the project.

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