Pöyry launches plastic substitution global consultancy

11 July 2018

  • Pöyry has produced a comprehensive database of petroleum-based, bio-based and recycled plastics, as well as other fibre-based solutions to facilitate a switch from plastics used across all industry sectors
  • Replacing polyethylene packaging with a suitable alternative can cut out as much as 250 million tonnes of CO2 emissions
  • Pöyry is already working with many Fortune 500 companies on making similar substitutions using their tailored service.

Pöyry has developed the ‘Pöyry Plastics Substitution Book’ – a methodology and knowledge base of petroleum-based plastics, bio-based plastics, recycled plastics and fibre-based solutions – and the properties that are necessary and useful for the various main end uses today in industrial and daily life. This makes it possible to map the best candidates to replace fossil-based plastics.

Using the methodology and knowledge base, Pöyry’s consultants can advise clients on how their existing plastics can be substituted. This database will allow all companies across all sectors – industry, manufacturing, consumer goods, agriculture – to deep dive into their plastic use, and advise how they can become more sustainable. Pöyry are already working with some Fortune 500 companies advising them on substituting petroleum-based plastic with bio-based, bio-degradable solutions.

The single largest end use for plastics is polyethylene used in packaging, with around 42 million tonnes being used every year. If this could all be substituted for paper products, it would avoid approximately 250 million tonnes of CO2 emissions every year, equivalent to 61.9 coal-fired power plants or 53,533,191 passenger vehicles driven for one year.

Project leader Petri Vasara, Pöyry’s VP and head of new concepts and bioproducts, said: “As companies come under increasing pressure to play their part in ending the 'plastic ocean”, Pöyry has launched a service that gives companies and authorities information they need to switch from petroleum-based plastics to more sustainable products.

“Our new global consultancy offering allows Pöyry to identify sustainable alternatives to plastic use across an entire company, with minimal disruption to its business.

The ‘Pöyry Plastics Substitution Book’ is a complete approach, database and analysis tools, providing real solutions to our over-reliance on petroleum-based plastics.”

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