Jaguar Land Rover to make cars out of plastic waste

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Carmaker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has begun trials of an innovative new recycling technology which purports to turn low-quality, post-consumer plastics into high-grade material.

It's estimated that the amount of waste plastic is predicted to exceed 12 million tonnes globally by 2050*. Plastic waste will be converted into pyrolysis oil by thermochemical processing, and then these industrial raw materials will replace fossil resources in the production chain BASF. If the results of both pieces of research and development are positive, JLR has said that it will consider using domestically derived recycled plastic content throughout its vehicle part portfolio.

Jaguar Land Rover and BASF are now testing the material to check it meets the same safety requirements of the existing original part, before working to bring it to commercial development.

In the framework of the research project ChemCycling Jaguar Land Rover will participate in the program of recycling of plastic waste intended for incineration, in high quality material.

Chris Brown, Senior Sustainability Manager at Jaguar Land Rover, said: "Plastics are vital to vehicle manufacturing and have proven benefits during their use phase, however, plastic waste remains a major global challenge". The use of such material will be in dashboards and external parts of the bodies of the new models of Jaguar and Land Rover.

"Solving this issue requires innovation and joined-up thinking between regulators, manufacturers and suppliers". It also offers better customer access and display of both Jaguar and Land Rover's portfolio, the company said in a release.

Jaguar Land Rover has already met its 2020 target for Zero Waste to Landfill for United Kingdom operations.

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