iCareplast- Integrated Catalytic Recycling of Plastic Residues into Added-Value Chemicals

Problem setting

The iCareplast project aims to develop a cost-effective and energy-efficient alternative to recycling and landfilling plastics. Currently, only about 31% of the plastics disposed of are effectively recycled. The remaining parts are either incinerated or landfilled due to their properties or impurities. The material resources contained in the plastics, as well as the energy resources during landfilling, are thus lost to society.

In the iCareplast project, an alternative process is to be developed, which is established in the field of chemical recycling. This process should make it possible to generate high-quality raw materials from the plastic waste by various process engineering processes. Within this project, the IWF cooperates with industrial and research institutions from EU member states such as Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Germany and Great Britain. Within the project, the IWF is responsible for the balancing and multi-criteria assessment of the plastics value chain and the chemical recycling process with regard to the ecological footprint (LCA) and costs (LCC). Based on the data of a pilot plant, a model-based tool will be developed which enables the analysis and evaluation of the life cycle, environmental impacts and costs of secondary chemical raw materials from recycling to plastic-containing products in real time (live LCA).

  • ProjectpartnersCountry
    Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas Spain
    Universitat Politècnica de València Spain
    Technische Universität Braunschweig IWF Germany
    iPoint-Systems GmbH Germany
    Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia,I.P. Portugal
    BioBTX B.V. The Netherlands
    Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine United Kingdom
    Kerionics S.L. Spain
    URBASER S.A. Spain


chemical recycling, live-LCA


10/2018 until 10/2022


Johanna Hagen


European Commission


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