The Port of Amsterdam is to construct a new factory that can turn unrecyclable plastic into fuel for ships.
The IGES Amsterdam, which will be finished by the end of 2018, will process 100 tonnes of plastic a day, with the expectation being that it will produce 30 million litres of fuel a year, according to Roon van Maanen, Head of Circular and Renewable Industry at the Port of Amsterdam.
The project is the result of the Port of Amsterdam working with Bin2Barrel, a Dutch company focusing on the development of plastics into sustainable fuel, particularly in the maritime sector.
The project is also supported by the Dutch government and is part of the country’s efforts to adopt a circular economy by 2050.
Roon van Maanen said: “We foresee many ports dealing with end of life plastics that can only be used for landfill or waste, this is a better solution.
“The circular economy is very important, we need to go to a circular economy because we can’t go on this path. Here in the Netherlands, we want to be fully circular by 2050 and this is a contribution to that goal.”