The term "biodegradable" has been used over the past few years, to describe plastics or packaging that could potentially be metabolized by microorganisms in nature, with complete breakdown to CO2/Methane, water and biomass. However, there is significant confusion and controversy surrounding biodegradable plastics since many suppliers have used the term to loosely describe their material/packaging without specifying the conditions under which the material would degrade in nature. For instance, some plastics (like PLA) will only degrade under industrial composting conditions, while some others (like PHA) can break down under a wider range of conditions and environments (industrial, backyard, marine). Given this widespread confusion and the misuse of the "biodegradable" term, many global government and industry organizations have issued guidelines to restrict or eliminate the unqualified use of biodegradable as a descriptor of plastics or packaging. These include the European Commission guidelines (European Plastics Strategy) and the Federal Trade Commission Green Guides in the US.
In line with such guidelines, Ubuntoo's recommends that companies providing biodegradable materials, products or packaging:
1.Avoid unqualified use of the term "biodegradable" to describe their products
2.Any claim of biodegradability should be accompanied by a description of specific conditions and environments under which the material or product will undergo degradation in nature
3.It is strongly recommended that companies provide globally accepted certifications or testing for various biodegradability claims (such as the BPA certification for industrial composting)
Further in line with the position articulated by the European Commission as well as major CPG companies, Ubuntoo recommends that "biodegradable" plastics should not be considered a solution for littering (or worse a license to litter). Appropriate collection and end-of-life solutions (such as industrial composting or home composting) need to be put into place to avoid biodegradable plastics ending up as litter in the environment.
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According to IGE, Eight million metric tons of plastics flow into our waterways every year which equates to one truckload of waste every minute, two truckloads by 2030 and three truckloads by 2050. This global problem has inspired IGE to take action.
The vision is to see a world in which no plastics pollute the planet and where renewable energy sources are maximized. One in which commerce, governments, families and environmentalists live in harmony and work towards the common goal of building a sustainable system of environmental protection that supports the worlds current life-styles and benefits us all. They believe that their technology and systems will have a positive environmental effect in all areas as they reduce the amount of plastic being dumped into landfill and reduce the consumption of fossil fuels via crude oil extraction.
Their technology allows them to produce a range of fuels and products, including Naphtha, Marine fuel, Marine Diesel Oil (MDO) and Road-Ready Transport Fuels. All their processes and products are of the highest quality. The Road Ready Fuel they produce results from their patented waste plastics to road ready fuel technology with the diesel of a quality that meets the EN590 standard and high octane petrol blend-stock meeting EN228. They tailor all the products they provide to meet the specific needs for each individual site location, as determined by the specific territory requirements.
Integrated Green Energy Solutions commissioned an analysis for the inputs and waste products from the WPTF process compared to emissions for low-sulphur diesel and petrol generated. The carbon footprint for the products were evaluated using the Global Climate Change Impact method.When utilising end of life plastic the Integrated Green Energy Solutions process releases 0.25kg CO2 eq. per kg of low sulphur fuel produced. By comparison the production of fuel in Australia from crude oil releases 0.41 kg CO2 eq. / kg of low sulphur diesel produced, and 0.37 kg CO2 eq. / kg of low sulphur petrol produced. Put simply, the production of fuel from end of life plastics utilizing the Integrated Green Energy Solutions production method will result in up to a 38% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over the production of the same amount of fuel utilizing crude oil.
IGE's solution is identified as an Environmentally Preferable Product (EPP) certification, as compared to conventional diesel and petrol, based on 100% post-consumer plastic used as feed stock for fuel processing.
Mr Dooley brings to Integrated Green Energy Solutions 15 years of experience in the energy, fuel and chemical processing industries. Mr Dooley has a solid engineering and management background that leads to a deep understanding of processing techniques for energy conversion, as well as the energy and fuels market in Australia and Asia. In 2001 Mr Dooley co-founded Australian Biodiesel Group Ltd, an entity that listed on ASX in 2005. Mr Dooley held various roles with Australian Biodiesel Group Ltd, including technical director, Chief Executive Officer and Director. Since 2009 Mr Dooley has held board positions on proprietary companies commercialising fuel and energy technologies.
David is the Principal of McIntosh & Associates, a boutique accounting firm consisting of three qualified accountants plus support staff. McIntosh & Associates provides accounting, audit, business structure, planning and taxation services and advice to large corporations, resident and non-resident individuals and a diverse array of small to medium companies and other entities.
Mr Genia has broad experience in both private and government enterprises having spent nine year holding various Ministerial positions within the PNG cabinet, including Minister of Justice, Defence, Foreign Affairs and Trade.