Both LEGO and Haldor Topsøe have great ambitions regarding sustainable plastics. That was the message at the annual meeting in BioRefining Alliance, where many were gathered to hear about the plans of the two companies.
The transport sector is still heavily dependent on oil. The same applies to the plastics industry. Therefore, the two large Danish companies LEGO and Haldor Topsoe are working hard to develop sustainable plastics which can reduce the use of oil as a raw material and CO2 emissions.
Core products should be sustainable in 2030
LEGO has allocated 1 billion kroner for a sustainability center in Billund. Here, researchers will develop and explore raw materials and production methods that can make the bricks more climate and environmentally friendly, while maintaining the high quality and durability, Søren Kristiansen, Director in Materials Department at LEGO, told at the meeting.
The ambition is that all LEGO’s core products are made from sustainable materials in 2030. Another step in making the production more sustainable is an investment in a wind farm. In addition, LEGO has started cooperation with WWF.
Topsøe will create competitive bioplastics
Haldor Topsøe is committed to make the production of sustainable bioplastics as cheap as possible so they can compete with oil-based plastics and have no need for subsidies.
Esben Taarning, who is program manager at Haldor Topsøe, showed the processes the company is working on. They want to be able to produce oxygen-containing polymer building blocks from aqueous sugar syrups and utilize both C5 and C6 sugars.
See the pictures from the annual meeting below: