Spain-based global energy company Repsol, whose product portfolio includes styrene monomer, has joined Styrenics Circular Solutions (SCS), the joint industry initiative to increase the circularity of styrenic polymers. Repsol’s participation extends the geographic reach of the initiative to the Iberian peninsula. The company became a member of SCS, it said, because it believes that polystyrene's intrinsic properties make styrenics perfectly suited to fully close the loop, allowing full recyclability.
Comprised of the four founding members INEOS Styrolution, Total, Trinseo and Versalis (Eni) and now, Repsol, SCS has advanced rapidly since its foundation. Next to participating in the European Commission‘s Circular Plastics Alliance, the results of a project with recycler Agilyx, in which various post-consumer polystyrene waste samples were depolymerised, look very promising. Engaging with the entire value chain and broadening its membership remains a priority for the organisation.
Jens Kathmann, Secretary-General of SCS, commented: “SCS is delighted to welcome Repsol as a new member. Since our incorporation in December 2018, SCS has been driving the commitment shared throughout our industry to deliver the unique recycling potential of styrenics to the circular economy, even for food contact applications. To be joined by a major industry player such as Repsol is a testament to the work we are doing and will greatly strengthen our progress”.