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MBA Polymers UK become the first Plastics Recycling Business in the UK to have their products achieve the Carbon Trust’s Lower CO2 label

MBA’s vision is to create a sustainable planet by eliminating plastic waste and preventing the depletion of the world’s natural resources. Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do.


MBA Polymers UK become the first Plastics Recycling Business in the UK to have their products achieve the Carbon Trust’s Lower CO2 label f
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Millions of tonnes of plastic are discarded each year, wasted, buried and burned. If it’s replaced with virgin polymers, that requires consumption of fossil fuels, more petrochemical extraction and processing, and more carbon released into the atmosphere.

MBA Polymers UK who are part of the EMR Group, operate the most advanced plastics recycling facilities in the world, processing complex waste streams bound for landfill, refining and compounding it into high-value polymers. An innovative alternative to virgin polymers, for use in a range of applications and industries.

The Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and achievement of the Lower CO2 label certified by the Carbon Trust, compares MBA Polymers key products to the equivalent LCA of their virgin plastic counterparts as published by PlasticsEurope in their ECO-Profiles. The LCA study confirms that the key products produced by MBA Polymers UK, ABS, PP, FPP, PS and HDPE, have a 75-86% lower carbon footprint than their virgin equivalents.

Paul Mayhew, General Manager said:

“In order to obtain the lower carbon certification, MBA has been able to demonstrate that the lifecycle carbon footprint of our products are significantly lower than their virgin equivalent. At a time when plastic waste is rightly in the spotlight, it is crucial that all stakeholders stimulate demand for recycled content and MBA is leading the industry as a whole by being able to evidence the true environmental benefits.

The vast majority of MBA’s products are produced from End of Life Vehicles that contain roughly 150-200kgs of plastic each. Currently, only a handful of recyclers are able to convert this material back into a recycled polymer that means the vast majority of the plastic in a car is currently sent to landfill or incineration. The Lower Carbon certification provides further evidence to the benefits of implementing mandatory recycled content in new vehicles which not only boosts circularity but also stimulates further investment in the sector”

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Owain Griffiths

Owain Griffiths

Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

Turning into a circular business and the importance of vehicle reuse and recycling.

The presentation will cover the work Volvo Cars is doing to achieve 2025 but mainly focus on the transformational work towards 2040 and the business and value chain changes being considered. Attention will be paid to the way vehicles are being dealt with at the end of life and the complexities of closing material and component loops. Opportunities and challenges which Volvo Cars is facing will be presented including engagement with 3rd parties and increasing pressure from stakeholders.