11/15/2023 Press release
TotalEnergies Lubrifiants is accelerating the incorporation of recycled plastics into its lubricant bottles with TotalEnergies Polymers
Paris/Brussels, November 15, 2023 – The premium product range of TotalEnergies Lubrifiants in Europe is now packaged in platinum-colored bottles containing 50% post-consumer recycled (PCR) polyethylene.
Following a pilot started in 2021 on the Quartz Xtra product bottles, TotalEnergies Lubrifiants is now applying the process of incorporating 50% PCR high-density polyethylene (HDPE) to a larger scale. From September 2023 onwards, all premium range bottles produced in France and Belgium, recognizable by their platinum color, are being made notably from TotalEnergies rPE6314, a ready-to-use polyethylene compound.
Produced at TotalEnergies’ plant in Antwerp and part of the circular polymer range RE:clic, this high-performing rHDPE grade designed for blow moulding applications combines carefully selected recycled polyethylene from post-consumer waste with a high-performing virgin booster. Its high quality and consistency allow for trouble-free processing on existing industrial equipment. The resulting bottle features the same design, shape, and weight as the 100% fossil-based alternatives, with a significantly reduced carbon footprint.
This innovation is aligned with TotalEnergies’ ambition to contribute to a circular economy and reduce its own use of virgin plastic.
Jean Parizot, General Manager Inland markets at TotalEnergies Lubrifiants, said: “We’re moving towards 50% recycled packs by 2030 for all small packaging produced in France and Belgium, thereby reducing the carbon footprint of our production and contributing to a more circular economy”.
Olivier Greiner, Vice President, Polymers Europe & Orient at TotalEnergies, said: “This packaging development brought to the EU market is the result of an internal effort to address the challenge of end-of-life plastics. It demonstrates our shared commitment as a Company to promote the circular economy, and fully supports our ambition of reaching 1 million tons of circular polymers by 2030”.
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TotalEnergies is a leading global manufacturer and marketer of lubricants, with 42 production sites around the world and more than 5,800 employees in 160 countries. TotalEnergies' Lubricants division offers innovative, high-performance and environmentally friendly products and services, developed by its R&D centers, which employ over 130 researchers. TotalEnergies' lubricants division is a key partner for players in the automotive, industrial and marine markets.
About TotalEnergies and Polymers
TotalEnergies develops, produces and commercializes polymers — polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene, their recycled equivalents and biopolymers — that can be incorporated in the plastics manufacturing process. Lighter than many alternative materials, they help reduce the carbon footprint of end-use applications through enhanced energy efficiency. TotalEnergies’ polymers experts in Europe, Asia and the United States of America are working alongside all the professionals in the value chain, including plastic manufacturers, research centers, waste collection and sorting companies, and their customers to accelerate in the circular economy. The Company is developing different plastic recycling processes and using renewable raw materials, with the ambition to reach 1 million tons of circular polymers by 2030.
TotalEnergies is a global multi-energy company that produces and markets energies: oil and biofuels, natural gas and green gases, renewables and electricity. Our more than 100,000 employees are committed to energy that is ever more affordable, cleaner, more reliable and accessible to as many people as possible. Active in more than 130 countries, TotalEnergies puts sustainable development in all its dimensions at the heart of its projects and operations to contribute to the well-being of people.
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