Lower CO2 emissions

Carbon black is mainly produced by incomplete combustion of oil, which has a negative environmental impact. The impact is related to the environmental regulations where the carbon black is produced.

Recovered carbon black has a CO2 footprint that is 80% lower than the one virgin carbon black. The more than 9.000 tons carbon black recovered annually by Elysium Nordic from 2021, will lead to a reduction of up to 18.000 tons of CO2eq and 65.000 barrels of oil per year.

The use of carbon black becomes more sustainable when it is recovered from existing products and then added to the production of new products.

A step towards circular economy

There is an aspiration from the EU and UN to switch from the current linear economy to a circular ecomony. This would mean that incineration and landfills are replaced by recycling. Used materials will not become waste but will continously be re-used.

The target for Elysium Nordic is to operate with next to no waste and recovery of all materials. This circular economy production is possible as:

  • the recovered gas and part of the oil will be used for the operation of the plant,
  • the surplus heat will be delivered to the district heating network,
  • the remaining of the oil containing natural rubber will be sold as bio-fuel,
  • and the steel and carbon black will be sold to be reused in new products.

The Elysium Nordic plant in Nyborg is a very concrete and important step towards introducing circular economy in the carbon black and rubber industries.

Sources

(1) Calculated on the basis of an average of 113.8 grams of CO2 emissions per kilometer from new cars produced by the ten largest automakers in 2017 (Source)

(2) Calculated on the basis of figures from the think tank Concito’s dissemination project ‘Contant’, where a flight to Rome for four people emits 3.2 tons of CO2, while one t-shirt emits 11 kg of CO2 (Source)

(3) Calculated on the basis of figures from the think tank Concito’s report ‘Climate-friendly diet’, where a kilo of beef emits 19.4 kilos of CO2 (Source, page 5)