Plastic and environment

  • Plastic is a great material and is the best solution for many applications due to its strength, durability and cost.
  • Unfortunately, many plastic types are hard to recycle and cause serious environmental problems if leaked into the environment.
  • Plastic which can not be recycled is typically incinerated today which leads to significant carbon dioxide emissions.

260 million tons

Annual global plastic waste generation

12 %

Of plastic is recycled into new plastic products

3kg CO2

Is emitted when 1 kg of typical plastic (PE) is incinerated

  • Globally we produce more than 260 million tons of plastic waste each year.*
  • Only around 12% is recycled into new plastic products.*
  • Each kg of typical plastic products (e.g. polyethylene) produces more than 3 kg carbon dioxide.

    *Source: “How plastics waste recycling could transform the chemical industry”, McKinsey & Company, 2018

Enabling a circular economy – our solution

Sorting and recycling

  • Plastic waste is sorted and recycled mechanically to the extent possible
  • Unfortunately, a large fraction can not be recycled with existing methods and is therefore incinerated

Conversion to chemicals

  • SemperCycle technology can convert these non-recyclable fractions to a liquid chemical
  • The product has many applications, including as a feedstock for new plastic production

End of life disposal

  • The plastic products end their life as household or commercial waste and are collected by waste handlers

    New plastic products

    • Plastic producers can use the liquid product to directly replace fossil-based feedstock
    • The new products have the highest possible quality – no down-cycling

      Our technology

      SemperCycle technology in brief

      • High-temperature chemical conversion process
      • Powered by renewable electricity
      • Liquid chemical product with various application, e.g., plastic production or fuels
      • 1:1 replacement of fossil-based chemicals


      What makes our technology unique

      • Most types of plastic waste can be recycled
      • Very low carbon emissions
      • Ideal complement to mechanical recycling solutions


      Jan Kamyno Rasmussen

      • 10 years experience from various positions within strategy, M&A and business development, incl. Head of Strategy and Commercial Excellence in Haldor Topsoe
      • 5 years experience from Bain & Company (formerly Qvartz & Co)
      • Ph.D. Chem. Eng. and M.Sc. Chem. Eng.

      Christian Becker
      Mechanical and Electrical design

      • Broad experience in managing complex projects, including:
        • Development of new technologies within material sciences
        • Design and manufacturing of electronics solutions for B2B clients
      • B.Sc. Electrical Engineering 

      Eileen Becker


      • Independent communications advisor 
      • Advisor for members of the Danish Parliament on political campaigns
      • Conducting courses in oral and written communication
      • Cand. Mag.

      Nicolai Elm
      Process design support

      • Studying Chemical Engineering and International Business
      • Stud. B.Sc. Engineering

      Advisory Board

      Per Bakkerud

      • Independent advisor and board member
      • 30 years experience from Haldor Topsoe, including:
      • EVP for Chemicals Business Unit
      • Managing Director for Haldor Topsoe China
      • M.Sc. Chem. Eng.

      Morten Schaldemose

      • Co-founder, investor and board member in companies within advanced materials, wastewater and environmental technologies 
      • 18 years experience from Haldor Topsoe, including EVP for Refinery Business Unit
      • EMBA, M.Sc. Chem. Eng.

      Philip Loldrup Fosbøl

      • Associate professor at DTU, dept. of Chem. Eng.
      • Expert in carbon capture utilization and storage
      • Leading several demonstration projects within CO2 reduction
      • ESTECH board member
      • Ph.D. Chem. Eng. and M.Sc. Chem. Eng.