Sumitomo Chemical is proud to be one of the founding members of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW), an alliance of global companies formed to advance solutions to eliminate plastic waste in the environment, especially in the ocean.
Plastics are a useful material that supports our lives, used in automobiles, aircraft, healthcare and sanitation application, electronic devices, various forms of packaging and other diverse applications. On the other hand, plastics are also part of global environmental problems, such as marine plastic waste, when they are not adequately recycled or properly treated after use.
We are committed to contribute solving the plastic waste problems through our business by harnessing the power of chemistry.
Through participation in various initiatives, the Sumitomo Chemical Group is working with stakeholders involved in the plastic value chain to address a broad range of issues related to a circular system for plastics.
We are engaged in the research and development of chemical recycling technology, processes that chemically convert municipal and plastic waste and use them as new raw materials for plastics. We are working on this extremely challenging endeavor by leveraging our catalyst design and chemical processing design technologies, while also collaborating with partners. With chemical recycling technology, we will help to reduce the use of fossil fuels, the amount of plastic waste, and GHG emissions produced in incinerating plastic waste, and thereby contribute to building a sustainable society.