The oil and carbon black that Scandinavian Enviro Systems recovers from end-of-life vehicle tyres in its plant in Åsensbruk have been accredited under the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) scheme.
In doing so, Enviro says it has become the first company in the world to receive ISCC certification for recovered carbon black, and the certification is also confirmation of the previously communicated higher commercial values of both carbon black and oil.
“The certification is a milestone in the company’s development as it means that it will be easier for our customers to achieve their sustainability targets using our oil and carbon black. As a result, the customer benefit and commercial value of our technology and products will become even clearer,” says Thomas Sörensson, CEO of Enviro.
The higher commercial value is a result of the certification being based on objective and external quantifying of the environmental benefit of the oil and carbon black that is recovered in the plant in Åsensbruk. An ISCC certification of a raw material or product means that it receives a sustainability declaration based on the total energy consumption to produce the raw material or product through the entire value chain. ISCC is based on the European environmental directive Red II that was developed to ease the transition to a more sustainable and circular energy sector. A certification in accordance with ISCC is reviewed annually for each individual recycling plant.
The ISCC certification of recovered pyrolysis oil from Åsensbruk enables it to be sold in the EU and the UK as a raw material for the production of sustainable fuel. The oil and chemical industries have shown increasing interest in Enviro’s recovered pyrolysis oil.
“As we have previously announced, the increased interest in recovered pyrolysis oil has made capital investment appraisals for our recycling plants significantly more advantageous. A certification of this kind provides us with more stable prerequisites,” says Thomas Sörensson, CEO of Enviro.
At the same time, the interest in recovered carbon black is increasing in the global tyre and automotive industries. The reason for this is that carbon black is a key raw material in tyre production and that recovered carbon black thus can contribute to reducing the negative impact on the environment of tyres, and therefore vehicles. In accordance with the now completed ISCC certification, the use of recovered carbon black from Åsensbruk, compared with the use of the corresponding amount of virgin carbon black, will lead to a reduction in carbon emissions of a full 93 percent.
Most major tyre manufacturers have announced very high targets in the past year when it comes to increased use of recovered material, including carbon black. The automotive industry is also evaluating how recovered carbon black could contribute to reduced environmental impact from vehicles.
“The automotive and tyre industries are demonstrating a clear commitment to coming as close to zero as possible in terms of negative environmental impact and in this work, every single step and every individual component play a crucial role. Recovered carbon black will be one of several important elements in this endeavour,” says Fredrik Olofsson, Sales Manager at Enviro.