SCG Attended the Launch of “7 Go Green Recycled Plastic Road”

SCG Attended the Launch of “7 Go Green Recycled Plastic Road”

Date: 2 Oct 2019

BANGKOK – October 2, 2019 CP All partnered with SCG and Dow Thailand Group to advance “7 Go Green” campaign, unveiling “7 Go Green Recycled Plastic Road” that recycles unwanted plastic waste into road paving. The first pilot initiative is carried out at the car park in front of Sai Mai branch of 7-elevent store, hoping to pave the way for sustainable environmental stewardship. Mr. Suwit Kingkaew, Senior Vice President - General Management of CP All Plc, the founder of 7-Eleven stores in Thailand, said, “The 7 Go Green Recycled Plastic Road is an initiative that can pragmatically reduce plastic waste. We collaborated with SCG and Dow Thailand Group in project planning and operation to develop recycled plastic road which advances the campaign “7 Go Green” being carried out to reduce and stop plastic bags. The project also helps bring value to the community with the intention to build an environmental sustainability for the community, society, and the country under CP All’s vision of ‘Giving and Sharing Opportunities’.” The 7 Go Green Recycled Plastic Road is an approach to promote plastic waste management practices and maximize the beneficial use to offer tangible solutions to the plastic waste crisis. The initiative is made possible by a combined effort to develop the process and technique for road construction. The method includes transforming separated waste collected in the main office, product distribution centers, and 7-eleven stores through the shredding process into asphalt mixture to make the road with improved durability, higher performance, and superior corrosion resistance. The recycled plastic road is open to public use as a car park for the 7-eleven convenience store. 7-Eleven is the first convenience store in Thailand to adopt recycled plastic roads where two branches are currently being piloted in the initial phase. The project will be further expanded to other branches in the future. Mr. Sakchai Patiparnpreechavud, Vice President – Polyolefin and Vinyl Business, Chemicals Business, SCG, said, “SCG has incorporated the circular economy in business operations, aligning with SCG Circular Way and the approach of resource maximization, waste separation, and proper disposal. The plastic waste will be transformed to replace the use of asphalt, which is a solution jointly developed by SCG and Dow to reduce plastic waste. Plastics are reusable and recyclable materials. If proper management is in place, it will help prevent waste leakage into the environment. Using plastic waste as part of the road construction materials is an exemplary way to harness useful properties of plastics which are durable and long service life structures to improve road strength and erosion resistance. This initiative also helps diminish greenhouse gas emissions caused by asphalt production. SCG believes that collaboration of all sectors is vital to make the Circular Economy a reality. SCG is committed to supporting network building to bring real change to Thai society.” Mr. Chatchai Luanpolcharoenchai, President of Dow Thailand Group, said, “This technology helps bring out benefits and value of plastic waste, diminishing plastic litter discarded as waste and keeping plastic debris from entering the environment. The road made of plastic waste mixture shows superior strength to the traditional asphalt road. The 7 Go Green Recycled Plastic Road is a collaboration of committed organizations to promote concrete plastic waste management solutions by creating values according to the circular economy concept which yields not only positive environmental results but also helps foster communities as the waste can bring benefits to the local community. The project has started with 7-Eleven store in Sai Mai Soi 3 and 7-Eleven store Ratpattana Soi 24. The plan will be further developed and expanded to other branches as part to reduce plastic use in the future permanently and preserve the country’s environment in a sustainable manner.
SCG Partners with Dow to Sustainably Tackle Plastic Waste by Developing Recycling and Renewable Solutions to Build the Circular Plastic Economy

SCG Partners with Dow to Sustainably Tackle Plastic Waste by Developing Recycling and Renewable Solutions to Build the Circular Plastic Economy

Date: 6 Sep 2019

BANGKOK – September 6, 2019Dow and SCG today signed a collaboration agreement to develop new complete recycling solutions to add value to plastic waste and prevent them from ending up in the environment. This agreement is an attempt to create a circular economy for plastic in Thailand. “Our industry and society as a whole must do a better job of capturing and reusing plastic by scaling investments in collection, waste management, recycling technologies and new end-markets,” said Jim Fitterling​, Chief Executive Officer of Dow. “Dow continues to join forces with partners across the globe to more effectively reuse and recycle plastic waste. Working together with companies like SCG we can create a world where no plastic ends up in the environment.” The agreement was signed today upon the shared vision to close the loop of plastics waste management for the reduction of plastic leakage to the environment. The products anticipated from this collaboration are outputs of mechanical recycling, feedstock recycling as well as renewable feedstock which include but are not limited to recycled resin, recycled products made from plastic waste, petrochemical feedstocks from plastic waste and renewable plastic resins. “This collaboration not only represents our joint commitment in taking action to solve the problems through technology and making real changes but also provides us with new business opportunity, enhancing sustainability and bringing about practical solutions for recycling and upcycling of plastic waste in Thailand.” said Roongrote Rangsiyopash, President and CEO of SCG. “Circular economy is an economic opportunity as much as a solution to a pressing environmental issue,” said Jonathan Penrice, President of Dow in Asia Pacific. “We will build on Dow’s unique materials science and application knowledge and our 50-year experience in Thailand to develop solutions that maximize the value of plastics in the country.” This collaboration is aligned with the Thai government’s ambition to drastically increase the recycling rate of plastic waste in the country by 2027. Plastic waste in the environment is considered a critical environmental issue which Dow and SCG have innovated around in the past, such as developing certain technologies to incorporate materials derived from transformed plastic waste in polymer modified asphalt roads. This solution will add value to low or no value plastic waste such as multi-layer plastic packaging and contaminated plastic waste. Most businesses today operate a linear system, whereby natural resources are extracted, transformed into products, and eventually disposed of. A circular economy, on the other hand, is aimed to reuse, renew and recycle valuable resources thereby reducing environmental impact. SCG and Dow are founding members of the Alliance To End Plastic Waste, a not-for-profit organization, partnering with the finance community, government and civil society, including environmental and economic development NGOs to make the dream of a world without plastic waste a reality.
SCG in Collaboration with the Alliance To End Plastic Waste Launched Largest Southeast Asia's Plastic Initiative for Sustainable Plastic Waste Management

SCG in Collaboration with the Alliance To End Plastic Waste Launched Largest Southeast Asia's Plastic Initiative for Sustainable Plastic Waste Management

Date: 27 Aug 2019

BANGKOK – August 27, 2019Global companies from across the value chain, including chemical and plastic manufacturers, today held the first Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW) forum in Southeast Asia. The forum introduced the Alliance, a global non-profit organization aiming to end plastic waste in the environment, especially in the ocean, to Southeast Asia and Thailand. Jim Seward, Vice President, Sustainability, Technology and Joint Ventures, LyondellBasell, a representative of AEPW said, “The issue of plastic waste is seen and felt all over the world. I urge all companies, big and small and from all regions and sectors, to join us. We believe the time for action is now. Success will require collaboration and a coordinated effort across many sectors to create sustainable outcomes and impacts.” The Alliance represents 40 companies that are headquartered in North and South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Many of these companies have significant operations in Southeast Asia, including Thailand. The Alliance has committed almost $1.0 billion in funds, with the goal of investing $1.5 billion over the next five years to develop solutions that will minimize and manage plastic waste and promote post-use solutions. Alliance efforts will focus many of its efforts in Southeast Asia, where the need is greatest. Brendan Edgerton, Director of Circular Economy from World Business Council for Sustainable Development said, “Despite the many benefits plastics bring to people around the world, including improvements in living standards, health and safety, and sustainability, unmanaged plastic waste has become a global challenge. We are working to make the dream of a world without plastic waste a reality.” The Alliance is a not-for-profit organization that includes companies that make, use, sell, process, collect, and recycle plastics. This includes chemical and plastic manufacturers, consumer goods companies, retailers, converters, and waste management companies, also known as the plastics value chain. The Alliance has been working with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development as a founding strategic partner. The Alliance strategy is based on making progress in four key areas: infrastructure, innovation, education and engagement, and clean up. The Alliance today also highlighted an initial set of collaborative projects that reflect a range of solutions to help end plastic waste, such as: partnering with cities to design integrated management systems in large urban areas where infrastructure is lacking; promoting technologies, business models and entrepreneurs to prevent ocean plastic waste; developing an open-source data platform to provide valuable information about the sources, location and formats of plastic waste to help support waste management projects; building collaboration with intergovernmental organizations to identify the most effective solutions; and supporting investment and engagement to capture plastic waste before it reaches the ocean. “Sixty percent of plastic waste in the ocean can be sourced to five countries in Southeast Asia and we agree that this is a serious global challenge that calls for swift action and strong leadership,” said Cholanat Yanaranop, Executive Vice President, SCG and President, Chemicals Business, SCG “We have many successful cases and piloting initiatives, as well as, waste management projects and solutions based on the circular economy approach with the local collaborative projects, such as Smart Litter Trap 4.0,” he added. Antoine Grange, CEO, Recycling and Recovery of SUEZ Asia, “While our effort will be global, the Alliance can have the greatest impact by focusing on parts of the world where the challenge is greatest such as Southeast Asia region where more than half of the world’s plastic waste have been found, and by sharing solutions and best practices so that these efforts can be amplified and scaled-up around the world.” Thailand has been fully aware of this global challenge and is taking a proactive approach, such as the government’s Roadmap on Plastic Waste Management for 2018 – 2030. By the end of 2022 Thailand hopes to be free of plastic bags less than 36 microns thick, Styrofoam food boxes, plastic straws, and single-use plastic cups. The goal is to reduce Thailand’s plastic ocean waste at least 50% by 2027. Thailand Public Private Partnership for Plastic and Waste Management (Thailand PPP Plastic) is an unprecedented collaboration between 15 organizations from the government sector, private sector, and non-profit organizations that on June 5, 2018 signed an MOU to address Thailand plastic marine debris. “In 2010 Thailand ranked sixth for global marine plastic debris. With the collaboration of all parties, we can draw up a blueprint to address Thailand’s waste problems in a sustainable manner. And where possible, proliferate this blueprint to other parts of Southeast Asia” said Jonathan Penrice, Asia Pacific President of Dow. The following companies are founding members of the Alliance: BASF, Berry Global, Braskem, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC, Clariant, Covestro, Dow, DSM, ExxonMobil, Formosa Plastics Corporation USA, Henkel, LyondellBasell, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings, Mitsui Chemicals, NOVA Chemicals, OxyChem, PolyOne, Procter & Gamble, Reliance Industries, SABIC, Sasol, SUEZ, Shell, SCG Chemicals, Sumitomo Chemical, Total, Veolia, Versalis (Eni), EQUATE Petrochemical Company, Gemini Corporation, Grupo Phoenix, Mondi, Novolex, PepsiCo, Sealed Air Corporation, Sinopec, SKC co., ltd., Storopack, TOMRA, and Westlake Chemical Corporation. For more information, please visit www.endplasticwaste.org
SCG's Collaboration with DMCR on Solving the Marine Waste Issue in 13 Pilot Provinces and Launching the Autonomous "SCG Smart Litter Trap 4.0" Prototype

SCG's Collaboration with DMCR on Solving the Marine Waste Issue in 13 Pilot Provinces and Launching the Autonomous "SCG Smart Litter Trap 4.0" Prototype

Date: 22 Aug 2019

BANGKOK–August 22, 2019 Mr Cholanat Yanaranop, President of Chemicals Business, SCG delivered 20 SCG-DMCR Litter Traps to Dr Wijarn Simachaya, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, in order for the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) to install along with the DMCR’s floating litter traps at the river mouths and canals within 13 pilot provinces to reduce the amount of waste entering the seas and the installation is expected to collect 30 tons of wastes in 6 months. SCG also launched the "SCG Smart Litter Trap 4.0" Prototype with an autonomous system to collect wastes in the areas of still water or where the floating litter traps cannot reach. SCG-DMCR Litter Traps, developed in collaboration by Chemicals Business, SCG and the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) to be installed at the river mouths and canals, are designed with a 2-way entrance system using the efficient water flow and pressure principles to collect wastes and prevent the leak influenced by the tides. Chemicals Business, SCG and the DMCR have signed a memorandum of understanding for the "Development Project of Floating Litter Traps for Installing at the River Mouths and Canals” on the 24th of June, 2019, where SCG-DMCR Litter Traps have been installed in 5 areas around Rayong River mouths and canals in Samut Sakorn province leading to satisfactory results. Each of the initially installed SCG-DMCR Litter Traps is capable of collecting and containing 7.7 kilograms of river wastes per day and more SCG-DMCR Litter Traps are to be installed in 20 areas within 13 pilot provinces. Dr Wijarn Simachaya,Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, said that in order to solve the ocean waste issue we need to implement waste management systematically on land and in the sea as the marine wastes greatly destroy marine resources and, therefore, it has become a major crisis in Thailand that must be solved systematically and completely. The collaboration between all sectors are extremely important, for instance, the collaboration between the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, and SCG to co-develop SCG-DMCR Litter Traps and to be the Chair of ASEAN for 2019 in solving the ASEAN’s marine waste issue, a significant part towards minimising the marine waste issue regionally and globally. Mr Jatuporn Burutpat, Director-General of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR), said that wastes mostly enter the seas via rivers and canals as Thailand has over 500 rivers and canals connected to the seas, according to the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources’ research. The SCG-DMCR Litter Traps will be installed in 20 areas within 13 seaside provinces, including Rayong, Chachoengsao, Samut Songkhram, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phetchaburi, Surat Thani, Songkhla, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Pattani, Phang Nga, Phuket, Satun, and Ranong, and they are expected to reduce at least 30 tons of marine wastes in 6 months. Mr Cholanat Yanaranop, President of Chemicals Business, SCG, said that SCG is well aware of the marine waste issue and the collaboration between the DMCR and SCG is a vital beginning where the latest innovation has been brought in to solve the issue. The offered “SCG-DMCR Litter Traps” will be in the care of the DMCR and SCG will constantly follow up the results and research the management of sea-based wastes in order to create the added value, according to the circular economy concept, as well as to prevent them from re-entering the seas. In addition, SCG has utilised their robotics expertise to innovate and develop the "SCG Smart Litter Trap 4.0" Prototype to collect wastes in the still water or hard-to-reach areas by implementing the Machine Learning (ML) and Internet of Things (IoT) techniques to increase the efficiency of waste management and to facilitate the officers. The "SCG Smart Litter Trap 4.0" Prototype is also driven by solar power to save the energy and expected to be ready to use by the end of 2019.
SCG's Floating Litter Trap to Prevent Marine Debris Entering Oceans at Rayong Estuaries and Samut Sakhon Canals

SCG's Floating Litter Trap to Prevent Marine Debris Entering Oceans at Rayong Estuaries and Samut Sakhon Canals

Date: 30 Jul 2019

BANGKOK – July 30, 2019Mr. Cholanat Yanaranop, President of Chemicals Business, SCG, and Mr. Jatuporn Buruspat, DMCR Director-General signed a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) for joint efforts to “develop floating litter trap installed in the estuaries and canals to prevent waste from entering the sea, a solution to solve the marine waste problem The floating litter trap is the initial prototype that posses unique functions of bypass flap leveraging natural water flow and pressure that can efficiently capture floating trash. The litter trap’s maximum collection capacity is 700 kilograms, and its functionality can ensure that the trapped debris will not be carried away to downstream by tidal movement. In the testing phase, t5 floating litter traps will be installed in Rayong estuaries and some canals in Samut Sakhon province. The floating litter traps will be added in 20 more locations by July 2019 which are expected to catch over 30 tons of waste between July to December 2019. Moreover, SCG is preparing to design the new floating litter trap 4.0 that will incorporate automation and solar power system aimed at improving the efficiency and increasing officer’s convenience. SCG will continuously study on the further utilization of the collected wastes following the circular economy concept.
SCG partners up with France’s Institut Pasteur to combat dengue with innovations to reduce mosquito breeding

SCG partners up with France’s Institut Pasteur to combat dengue with innovations to reduce mosquito breeding

Date: 11 Jun 2019

BANGKOK – June 11, 2019Dr. Suracha Udomsak (right), Chief Technology Officer, on behalf of Chemicals Business, SCG, and Dr. Anavaj Sakuntabhai (left), Coordinator of the Defeat Dengue Program, Head of Structure, Functional Genetics of Infectious Diseases, representing Institut Pasteur, signed a collaborative research agreement for the development of anti-dengue innovations. The signing ceremony was held at the French Embassy of Thailand and presided over by Mr. Jacques Lapouge (middle), the French Ambassador to Thailand. This collaboration is part of Institut Pasteur’s Defeat Dengue Program, aims to prevent and eliminate dengue outbreaks, which are particularly frequent in tropical zones, such as Asia and Africa. Mr. Jacques Lapouge, the French Ambassador to Thailand, said, “Mosquitoes and dengue fever are a serious problem in many parts of the world. According to the World Health Organization, about 50 million people worldwide are infected annually, and the number has been increasing every year. This collaboration between Thailand and France to take on this challenge marks a promising start and will lead to a technological exchange between Institut Pasteur, one of the world’s leading research institute, and SCG, one of Thailand’s most established companies.” Dr. Anavaj Sakuntabhai, Coordinator of the Defeat Dengue Program, Head of Structure, Functional Genetics of Infectious Diseases, Institut Pasteur, stated “Dengue is a global health problem. For over 20 years, Institut Pasteur has been conducting research to stop dengue outbreaks and found that successful prevention requires a collaborative effort, especially from business sector, as it can take research findings to communities and society at large. This project is an example of a collaboration between a research institute and the business sector, and I hope that it will not only prove successful in Thailand but can also be scaled up globally.” Dr. Suracha Udomsak, Chief Technology Officer, Chemicals Business, SCG, remarked, “SCG strives to achieve sustainable development and believes that developing technologies in tandem with fostering open collaboration can lead to a better quality of life. It is an honor for us to have been trusted by Institut Pasteur to join the project, where we apply our expertise on functional materials as well as knowledge of materials science and design to develop the innovation to reduce mosquito breeding and the spread of dengue fever. This innovation can serve as an alternative preventive tool against the world’s health issue of dengue. The collaboration consists of the research and development of a mosquito trap and a functional material that helps improve the binding properties of compounds that inhibit mosquito breeding. When dissolved in water sources, the material can reduce the growth rate of mosquito larvae while posing no harm to other living creatures or the environment. Chemicals Business, SCG and Institut Pasteur have also been working in collaboration with the Department of Medical Sciences, the Ministry of Public Health, and Ikari Trading (Thailand) Company Limited to administer mosquito attractants and conduct both lab and field tests on the efficiency of the mosquito trap before a public launch.