Finnish renewable fuels producer Neste has partnered with Japanese brewer and distiller Suntory, leading Asian energy company ENEOS and Japanese energy group Mitsubishi Corporation to produce polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles from renewable Neste RE on a commercial scale.
Made from waste and residues, such as used cooking oil (UCO), Neste RE is used as an alternative to fossil feedstocks in polymer production.
As part of the collaboration, Suntory would use the renewable PET resin to produce bottles for its products from next year, Neste said on 21 August.
A new partner for Neste in Japan, ENEOS would use bio-intermediates based on Neste RE to produce bio-paraxylene (bio-PX) at its Mizushima refinery in Okayama, Japan.
The bio-PX would then be converted to purified terephthalic acid (PTA) and subsequently to PET resin for Suntory to use to manufacture their PET bottles, Neste said.
Mitsubishi Corporation would co-ordinate the collaboration between the partners.