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Thursday, April 1, 2021 

UK-based Clean Planet Energy has released details of two new fuels manufactured to replace fossil fuels, and said to be suitable for any ship or vessel.

The products branded under the banner of 'Clean Planet Oceans' are claimed to provide CO2 equivalent (CO2e) reductions of over 75%, and significantly reduce harmful air pollutants by up to 1,500 times. Both fuels are produced using non-recyclable waste plastics as the feedstock, therefore removing waste which would otherwise go to incineration, landfill or into oceans.

Clean Planet Oceans includes an HFO-equivalent ultra-clean Marine Residual Fuel meeting international ISO 8712 2017 standards, and a premium Marine Distillate Fuel which matches the highest EN15940 Diesel specification.

In addition to the 75% CO2e reduction, the fuels are said to offer a notable decrease in NOx and SOx emissions. Clean Planet’s fuels are said to reduce sulphur emissions by 1,500 times when compared to the latest IMO regulations.

Clean Planet Energy CTO Dr Andrew Odjo said: “Air-pollutants such as sulphur are measured by ppm (parts per million). Under the IMO 2020 [International Maritime Organisation] regulations implemented last year, a ship with a scrubber installed onboard is allowed to emit 35,000ppm of sulphur into the sea when burning fossil marine fuel oil, whilst a ship without a scrubber is allowed to emit 5,000ppm of sulphur into the air. In contrast, Clean Planet Energy’s Marine Residual Fuel has a sulphur content of just 35ppm, and Clean Planet Energy’s Marine Distillate has a sulphur content of just 3ppm. This means that ships using Clean Planet Ocean’s marine distillate fuel can reduce sulphur pollution by over 1500 times compared to ships using fossil fuel without a scrubber, and by more than 10,000 times compared to ships with a scrubber”.

The company will produce these ultra-clean circular fuels inside their ecoPlants, which accept and convert non-recyclable waste-plastics, that would otherwise be heading to incineration, landfill, or worse - into the oceans, meaning that the Clean Planet process not only reduces CO2e emissions and air pollutants, but tackles the plastic crisis too.

“There is currently no legitimate and scaled alternative compared to using carbon-based fuels in the Marine and Aviation sector. Whereas cars are moving to electric, the lifespan of large vessels means we’ll be stuck using fossil fuel engines for many years to come. By using non-recyclable waste plastics as a feedstock for fuels in these industries, we can reduce the daily CO2e emissions by 75 percent, keep fossil-oil in the ground, and win valuable time in the world’s battle to hit net-zero carbon emissions”, said Odjo.

Currently Clean Planet has two ecoPlants in construction phase, with another four in development and have a mission to build ecoPlants to process over 1m t/y of waste plastics. A standard Clean Planet ecoPlant is said to process 20,000t/y of waste plastics.

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