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NextChem’s Green Circular District model

Decarbonisation by recycling: thanks to the Green Circular District model at the core of the energy transition, this is now possible

With our Green Circular District model, recycled polymers, chemicals, hydrogen and low-carbon fuels can be produced by recycling plastics and recovering non-recyclable waste.

The model was developed by NextChem, a subsidiary of the Maire Tecnimont Group, which operates in the field of green chemistry and technologies to support the energy transition.

NextChem’s roadmap is based on three clusters activities: Greening the Brown – emissions reducing technologies for existing conventional plants; Circular Economy – technologies for recycling plastic waste and other waste materials; Green-Green – technologies for the production of intermediate products, biofuels and bioplastics.

NextChem’s portfolio includes proprietary technologies, exclusively licensed technologies, technology integration platforms and EPC services.

The tree is nature’s perfect machine –  it’s the best technology on the planet for recovering carbon dioxide.
The tree is nature’s perfect machine –  it’s the best technology on the planet for recovering carbon dioxide.
Today, the world is discussing how to use technology to incorporate the natural function of trees into the maintenance of balanced carbon levels to support climate stability. The path to achieve this has been carved out, and it’s called the energy transition. But what does this mean exactly?
A model for a sustainable future that we can create today

A model for a sustainable future that we can create today

An innovative and environmentally, socially and economically sustainable energy transition solution.

Green conversion of traditional plants

Create jobs and new business

The Green Circular District benefits the environment, the economy and society

#1DecarbonizationMakes it possible to produce low-carbon chemicals and fuels that lead to a reduction of CO2 emissions.
#2RecyclingIncreases the recycling rate by reducing incineration and landfill use.
#3EmploymentMakes it possible to convert conventional industrial sites through green chemistry and create new jobs.
#4Local EconomiesThis model makes it possible to reduce imports and dependence on foreign countries for strategic chemicals for the economy and to promote supply chains and new industries.

Read the most frequently asked questions and their answers

Is CO2 one of the products of chemical waste conversion?

Yes, there is a small amount of CO2 produced by the Green Circular District. But we are striving for carbon neutrality by monitoring parameters and incorporating green hydrogen into the process, so we are aiming for our carbon impact to be completely offset.

How many jobs can each Green Circular District create?

In order to plan a Green Circular District, around 100-200 new direct and indirect jobs are created, plus 400-500 jobs dedicated to plant building during construction.

What types of waste can be treated in the Green Circular District?

Mostly plastic waste and RDF (Refused Derived Fuels), but with our technology we can process any kind of dry waste, except of course hazardous or medical waste. We don’t have to pretreat our waste, so we have great flexibility.

What is the total investment required to build a Green Circular District?

The investment value can be estimated at around €300–400 million.

Stay up to date with Green Circular District news

What can we do with the plastic waste that we don’t recycle?
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What can we do with the plastic waste that we don’t recycle?

13 July 2021
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Climate-friendly recipes

13 July 2021
Il mondo delle imprese deve affrontare la crisi del coronavirus, continuando la transizione energetica verso le rinnovabili. Quale dovrebbe essere l’azione delle imprese per la transizione energetica nel contesto del Coronavirus? Ne abbiamo parlato con Pierroberto Folgiero, amministratore delegato di Maire Tecnimont Group e di Nextchem. Quali effetti avrà la pandemia nel mondo delle imprese
The virtuous decarbonisation of the Green Circular District
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The virtuous decarbonisation of the Green Circular District

13 July 2021
NextChem (Gruppo Maire Tecnimont) presenta un modello avanzato per affrontare in modo ambientalmente ed economicamente sostenibile tre delle più grandi sfide del futuro. di Sergio Luciano Pianeta Terra, anno 2025. L’auto è ferma davanti al distributore di idrogeno e sta facendo rifornimento. Una brezza leggera si alza, portando un profumo di fiori che l’idrogeno, completamente
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A new step for the Circular District: the NextChem–LanzaTech agreement on circular ethanol

13 July 2021
The Green Circular District model expanded in July 2020, when NextChem and LanzaTech signed an agreement to produce circular ethanol through the chemical conversion of hydrogen and carbon in Plasmix and RDF. With LanzaTech’s syngas fermentation technology, ethanol is produced by bacteria, transforming the Circular Gas™ at a low temperature and low pressure, improving the
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NextChem launches the MyReplastTM brand for upcycling technology and premium-quality products

13 July 2021
Together with its subsidiary MyReplast Industries, NextChem has launched the MyReplastTM brand, showcasing its proprietary Upcycling technology and product portfolio, which includes granulates and flakes made from recycled polymers. MyReplastTM Upcycling is NextChem’s innovative technology that combines mechanical recycling with chemical processing. This technology is in use in a plant run by MyReplast Industries, a