Flowserve Supports China in its Push for More Sustainable Plastics
China recently banned several non-degradable single-use plastics, which has opened the pipeline for more sustainable plastic alternatives. One of those products is polybutylene succinate (PBS), a biodegradable plastic that naturally decomposes into water and carbon dioxide. PBS and other biodegradable plastics are expected to become preferred alternative materials due to their similarity to plastic and their environmental benefits.
Sustainability and energy transition benefits
Biodegradable plastics not only reduce waste, but they can also reduce the level of greenhouse gas emissions. They consume less energy and reduce carbon emissions, ultimately helping lead to decarbonization, a key energy transition pathway. While biodegradable plastics release a small amount of carbon dioxide during the composting process, the reduction in carbon emissions during the manufacturing process is far greater.
China has invested heavily in the production of plastic alternatives, and Flowserve is there to help. Flowserve supplies Yingkou Kanghui Petrochemical Co., Ltd. with SIHI H1000 Dry Vacuum pumps to support PBS production. PBS and other biodegradable plastics are expected to become preferred alternative materials due to their similarity to plastics and their environmental benefits. Kanghui’s production capacity of PBS is expected to rank among the top three in China and help alleviate the supply and demand gap of PBS-type biodegradable plastics.
Driving energy transition
Flowserve is committed to supporting energy transition, the process of shifting from fossil-based energy forms to renewable forms. Through projects like Kanghui’s PBS production initiative, Flowserve continues to do its part to foster a cleaner and more sustainable world.
Setting Energy Transition in Motion
At Flowserve, we’re committed to helping our customers lower their carbon emissions, increase energy efficiency, and leverage renewable forms of energy through our innovative flow control solutions, as well as improving the sustainability of our own operations. We understand that these combined efforts have the power to improve our environment and create a better world for generations to come.