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30 October 2018

London, Wednesday, October 24. PLASTIC ENERGY Limited, a company with a unique process to recycle plastic waste on a global and commercial scale, has set up its Technology HQ in London with the aim of establishing a global business.


The company has pioneered the conversion of valueless plastic waste, with patented low carbon footprint technology, into alternative fuels or oil, known as TACOIL, for making new virgin – food safe – plastics, closing the plastic loop and creating a circular economy.

The process means that non-recyclable contaminated plastic can be transformed into a valuable resource which can be used over and over again, rather than polluting the oceans, being buried in landfill or burned.


PLASTIC ENERGY, which currently operates two industrial plants in Seville and Almeria in Spain, intends to open new recycling plants in the UK, Europe and Asia, as its business expands.

It is the only operator in the world to have successfully converted domestic end-of-life plastic continuously at a commercial level and its team of technology experts have more than 50 years’ combined experience developing the unique Thermal Anaerobic Technology (TAC) recycling process.

Its modular plants can be built anywhere, integrate into existing infrastructure and complement mechanical recycling, boosting local economies.

Said Carlos Monreal, PLASTIC ENERGY Founder and CEO: “We are excited about the prospect of expanding a business that is already well established in Spain but which offers a solution to the problem of plastic pollution anywhere in the world.


We are currently in discussion with potential partners who have global footprints and we are keen to build industrial plants in the UK as part of our organic growth to help solve the problem of plastic waste here.”


The company, based at Plexal’s Innovation Centre, Here East, is a strong advocate of the circular economy and uses the Syngas produced in its own industrial plants to power them. Its modular plants can produce approximately 850 litres of output for every tonne of end of life plastic.

Through the TAC process, plastics are heated in an oxygen-free environment the vapour is then distillated into TACOIL that can be either used as an oil to produce plastic or as an alternative fuel with a low carbon footprint.


Recognised as a world leader, PLASTIC ENERGY has been endorsed by naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough and was the supplier of the fuel that enabled pilot Jeremy Rowsell, as part of the ‘On Wings of Waste’ project, to fly 500 miles from Sydney to Melbourne using conventional fuel blended with 10 per cent fuel manufactured by the company.

PLASTIC ENERGY also features in the Plastic Oceans Foundation UK film ‘A Plastic Ocean’ – described by Attenborough as the most important film of our time, as example of a solution to the plastic pollution problem.


Innovation is core to its business and PLASTIC ENERGY, one of the supporters of WRAP’s UK Plastic PACT, aims to improve its technology, expand the category of plastics, improving engineering and benchmarking operations in Spain. The Spanish connection is reinforced through PLASTIC ENERGY’S membership of the UK based British Spanish Society.


Website: http://www.plasticenergy.com/

Twitter: @plasticenergy


Note to Editors

PLASTIC ENERGY is in the forefront of the use and development of new technologies to transform non-recyclable plastic waste into hydrocarbon products and back into plastic. It is leading the way in its field in the transition to a low-carbon circular economy. It is the only company worldwide that has sold millions of litres of oils using patented technology. The company uses chemical recycling to process non-recyclable End of Life Plastics (ELP) from domestic wastes.

The end of life plastic recycled by the company includes plastic bags or containers, freezer bags, milk bottles and buckets: such as bin bags and squeeze bottles; drinking straws, tubs food  trays, yoghurt containers and vending cups and sachets.


For further information contact:

Richard Peel Email: Richard.peel@plasticenergy.com Tel: +44 780 508 3595

CHURCHILL & SPAIN REMEMBERED by Our Social Affairs Correspondent

25 October 2018

Cambridge University’s Churchill College proved the perfect venue for a conference and the opening of a special exhibition on October 22nd dedicated to the memory of Sir Winston, the towering figure of the  20th century,  and the less known but important history of his relationship with Spain.


The event organized by Churchill College and the BritishSpanish Society, with the support of the Cervantes Institute in London and Hispania Restaurant, drew an impressive attendance from Sir Winston’s own family, the world of academia, culture, diplomacy and intelligence.

VIP guests included Sir Winston’s great grandson,  Randolph Churchill, the former head of MI6 Sir Richard Dearlove , the Chilean ambassador to the UK David Gallagher (an honorary BSS member)  , the TV producer Eddie Anderson (a  grandnephew of Sir Samuel Hoare Churchill’s wartime ambassador  to Spain) ,  the racing horse trainer Mike Bell (a grandson of Sir Stewart  Menzies, the British wartime spy chief) , Miguel Fragoso-Recio MBE  director of Lotus Engineering, Ignacio Peyro of the Cervantes Institute in London, Dr Emilio Sanchez Frances from the Universidad de Comillas, along with other senior academics, Professor  Marcial Echenique,  Dr Adrian Crisp, Dr Alan Harmer and Prof Pedro Linares, and supporters from various fields of activity of the BritishSpanish Society.


The event was opened by BSS Patron Randolph Churchill, a former officer of the Royal Navy and banker in a symbolic ringing of a bell famously named after his grandfather.


The so-called Colonial Williamsburg Churchill Bell was presented as an award to Sir Winston in 1955 by American admirers in recognition of his role in preserving and perpetuating  the values exemplified  by 18th-century Williamsburg-liberty, courage, devotion to the dignity of the  individual and responsible citizenship.


Guests were welcomed  by Allen Packwood, OBE, the Director of the Internationally  renowned Churchill Archives in Churchill College, before he invited the Cambridge historian and BSS member Dr Peter Martland to give a keynote lecture, entitled the Bullgod & The Bull focused on the critical role played by Spanish neutrality in Churchill’s wartime strategy,  an abridged version of which is  published in the November issue of the BSS magazine  La Revista.


The lecture was followed by a reception marking the opening of an exhibition, curated by author and journalist and BSS chairman Jimmy Burns chartering Churchill’s extraordinary and controversial  relationship with Spain in peace and wartime including  colonial times in Cuba , his relationship with his cousin the Duke of Alba,  the Spanish Civil War,  and wartime Gibraltar, through to his private visits as a VIP tourist to Seville, Mallorca, Barcelona, and Tenerife, in the 1950’s. The exhibition is open to the public and continues until November 2nd.