Thailand’s Indorama takes $100m ADB loan to reduce ocean plastic waste
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Indorama Ventures (IVL) Plc have signed a $100-million (Bt3.04 billion) financing package to reduce the environmental impact of plastic by boosting the capacity of IVL’s plastic recycling plants in Thailand, India, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
The plants will recycle polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastics widely used in bottles. The finance package comprises $50 million from ADB and $50 million from the ADB-administered Leading Asia’s Private Infrastructure Fund (LEAP). A $150 million loan will be provided by the International Finance Corporation, and $50 million from Germany’s DEG.
“The recycling of plastics like PET is a must for healthier oceans, and this initiative will help to achieve that objective by partnering with IVL, which is the global leader of PET production and recycling,” said vice-president for Private Sector Operations and Public–Private Partnerships Ashok Lavasa. “There is a rising global demand for recycled plastic packaging. ADB’s support will help IVL to meet this demand by collecting and treating plastic waste that would otherwise have been released into the oceans.”
Said chief Sustainability Officer at Indorama Ventures Yashovardhan Lohia: “By using post-consumer PET bottles as a feedstock for new bottles, we give value to waste. This drives improvements in waste collection systems, meaning less waste and cleaner oceans.”
It is estimated that Asia accounts for more than 80 per cent of all plastics released into the ocean. Globally around half of PET is recycled. In a circular economy, products and materials are redesigned, recovered, and recycled to divert plastic waste from landfills and oceans. The plants to be built under the project are expected to be fully operational by 2022, and will ensure that nearly 5 billion additional bottles are diverted from waste annually.
IVL is a Thailand-listed, global business committed to develop technologies and processes that use post-consumer PET and polyester waste materials as feedstock for the future. As the largest producer of 100 per cent recyclable PET in the world, IVL supports all aspects of the circular economy to reduce the amount of waste entering the environment. IVL is listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and operates 125 manufacturing facilities in 33 countries across five continents.