The Threading-CO2 project addresses the call topic HORIZON-CL4-2022-TWIN-TRANSITION-01-11: Valorisation of CO/CO2 streams into added-value products of market interest (Processes4Planet Partnership), and has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 101092257.
The overall objective is to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the textile industry by demonstrating and bringing to the market high-quality polyester textile products from the valorization of CO2 waste streams through a circular manufacturing approach.
Start date: 1 January 2023
Duration: 48 months
Coordinator: FAIRBRICS SAS
The textile industry is the fourth largest industry in the world with the global volume of fiber production for textile manufacturing reaching 110 million metric tons in 2020. At the same time, the textile industry is one of the most polluting industries worldwide with the highest greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions corresponding to 10% of the global emissions. Polyester (PET) is the most widely used fibre in the industry, making up 52% of the global market volume. No technology available today is capable of addressing the textile industry’s sustainability and virgin PET produced from primary petrochemical sources remains predominant with a fossil fuel consumption of 98 Mt annually which is expected to reach 300 Mt by 2050. Addressing the key challenges of carbon neutrality, circularity, cost, value chain adaption, and textile properties is the ambition of Threading-CO2, a disruptive project that will demonstrate on an industrial scale a first-of-its-kind technology that converts CO2 waste streams into sustainable PET textiles.
Threading-CO2 aims to scale-up and demonstrate its first-of-its-kind technology producing high-quality commercially viable sustainable PET textile products from CO2 waste streams at industrial scale (TRL7) using a circular manufacturing approach and running on renewable energy sources. The overall outcome of the Threading-CO2 project is a 70% GHG emissions reduction compared to existing PET manufacturing processes. In addition, Threading-CO2 will enable the creation of a European value chain for sustainable PET textiles, from feedstock to final textile products in the clothing, automotive and sports/outdoor industries.
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Threading-CO2 will significantly impact the industry by implementing its carbon reuse technology and reducing at least 7 million tons of CO2 by 2030. By using CO2 emissions instead of fossil resources to manufacture polyester, Threading-CO2 addresses one of the greatest global challenges, the climate change caused by excessive GHG emissions into the atmosphere. It is estimated that polyester production for textiles released about 706 million tons of greenhouse gases in 2015, the equivalent of annual emissions from 185 coal-fired power plants. Additionally, Threading-CO2 helps to avoid other detrimental issues that the use of fossil fuels brings, including oil spills, methane emissions, and wildlife disruption and biodiversity loss. The quantitative and qualitative impacts of Threading-CO2 polyester have several broader societal positive effects associated with climate change mitigation. It has the potential to contribute to reducing the countless negative impacts that the climate change has on everyday lives, including health (rising temperatures, vector-borne diseases, air quality), water security, biodiversity, economy (extreme weather events), etc.
The project will:
Threading-CO2 is an ambitious project which goes beyond the state of the art in numerous ways, with regards to both the valorisation of CO2 streams into higher added value projects and in the demonstration of a first-of-its-kind sustainable and commercially feasible polyester for a carbon neutral textile industry:
The THREADING-CO2 is composed by 13 partners from 7 EU countries.
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THREADING-CO2 press release #1
THREADING-CO2 newsletter issue #1 | July 2023
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