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Achieving net zero with renewable and recycled carbon DME from non recyclable waste

Over 200 million tonnes of LPG are used for energy purposes each year, mainly in rural and remote areas. In a bid to tackle the decarbonisation of this critical energy, Dimeta a global joint venture committed to accelerating the production and use of renewable and recycled carbon Dimethyl Ether (DME), has teamed up with Kew Technology, a sustainable energy solutions company, to create a first of a kind waste to DME plant, through the Circular Fuels Ltd partnership. 

Renewable and recycled carbon DME is a sustainable liquid gas produced through feedstocks such as non recyclable wastes and is chemically similar to LPG. When blended with LPG, low carbon DME can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 85%, improve air quality and decarbonise the off grid sector. It can also achieve over 100% emissions savings when carbon capture is used. 

Dimeta is collaborating with Kew Technology to build the first waste to DME production plant through its joint venture, Circular Fuels Ltd. The plant will produce over 50,000 tonnes of DME from non recyclable waste – the equivalent of 25% of LPG domestic heating in the UK. The total project investment of more than £150 million will create jobs in the local area, with 250 roles available during construction and more than 50 skilled permanent positions when production is underway, as well as supporting dozens more indirect jobs in the feedstock and fuels supply chain. 

The two companies also participated in COP28, where they drove constructive discourses about the critical role of renewable liquid gases in the energy transition and showcased their commitment to sustainable development and innovative solutions for mitigating climate change. 

Frankie Ugboma, chief executive at Dimeta, commented: ‘There is an urgent need to mitigate the climate crisis and provide cost effective energy to the hardest to abate sectors, such as off grid homes and businesses that need it most. By harnessing the potential of renewable and recycled carbon DME we can decarbonise the LPG sector and reduce carbon emissions ensuring a fair energy transition for all.’

Hans Mansson, chief technology officer at Kew Technology, added: ‘Sustainable waste management and energy provision are paramount challenges in the global fight against climate change. We are leading the way in scaling up waste to energy solutions, addressing both of these critical issues simultaneously as one of the few technology pathways able to deliver negative carbon.

‘Our solution is a vital enabler for communities to manage their waste responsibly, and renewable and recycled carbon DME is proving to be a real game changer as it provides a sustainable and seamless replacement for existing LPG infrastructure in off grid homes. 

‘By deploying our technology in local communities we are helping to reduce emissions from waste collection and disposal and redirecting local waste away from harmful practices like burning or landfill and instead creating a local based, low carbon alternative to fossil fuels targeting hard to abate off grid, industrial, cooking fuels and transport sectors.’


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