Europe, Planet, Natural Capital & The Environment

Timor-Leste aims to be first ‘plastics-neutral’ country

Responsible Business | May 30, 2019


The government of Timor-Leste has signed a partnership with an Australian company, Mura Technology, to build a US$40 million chemical recycling plant that will enable the country to process all of its plastic waste and turn it into saleable industrial chemicals. The government hopes that the initiative will help to develop new economies in waste collection and chemicals, while also reducing the environmental damage caused by plastic waste.

“This is an exciting collaboration for us. Not only will it make a big difference in plastic waste reduction and reduce harm to our cherished marine life, but Timor-Leste can be an example to the rest of the world about what this technology can achieve and the benefits it will have for the planet,” said Demetrio do Amaral de Carvalho, Timor-Leste’s secretary of state for the environment.

The plant’s Catalytic Hydrothermal Reactor technology was developed at the University of Sydney, and is being commercialised by an Australian company, Licella Holdings.

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