Honeywell UOP Ecofining™ Process for Renewable Naphtha Slashes CO2 Footprint
HoneywellUOP Ecofining technology can produce a high yield of naphtha from sustainable feedstocks like used cooking oil and animal fats for petrochemical production. This process can reduce the CO2 footprint for plastics production by half or more.
Traditionally derived from crude oil and natural gas condensates, naphtha is a valuable petrochemical feedstock used in the production of plastics, specifically olefins that are building blocks for other chemicals and aromatics used to produce polyester and other packaging materials. However, renewable naphtha from sustainable feeds such as used cooking oil has a 50%-80% lower greenhouse gas footprint compared to petroleum feeds, depending on the feedstock.
Prior to the introduction of renewable naphtha solution, the UOP Ecofining technology has been used to produce predominantly Honeywell Green Diesel and Honeywell Green Jet fuel, with small amounts of bio-naphtha being produced as a secondary product. This new application for the same Ecofining technology demonstrates the adaptability and versatility of Honeywell’s solutions in response to changes in market demand.