LYB buys in on plastics recycling co., a podcast to stream, and more to know this week
Editor's note: It's a new week — start it strong with three quick things to catch up on in Houston's energy transition: looking back on top news from 2023, a podcast to stream, and more.
The year in review
All month long, EnergyCapital has been looking back at 2023 — specifically the second half of it, seeing as EC's launch was this summer — to see what articles were the most read by subscribers. Here are a few of these roundups:
- Top 5 nonprofit energy transition news stories in 2023
- Movers and shakers: Top executive moves in Houston energy transition of 2023
- From carbon studies to hydrogen solutions, here's what Houston energy research news trended in 2023
- Big deals: Most trending M&A, transaction news from Houston's energy transition in 2023
- Looking back: 5 most-read Houston solar energy stories of 2023
- Here are this year's most-read guest columns from Houston energy experts
Check back for more in our Year in Review series here.
LYB acquires German plastic waste sourcing and engineering company
Houston-based LyondellBasell, rebranded recently to LYB, announced earlier this month that it has acquired a minority share in Source One GmbH, Leiferde, Germany, a plastic waste sourcing and engineering company, that specializes specifically in solutions for hard-to-recycle post-consumer plastic waste. This investment gives LYB access to Source One's engineering and plastic waste sourcing services, according to a news release.
"We are committed to support the growing demand of our customers for circular solutions," says Yvonne van der Laan, LyondellBasell executive vice president of Circular and Low Carbon Solutions, in the news release. “With the investment in Source One we are taking another important step to secure access to plastic waste for our recycling activities and to strengthen our Circulen product portfolio of material made from recyclable or renewable resources.”
Moji Karimi, CEO and co-founder of Cemvita, joined the Houston Innovators Podcast last week before he had even recovered from jet lag to talk about his biggest takeaways from 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference or Conference of the Parties, more commonly known as COP28.
"It was a pretty amazing experience," Karimi says, comparing the event to how CERAWeek has evolved to really have a strong presence in its innovation-focused track called Agora. "This year you had a massive section for innovation and sustainability. I think that will become a theme in COP29 and beyond to bring entrepreneurs, investors, and more participating in the event."
Karimi's three big observations are outlined here, as is the full podcast with him sharing more about Cemvita's growth this year.