60%

Less Global Warming Potential

Loop’s plastic resin will have 60% less global warming potential compared to virgin products

80%

Less Water

Loop’s PET will also require 80% less water than virgin PET

150000

Metric Tonnes of CO2

The amount of emissions that Loop’s facilities will be able to avoid annually

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The Path to Drawdown: Industrial Recycling

According to Project Drawdown, recycling is the recovery of recyclable post-consumer waste (like metals, plastic, glass, etc.) from the industrial and residential sectors of the economy. Recycling replaces the dumping of recyclable materials in landfills and reduces the need to use new material for production.

Waste from manufacturing, construction, restaurants, office buildings, schools and mines comprises about half of all waste. All that is grouped together as “industrial and commercial waste.” Much of it, though not all, can be recycled, and a variety of approaches can enhance recycling rates.

Some of these approaches are to create marketplaces for secondary materials to facilitate the exchange of recyclable and reusable goods, to innovate conversion technologies to make more materials recyclable, and to adopt circular business models to recapture “waste” as a valuable resource.

Recycling industrial and commercial material can reduce GHG emissions because producing new products from recovered materials often saves energy. As one example, forging recycled aluminum products uses 95% less energy than creating them from virgin materials.

Project Drawdown estimates that, by 2050, a serious commitment to recycling can help avoid 6.02 gigatons of GHG emissions. To get there, recycling practices need to be adopted much more widely that they are now:

  • <::marker> In 2014, 27% of recyclable waste was recycled
  • <::marker> By 2050, 68% of recyclable materials should be recycled
  • <::marker> That’s 2.6% CAGR between 2014 and 2050

If we can achieve this 68% recycling scenario, we can avoid up to 6.02 gigatons of GHG emissions.

What We Want to See Improve

Achieve Profitability

Loop has incurred net losses (p. 13) and has never generated revenue since its founding in 2010. They have so far relied on sales of common stock and debt to finance their R&D and operations. We are eager for Loop and their partners to finish building their facilities, begin expanding their sales and achieve profitability as soon as possible.

Resolve Legal Proceedings

In 2020 and 2021, Loop has been the defendant in several lawsuits (p. 22-23). In most of these lawsuits, the plaintiffs alleged that Loop has made false claims or withheld material adverse facts about their business, operations, and prospects. Fortunately, an independent audit in December 2020 absolved Loop of some of these accusations. While lawsuits can be largely outside of Loop's control, we encourage Loop to maintain their transparency to investors to avoid any miscommunication, and to resolve any future legal disputes swiftly.

Track Sustainability Metrics

Aside from several headline statistics about the sustainability of Loop’s planned facility and proprietary technology, Loop doesn’t report the sustainability metrics of their R&D and manufacturing operations. Once they have sufficient financial and personnel resources, we urge Loop to report key sustainability metrics like direct and indirect GHG emissions and energy usage, which can be used as springboard for future emissions reductions commitments.

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