TNO is an independent research organization. We connect people and knowledge to create innovations that boost the sustainable competitive strength of industry and well-being of society. For this purpose, TNO is established by law as legal public entity. The TNO-law gives us a number of special tasks and frameworks and linking it to specific conditions under which we have to perform our work, so that we can continue to create independent and reliable solutions to the challenges that society presents us.
TNO has a strong position on Impact Assessment, amongst many other for the plastics value chain: our methods enable quantified decisions in respect to System Approach which is key regarding the complexity in Plastics Circularity (Plastics to Plastics, Plastics to Monomers/Polymers, Plastics to Chemicals, Plastics to Syngas, Plastics to CO2 and (electro)chemical CO2 functionalization). TNO is developing Innovative Solvolysis and Pyrolysis/Indirect Gasification technologies. Parameters that are derived from the various experiments carried out in TNO laboratories and pilot plants will be of value in our Impact Assessment Models. Furthermore we focus on Circular Product (Plastic) design, i.e. design for recycling, design for demolition, design for life extension. Also in this respect, TNO’s impact assessment tool will give direction.