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EIB to Finance Carbios’ Enzymatic Plastic Recycling Technology


Carbios and the European Investment Bank (EIB) announced the signing of a €30 million loan agreement supported by the European Commission InnovFin Energy Demonstration Program.
Supporting High Potential Innovative Projects
The aim of this type of financing is to support high potential innovative projects developed by companies aiming to achieve transformative changes aligned with the EU Climate goals and contribute to the EU industry’s leadership in the development of sustainable technologies. Carbios fully meets these criteria with its world’s first enzyme-based processes, which have the potential to contribute to the plastic’s industry sustainability.
In this context, and after a thorough analysis of Carbios’ business model and the due diligence led by the EIB over the past year, this loan has been granted to support the strategic industrial and commercial development of Carbios technology of PET enzymatic recycling aiming at transforming post-consumer PET plastic and polyester fibers to their original building blocks (monomers) through a biological enzymatic depolymerization process.
Tackling Plastics Pollution
The EIB loan contract reflects Carbios potential to address the growing concern of plastics pollution through the development of its enzymatic recycling process, a disruptive technology that could accelerate the transition to a plastics circular economy. Unlike conventional recycling processes, Carbios technology converts PET plastic (the dominant polymer in bottles, trays and textiles made of polyester) into its core monomers, which can then be used for feedstock as new 100% recycled PET suitable for all original applications. At industrial scale, Carbios proprietary technology would allow PET plastic producers to replace petrochemicals with monomers from PET plastic waste, resulting in 100% recycled PET content in new products.
This €30 million loan, disbursed in one single tranche by the EIB, carries a fixed semi-annual interest of 5%, with a maturity of 8 years. This agreement is supplemented by a warrants’ issuance agreement where Carbios will issue 2.5% of the fully diluted share capital in warrants to the benefit of the EIB, of which 1.25% with an exercise price of EUR 40 per share, and 1.25% with an exercise price of EUR 38.8861 per share, corresponding to the volume-weighted average of the trading price of an ordinary Share of the Company over the last three Trading Days preceding the date which is five (5) days prior to the Signing Date.
The creation and issuance of these EIB warrants, and therefore the disbursement of the €30 million loan, are subject to the vote by an extraordinary shareholders’ meeting of Carbios to be held in the first quarter of 2022 of a delegation of authority to the board of directors and to a decision of the board of directors of the Company using such delegation of authority.
Statements from Company Heads
We are very pleased with this agreement signed with the European Investment Bank and I would like to thank all the stakeholders who contributed to its realization. The EIB facility is highly valuable to the Company as we are moving forward to the industrialization and licensing of our recycling technology, C-ZYME™. Our industrial demonstration plant entered operations in September 2021 and this financing will contribute to confirm the process’s scale-up and the gradual transformation of Carbios into a leading industrial and commercial player helping both brands and plastics producers to shift from a plastic waste problem to a carbon footprint reducing solution,” comments Emmanuel Ladent, CEO of Carbios.
Mariya Gabriel, European commissioner for innovation, research, culture, education and youth, said: “Around 26 million tons of plastics waste are generated in Europe each year, of which only a fraction is currently recycled. By supporting this project, we intend to contribute to plastics’ industry circularity, as well as sustainability. Once again, research and innovation are proving essential to advance on our quest for an economy that respects the planet.”
Ambroise Fayolle, EIB Vice-President, added: “With a shared vision, the EIB and Carbios today join forces by combining economic efficiency with environmental performance to deliver transformative changes in the Plastics Circular Economy. We have the duty to promote new sustainable solutions and take ambitious actions to preserve our ecosystems and fight climate change. We are convinced that Carbios’ project is best positioned to move the entire plastic value chain in the right direction and materially allow for increased and more efficient plastic recycling.”
Source: Carbios




Publication date: 21/12/2021

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