Don Bari

S&P Global

Vice President, Technology & Analytics

Don Bari is Vice President, Technology and Analytics Group (TAG), S&P Global. Throughout his over 40-year career he has directed numerous studies and programs consisting of technology, economics, commercial, financial issues associated with a variety of bio, petrochemical and refining industries, specializing in process chemical technology and economic analysis including concept-to-commercialization due diligence. Mr. Bari and his team have a strong focus on refining and petrochemical integration and decarbonization from a technical and financial analytics perspective. Mr. Bari has worked directly with clients in over 50 countries with an emphasis on the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Prior to joining S&P Global, he was Senior Vice President and Director at Nexant Chemsystems, where he was responsible for the Global Energy Resources and Chemicals Business Unit. Mr. Bari began his career as a Process Design Chemical Engineer at Kvaerner (formerly John Brown Constructors and Crawford & Russell). TAG provides global coverage to evaluate embryonic, developing, commercially operating chemical, refinery, decarbonization, renewables, bio, and energy-related process technologies. TAG provides a transparent and independent view of this technology against a business sustainability (commercial) framework using a "bottom-up" chemical engineering approach. He holds an MBA in finance and a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Connecticut.

Sessions With Don Bari

Wednesday, 9 March

  • 03:30pm - 04:10pm (CST) / 09/mar/2022 09:30 pm - 09/mar/2022 10:10 pm

    Innovation in Plastics Recycling: Chemical vs. mechanical

    Innovation & Technology

    For at least four decades, plastic recycling has been an ambitious solution for the global plastic waste problem. Mechanical plastic recycling has not been economically viable without subsidies and/or legislative mandates. More recently, polymer depolymerization, known as chemical recycling, is gaining momentum as a possible economic alternative to mechanical recycling. However, at its current scale of operation, chemical recycling, a complex and expensive technology, is not without its own challenges. How is innovation moving the needle toward achieving economically viable plastic recycling technology? Will the integration of plastic waste pyrolysis processing within refining and petrochemicals operations prove to be an economically feasible approach? In the foreseeable future, will plastics recycling require a widely implemented, holistic approach that cannot be realized by technological innovation alone?