background image

EU calls for global ban on certain plastic products to combat pollution

author image

By illuminem briefings

· 2 min read

illuminem summarizes for you the essential news of the day. Read the full piece on the European Commission or enjoy below:

🗞️ Driving the news: The EU is advocating for a global ban on certain plastic products to address the source of plastic pollution. They propose a comprehensive lifecycle approach for plastics, encompassing product design to waste management 
• This initiative was highlighted during the fourth round of negotiations for a new UN Treaty on global plastic pollution in Ottawa

🔭 The context: The discussions aim to formulate a legally binding treaty to halt plastic pollution 
• Essential to this treaty are obligations to eliminate and restrict problematic plastics and ban intentionally added microplastic 
• Over 4,000 stakeholders, including government representatives and NGOs, are participating in the negotiations

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Plastic pollution significantly harms marine environments and other ecosystems, leading to biodiversity loss and contributing to climate change 
• A global treaty could drastically reduce plastic leakage into the environment, addressing both environmental and human health concerns

⏭️ What's next: Negotiations will continue until the end of April 2024, with the treaty expected to be finalized in late 2024 
• The EU, part of the High Ambition Coalition, seeks to establish high standards within the treaty to end plastic pollution by 2040

💬 One quote: "Plastics are important in our economy and daily lives, but the serious negative effects on the environment and human health caused by plastic pollution must come to an end,” (Maroš Šefčovič, Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal)

📈 One stat: According to UNEP, global plastic production totals approximately 400 million tonnes per year, with only about 9% recycled

Click for more news covering the latest on pollution

Did you enjoy this illuminem voice? Support us by sharing this article!
author photo

About the author

illuminem's editorial team - providing you with concise summaries of the most important sustainability news of the day.

Follow us on Linkedin, Twitter​ & Instagram

Other illuminem Voices

Related Posts

You cannot miss it!

Weekly. Free. Your Top 10 Sustainability & Energy Posts.

You can unsubscribe at any time (read our privacy policy)