24 March 2020

European Plastics Pact accelerates transition towards European circular plastics economy

15 European governments and 66 companies have signed the European Plastics Pact. The pact, initiated by the French Ministry of the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management and the Danish Ministry of Environment and Food, commits its participants to a set of ambitious targets for 2025. The ultimate aim of this public-private coalition is to achieve a circular European plastics economy that avoids plastic waste and brings all the actors in the value chain together.

More specifically, the Pact is based on four core objectives. Firstly, by 2025 all plastic packaging and single-use plastic products placed on the market should be designed to be always recyclable and reusable whenever possible. Secondly, virgin plastic packaging should be reduced by 20% by 2025, with half of that reduction coming from an absolute reduction in plastics. Furthermore, the pact aims to increase collection, sorting and recycling capacity by at least 25% to reach a level that corresponds with the market demand for recycled plastics. Lastly, the use of recycled plastics should be boosted as much as possible, with an average of at least 30% recycled plastic across single-use plastic products and packaging.

Stientje van Veldhoven, the Dutch minister for Environment and Housing, notes these ambitious targets are highly necessary: “It’s time to change the game. If we want to tackle climate change, we need to look beyond energy to materials. We have to start treating plastic as the valuable raw material it is and keep it out of our oceans. We strive to reuse all plastic in the future.”

The members of the European Plastic Pact will try to achieve these goals by collaborating on a European scale across the value chain, harmonising guidelines, standards and national frameworks, and sharing best practices and lessons learned. While participation in the pact is voluntary, signing up for it comes with obligations. All signatories monitor progress and report on it each year. Moreover, a Secretariat will keep track of the results.

Read more about the European Plastic Pact here

24 March 2020

Plastic innovations explained in new video

The industrial research partners of the EU funded project CIRC-PACK have spent the past three years creating, testing and demonstrating three new solutions for plastics in the circular economy. 

Combined, these solutions prove the feasibility of a future in which innovation in plastics supports the realisation of the circular economy. The CIRC-PACK solutions cover the entire plastics value chain. Demo Case A focuses on the resources we use to make plastic, Demo Case B proves how we can produce eco-friendly packing and Demo Case C makes it possible to improve sorting and recycling. 

Watch the video:

Learn more about each solution: 

Demo Case A: Plastics from renewable resources

Demo Case B: Eco-friendly packaging designs

Demo Case C: Enhanced sorting and recycling

23 March 2020

CIRC-PACK shared key lessons at final (online) event

At a final event, scheduled as a webinar due to the ongoing Corona-situation, CIRC-PACK partners and around 100 interested participants, met to learn about the key benefits from the solutions developed in CIRC-PACK.

The event featured presentations from Paulo Lemos, Policy Officer, European Commission - DG Environment, on the European strategy for plastics in a circular economy and CIRC-PACK partners presenting their work and how it contributes to a circular economy in the plastic sector.

Due to some technical issues - an external server overload - only four out of six presentations were completed during the event. The final presentations, on CIRC-PARCK’s environmental impact and on the consumer acceptance, were recorded later.

You can find the entire webinar here here or a link to the individual presentations below :

The European strategy for plastics in a circular economy
Paulo Lemos, Policy Officer, European Commission - DG Environment - Sustainable Production, Products & Consumption

Plastics from renewable resources
Alessandro Delicio, NOVAMONT

11 March 2020

CIRC-PACK final event changed to webinar on solutions and Green Deal

As a consequence of the ongoing Coronavirus situation in Europe, CIRC-PACK’s final event, a 'Breakfast at Sutainability’s‘ scheduled to take place in Brussels on March 17, has been changed to a webinar on the same date.

The webinar will focus on the same two central themes as originally planned for the final event: plastics in the circular economy and the CIRC-PACK solutions. It will take place from 10-11.15 on March 17.

The CIRC-PACK project has run for three years and developed new innovations and scalable solutions for the plastics challenge. The three different solutions cover:

  • Plastics from renewable sources
  • Eco-friendly packaging design
  • Enhanced sorting and recycling

In the webinar, CIRC-PACK will introduce the solutions and their main results, as well as their social acceptance tested by consumers. CIRCE, the organisation coordinating this project, willgive an environmental assessment tying into the European Green Deal.  Mr. Paulo Lemos, Policy Officer atthe European Commission, will put forward the ambitions of the European strategy for plastics in a circular economy and how it fits into the European Green Deal.

You can register for the webinar here.