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Issue - April 2018 www.polytalk.eu | Zero Plastics To The Ocean With only eight days to go, PolyTalk 2018 once again promises a unique meeting place for the plastics industry and its stakeholders, to debate – act – change on Marine Litter Solutions. PlasticsEurope has secured many interesting speakers from all over the world, representing industry, the scientific and university communities, NGO and policy makers, to deepen the discussions and knowledge for action-based solutions. Don’t want to miss the opportunity to join us? Registrations are still open, up until 23rd April 2018.
Full programme and details on: www.polytalk.eu Contact: Wolfgang Lange PlasticsEurope on the air at German Public TV channel Last March at prime time, Dr Rüdiger Baunemann, PlasticsEurope Deutschland participated in the very popular TV talk show “hart aber fair”, broadcasted on the German ARD TV channel.
This debate was a challenging experience due to the high audience of the programme (more than 3 million viewers), the topic (marine litter) and the well-trained and experienced debate opponents. Arguments flew back and forth in this 75-minutes-discussion while Dr Baunemann was expectedly in the crossfire of the critics.
Photo: Dr Rüdiger Baunemann at prime time in German TV, discussing on marine litter and plastics pollution. The head of the German Green party, Robert Habeck, as well as two environmentalists, one of them being Heike Vesper from World Wildlife Fund (WWF), were opposing the position of the plastics industry during the debate. Short film clips introduced into the topic and supported the fierce debate from time to time by delivering examples of bad plastics waste management from all around the globe. During the discussion on marine pollution, the main focus of the attacks against plastics was as usual the packaging sector, while some of the proposals raised were taxes on plastics, a stronger responsibility of the manufacturer and distributers of plastics and better information for consumers.
Surprisingly, it was not only Dr Rüdiger Baunemann who a couple of times mentioned that modern packaging meets important requirements by protecting food from spoiling and from being wasted as well as extending its shelf life, but also the marine biologist Heike Vesper (WWF). In the aftermath of the show, lots of online articles by major German media houses were published, recognising that the plastics industry had the courage to join the debate and that Dr Baunemann openly replied to the points made by the environmentalists. For PlasticsEurope, the talk was a unique opportunity to inform about our position and messages in front of a broad public, and it was a good proof that our association is at the forefront of the stakeholder dialogue – especially, as Plastics Europe Deutschland is already cooperating on marine litter projects with most of the talk guests for some time now.
Contact: Michael Herrmann PlasticsEurope Nederland presents a Sustainability Plan for plastics packaging PlasticsEurope Nederland, together with NRK, the Dutch Converters’ Association developed a Sustainability Plan for plastics packaging. This plan has the character of a roadmap, aiming to support the different industry sectors which produce or import plastics packaging, and which are obliged to develop sustainability plans and programmes for their products as these industry sectors are in general not fully familiar with the different options to further increase the sustainability of their packaging.
Photo: Theo Stijnen (PE NL), Jur Zandbergen (NRK), Suzanne Kröger (Groenlinks), Erik Ziengs (VVD), Joan Hanegraaf (NRK), Jessica van Eijs (D66) In this plan, PlasticsEurope and NRK gave insight in the ways and latest developments to increase sustainability: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Renew and Redesign. They will actively reinforce cooperation with value chain partners in order to take further actions on our path to a Circular Economy for plastics packaging. Last January, the plan was presented to MP’s, who requested a reaction from the Minister of Environmental Affairs. She answered positively and pointed out that this plan was a good step in the ambition to create more circularity for plastics packaging products.
Next step will be the development of a more detailed plan for the activities in 2018, which will be shared with external stakeholders. This plan is aimed to be finalized before this summer. In future, PlasticsEurope and NRK will continue the development of yearly programmes of plastics packaging.
A management summary in English language is available at PlasticsEurope Nederland. Contact: Theo Stijnen “Plastics 2030” presented to the Spanish Ministry of Environment A meeting on “Plastics 2030” took place the 21 March with Francisco Javier Cachón de Mesa, general director of Quality and Environmental Assessment and Natural Environment (Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment), and his team members Paloma López-Izquierdo, deputy general director of waste and Margarita Ruiz deputy assistant general director of waste.
PlasticsEurope Ibérica listened to their worries about plastics waste and littering, top ten items found in the environment and microplastics in the marine environment.
Their hottest topic at this moment is the management of Agriculture Plastics since CICLOAGRO, an entity linked to CICLOPLAST that has managed agriculture plastics waste – mainly films – for Andalucía since 2013, recently announced that it cannot continue with the system. The other important issue is single use plastics, in this sense the ministry is waiting for the initiative of the European Commission on single use items and fishing gears, to be expected in May, in order to implement/adapt it in Spain as soon as possible.
PlasticsEurope Ibérica General Director presented the Voluntary Commitment of the plastics manufacturers “Plastics 2030” and the Plastics the facts 2017, completed with waste data from Spain. He also took advantage of the visit to also invite them to attend the PolyTalk 2018 (in Malta in April) and the Vinyl Sustainability Forum to be held in Madrid in May. They appreciate very much the support and the quality of the information provided by PlasticsEurope.
One of the main objectives of the meeting was to maintain an open communication in order to be consulted before decisions on plastics are taken by the authorities, in other words, reinforce PlasticsEurope position as a reliable partner for the Spanish administration.
Photo source: Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment As a consequence, the following day PlasticsEurope Ibérica was invited by the ministry to join a meeting with other associations and farmers’ cooperatives to discuss a system to manage agriculture plastics, at national level, especially after the China ban on plastics waste imports.
Contact: Ignacio Marco Launch of a new extranet for PlasticsEurope members Discover a new launched extranet on wall.plasticseurope.org, a members-only collaborative platform providing the flexibility and agility of a social network. Within each group, members will be able to communicate more efficiently by sharing notes and files, collaborate and edit documents. Thanks to more intuitive features, the platform will boost productivity across a wide range of innovative tools. This “Wall” is 100% compatible with tablets and smartphones screens and enables you to access your community and documents any place and any time.
Last week, a welcome mail was sent to all PlasticsEurope members to access the new platform.
Go to wall.plasticseurope.org and discover the new extranet. Please email email@example.com for questions, comments, corrections or suggestions. Contact: Anne Meysmans The Modern Building Alliance - a newcomer representing the plastics industry in the construction sector Since the beginning of the year, PlasticsEurope has formed together with other plastics trade associations and companies involved in products for B&C applications “The Modern Building Alliance”. This new consortium, run under the umbrella of PlasticsEurope, is aimed at advancing the safe and sustainable use of construction solutions with plastics, in particular with regard to fire risk.
By working together and speaking with one voice in particular towards EU policy-makers, this group aims to ensure a safe, modern, and efficient Europe, as well a long-term sustainability of the entire plastics value chain in the construction sector is an alliance of trade associations and companies. From 2014, an informal alliance of PlasticsEurope and several other European associations was formed to enhance collaboration within the plastic value-chain on all fire safety related issues concerning plastic products in building and construction sector. Through regular meetings, this alliance has indeed facilitated the information exchange on issues and actions carried out or planned by each member of the alliance and has enabled to coordinate some of these actions.
It has allowed to elaborate common argumentation and messages.
Following the lobbying activity of some stakeholders to raise attention of policy-makers on the fire safety situation in Europe, and especially following the tragic fire of Grenfell Tower in London, fire safety in construction has gained momentum and fire behaviour of plastics- based products used in that sector is particularly challenged. In that context, the need of a stronger action of the plastics industry has become clear. A new website will be online very soon http://www.modernbuildingalliance.eu/ and a twitter feed is already active https://twitter.com/ModernBuildEU
Contact: Hervé Millet PlasticsEurope exchanged views on Plastics Strategy with EU institutions 20.
March .2018 and 21.to 23. March 2018 Exchange of views with the European Parliament On 20 March 2018, PlasticsEurope participated in the European Parliament Environment (ENVI) Committee exchange of views with stakeholders on the Commission’s Communication on a European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy. Photo: 20 March 2018 - Patricia Vangheluwe presenting the industry view on the Commission’s Strategy for Plastics at the European Parliament On 21 and 22 March 2018, PlasticsEurope attended 4 workshops on the voluntary pledges to boost the uptake of recycled plastics in packaging, building and construction, automotive and electric and electronic equipment (EEE) organized by the European Commission.
European Parliament’s ENVI Committee invited PlasticsEurope, as well as other stakeholders, to present the view of the plastic industry on the Commission’s Strategy on Plastics. For PlasticsEurope, Dr Patricia Vangheluwe, Director Consumer and Environmental Affairs (see picture), discussed not only the important contribution that the plastics industry makes to the European economy, but also to achieving resource efficiency. She highlighted the number of jobs and SMEs involved, as well as the innovative nature of the business. Her contribution emphasized that re-use and recycling are key elements in a circular economy, however, that resource efficiency throughout the full life cycle must be the paradigm applied in order to fully assess product design solutions.
She stated that in order to ensure more recycling and a better uptake of recyclates the current waste ‘aquis’ must be fully and thoroughly implemented - improving the separate collection of waste.
She went on to provide more details on the PlasticsEurope 2030 Voluntary Commitment. Her presentation was well received by the participants. EU Commission workshops: Outcomes and results The 4 workshops, attended by PlasticsEurope, on the voluntary pledges to boost the uptake of recycled plastics in packaging, building and construction, automotive and EEE organised by the European Commission aimed at explaining what the Commission expects from the call for voluntary pledges of companies committing to use recycled plastics in their products. Firstly, the Commission clarified that the voluntary pledges should be submitted by 30 June 2018.
The Commission’s objective is to ensure that 10 million tonnes of recycled plastics will be used in new products annually from 2025 onwards. The baseline year will be 2018. The Commission clarified that although it wishes to achieve this result through ‘pledges’, it is prepared to regulate if the objective is not met. The 10 Mt is a “political objective”; however, it also corresponds to the amount of plastics waste that is currently landfilled. Pledges can be made by individual companies, industry trade associations, but also public or private actors procuring plastics products. They can also include the commitment to implement improved product design to increase recyclability.
Plastics raw material producers incorporating recyclates into their resins can also make pledges. As the Commission would also like to boost recycling in the EU, exporting waste for recycling in other regions will not to be counted towards the target. Similarly, the pledging exercise does not apply to products manufactured outside of the EU. Conditional pledges will not be accepted, but “factors hindering recycling” can and should be mentioned in the pledges. Industry will not be legally liable should it fail to meet the target, nevertheless it “will be liable vis-à-vis public opinion” (and the Commission would then take action).
The plastics industry is also asked to set intermediate milestones and to report regularly on progress. Contact: Antonello Romano EPCA and PlasticsEurope launch a 3rd edition of EYDC Based on the extremely successful 2016 and 2017 editions of the European Youth Debating Competition (EYDC, www.eydc.eu), EYDC is now back for 2018. EPCA (the European Petrochemical Association) and PlasticsEurope once again partner up to organize a series of debating competitions for youngsters in Europe, taking place between April and October 2018. The first National Finals will be held in Duesseldorf on the 21 April.
This time, nine countries will be hosting the National Finals: Belgium or the Netherlands for a joint “Benelux” Finals, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom. Per country, some 50 students between 16 and 19 years old will have the chance to participate. Consequently, during the European Finals 2018, scheduled to take place in Vienna on Monday 8 October 2018, some 30 previously selected winners from the National Finals will be representing their countries. The EU Finals are embedded into the EPCA 52nd Annual Meeting that will be held from 7 to 10 October 2018.
Photo: The European Finals of the EYDC 2017 in Berlin What is it all about? The EYDC wants to create a win-win situation for both parties involved. For the students, to offer a unique opportunity to acquire new skills, by interacting and expressing themselves about industry linked topics; for the industry to connect with the new generation, listen, learn about their views and thus becoming able to adopt better and react to society’s needs. Per country, some 50 students between 16 and 19 years have the chance to participate. In-depth research, high standards of debating skills and the ability to interact with each other are needed to convince the jury.
On the other hand, being very industry- friendly does not increase one’s chance to win, since the participants do not necessarily express their real opinions. The classification into a pro-faction and a con-faction is done by random.
For more information on the first National Finals taking place in Germany and the competition as a whole, go to www.eydc.eu. Contact: Michael Herrmann VinylPlus Sustainability Forum 2018: Repurposing business around the meeting of human needs VinylPlus® has now revealed its programme featuring top speakers and inspiring panel discussions to share visions on the major role of the industry to deliver on sustainable future at the sixth VinylPlus Sustainability Forum in Madrid, Spain on 16 and 17 May 2018. Organised by VinylPlus, the Voluntary Commitment to sustainable development by the European PVC industry, the forum’s theme of ‘Meeting Societal Needs’ will explore how the vinyl sector’s products and services can help to meet the diverse challenges presented by future society in areas such as healthcare, housing and related infrastructure.
Keynote speeches, presentations and discussions will feature representatives spanning the EU institutions, the UN, academia, politicians, specifiers, designers, architects, recyclers and all sectors of the PVC industry.
Key topics for debate will include policy frameworks, new forms of partnerships to address Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how the industry can respond to increasing environmental pressures. Among the keynote speakers, Anders Wijkman, Co-president of the global think tank Club of Rome will highlight issues relating to ‘Meeting the challenges of the era of peak global population’, including aligning industry with circular economy principles and recycled materials’ place in a global market.
Nilgün Tas, Chief and Deputy Director of UNIDO’s Industrial Resource Efficiency Division will be looking at solutions for collaborative policy frameworks and sharing sustainability best practices globally.
Fellow panellists will include MEP Martina Dlabajová, European Parliament, and Timoteo De La Fuente Garcia, Policy Officer, DG Grow, EU Commission. The session on ‘PVC Products – Contributing to a sustainable future’ will feature panellists who will debate and interact with the audience on the potential of PVC products to bring circular solutions globally.
Brigitte Dero, VinylPlus General Manager, will update delegates on progress through the Voluntary Commitment of the European PVC industry and next steps towards future goals for PVC sustainability. She will also demonstrate how the role of voluntary commitments, such as VinylPlus, is crucial. Insights into how the sports industry is seeking to address its environmental impacts will be shared by Justin Zeulner, Executive Director of the Green Sports Alliance and the Real Madrid’s impressive Santiago Bernabéu Stadium will host the concluding presentation on PVC’s architectural applications in sports facilities and stadia by Lars Meess-Olsohn.
Brigitte Dero, VinylPlus General Manager, comments: “Our ‘Meeting Societal Needs’ theme explores the wide-ranging challenges of providing essential services that support peoples’ lives. As a versatile, durable and recyclable material, PVC is a critical element of supplying the resource-efficient solution. Our annual event, which shares and celebrates best practice, will demonstrate how wonderfully PVC products meet societal needs worldwide!” View the programme: https://vinylplus.eu/mediaroom/69/55/Meeting-Societal-Needs-is-the- theme-for-this-year-s-forum Register online: http://events.vinylplus.eu/vsf2018/register Contact: Noelle Tracey
PEPP 2018: Polyethylene-Polypropylene Chain Global Technology & Business Forum The New Plastics Future: Challenges and Possibilities for Polyolefins The polyethylene (PE) market is in great shape and potentially headed for a supercycle. Business for polypropylene (PP) is good, with supply continuing to be tight. Meanwhile, the issue of sustainability has made huge strides in the polyolefins market, gaining top-of-the- mind awareness among industry members throughout the value chain: resin producers are developing new products, processors are working with end-users and producers to develop packaging that is acceptable to the market.
"Sustainability could represent the single largest threat to the viability of this industry," says Nick Vafiadis, Vice President, Plastics, IHS Markit. “We're seeing entire regions such as the EU adopt the circular economy policy suggesting that 85% of packaging materials will be recyclable by 2030. This has a big impact on demand and certainly an issue that consumers are considering when making their purchase decisions.” Find out about prospects for the PE and PP markets and the impact of sustainability from IHS Markit and industry experts over two full days at PEPP 2018: the only conference addressing issues specific to the entire polyolefins value chain— from upstream business reviews to downstream technical applications and end-user trends.
We are pleased to offer PlasticsEurope members a 10% discount when they register with discount code “PLASEUR18”. Visit our website to find out more and register. Karl-H. Foerster, Executive Director, PlasticsEurope, joins a stellar line-up of speakers from The World Plastics Council, Borealis, The Coca-Cola Company, Dow Packaging and Specialty Polymers, Flexible Packaging Europe, LyondellBasell, Polyolefin Circular Economy Platform Solvay, Amcor Flexibles, Constantia Flexibles, SABIC Petrochemicals, and many more.
Proceed the conference with our training workshop, Olefins and Polyolefins: Feedstocks, Cost Competitiveness, Market Dynamics, Technologies and Trade which will examine the commercial impact of olefins and polyolefins technologies on cost competitiveness, market dynamics and trade.
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