Organizations demand compliance with the global agreement on plastics

Last year at the United Nations Environment Assembly, more than 150 participating countries agreed to begin negotiations on establishing Global Plastics Agreementwith the aim of combating the environmental problems they cause.

Now more than 150 scientists and civil society organizations from around the world have called on the UN to act to prevent the fossil fuel industry from “undermining the negotiations” for the treaty on stop the pollution for plastic.

It is estimated that negotiations for this Treaty will begin in the second half of the year with the formation of the Intergovernmental Committee for Negotiations and will last at least two years before the Treaty is finalized in 2024.

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A global deal on plastics will hold major polluters accountable for their excessive plastic production. Photo: Freepik

Contract negotiations

According to the Greenpeace organization, the mandate of the Committee includes the negotiation of a Treaty whose scope covers the whole life cycle of plasticfrom the extraction of fossil fuels for the production of plastic and its design as disposable items, to the creation of waste.

This is a very important achievement, because it tries to solve the problem of pollution from its roots, that is, from the very production of products that become waste.

Several countries, such as Japan, and companies such as those associated with American Chemistry Council (ACC) They wanted the Treaty to focus only on marine litter, which is problematic because it only looks at one part of the problem, waste management, and allows companies to continue their business as usual.

On the contrary, the vision of the life cycle of plastics will allow the Treaty to set limits on the production of plastics itself, which exceeds 400 million tons per year. As well as in the creation of waste, which, according to the OECD, exceeded 353 million tons in 2019.

The above is based on the understanding that the best waste is the one that is not created and the understanding that plastic pollutes long before it becomes waste. precipitate.

Towards a plastic-free future

Negotiations for Global Plastics Agreement It will start in November this year, with the aim of completing the process by the end of 2024. The future contract has huge potential to put the world on the path to a plastic-free future, but it is up to us to deliver. promises.

The environmental organization is calling for an ambitious global agreement on plastics that limits its production and use. A strong global deal on plastics will keep oil and gas in the ground and hold big polluters accountable for their overproduction.

In addition, it will build collection and reuse systems and ensure transparency and a fair and just transition for affected workers. A strong deal on plastics will ensure a clean and safe planet for all.

A life cycle vision of plastics will allow the Treaty to set limits on production itself. Photo: Freepik

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