Policies designed to tackle the global plastic pollution crisis

Experts from around the world are meeting this week to analyze the success of policies that have been specifically developed to manage the plastic pollution crisis unfolding around the world.

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The event is scheduled to take place on Thursday and Friday (April 7and and 8and2022) Global Plastics Policy Center, based in University of Portsmouth, where experts will add and revise his initial study. This examines the success of a range of plastics policies across the globe.

Representatives from the OECD, the World Economic Forum, the EU and several governments, including Japan and the Maldives, as well as leading industry and NGOs, were invited to contribute to an analysis led by university researchers – the first since the Global Plastics Policy Center was declared at COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021.

Scientists believe this special resource will ultimately help improve policymaking to reduce the negative impacts of plastics being developed to provide governments and industry groups with the evidence needed to contribute to more effective plastics policies. .

The Global Plastics Policy Center is the latest significant development of the Revolutions Plastics initiative, which puts the University of Portsmouth at the forefront of the plastics debate.

Participants will be invited to observe the variety of global plastic policies during a two-day online workshop. These cover recycling regulations, deposit systems, extended producer responsibility, bans on certain single-use plastic products, bans on plastic bags, taxes and awareness-raising instruments.

The team has been busy evaluating over 100 global plastics policies, now the establishment of the Global Plastic Policy Center is in its final stages. As with all academic achievement, peer review is crucial, so I am extremely pleased to unveil our work to such an eminent panel. I can’t wait to hear what they say.

Steve Fletcher, Professor and Director, Global Plastic Policy Center

An evidence-based method for plastic policy development will be provided by the Centre. A framework has been designed to assess distinct policies that are scored against criteria and determined by evidence. This Center is the very first and the team believes it will produce real change.

Jhe Global Plastics Policy Center will be a one-stop-shop for good plastic policy advice. Half of all plastic becomes waste within a year of making it and the vast majority is not recycled.

Steve Fletcher, Professor and Director, Global Plastic Policy Center

Fletcher added:Eleven million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans each year, a shocking figure that is expected to triple to almost 29 million metric tons by 2040 if nothing is done. Action must be taken and an effective plastics policy is essential.”

Until now, there have been very few sources of independent, evidence-based advice on plastics policy. The Global Plastics Policy Center will provide much-needed independent assessment of global plastics policy that will be freely shared with the worldremarks Fletcher.

Once the policies have been evaluated, the Global Plastics Policy Center will host an online platform with videos, case studies and resources. It will be used to highlight online events and workshops to display excellence discovered in global plastics policy.

Focusing on positive change, the Center will continue to review and share plastic policies as they are developed around the world. Each will be categorized in specific terms, for example, bans on single-use plastics, incentives such as subsidies or tax breaks, regulations on recycling and waste management. It would be possible for users to search under classifications such as policy type or region.

The Global Plastics Policy Center’s online platform will be ready for use in summer 2022.

Source: https://www.port.ac.uk/

Bryce K. Locke