SHARPENING EU LEADERSHIP IN PLASTICS RECYCLING

14 May 2019 - 08:30 - 10:30
André Abreu, Jyrki Katainen
Introduction

Europe is still far from having the right recycling framework to achieve its 55% target by 2030. Currently, only 31% of plastic waste in Europe is recycled. Plastics are being produced at an alarming rate and have a severe impact on the environment as reuse is extremely limited. The consequences of intensive plastics production need to be monitored and taken into account. Europe must share best practices, form the right alliances and develop a robust recycling framework that encourages its industries to produce more responsibly.

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Programme
08.30-09.00

Welcome and registration of participants

09.00-10.30

Sharpening EU Leadership in Plastics Recycling

In March 2019, the European Parliament voted in favour of a motion that would phase out a number of single-use plastic items across the EU by 2021. The new law sets a 90% collection target for plastic bottles by 2029, committing Member States to this goal. Furthermore, plastic bottles will have to contain at least 30% recycled content by 2030. The European Parliament, alongside several forward-looking Member States, is taking the first steps towards the establishment of a circular plastics economy. While the focus should remain on reducing the use of plastics, plastic waste should also be accounted for. Replacing single-use plastics with innovative alternatives presents the EU with a significant opportunity, given that 95% of the value resulting from plastics production is lost to the economy, amounting to a loss of somewhere between €70bn and €105bn per year. However, the demand for recycled plastics in Europe today stands at only 6%. Therefore, the EU must develop a more robust recycling framework that encourages its industries to produce more responsibly.

Questions include: 

  • How can the Circular Plastics Alliance help in developing the right framework to stimulate a circular plastics economy?
  • How can countries and companies create incentives to collect and reuse plastics? 
  • How can Europe lead the way on the recycling of plastics? 

Speakers include:
André Abreu
, Head for International Policy at Tara Expéditions Foundation
Jyrki Katainen, European Commission Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness

Moderated by:
Dharmendra Kanani
, Director of Insights at Friends of Europe

Speakers
André Abreu
Head of International Ocean Policy at Tara Expéditions Foundation
André Abreu is the Head of International Ocean Policy at Tara Expéditions Foundation, the first foundation dedicated to making our oceans a shared responsibility. Tara Expéditions Foundation is a core member of the French National Pact on Plastic Packaging, an alliance comprised of the French government, industry and NGOs, all committed to reaching an average target of 30% recycled plastics in packaging by 2025. Abreu is in charge of international policy and coordination at Tara Expéditions Foundation. He has more than ten years of experience in international cooperation on environmental matters. Abreu was previously the Development Director of France Libertés Foundation.
Jyrki Katainen
European Commission Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness
In his current role as European Commission Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, Jyrki Katainen is at the helm of the Circular Plastics Alliance. The Circular Plastics Alliance gathers key stakeholders to promote voluntary action by industry for more recycled plastics. Katainen also plays a leading role in the EU Bioeconomy Strategy, published by the European Commission in October 2018. Before joining the European Commission, Katainen served as Prime Minister of Finland from 2011 until 2014 and as Minister of Finance from 2007 until 2011.
Registration

Raphael Danglade, Programme Manager for Climate and Energy at Friends of Europe
Tel.: +32 2 893 98 10
Email: raphael.danglade@friendsofeurope.org

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