Welcome to the Plastics Weekly, NEO’s regular news monitoring of the plastics industry.
Every week, we publish a roundup of the top developments in plastics and sustainability – from regulatory changes to company news.
This week’s highlights:
- European Union policymakers have proposed the first measures to limit plastic pollution from vehicle tires and brakes in the coming years. The move is aimed at curbing one of the leading sources of microplastic pollution in the world. Earlier this month, the European Commission published a legislative proposal setting a path to regulating emissions from tires and brakes. A limit, if adopted, would mean that tires with the highest rates of microplastic generation would no longer be allowed to be sold in Europe. (Pew Trusts)
- An average of 70% of people across 34 countries support a treaty that creates global rules for governments to end plastic pollution. According to the Global attitudes towards a plastic pollution treaty report by Ipsos, support is highest in Latin America (77%) and Europe (72%), and lowest in North America (60%). The survey also found that consumers globally believe it is important for the treaty to incorporate five different measures to tackle plastic pollution. (Ipsos)
- With the COP27 just ended, all eyes are on Uruguay this week with the start of international negotiations on a global treaty to end plastic pollution. The first round of negotiations begins 28 November, with the treaty expected to be concluded by 2024. The WWF’s global plastics policy lead said the main issues are likely to be around whether the final treaty will contain concrete regulations, including bans on particularly harmful materials, or whether it should set more general goals around how individual countries should reduce plastic pollution by a certain degree. (Forbes)