Tue.
Jan 18
2022
plastics weekly

Welcome to the Plastics Weekly, NEO’s regular news monitoring of the plastics industry.

Every Monday, we publish a roundup of the top developments in plastics and sustainability – from regulatory changes to company news.

This week’s highlights:

  • TotalEnergies and Plastic Omnium have partnered to design and develop new plastic compounds made from recycled polypropylene for use in the automotive industry. The move is aimed at supporting the auto industry’s ongoing green transformation. (Plastics News)
  • Plastic production accounts for a much larger carbon footprint than previously thought, according to a new study published in Nature Sustainability. The global carbon footprint of plastic – largely attributed to coal combustion – doubled since 1995, reaching two billion GtCO2-tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) in 2015 and accounting for 4.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions. (Down to Earth)
  • Companies taking part in the World Wildlife Fund’s ReSource: Plastic program cut their use of problematic plastic, including hard-to-recycle and single-use plastics, by 57% between 2018-2020, according to a new report by the WWF. The reduction by Keurig Dr Pepper, McDonald’s, Starbucks, Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola and others amounted to 71,000 metric tonnes. (Environment + Energy Leader)
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