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:
- Dubai plans to ban single-use plastic bags in two years, and will impose a charge on single-use plastic bags in all stores, restaurants, pharmacies and e-commerce deliveries from July 1 as part of the phase-out. Dubai plans to reduce carbon emissions by 30% by the end of 2030 to support the UAE’s efforts to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. The UAE will host the United Nations Climate Change Conference next year. (Bloomberg)
- Samsung has delivered on its sustainability goals with the Galaxy S22 family, which includes products made from recycled ocean plastic. In August 2021, Samsung announced Galaxy for the Planet, a sustainability platform that aims to reduce the company’s environmental footprint and lessen resource depletion from production to disposal of its Galaxy products by 2025. As part of this initiative, Samsung aims to eliminate all plastics in its mobile packaging and achieve zero waste to landfill. (Forbes)
- Negotiators from around the world will gather this month to hammer out a UN treaty to reduce plastic pollution, in what could be the most ambitious round of climate diplomacy since the 2015 Paris Agreement. The discussions have the backing of the world’s top plastics polluter – the United States – but could face backlash from oil companies and plastics producers. Proposed measures could include caps on plastic production and new rules to make plastic easier and less toxic to repurpose. (The Washington Post)