In a world facing global challenges such as fast-growing population, food security and climate change, our societies need to choose and rely on the most efficient solutions in order to guarantee a sustainable development.
Europe has initiated a transition from a linear towards a circular and resource efficient society and the unique characteristics of plastics allow them to make a great contribution towards this societal
transformation. Thanks to their versatility and their high resource efficiency, plastics have become key materials in strategic sectors such as packaging, building & construction, transportation, renewable energy, medical devices or even sports, to mention but a few. Moreover, plastics have enabled innovation in many other sectors allowing the development of products and solutions that could not
exist today without these materials.
Plastics materials and plastic products are extremely resource efficient along their service life, helping us to avoid food waste, to save energy and to decrease CO2 emissions. At the end of their use life they can be repaired or re-used, but ultimately, they will become waste, and this waste is actually a new
resource that needs to be placed back in the life cycle of plastics, closing thus the loop of Circular Economy.
However, to benefit from the full potential of plastics at the end of their first life, we need to push for the most sustainable option of waste management, fostering recycling, using energy recovery as
a complementary option and restricting the landfill deposit of any recoverable plastic waste.
Improving Europe’s competitiveness and resource efficiency should be what we are striving for.
Plastics materials and the plastics industry can definitively make a significant contribution in this overarching goal.