Solutions from the One Planet Network to Curb Plastic Pollution
High-Level event organized in collaboration with the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment in the margins of the INC2
The Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee, that was set to support the negotiation process towards developing a legally binding treaty to end plastic pollution, will consider how to promote sustainable production and consumption of plastics from product design through to environmentally sound waste management, via resource efficiency and circular economy approaches.
This shift in paradigm requires reliable sustainability information which is systematically distributed to consumers and is based on life cycle thinking and credible labelling standards.
In this regard a set of solutions and action frameworks developed by the One Planet Network programmes on Consumer Information, Lifestyles and Education, Public Procurement and Tourism were developed and compiled between 2020 and 2022 with the financial support of the European Union, the French Ministry of Environment and the Swiss Federal Office for Environment.
Solutions to be showcased during this event comprise critical areas such as:
Use of reliable standards, labels, and claims on plastics
Development of behavioral change campaigns
Sustainable public procurement of plastic products and packaging and their alternatives
Engagement of businesses to implement circular economy of plastics, particularly in the tourism sector, through the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative.
Objectives of the Event
The high-level event Solutions from the One Planet Network to Curb Plastic Pollution is aimed at providing a space to showcase UNEP latest spotlight report Turning off the Tap: How the world can end plastic pollution and create a circular economy and advocate for impactful solutions and acknowledge commitments taken by governments and businesses to support global efforts towards the implementation of circular economy of plastics in the context of the One Planet Network. The event is co-organized by the One Planet Network and the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment team, co-led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and UNEP.
Voluntary commitment and action frameworks such as the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment and its sectoral interface the Global Tourism plastics Initiative, offer a clear pathway for the implementation of circular economy of plastics, while the One Planet network and its programmes provide tools, methodologies and solutions that support governments and businesses with the implementation of this vision in the context of a global emergency to scale up ambition and efforts to effectively address plastic pollution.