DTE Coverage: Global plastic profiles

A 17-part series that examines who stands where on various aspects of plastic pollution
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CSE report groups nations on the basis of laws regarding regulation of what are building blocks of most plastic items, negotiations regarding which are critical
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By focusing on chemicals and polymers of concern, negotiations for a future instrument to end plastic pollution aim to safeguard ecosystems and public health
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In the negotiations to end plastic pollution, addressing problematic and avoidable plastic products, particularly single-use items, is a top priority for policymakers and stakeholders
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Addressing product design and performance is critical for transitioning away from plastic pollution
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The principles of ‘Reduce, Reuse, Refill, Repair, Refurbish’ foster a shift away from single-use plastics towards a more sustainable and circular approach to plastic consumption
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In ongoing talks to combat plastic pollution, the use of recycled plastic content represents a proactive strategy to mitigate environmental impacts associated with plastic production and consumption
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While alternative plastics play a role in addressing the plastic problem, their widespread adoption may necessitate investment in waste management infrastructure for collection and processing
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Ensuring the performance, safety and scalability of non-plastic alternatives remains essential for their widespread adoption and successful integration into consumer markets and industrial applications
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There is no consensus on a harmonised global EPR; EU is the only region to propose an EPR to incentivise “plastic reduction and reuse”, in addition to high quality recycling
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China and Iran do not agree that plastics pollute during their production, manufacturing and distribution phase. Both countries have suggested a focus on the emissions of plastic waste
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Collaborative efforts involving governments, local authorities, industry and civil society are crucial in developing and implementing integrated waste management strategies tailored to specific contexts and challenges
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Trade policies and regulations play a pivotal role in shaping the movement of plastics and plastic waste across borders
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Addressing existing plastic pollution requires a multifaceted approach involving international cooperation, preventive measures, cleanup activities, waste management, public awareness campaigns and adoption of sustainable practices
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A just transition approach prioritises addressing social and economic impacts associated with transitioning by providing support to affected workers and communities
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To ensure effective management and regulation, Parties are required to monitor and track the production, imports and exports of chemicals and polymers used in plastic production
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Such a mechanism can provide predictable, sustainable and adequate resources to support implementation efforts in developing countries
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Capacity-building, technical assistance and technology transfer to poor countries aims to advance a resilient and sustainable approach to plastic management that benefits all Parties involved
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