Companies from across the plastics value chain1 have launched on January 16, 2019 in London a new global Alliance to End Plastic Waste in the environment, especially in the ocean. The Alliance has committed over $1.0 billion USD to this mission.
Nearly 30 global companies from across the “plastics value chain1” - companies that make, use, sell, process, collect and recycle plastics - have come together with a clear mission: to help end plastic waste in the environment. They have launched an Alliance that will develop and bring to scale solutions to minimize and manage plastic waste and promote solutions including reusing, recovering, and recycling.
The Alliance to End Plastic Waste has committed over $1.0 billion USD with the goal of investing $1.5 billion USD over the next five years. The Alliance announced an initial set of projects and collaborations that reflects a range of solutions to help end plastic waste, such as partnering with cities to design integrated waste management systems in large urban areas where infrastructure is lacking or supporting Renew Oceans, a program designed to capture plastic waste before it reaches the ocean from the ten major rivers shown to carry the vast majority of land-based waste to the ocean. The initial work will support the Renew Ganja project.
Ocean plastics comes mainly from unmanaged municipal solid waste on land
Used plastics have become an environmental challenge in parts of the world because it is not managed properly. Recent research from Ocean Conservancy identified the most significant sources of unmanaged plastic waste and helped identify key aspects of the solution including:
A global vision to address this global environmental challenge
Building on these findings and many other learnings, the Alliance has developed a global vision and a comprehensive, integrated strategy comprised of four key areas:
“We are only at the beginning. We welcome all companies, big or small, from all regions and sectors to support this effort. By bringing together the entire plastics value chain, the Alliance will apply the technical and engineering expertise of each sector, the collective resources and reach of companies from around the world, and insights from those that operate in the regions where the challenge is greatest. One of SUEZ’s role will be, together with industrials, to promote eco-design. It’s crucial to use plastics that we know we can treat, thereby ensuring their recyclability,” said Jean-Marc Boursier , Group Senior Executive VP - Finance and R&R in Northern Europe of SUEZ Group.
The Alliance’s founding members
The Alliance membership represents global companies and located throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
The following companies are the founding members of the Alliance: BASF, Berry Global, Braskem, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC, Clariant, Covestro, Dow, DSM, ExxonMobil, Formosa Plastics Corporation USA, Henkel, LyondellBasell, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings, Mitsui Chemicals, NOVA Chemicals, OxyChem, Procter & Gamble, Reliance Industries, SABIC, Sasol, SUEZ, Shell, SCG Chemicals, Sumitomo Chemical, Total and Veolia.