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How to reduce the impact of plastic products on the marine environment?

11-07-2018

How to reduce the impact of plastic products on the marine environment?

The ocean provides us with everything we need: food, oxygen, inspiration and jobs. It also regulates the climate. Despite its vital importance, between 4.8 and 12 million tons of plastic enter the ocean every year.

Plastic pollution has become an environmental challenge for the marine environment, from seabirds eating plastic particles to microplastics which can be found even in the planet’s most remote locations, like in the Arctic or on the sea floor. The transition to a circular economy is not ensured and the associated economic impact cannot be underestimated.


On 28 May, the European Commission proposed new rules targeting the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on beaches and seas in the EU, as well as lost and abandoned fishing gear, constituting together 70 % of all marine litter items. The proposed rules will include a ban of certain products, consumption reduction, collection targets, and obligations for producers.

We invite you to this high-level discussion on how to reduce the impact of plastic products on the environment. Questions will include:

- What role of extended producer responsibility?
- Should policymakers increase fees and taxes on polluting plastics to reduce the impact on the environment?
- How can new regulations be effectively implemented in all member-states?
- How to achieve more sustainable design?
- What are good alternative materials from a life cycle perspective?

***TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT, PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL TO SIMONA.OVESEA@EURACTIV.COM***

Supported by:

EUNOMIA
Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment New

Location

Norway House
Rue Archimède 17

Speakers

OPENING SPEECH
Ola Elvestuen, Minister of Climate and Environment in Norway

OVERVIEW OF ISSUES
Dominic Hogg, Founder and Chairman, Eunomia Research & Consulting

PANELLISTS
Gesine Meissner MEP, Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, European Parliament
Hugo Schally, Head of Unit Sustainable Production, Products & Consumption DG ENV, European Commission
Monica Mireles Serrano, Senior Advisor, Global Public Affairs, IKEA Group
Ariadna Rodrigo, Sustainable Products Campaigner, Zero Waste Europe

Moderator

Jennifer Baker, EU Policy Correspondent, EURACTIV

Schedule

11:00 – 11:30 Registration
11:30 – 11:40 Opening Speech
11:40 – 11:50 Study Presentation
11:50 – 12:10 Panelists Statements
12:10 – 13:30 Discussion and Q&A

Contact

Simona Ovesea
simona.ovesea@euractiv.com
+32 (0)2 788 36 86