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BLue Ocean Goal 2

Cleaning up the seas and recycling plastics

"Let's retrieve waste from our planet's waters and shores, to protect endangered species and marine wildlife."

DEC Summit call to action:
Manufacturers in all industries can shift towards biobased or biodegradable plastics and reduce their environmental impacts through better waste management systems, waste plastic capture and reuse, clean up and remediation also through technological solutions to remove plastics from oceans and the environment.

Did you know that
5.25 trillion pieces of plastic and microplastic are floating in the open ocean?
plastic pollution kills
100,000 marine mammals and turtles annually?
1 million sea birds are likewise killed by the same plastic pollution?

studies show marine plastic pollution in 100% of marine turtles examined?
– 59% of whales, 36% of seals and 40% of seabird species suffer the same fate?


Join the discussion and submit papers on how:
Plastic recycling has become an increasingly important sector of waste management.
Ocean-friendliness promises to become a great success story from a marketing perspective.

Reusing materials results in significant energy savings compared with using virgin material.
Holistic eco-thinking leads to new strategies to avoid the introduction of new plastic
Eco-friendly trends see a positive
response from businesses driving corporate responsbility and ROI .

BLue Ocean Goal 2
DEC BLOG 2 - Call for Papers expired on 13 December 2019

Trustech 2019: Cannes, France – 26 and 27 November
"Cleaning up the seas and recycling plastic"

The Digital Economy Checkpoint has published select results from its Call for Papers for the first of its DEC BLOGS – Cleaning up the seas and recycling plastic – announced last month:

Improving plastics management through international co-operation – OECD
In a move to address the environmental impact of plastics, G7 Environment, Energy and Oceans Ministers have received an OECD report on current plastics production and use, identifying the reasons for currently low plastics recycling rates, as well as what can be done about it... Read more

Analyzing Europe's plastics production, demand and waste data – Plastics Europe
It is widely recognized that plastics have a crucial role to play in delivering a more sustainable future with ambitious targets and initiatives set up to 2030, focused on the key areas of preventing leakage of plastics into the environment, improving resource efficiency and increasing recycling and reuse rates... Read more

Fighting for trash-free seas – Ocean Conservancy
Many of the plastics in daily life are used only once and thrown away and so much of it is ending up in the ocean that in just a few years, predictions forecast there will be a pound of plastic for every three pounds of fish in the sea... Read more

Plastic and climate - the hidden costs of a plastic planet – CIEL
At current levels, greenhouse gas emissions from the plastic lifecycle threaten the ability of the global community to keep global temperature rise below 1.5°C degrees. By 2050, the greenhouse gas emissions from plastic could reach over 56 gigatons – 10-13 percent of the entire remaining carbon budget... Read more

Committing to a new global plastics economy – EM Foundation
While improving recycling is crucial, we cannot recycle our way out of the plastics issues we currently face. Although industry commitments show some progress on eliminating unnecessary and problematic plastics, and on innovating towards reuse models, much more needs to be done in these areas... Read more

DEC BLOG 2 - UN Climate Change Conference, COP 25
Mitigating plastic-related greenhouse gas emissions should be top priority according to the latest update on plastics from the UN Climate Change Conference, COP 25, held this month in Madrid.  Systemic change is how it could be done... Read more

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