"Countries Consider Pact To Reduce Plastic Production By 40% In 15 Years"

"Motion sets out worldwide target in alignment with Paris agreement to limit global heating to 1.5C".

"Countries are for the first time considering restrictions on the global production of plastic – to reduce it by 40% in 15 years – in an attempt to protect human health and the environment.

As the world attempts to make a treaty to cut plastic waste at UN talks in Ottawa, Canada, two countries have put forward the first concrete proposal to limit production to reduce its harmful effects including the huge carbon emissions from producing it.

The motion submitted by Rwanda and Peru sets out a global reduction target, ambitiously termed a “north star”, to cut the production of primary plastic polymers across the world by 40% by 2040, from a 2025 baseline."

Sandra Laville reports for the Guardian April 29, 2024.

Source: Guardian, 04/30/2024