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Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Consumer, Environmental and Health Technologies
MINUTES OF A MEETING
Subject: Plastics Strategy. Voluntary commitment.
Location and Date:
18/12/2017 (GROW BREY – M. AYRAL 12TH FLOOR)
), PlasticsEurope (
), PET Core Europe (
), Polystyrene initiative (
DG GROW (
DG ENV (
GROW recalled the objectives on the meeting, i.e. to discuss the principle of voluntary
commitments and how to reach it.
A quick tour de table took place. Afterwards the present organisations made
presentations and explained where they currently stand:
VinylPlus made a presentation of their "platform"(existing since the year 2000) where
objectives are defined against a 2020 deadline (amongst others an objective of 800 kTons
PVC recycled/annum by 2020); they presented as well their vision, intentions and
objectives to be reached by 2030.
PET Core Europe made a short presentation and explained its commitment,
organisational setting and progress made since 1993.
Borealis presented the newly created Polyolefin Circular Economy Platform (PCEP) and
explained the main difficulties that it is currently facing and their goals and intentions
linked to the Plastics Strategy.
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Polystyrene Initiative explained the current challenges, how these challenges could be
overcome and the potential for chemical recycling compared to mechanical recycling.
Carpet&Rug association presented their carpet collection scheme and recycling initiative.
ENV reminded that the voluntary commitment should go beyond plastic packaging waste
and what will be in the revised PPWD. Coherence and willingness to move towards the
same goal is essential. GROW shared this view and added that the industry should
explore all the sectoral legislation, including LCA aspects in order to make the whole
value chain more circular.
ENV and GROW acknowledged that reaching agreement on the voluntary commitment
is on good track. But a revised version with quantitative targets and precise timeframe
was needed and should be shared as soon as possible and at latest, by the end of the year.