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Meeting report
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Date of meeting: 21 September 2021
DG GROW: Kerstin JORNA, 
Agreed follow-up: PlasticsEurope will revert to DG GROW on 3 key
topics: 1) barriers encountered in the Single Market for plastic products;
2) figures on plastics contribution to the green transition, including
chemical recycling; and 3) future role of the Circular Plastics Alliance, in
this context.
Details of the discussion

PlasticsEurope stressed the potential of chemical recycling to ensure
indefinite recycling of carbon content from plastics. Chemical recycling
includes many technologies, with different Technology Readiness Levels.
The green transition can bring growth and EU industrial leadership for
plastics, the question is how. PlasticsEurope has commissioned a study
by Systemiq on this transition pathway. Chemical recycling can be part of
the pathway, but there are at least 3 conditions to ensure economic
viability: 1) considerable investments: 2) cheap and abundant green
energy; and 3) technology-neutral framework.
Chemical recycling is complementary to mechanical recycling. The
latter has lower environmental impacts but technical limitations in terms
of plastic waste that can be processed and properties of recycled
materials. Chemical recycling is compatible with existing facilities
(crackers, refineries) and can deliver materials that behave as their virgin
Chemical recycling will not develop in Europe without a favourable
framework. There are many on-going projects, at
demonstration/piloting stage. Some require co-processing of feedstock
(mix of plastic waste and crude oil) and can contribute to reduce CO2
emissions in the short term (if permitted).
DG GROW stressed the fundamental importance of 2030 and 2050 as
target dates for the green transition. The question is how plastics can
contribute. Only credible figures will matter in the political debate. DG

GROW is identifying standardisation priorities for the green and digital
transition, and inputs from the plastics value chain are welcome on this.
PlasticsEurope highlighted concerns on the proliferation of
environmental measures by Member States (FR, ES, SE) which damage
the Single Market for plastic products, in particular packaging. Some
measures are not notified. DG GROW stressed its commitment to take
action, as the Single Market is an essential driver of economic growth.
This includes TRIS notifications, but also new approaches based on peer
pressure between national authorities, such as the Single Market
Enforcement Task Force. A review of existing barriers on plastic products
can be envisaged, if duly justified.
PlasticsEurope mentioned the benefit of the work done within the
Circular Plastics Alliance (CPA) to build consensus on targets for recycled
content (30% in packaging). There are however diverging views on
implementation, including monitoring, that have rendered cooperation
more difficult in the value chain lately. DG GROW invited PlasticsEurope
to reflect on the future role of the CPA, within the broader context of the
green transition.