Biodegradable plastics webinars

Co-hosted by high-profile partners, this series of webinars explores the issue of biodegradable plastics following the publication of our evidence review report, Biodegradability of plastics in the open environment and the associated scientific opinion of the European Commission’s Chief Scientific Advisors.

Webinar series

Throughout 2021

Plastic pollution is a worldwide problem, and it is still growing. Each year, more and more plastic ends up in the natural environment, raising concerns of risk to the environment, animal and human health.

We are holding a series of webinars discussing the contribution that biodegradable plastics can make to solving this problem. Each of the webinars focused on a different topic and a different audience, but all of them took our report Biodegradability of plastics in the open environment and the associated scientific opinion as a starting-point for the discussions.

4 February 2021: Taking action on plastics pollution
Our first international webinar featured a distinguished panel of experts exploring the potential role that biodegradable plastics could play in our society, and what practical steps are needed next to shape European policy on the issue.

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21 May 2021: How do we engage with consumers and society?
The EU aims to transform the way plastics and plastics products are designed, used and recycled. There are actions planned on several fronts – improving plastic recycling, curbing waste and littering, encouraging innovation and promoting global action. However, for these plans to work, we need effective waste management infrastructures, coupled with strong engagement and cooperation with the public and society in general. This interactive webinar will facilitate discussion between an expert panel and a live international audience on these issues.

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16 June 2021: European Parliament event
This webinar will review the latest scientific evidence on the biodegradability of plastics from SAPEA, the consortium of European academies, and discuss the policy recommendations made by the European Commission’s independent Group of Chief Scientific Advisors. It is hosted by Mohammed Chahim MEP, Co-chair of the Circular Economy Working Group of the European Parliament Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development.

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