Webinar “What does a life-cycle approach applied to address marine litter and plastic pollution look like?”

12 July 2021, at 14:00-15:30 p.m. EAT (UTC+3)

Background

During the first pre-meeting of the informal “Ministerial Conference on Marine Litter and Plastic Pollution”, a request was made by Member States to UNEP and the Life Cycle Initiative (hosted by UNEP) to provide technical insights to the delegates on what does it mean to use a life cycle approach in the context of plastic pollution. In this sense, a webinar on “What does a life-cycle approach applied to address marine litter and plastic pollution look like?” was held on 12 July, 2021.

Webinar recording

Final Programme

MinTopicSpeaker
5’Opening remarksTessa Goverse, Head of Pollution-Free Ecosystems Unit, UNEP
35’A Life Cycle Approach to Plastic Pollution

Key elements: 1. quantifying hotspots; 2. Defining holistic solutions (e.g. assessed with LCA); 3. Coordinate actors along the value chain responsible for the actions and 4. Prioritise actions; 5. Measure, monitor and report progress towards common goals

Specific examples in UNEP work for those elements
Llorenç Milà i Canals, Head of Secretariat, Life Cycle Initiative (UNEP)

Gerald Naber, Ellen MacArthur Foundation
5’Example 1 (focusing on one or two of the elements above): Country addressing plastic pollution across the life cycle / using life cycle approachesGuillermo González Caballero, Head of Circular Economy Department, Ministry of Environment, Chile
5’Example 2 (focusing on one or two of the elements above): Multi-stakeholder partnershipDeshanya Naidoo, South Africa Plastics Pact
5’Example 3 (focusing on one or two of the elements above): IndustryTom Szaky, Founder and CEO of TerraCycle and Loop
30’Q&A + interventions from stakeholders sharing their experiences with applying a life-cycle approach to plastic pollutionAudience
5’Wrap-up, concluding remarksElisa Tonda, Head of Consumption and Production Unit, UNEP

Additional Information

The systemic, value chain approach

Hotspots, Actors and Solutions