Report outlines major global efforts, investments and commitments to end plastic waste in the environment and contributing to a circular economy
SINGAPORE, Sept. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Alliance to End Plastic Waste today released its 2020 Progress Report, detailing the organisation's focus on addressing its vision and mission. The report outlines the commitment to project acceleration across its four strategic pillars of waste management and recycling infrastructure, innovation, education and engagement, and clean up. The Alliance has activated 14 projects across 14 cities in six countries in South East Asia, India and Africa – all at the frontline of the plastic waste challenge. The report also features 55 member-led projects worth US$400 million towards building solutions to end plastic waste in the environment.
"We have to act with urgency as lack of action will result in millions of tons of plastic waste continuing to leak into the ocean if we do nothing today. The progress the Alliance is making in just 18 months is the start of a long road ahead. But we can shorten the road significantly when we act together across industry, governments, civil society and development agencies. The problem is solvable and our strategy is to apply a holistic approach backed by deep technical knowledge and resources from the full plastic value chain," said Jacob Duer, President and CEO, Alliance to End Plastic Waste.
Duer added, "Our ambition, over five years, is to divert millions of tons of plastic waste in more than 100 at-risk cities across the globe, improve livelihoods for millions and contribute to a circular economy. The Alliance is demonstrating how successful plastic waste management solutions can unlock capital to scale and accelerate the pace."
Examples of Alliance and member project milestones outlined in the 2020 Progress Report across the four strategy pillars:
David Taylor, Chairperson, Alliance to End Plastic Waste and Chairman, President & CEO, The Procter & Gamble Company, highlights in the report: "Plastic waste is a serious challenge that requires swift action and strong leadership, and I am convinced that the only way to get there is through collective action, innovation and partnership. The Alliance is in a unique position. We can unlock circularity and economic value in post-consumer plastic by supporting a range of innovative measures along the value chain, involving individuals and the public and private sectors."
The 2020 Progress Report also announced the Alliance's 2025 Ambition. With a strategic focus on infrastructure development, innovation, clean up and education and engagement, the Alliance and its members will build investable models and partnerships within five years that will:
The Alliance to End Plastic Waste's 2020 Progress Report can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/Alliance_ProgressReportPRN
About the Alliance to End Plastic Waste
The Alliance to End Plastic Waste is an international non-profit organization partnering with government, environmental and economic development NGOs and communities around the world to address the challenge to end plastic waste in the environment. Through programs and partnerships, the Alliance focuses on solutions in four strategic areas: infrastructure, innovation, education and engagement, and clean up. As of August 2020, the Alliance has nearly 50 member companies and supporters representing global companies and organisations across the plastic value chain.