Science Advice for Policy by European Academics
Cardiff University
16/06/2021 - 13:00

Plastic pollution: Are biodegradable plastics a solution?

Plastic pollution is a worldwide issue of increasing concern. Each year, more and more plastic ends up in the natural environment, raising concerns of risk to the environment, animal and human health. While biodegradable plastics could be part of the solution, they also present certain challenges. Many biodegradable plastic products actually biodegrade only in certain specific environments, or only in industrial compositing facilities, rather than in the open environment more generally.

This webinar will review the latest scientific evidence on the biodegradability of plastics from SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academics) and discuss the policy recommendations made by the European Commission's independent group of Chief Scientific Advisors. These recommendations will inform the forthcoming framework related to bio-based, degradable and compostable plastics.

The event is organised by SAPEA and 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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