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Plastics and the climate change paradox

Date: 28 April 2010
Time: 12:30 - 14:00
Location: European Parliament, 60 Rue Wiertz, 1047 Brussels, Belgium

A roundtable lunch discussion from 12:30 - 14:00 h at the Members Salon, European Parliament in association with PlasticsEurope.

This debate will introduce a landmark new study, undertaken by independent Austrian sustainability consultancy Denkstatt and peer reviewed by respected life-cycle academics. The study provides the clearest picture yet of the CO2 emissions of alternative materials and their role in climate change. The study, funded by the European plastics industry identifies plastics' share of an individual’s carbon footprint and a lifecycle analysis of plastics compared to their alternatives in a range of key applications, such as packaging, transportation, building & construction and eco-product enablement e.g. solar panels, wind turbines.

The findings of the report indicate that evaluating products based on their production footprint can be counter-intuitive. The key to climate protection has to be based on the evaluation of products based on their whole life cycle.

The debate should trigger reflection upon the validity of the current methodologies used to measure environmental impacts of materials and products.