UN Member States Propose Ambitious Plan to Reduce Plastic Production by 40% by 2040

In a groundbreaking move to address the global plastic crisis, two UN member states, Rwanda and Peru, have unveiled proposals aimed at curbing the excessive production of plastic worldwide. As plastic production continues to escalate at an alarming rate, these nations are taking proactive steps to establish baseline levels for plastic usage and prevent overproduction, marking a significant milestone in the global fight against plastic pollution.

This historic initiative represents the first concerted effort by countries to impose restrictions on global plastic production, underscoring the urgent need for environmental conservation. With plastic production projected to triple by 2050—an unsustainable trajectory—experts warn of dire consequences for ecosystems and human health if action is not taken promptly.

According to details reported by the Guardian, the proposal put forth by Rwanda and Peru outlines an ambitious target, referred to as the ‘north star’, to slash the production of primary plastic polymers worldwide by 40% by the year 2040, based on a 2025 baseline. The proposal emphasizes the importance of both supply and demand-side measures in achieving this goal, highlighting the imperative of reducing plastic production to sustainable levels.

Central to the proposal is the call for mandatory reporting of statistical data by countries, encompassing production, imports, and exports of primary plastic polymers. By enhancing transparency and accountability, the motion seeks to promote responsible plastic management practices and foster a transition towards a circular economy for plastics—a key objective aligned with the principles of the Paris Agreement.

The proposed measures coincide with global efforts to limit the rise in global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius, as outlined in the Paris Agreement. By addressing the pervasive issue of plastic pollution, these initiatives contribute to broader climate mitigation and adaptation goals, safeguarding the planet for future generations.

In light of recent revelations implicating major corporations like Coca-Cola and Nestlé as significant contributors to global plastic pollution, the need for decisive action at both national and international levels has never been more urgent. As countries convene at UN talks in Ottowa, Canada, the proposals from Rwanda and Peru offer a beacon of hope in the quest for a cleaner, more sustainable future.

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