By Andrew McCaffery, Chief Strategy Officer at Ecoveritas

Ahead of the UN's second International Negotiating Committee (INC-2) on establishing a global plastic pollution treaty, it will be no surprise that we're advocating for legally binding global rules and comprehensive circular economy measures – a unique opportunity to accelerate systems change and end plastic pollution.

By Elena Rotzokou, Global EPR Researcher at Ecoveritas

Anticipation, excitement, and even confusion came upon the packaging world when the most recent draft proposal on EU rules on Packaging and Packaging Waste was leaked online this past April. Although the proposal is multi-faceted and thorough, encouraging legislative action across vital areas like reuse, recycling, consumption reduction, sorting and waste collection, labelling, and modulated fees, eCommerce remains a grey area.

Leading environmental compliance specialist, Ecoveritas has called on the world leaders set to gather in Paris this week for the UN's second International Negotiating Committee (INC-2) to count Extended Producer Responsibility among the key provisions for inclusion to ensure circularity.

The World Economic Forum and the Government of Malaysia have established the first Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR Malaysia) in the Asia-Pacific region

C4IR Malaysia will focus on the digital economy, the energy transition and digital transformation
The Prime Minister of Malaysia and the President of the World Economic Forum open the launch event today

Leaders and experts call for a new agenda to drive inclusive, sustainable and resilient growth

The Forum releases new data on the economic outlook and the future of jobs
Efforts to increase growth and create jobs must take into account profound changes in the economic landscape – advancing AI, greater localization and the green transition
Over 20 high-impact initiatives were advanced at the summit, with a focus on education, skills, health and jobs

Leading environmental compliance specialists Ecoveritas today urged businesses to take head of HMRC's move to penalise non-compliant businesses regarding the Plastic Packaging Tax but says any future changes to its modus operandi must not solely be about boosting the Treasury's coffers.

Global demand for hydrogen and electric aircraft could require 600-1,700 terawatt hours of clean energy by 2050, equivalent to the energy generated by 10-25 of the world’s largest wind farms
Airport infrastructure will need to be in place by 2025 when the first battery and hydrogen-powered passenger flights could start operating
New white paper from the World Economic Forum explores the infrastructure changes and highlights 10 key findings for airlines and airports to meet the demand for alternative propulsion aircraft by 2050

Are you ready for the future by Sandy Dhesi

In the UK, we are now at the cusp of introducing EPR for packaging, which will change a system many of us have been accustomed to for the last 25 years. No one is saying the change will be easy. Still, there is an understanding that the urgency and pressure to implement EPR compliance is necessary to support the transition to a circular economy.

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