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Energy. The European Green Deal.

The European plastics industry is committed to making a significant contribution to the European Green Deal, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 for the European Union. To meet the European Commission’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50-55% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels, the plastics industry will need to collaborate with decision-makers and other relevant stakeholders to achieve greener living standards. The plastics sector is committed to contributing significantly to this lofty aim in the following ways:

Efficient insulation:

Plastics in buildings allow good cold and heat insulation as well as air leakage prevention. Alternative materials spend 16 % more energy and produce 9 % more greenhouse emissions than plastic insulating materials. Plastic insulation boards save 150 times the energy utilized in their production over the course of their full life cycle.

Renewable energy:

Plastics are abundant in wind turbine rotor blades and solar panels, which aid in the efficient generation of renewable energy. Plastics save 140 times and 340 times the emissions created during their manufacture in these two applications, respectively.

Lightweight applications:

Plastics offer lightweight packaging and vehicle weight reductions, resulting in lower transportation-related CO2 emissions. Plastic packaging is only a fifth the weight of equivalent alternative packaging, resulting in increased fuel efficiency and lower emissions. Plastic items, especially in uses such as transportation, architecture and construction, packaging, and electrical gadgets, often need less energy to manufacture than other materials.

Preventing food losses:

Plastic food packaging provides effective protection, decreases food waste, and increases shelf life, resulting in reduced energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. For example, plastic packaging may increase the shelf life of beef by three to six days, or even longer. Given that manufacturing one kg of beef emits the same amount of pollution as driving for three hours, this prolonged shelf life is a significant environmental gain.

 

 

 

Mag. Mario Loidl

Co-Managing Director


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