Ten million tonnes of plastic leak into our oceans yearly. There is an urgent need to tackle the root causes and prioritize actions for this unprecedented global crisis. Decision-makers need reliable data, metrics and tools to monitor progress.
`Plastic footprint: state of the art and ways forward´ provides a benchmark of existing footprint and life cycle impact assessment approaches for plastics.
These can be improved by:
• Gathering better country level data on plastic waste management;
• Designing better models to assess micro- and macro- plastic leakages;
• Developing a standard set of indicators which highlight costs of inaction and identify investment opportunities for a more circular economy.
RELEASE: JANUARY 2019