In 2018 and the European Commission adopted the European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy taking into account that our society, economy, and environment are all negatively affected by the way plastics are currently designed, produced, used, and discarded. Plastic litter is growing, hurting marine ecosystems, biodiversity, and potentially human health. The strategy pursues an ambitious approach to plastic packaging recyclability and contains a strong response to microplastics, a significant source of marine pollution.
The Innovation Forum 4 Plastics was held on March 15th, 2023, in Brussels. More than 20 R&I projects funded by the European Union’s funding programs such as Horizon 2020 were represented to find solutions to reach the recycling targets and close the loop for plastics.
The Innovation Forum4Plastics was organized with the specific aim of highlighting and
furthering the work undertaken by the CREATOR project.
Plastic waste is generated by various sectors, each with its own specificities. The Innovation Forum4Plastics clustered projects aimed at developing processes for the following sectors: automotive, electronics and electrical equipment, industrial/commercial packaging, household packaging, and building and construction. The Forum brought together stakeholders and aimed to foster collaboration towards the development of sustainable solutions for plastic waste management across multiple industries. By focusing on the unique needs and challenges of each sector, the Forum aimed to promote innovation and progress towards a more circular economy.
The projects focus on different aspects of plastics circularity and sustainability, including:
During the Innovation Forum 4 Plastics, the R&I community discussed the goals and areas of
focus for the upcoming years. The following points were highlighted:
Increasing the amount of recycled materials by improving the feedstock quality and the
performance of recyclates.