Plastic Pollution – A New Way of Measuring Hope on the Path to net Zero

Addressing vulnerability and promoting security
Aug 14, 2023 | OECD – Credit Suisse

Mismanaged plastic waste becomes plastic pollution. Each year more than 350 million metric tons of plastic become plastic waste, of which approximately 80 million metric tons (22 percent) is mismanaged worldwide. While both OECD and non-OECD countries use approximately the same amount of plastic per year, the symmetry dissolves when the data is viewed on a per capita basis, with the global average of 60 kg per person per year masking the OECD’s 155 kg and the non-OECD’s 40 kg. This joint OECD – Credit Suisse report reveals more alarming differences. Of the approximately 80 million tons of mismanaged plastic, almost 70 million tons (88 percent) originates in non-OECD counties. But there is reason for some optimism. The negotiations for a global plastics treaty could yield the most significant sustainability-focused multilateral proposal since the Paris Agreement in 2015.

print button Print
Related Articles:

Popular Articles

Poverty as a Wicked Problem

The belief that poverty can be prevented by identifying and dealing with its causes, and the...  Read More

Is Mars Ours?

Jun 13, 2021 | The New Yorker, Adam Mann

NASA and China having landed mobile rovers on the surface of Mars has raised the question of...  Read More

Think Local and Act Global - A Conversation with GGF 2030 fellow Cara Stauß

Nov 15, 2018 | Global Policy,

World affairs, diplomacy and trade are no longer solely the domain of nation-states, as cities...  Read More

Global Extreme Poverty

According to household surveys, 44 percent of the global population lived in absolute...  Read More

Popular Videos

A Message from Alan Doss, President of the Kofi Annan Foundation

Highlights from the G20 Think Tank Summit GLOBAL SOLUTIONS in Berlin

Happy Birthday Kofi Annan!

T20 Summit GLOBAL SOLUTIONS – Sean Cleary

Global Trends, Risks and Rewards — Where Are We Now, Where Are We Going?