Hybrid Event: How can we unlock the potential of bio-based plastics?
Thursday 26th January 2023, 09:30 – 11:00 CET
Hybrid event organized at the European Parliament, Brussels – Room ASP 3H1 & online
Hosted by MEP Miapetra Kumpula-Natri
Co-Chair of the European Parliament Intergroup on ‘Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development’
- If you would like to physically attend the meeting at the European Parliament, please fill in the Physical Attendance Registration Form (registrations for physical participation will close on Thursday 19 January 2023)
- If you would like to join the event online, please fill in the Online Attendance Registration Form.
The transition from a fossil-based economy to a bio-based economy is one of the greatest industrial challenges of the 21st century. One of the prerequisites for achieving this transition and decoupling society from fossil raw materials is the development of chemicals and materials from renewable sources, in a way that does not lead to irreversible depletion of natural capital or other negative externalities. Bio-based plastics have great untapped potential to help in tackling environmental challenges, as they help circulate existing atmospheric carbon in a continuous loop, reducing the EU’s reliance on fossil carbon and enabling emission savings. In the wake of the adoption in November 2022 of the European Commission’s policy framework on bio-based, biodegradable and compostable plastics, this event will serve as a platform to foster policy discussion among different stakeholders on the role of bio-based plastics in achieving the EU’s overarching Green Deal goals for climate neutrality by 2050.
As a result, this event, organized under the umbrella of the European Parliament Intergroup on ‘Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development’, in collaboration with Neste, aims at discussing the policy initiatives presented by the European Commission, as well as the next steps needed to ensure that the EU policy framework contributes to the long-term solution of climate and environmental concerns, while supporting competitiveness, innovation and growth.