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European Union (EU) countries will be required to reduce the use of the commonest and most polluting plastic bags under new rules voted by the Parliament on Tuesday. Member states will be able to choose either to take measures to reduce annual average consumption of non-biodegradable plastic bags to 90 lightweight bags per citizen by the end of 2019 and 40 by the end of 2025 or ensure that by the end of 2018, no more light plastic bags are handed over free of charge to shoppers. 29 April 2015
Scientists in the US have called for policymakers and plastics producers to “fill the void” in current measures to deal with waste that could harm the wider environment. 24 April 2015
Sporting goods company Adidas is phasing out the use of plastic bags in its own retail stores as part of a larger effort raise awareness about ocean plastic pollution. 21 April 2015
A recent report released by China's State Oceanic Administration revealed striking numbers that show plastics as the primary culprit for ocean waste in the Chinese seas. 18 March 2015
The annual Arburg Energy Efficiency Award has been given to ARaymond, the French family-owned company which is one of the world leaders in clip fasteners for the automotive industry. The award, which was presented on 10 March at the Arburg headquarters in Lossburg, Germany, recognises ARaymond’s global activities where the group seeks to reduce its environmental impact in all 37 of its independent affiliates. 13 March 2015
Proposals for the 28 member states of the European Union (EU) to integrate their energy markets and increase security of supply have been welcomed by trade body PlasticsEurope. 27 February 2015
California’s voters, not legislators, will be the ones to ultimately decide on the state’s plastic bag ban. 25 February 2015
Responding to a new report about plastic waste in the marine environment, trade body PlasticsEurope said there were currently nearly 200 industry projects in place to tackle the problem. The National Center of Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at the University of California estimated that between four and 12 million tonnes of plastics were washed into the world’s oceans annually, or between 1.5% and 4.5% of the world’s total plastic production. 16 February 2015
The Oxo-biodegradable Plastics Association (OPA) has slammed an Italian court ruling on the marketing of oxo-biodegradable plastic. 16 February 2015
A new study estimates that 4 million to 12 million tonnes of plastics are washed into the world’s oceans annually — or between 1.5% and 4.5% of the world’s total plastic production. 13 February 2015
The EU wants to increase industry’s share of GDP to 20%. But polymer producers told officials at PolyTalk in Brussels they are directing expenditure to the US, not Europe. In a feature article, EPN looks at issues of competitiveness and sustainability that were debated at the PolyTalk event. 7 January 2015
The recently formed World Plastics Council (WPC) held its first General Assembly on 24 November in Dubai to define key areas that the body will address. 25 November 2014
Australian consumers were facing renewed calls to take their litter home after a study found around three quarters of the rubbish found in the waters off the country’s beaches was plastic, with most of that coming from local sources rather than being sea-borne debris drifting in. 19 September 2014
The biodegradable plastics market in Europe is forecast to witness 12% compound growth during 2014-19, according to TechSci Research’s ‘Europe Biodegradable Plastics Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2019’ report. 28 July 2014
The European Commission has proposed an energy savings target for 2030 of 30%. The Commission states that the proposed target goes beyond the 25% energy savings target that is needed to achieve a 40% reduction of CO2 emissions by 2030. 25 July 2014

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