Paris (June 2, 2023) — As the second Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC-2) to create a global agreement on plastic pollution concludes in Paris, the following statement may be attributed to Joshua Baca, vice president of plastics at the American Chemistry Council (ACC):
“We’re pleased to have engaged with government negotiators and stakeholders throughout INC-2 to emphasize the importance of advancing a well-crafted, practical and implementable agreement focused on ending plastic pollution.
“The negotiations underscored that there is significant alignment on the need for an agreement to accelerate circularity of plastics, unleash innovation, promote sustainable consumption and production of plastics, encourage design for circularity, and help build and sustain waste management systems around the world, all based on the unique needs and circumstances of each country.
“We applaud the leadership displayed by the U.S. delegation to focus the negotiations on these elements and broker an agreement on procedure and rules so that substantive discussions could progress.
“While much work remains to be done, we are committed to continue our participation and engagement throughout the process by providing solutions, listening to different opinions, and finding common ground.