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America’s Plastic Makers Welcome Progress on Global Agreement to End Plastic Pollution

Matthew Kastner

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.

American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council’s mission is to advocate for the people, policy, and products of chemistry that make the United States the global leader in innovation and manufacturing. To achieve this, we: Champion science-based policy solutions across all levels of government; Drive continuous performance improvement to protect employees and communities through Responsible Care®; Foster the development of sustainability practices throughout ACC member companies; and Communicate authentically with communities about challenges and solutions for a safer, healthier and more sustainable way of life. Our vision is a world made better by chemistry, where people live happier, healthier, and more prosperous lives, safely and sustainably—for generations to come.

American Chemistry Council’s Plastics Division

The American Chemistry Council’s Plastics Division represents America’s Plastic MakersSM and the half million+ scientists, engineers, technicians, and other innovators who make plastics for many essential and lifesaving products that are vital to modern life. America’s Plastic Makers continue to embrace change. We’re linking innovation with sustainability, deploying next generation technologies to make plastics lighter, stronger, more efficient and more recyclable, so we can meet our goal for 100% of U.S. plastic packaging to be reused, recycled, or recovered by 2040. We’re making sustainable change to help build a cleaner, safer, more sustainable future for generations to come.