Monthly Archives: February 2018

Plan for Plastics

Vice Presidents Frans Timmermans says the EU has to move fast to prevent plastic marine litter. The EU will update port reception facility rules as part of the strategy to require fishing vessels and deposit any waste accidentally gathered at sea at a port. This is a better option than dumping it back in the ocean.

EU vice president for growth and investment Jyrki is focusing on the waste treatment at the source, which highlights the environmental and economic benefits of establishing recycling.

“Every year Europeans generate 25 million tons of plastic waste, but less than 30 percent is collected for recycling. Some 95 percent of the value of plastic packaging is lost from the economy every year. How can we keep the value in the market by recycling?” Katainen said.

They believe changing the way plastics are made must be implemented. The strategy’s headline 2030 goal will mean plastics manufacturers will need to work closely with recyclers to ensure that what they produce is recyclable.

PlasticsEurope has broadly welcomed the strategy but it has set itself a lower voluntary target – making 60% of plastics reusable or recyclable by 2030, with a 2040 target of making all plastics renewable, recyclable, or used for energy recovery.

According to Euractiv, The Commission is considering a variety of tools and may come out with proposals for incentives next year. “We are looking at different types of fiscal incentives,” says Katainen. Some have called for recyclers to be given credits in EU emissions trading as a motivator.

Meanwhile, Delphine Lévi Alvarès, coordinator of the Rethink Plastic Alliance said: “In general we are really in favor of financial instruments to drive recycling.”  The coalition of environmental NGOs added, “But for now we do not have much information on how this tax could be designed, or on which level of the value chain it would be applied. We’ve been asking for information but so far it’s really blurry.” Is this article helpful? Send us a Kroger feedback!

Plastic Industry and Fire Safety

Rockwool, where non-combustible building insulation were made, claims a firm owned by plastic insulation manufacturer Kingspan was given the control of key elements of the tests . This includes some that “can have a direct bearing on the pass/fail outcome.” The Grenfell Tower fire, which killed 71 people in June 2017, spread up combustible plastic insulation and plastic-filled ACM cladding panels that have been wrapped around the Kensington tower block in west London. This is to meet energy-saving targets.

Moreover, Government’s assurance about the safety of combustible cladding on high-rise buildings has been questioned. It comes after a claim that the plastics industry “influenced” official fire tests carried out in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Kingspan revealed to Sky News in a statement that the positions of the fire thermocouples and barriers by Booth Muirie were copied from a previous test at BRE.

The tests were carried out “using the test methodology required” with 32 thermocouples used for each test. The independent advisory panel announced the result last year saying they will help landlords make decisions on any further measures that may need to be put in place to make their buildings safe.” In addition, the Fire Protection Association called for a more realistic test for cladding. The Metal Cladding and Roofing Manufacturers Association, on the other hand, issued guidance in November 2017.

According to Sky News, Kingspan added, “This was designed to ensure test integrity and comparability of test outcomes and data, a methodology that was fully agreed with DCLG. Booth Muirie had no role in the October 2016 test.”
Furthermore, these tests were carried out with the advice of the Government’s independent expert panel on building safety. It was established after the tragic event in the Grenfell Tower fire. Truly, a support from bank deposits would be of huge help.