Washington D.C.— RealClearEnergy has featured an op-ed written by Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) President and CEO, Matt Seaholm, on the UNEA’s global plastic discussions. The editorial piece lays out the case for plastics as a valuable resource that needs to be kept out of the environment and in our economy.
“We can’t achieve long-term climate goals without plastic. It’s plastic that reduces greenhouse gas emissions by minimizing food waste, makes the efficiency of electric vehicles possible—not to mention EV batteries, enables the function of wind turbines and solar energy farms and offers lightweight properties that conserve energy throughout its lifecycle, especially while being transported. When concepts such as plastic production caps are thrown around during negotiations in the name of achieving our common climate goals, applications such as these must be considered, without fail.”
The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) is the only organization that supports the entire plastics supply chain, including Equipment Suppliers, Material Suppliers, Processors, and Recyclers, representing over one million workers in our $468 billion U.S. industry. PLASTICS advances the priorities of our members who are dedicated to investing in technologies that improve capabilities and advances in recycling and sustainability and providing essential products that allow for the protection and safety of our lives. Since 1937, PLASTICS has been working to make its members, and the sixth largest U.S. manufacturing industry, more globally competitive while supporting circularity through educational initiatives, industry-leading insights and events, convening opportunities and policy advocacy, including the largest plastics trade show in the Americas, NPE2024: The Plastics Show.