The Plastic Leak Project

Ocean plastic pollution is a rising environmental priority that has attracted the attention of a wide range of stakeholder groups, from consumers to investors. Growing urgency and awareness around the issue is driving businesses to make bold commitments to reduce their plastic footprints. The scale of the problem is significant, but there is limited information and ready solutions available to support organizations in their efforts to turn the tide on ocean plastics.

The Plastic Leak Project (PLP), launched by Quantis and EA, will contribute to the global effort to fight plastic pollution with a unique approach of developing smart metrics to enable industries and governments to forecast and map leakages along their life cycle. These metrics will (i) allow identification and prioritization of actions (e.g. for ecodesign purposes), and (ii) ensure the communication of progress is standardized and allows for disclosure and benchmarks.

Let’s shift the plastics conversation from crisis management to metrics-based problem solving to fuel positive change.

The collaborative multi-stakeholder initiative will help:

+ Understand the volume and location of plastic released throughout
your value chain
+ Identify whether it is macro- or micro-plastics
+ Understand the benefits of solutions to address plastic leakage
+ Map and prioritize actions
+ Be a leader in the positive plastics change

Project Milestones

METHODOLOGY DEVELOPMENT

+ Global methodological guidelines to assess plastic leakage in LCA and publishing as an openly available reference.
+ Development of sectoral scientific guidelines and industry-specific guidance: groups specific to packaging, textile and tyres will be organized.
+ Case studies: two pilot tests on two companies.

DATA DEVELOPMENT

+ Development of data that can be used in LCA like: 1) loss rates, 2) release rates, 3) activity data (plastic waste generation along the supply chain and typical end-of-life/recycling scenarios, depending on countries).

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

+ Advance the science by communicating widely: create a community putting together the best scientific experts on plastic and leakage, governmental organizations and industry, in order to identify and assess the solutions to tackle the plastic leak.

The Plastic Leak Project Guidelines will be published in Q1 2020.
Watch this space for more information or contact us to learn more.

Filling a critical gap in the management of the plastic pollution crisis

Companies want to take action to address plastic leakage but lack the tools to ensure that their efforts have a meaningful impact. The Plastic Leak Project and its metrics-driven methodology will fill an important gap in managing the plastic pollution crisis by enabling companies to locate and measure plastic leakage along their value chains.

The PLP Stakeholders

Project stakeholders are composed of a great diversity of expertise and represent many industries involved in the plastic value chain (textile, food packaging, bio-based materials, tires) — experts in micro-plastics, waste, LCA and circularity, well-recognized academics exploring macro- and micro-plastics issues, world famous international organizations for nature conversation, and the European Commission — linking this project with the on-going explorations on impacts of plastics.

Strategic Committee

Member Organizations

Advisory Group

But also Carbon Trust, Composites and Biomaterials – National Research Council of Italy, Stop! Micro Waste, and European Commission Joint Research Center.

Quantis + Collaborative Initiatives

Quantis is experienced in convening multi-stakeholder initiatives to tackle some of the most pressing issues in sustainability. Two of our most recent examples are looking at NCS Guidance and sustainable packaging in cosmetics with co-founder L’Oréal.

Quantis Team

Contact Laura to learn more about the Plastic Leak Project

Laura Peano
Senior Sustainability Consultant
Quantis

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