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Under BAU, emissions from the plastic sector alone
would use up to 20% of the entire global carbon
budget,159
the climate crisis.160
are estimated to increase to 2.1 billion tonnes of CO2
year.161
e per
This is in direct contrast with global goals to limit
the warming of the planet to 1.5 C above pre-industrial
levels, which necessitates net-zero emissions by 2050.162
The
expected growth in plastic production and corresponding
rise in GHG emissions therefore endangers global efforts
to tackle the climate crisis, undermining the actions
undermining government actions to tackle
By 2040, emissions from plastic
taken by governments across the world. Governments are
dedicating portions of their budgets to climate mitigation
and adaptation. For example, between 2014 and 2020 the
EU dedicated approximately 20% of its annual budget to
climate action.163
Increases in GHG emissions from the
plastic lifecycle can limit the effectiveness of this spending
or require further spending increases. Furthermore, the later
societies and governments take plastic action and reduce the
associated GHG emissions, the bigger the price to pay will be.
It is therefore clear that action on plastic is both an
important and necessary part of climate action.
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