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The G20 has made commitments to the international community to reduce plastic waste leakage into the natural environment. It should use its network and offices to galvanize the resources and technical expertise to meet commitments under the G20s Osaka Declaration. While previous G20 summits have focused on the problem, a significant amount of work is still to be done from a solution standpoint. This paper seeks to inform policymakers of the nature of the global plastic leakage problem and offer strategic solutions to reduce plastic pollution. We highlight the important role for plastics in the circular economy and identify the technology pathways for circular plastic economy and policies to encourage investment in recycling/upcycling infrastructure.

 

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Sara Lechtenberg-Kasten

Research Fellow Sara is a research fellow in the Energy Transitions and Electric Power program. She joined the research center in 2015,… Sara is a research fellow in the Energy Transitions and Electric Power program. She joined the research center in 2015, bringing extensive experience in designing politically sensitive studies for governmental and non-governmental organizations. Sara has worked at strategic, operational and tactical levels during both study design and implementing change. She has also led multidisciplinary teams and worked with clients worldwide, with experiences in Saudi Arabia, Haiti, El Salvador, Kuwait, Nigeria, Thailand, and South Africa.

Expertise

  • Nexus between energy access
  • Energy poverty and human development; and energy access to build resiliency
  • Relief and reconstruction.

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Adam C. Bouloukos

Adam C. Bouloukos

United Nations Development Programme

Michael Wang

Michael Wang

Argonne National Laboratory

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