Even if measures thought to have the greatest potential for reducing plastic consumption are implemented, they would still fail to prevent a substantial rise in plastics production and use, they warned in a report.
A year ago 175 nations agreed to end plastic pollution by crafting a binding U.N. treaty, which could come into being as soon as the end of 2024.
Among the key actions under negotiation are a global ban on single-use plastic items, a “polluter pays” scheme, and a tax on new plastic production.
But even with these policies there is a “considerable” possibility the treaty “will be too weak to bend the consumption curve downward,” the authors said in a statement.
On current trends, plastic use will nearly double from 2019 across G20 countries by 2050, reaching 451 million tons each year, according to the report, jointly produced by Economist Impact and The Nippon Foundation.
In 1950, only 2 million tons of plastic were produced worldwide…