Energy and plastics

at the heart of the European Union’s new roadmap

The Plastic Odyssey prototype

 “Around the world powered by plastic”
The crew of the Plastic Odyssey catamaran wants to show that plastics are too valuable to end up in our oceans. All set for a three-year expedition, the ship-workshop will set sail from Marseille in November 2019.

2018 is a key year for Europe in terms of energy and environmental policy. Wrapping up its Clean Energy Package, the European Commission has stated its ambition to support job transformation and new skills acquisition in the sector, along with the economic reconversion of areas concerned by the energy transition. In a renewed electricity market, it is looking to promote a more “flexible” environment that encourages increased participation by the consumer and renewable energy producers.

Within the framework of the circular economy transition, the first European strategy on plastics is the year’s other major priority. This emphasis is set to boost the recycled plastics market, as it involves rethinking product design, increasing the volume of plastic waste collected and improving recycling quality.

The energy and plastics strategies fall in line with the Sustainable Development Goals, global climate commitments and the European Union’s industrial policy objectives.

Source : Energy and environment in 2018: A preview