From packaging to microplastics: unwrapping EU and international plastics policy

29 November 2023 | 16:00-17:30 CET

According to the European Commission, almost 26 million tonnes of plastic waste are generated annually in the EU.* And since we learned how to produce plastic, humans have manufactured more than 8.3 billion tonnes of it – most of which ended up as a waste product somewhere on the planet.** This process leads to plastic waste entering the landscape, rivers, beaches, and eventually ocean. So how can we possibly address a problem of this size?

In this webinar, we will get to the bottom of the problem of plastic pollution, exploring EU policy and looking into the current negotiations around the world’s first-ever legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including in the marine environment. 

Register here by 27 November 2023.

If you are a student or a young person in Europe (18-35 years old) interested in environmental issues or European policy and you would like to learn more about international plastics policy, then you have come to the right place! Ecologic Institute is running a webinar series for young people in Europe. In our upcoming webinar, we will discuss the problem of plastics – a topic we also discussed in a past podcast episode. Our conversation will also cover important topics like circular economy and ecotoxicity.

We will have two expert guests. Doris Knoblauch is a Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute, where she focuses on plastics in the environment, green urban environments, and local climate protection. Kristian Syberg is an Associate Professor at Roskilde University, where he works in the interdisciplinary field of risk assessment and regulation of chemicals and plastic pollution - including microplastics.

Have a look at the agenda below and join our invited experts. We are keen to hear your questions, suggestions, and ideas and discuss them together!

*Source: https://environment.ec.europa.eu/topics/plastics_en
**Source: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170719140939.htm


15:45 - 16:00

Virtual welcome coffee

16:00 - 16:05

Welcome & Introduction
Aaron Best & Ricarda Faber, Ecologic Institute

16:05 - 16:15

Interactive ice-breaker

16:15 - 16:30

Keynote presentation followed by Q&A
Doris Knoblauch, Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute 

16:30 - 16:45

Keynote presentation followed by  Q&A
Kristian Syberg, Associate Professor at Roskilde University

16:45 - 17:15


17:15 - 17:25

My Takeaway
All participants will share their personal takeaways

17:25 - 17:30

Wrap-up & Goodbye

About the related podcast series Green Deal - Big Deal?

Together with exciting interview guests, our podcast hosts – Aaron Best and Ewa Iwaszuk from Ecologic Institute – will help you make sense of the European Green Deal's complexity. In a series of 15 podcast episodes, we will help you understand the significance of different measures by focusing on specific themes that are relatable and relevant to all of us. We talk about topics such as sustainable fashion, the future of cities and what our diets will look like in 2050. Tune in and dive with us into the complexity of European policy.



Doris Knoblauch

Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute

Kristian Syberg

Associate Professor at Roskilde University

Webinar hosts

Ricarda Faber

 Ricarda analyses the design and implementation of policy frameworks for accelerating sustainable energy transitions. She is a Researcher at Ecologic Institute and enjoys hiking the Swiss Alps in her free time.

Aaron Best

Aaron examines how the economy can provide for people’s well-being while protecting the planet. He works for Ecologic Institute in Berlin and enjoys chasing the light with his camera.

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