G20 wins guarded praise on marine litter plan

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The G20 summit in Hamburg took place between July 7-8

The G20 group of nations has won guarded praise after pledging to substantially reduce marine litter and its environmental impact by 2025.

Unveiled at the Hamburg G20 summit (July 7-8), the Marine Action Plan aims to recognise the direct relationship between marine litter and core concerns like human health, economic development and food security.

It also lays out a path for addressing these challenges through key actions such as improving solid waste management systems.

World Plastics Council chairman Abdulrahman Al-Fageeh said: “This urgent issue needs all of us working together. We look forward to further collaboration with G20 member states to solve this global challenge.”

Head of environmental policy and economics at Eunomia Research & Consulting Chris Sherrington welcomed the report but had reservations on its power.

He said: “We need to know the legal standing of the action plan. As it is it's just a goodwill document but it's good ocean litter has made it on to a big global platform.

“One of the most heartening things is to see the emphasis put on wide-scale waste prevention, not just on stopping plastics getting into the sea.

“Given that in many regions the largest amount of marine litter entering the oceans stems from land-based sources, waste reduction and waste management deserve priority actions.”

Around the world, plastics makers currently have more than 260 projects planned, underway or completed to combat marine litter.

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