In its European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy adopted in January 2018, the European Commission presented its ambition to see 10 million tons of recycled plastic materials reincorporated into new products by 2025. It requires that more than 50% of plastics is recycled by 2030 and that the demand for recycled materials is multiplied by four by 2030.
The European food and drink industry strongly supports the green ambition pledged by the European Commission. Indeed, sustainable food production and consumption are indispensable conditions of making Europe the first climate-neutral continent.
As the Europe's largest manufacturing sector, with an annual turnover of over €1.2 trillion and a leading employer of 4.72 million people, the EU food and drink industry has over the past 10 years been working to make its supply chains deforestation-free. While progress has been made, the industry recognises it needs to accelerate the pace of change.
Growing challenges such as climate change, resource depletion, and malnutrition are affecting our sector and society alike. Today, in the context of the European Green Deal, we are determined more than ever to help address these global challenges by moving towards more sustainable food systems and implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.