Vancouver — In regards to the outcome of the second Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee meeting of the Global Plastics Treaty (INC2) in Paris, France which took place on May 29 to June 2, 2023:

Sarah King, Greenpeace Canada’s Head of Oceans and Plastics Campaigns, said:

“After a bumpy start, world governments agreed a mandate to hammer out a treaty in the months to come — despite the efforts of oil producing countries and the industry lobby to derail progress. As we look ahead to the next Global Plastics Treaty meeting, governments need an urgent mindset shift towards the future we need, leaving fossil fuel and plastic dependency in the past. Plastic production could double within the next 10-15 years, posing a significant threat to the climate, biodiversity and human health. Now more than ever Canada must champion a strong treaty that finally caps and phases down plastic production at a pace that matches the exigency of our planetary crises.”

The next round of talks for a Global Plastics Treaty will take place in Nairobi from Nov. 13-17, 2023.


Notes to media

[1] Global production of plastics has increased sharply in the past 50 years from 15 million tonnes in 1964 to over 390 million tonnes in 2021. If the current trend continues, industry estimates predict plastic production could double by 2030-2035 and triple by 2050 (based on 2015 figures). 


Brandon Wei, Communications Officer, Greenpeace Canada

[email protected], 778 772-6138