Coping with a population explosion

By 2030 it is estimated that the world’s population will exceed 8.3 billion people (1.5 billion more than today). Plastics will play a key role in providing food, water and energy for the growing numbers.

The world’s population is rising rapidly, particularly in Asia and Africa. By 2030, it is estimated that there will be around 8.3 billion people on our planet. How can such a huge number of people be fed and, even more pressingly, where is the fresh water they need going to come from, and what resources will be available to meet their energy needs?

The plastics industry is taking a proactive, inclusive approach to the challenges that lie ahead. Plastics are already being used to keep perishable food fresh and safe for longer, while protecting food from damage during transportation. Plastic greenhouses and tunnels enable food to be grown under cover in places that are too dry, too cold, or otherwise infertile. They also enable multiple harvests in warmer countries like Spain, resulting in increased yields. Precious water supplies can be transported more efficiently and safely with plastic pipes, which are virtually leak-free and do not deteriorate. And if water is contaminated, plastic filters (initially developed for use in space vehicles) can make it drinkable again. Plastics also play a significant part in the reverse osmosis desalination process of turning sea water into fresh drinking water.

For more information on this subject visit www.plasticseurope.org/theworldin2030
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