Plastics: facing future global challenges

The world will face some serious challenges in the coming decades: greenhouse gases and their consequences, a rapidly growing population, and an increasingly tight supply-demand balance for fossil fuels.

The future will also bring exciting opportunities: improved healthcare and enhanced longevity, and higher standards of living for more people thanks to globalisation and new scientific developments, such as nanotechnology and human genomics. With its solid pedigree in driving innovation, the plastics industry has brought remarkable benefits to society and will continue to play a key role in meeting these new challenges and making the most of future opportunities.

Decisions about future actions can only be made on the basis of solid scientific evidence and in-depth studies, rather than opinions or incomplete information. To get a clearer picture therefore of what lies ahead, PlasticsEurope has commissioned the eminent British futurologist Ray Hammond to compile a report on developments coming up in the next couple of decades.

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