17 June 2009 - Green Week 2009: Plastics industry to demonstrate how its materials can play a key role in averting climate change

“Climate cataclysm…plastics has an important role to play in fighting the worst effects of climate change.”- Ray Hammond

When Green Week 2009 kicks off in Brussels on 23 June, PlasticsEurope will have a presence, reminding the 3,500 attendees about the benefits of plastics as a material that can help maximise energy efficiency and contribute to protecting the climate. Green Week is the largest annual conference on European environment policy and this year’s theme is “Climate Change: Act and Adapt.” PlasticsEurope’s stand will feature a special appearance by futurologist and author Ray Hammond. Hammond is the author of “The World in 2030 (The World in 2030 looks at the key trends that are likely to shape society and everyday life. The report was commissioned by PlasticsEurope and released in 2007),” a report commissioned by PlasticsEurope to look at the major key drivers for change in the next 25 years. Invited by the European Commission, DG Environment, Ray Hammond will moderate a session at Green Week called “2050 Vision: Greening our Economy.”

Plastic materials have a significant contribution to make in saving energy and reducing CO2 emissions across a wide range of applications. In the building and construction sector, plastics are used as insulators, eliminating thermal bridges, and life-cycle analyses demonstrate that plastics are often the most eco-efficient solution. For example, if half of all buildings in Europe were insulated to the highest standards plastics can deliver, the EU could reduce its CO2 emissions in buildings by 35%, or 340 million tonnes. This would result in savings equivalent to almost 45% of the Kyoto targets for the EU-27.

Hammond’s report, “The World in 2030,” predicts among other things that, thanks largely to plastics, buildings and homes will be upgraded to maximise energy efficiency, because climate change might make annual average temperatures drop by as much as three degrees Celsius (six degrees Fahrenheit) in Europe.
Hammond will be present at the PlasticsEurope stand (Second floor, Stand #56) to discuss his book and sign copies on Wednesday, 24 June.

PlasticsEurope at Green Week 2009: Activity Highlights
  • 23 June – 26 June
      The Climate in 2030: How can plastics help prevent the climate cataclysm?
      Second floor, Stand #56, Charlemagne building, rue de la Loi 170, Brussels
  • 24 June from 11.00 to 12.00
      Discussion and book-signing
      Ray Hammond to appear at the PlasticsEurope stand to engage in discussion with visitors and sign copies of “The World in 2030.”
      Second floor, Stand #56, Charlemagne building, rue de la Loi 170, Brussels

To register for Green Week, visit http://ec.europa.eu/environment/greenweek/.

Word document of Press release

Press Contact:
PlasticsEurope AISBL
Chris Welton
Phone: +32 (0)2 676 74 43

Editors' note:

PlasticsEurope is one of the leading European trade associations with centers in Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan and Paris. We are networking with European and national plastics associations and have more than 100 member companies, producing over 90% of all polymers across the EU27 member states plus Norway, Switzerland, Croatia and Turkey.

The European plastics industry makes a significant contribution to the welfare in Europe by enabling innovation, creating quality of life to citizens and facilitating resource efficiency and climate protection. More than 1.6 million people are working in about 50.000 companies (mainly small and medium sized companies in the converting sector) to create a turnover in excess of 300 billion € per year.

The plastics industry includes polymer producers - represented by PlasticsEurope, converters - represented by EuPC and machine manufacturers - represented by EUROMAP. For further info see the web links: www.plasticseurope.org, www.plasticsconverters.eu, www.euromap.org