Thematic Areas

Sustainable plastics production and consumption
  • Reduction – substitution
  • Legalities of plastic pollution legally binding instrument
  • Globalised recycling supply chains and plastic pollution
  • Simplification and bio-based materials innovation
  • Agriculture, aquaculture and plastic pollution
Human – environmental health and plastics
  • Hazard vs. risk approaches
  • Chemicals: additives, NIAS, legacy substances
  • Life cycle assessment (LCA) and impact
  • Clean up and trade-offs
  • Vulnerable groups and receptors
  • Biodiversity loss
Just transition: baselines and futures
  • Informal recycling sector empowerment
  • Citizen participation and science
  • Cost and benefits distribution
  • Social anthropology of plastic pollution
  • Financing just transition
  • Technological innovation for waste pickers
  • Informal waste workers health and safety
Science-policy interface
  • Triple planetary crisis nexus
  • Effectives of policies
  • Databases and web-portals
  • Indicators
  • National Action Plans
  • Emission inventories
  • Plastics and SIDS
  • Locally adapted engineering solutions for municipalities
  • Company reporting, disclosure
  • Metrics, indicators for statistical authorities
Emissions, sources, pathways, receptors, transformations
  • Plastic pollution emissions quantification
  • Open uncontrolled burning
  • From macro to nano scales: degradation and fragmentation
  • From land to sea
  • Benign biodegradation?
  • Recycling plants emissions
  • Nearshore activity and plastic pollution
Plastics circularity and waste management
  • By design: innovation
  • Circularity quantification, uptake
  • Chemical recycling and  depolymerisation
  • Recycling vs. collection vs. prevention
  • Tangible circular economy advances for plastics
  • SDG11.6.1 and waste management
  • Waste collection prerequisite of circularity
  • Resources recovery
Financing targets and mechanisms
  • EPR, DRS, and wider product stewardship
  • Plastic credits
  • Cost of inaction
  • Damage to tourism, fisheries and coastal habitats
  • Outcome/results based financing
  • Financing plastics innovation
  • Official development finance
  • Theories of change
Measurement, modelling, monitoring & methods harmonisation
  • Baseline and the missing plastics (mass balancing)
  • Harmonisation and standardisation
  • UNEP communities of practice
  • Transformations quantification
  • Model integration across media
  • Advances in laboratory quantification and sampling
  • Remote sensing and plastic pollution quantification and monitoring