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The event was marked by the words of the Minister of the Environment, Carolina Schmidt, who invited the member companies of the Pact to uphold their aspirations to achieve the initiative's commitments for 2025, and to set up work groups on circular design, reuse, open innovation, infrastructure, culture, and dialogue.

The first Chilean Plastics Pact (PCP) Summit had the objective of reaffirming the commitment of the 43 companies and public and private institutions that are members of this alliance, and begin the implementation phase of the initiatives set out in the Roadmap that was launched last January.

The Minister of Environment, Carolina Schmidt, singled out the work of the PCP “in fighting the indiscriminate use of plastic and in promoting the transformation of our development towards a clean and circular economy.” In this context, she made a special reference to the crisis that the world is facing as a result of Covid 19.

“More than ever before, we must reflect on how the great global crises we are experiencing, such as this pandemic and the environmental crisis, have an impact on all of us without discriminating, affecting more strongly the vulnerable and marginalized groups in society. We must turn this crisis into an opportunity to change our culture and our plans for recovery and reactivation. Those plans must consider sustainability, transformation to clean energy, recycling, reducing our waste, and how we use our natural resources as key factors,” asserted the authority.

During the conference, Marcos Kulka, Fundación Chile’s CEO, stressed the importance of continuing to promote initiatives that foster an improvement in the quality of life of humanity, greater sustainability in the context we are living. “We are sure and quite clear that today we have to accelerate the pace for all these initiatives, which respond to the challenges our planet is facing, as in the case of the Chilean Plastics Pact, and drive the Chilean economy towards a circular economy in which plastic is not eliminated, but becomes a residue, and for that to happen we must promote innovation, infrastructure, culture, and the regulatory framework, and above all, the implementation of the initiatives established in the Roadmap”.

For her part, Luisa Santiago, Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Lead in Latin America, highlighted the importance of Circula el Plástico and the Chilean Plastics Pact as members of the Plastics Pact Global Network, promoting a common vision of a Circular Economy for this material, with solutions adapted to local contexts. “Each of the Pacts brings together key stakeholders in the ecosystem -locally and globally- to tackle barriers that cannot be addressed by one organization on its own. This is the starting point to rethink how we manufacture, use, and reuse materials, particularly plastic, which generates enormous amounts of waste and has the potential to remain inside the economy and outside the environment”.

 

 

During the conference, Angela Oblasser, Fundación Chile’s Director of Sustainability and Environmental Solutions, presented the implementation stages of the 2020-2021 initiatives based on work groups organized around 6 categories: circular design, reuse, open innovation, infrastructure, culture, and dialogue. Each of these groups will be led by a Sponsor who is part of the companies and institutions that have joined the Pact, such as Corfo, Nestlé, Plastic Oceans, Unilever, and Co-Inventa.

Finally, the meeting included international success stories presented by Willemijn Peeters, Searious Business Founding Director and Gian de Belder, Circular Economy & Packaging Sustainability Leader at Procter & Gamble.

“More than ever before, we must reflect on how the great global crises that we are experiencing, such as this pandemic, the environmental crisis, have an impact on all of us without discrimination, affecting more strongly the vulnerable and marginalized groups in society. We must turn this crisis into an opportunity to change our culture and our plans for recovery and reactivation. They must consider sustainability, transformation to clean energy, recycling, reduction of our waste, and the way we use our natural resources as key factors”

Carolina Schmidt, Minister of the Environment