As the fourth round of negotiations for a UN Global Plastic Treaty begin, a group of global corporations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have united on corporate accountability tools to fight plastic pollution.

Whilst a future UN treaty is likely to set parameters for plastic pollution mitigation at a state level, corporate plastic targets mirroring those of governments are needed to accelerate change.

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After nations have conducted three rounds of negotiations, corporates and NGOs alike have urged nations to back ambitious global policies including mandatory disclosure of plastic usage.

The increased data exchange the group proposes will be vital as a future UN Treaty is expected to accelerate plastic disclosure by corporations and enable more effective methods of waste prevention.

Data for corporate plastic usage

The group, including EA Earth Action, Systemiq and Delterra, are partnering to tackle this issue and enable companies to make informed strategic decisions as well as report on progress for corporate targets.

These include corporate frameworks and data-driven digital platforms for plastic waste mitigation as well as data reporting platforms.

Created by Delterra and Systemiq, Packaging IQ 2.0 is the next evolution of the data-driven platform that helps companies operating in the US, Brazil and Indonesia reduce their plastic waste. Plastic IQ was supported by the Recycling Partnership and the Walmart Foundation.

Packaging IQ 2.0 aims to solve the problems associated with packaging decisions by providing brands and retailers with relevant economic, policy and environmental insights for specific packaging formats and markets.

Plastic footprint measurement, akin to a carbon footprint, supports global organisations to accurately measure the environmental impact of their plastic use by providing a standardised metric and utilising the Plasteax dataset that provides global insights.

Packaging IQ 2.0, EA Earth Action and the Plastic Footprint Network will be able to build upon existing data and scale globally.

Packaging IQ 2.0 partner Yoni Shiran commented: “As we head into the INC-4 negotiations, we hope that Packaging IQ 2.0 can help facilitate the direct action required that aligns with a high-ambition global plastic treaty.”

The Environmental Investigation Agency recently confirmed to Packaging Gateway that the packaging industry has a vital role to play in the successful implementation of the UN Global Plastic Treaty.