On Friday March 6th FiliGrade signed the European Plastics Pact. Our CEO Johan Kerver met with ministers and company representatives in Brussels, Belgium, to reconfirm our commitment and ambition regarding plastics.
In 2025 our entire packaging portfolio must be reusable and/or recyclable. The aim is that it will be fully circular and without any emission from fossil fuels by 2050.
European Plastic Pact: Making measurable steps
30 large companies and 13 countries have signed the European Plastics Pact. Signing the pact is voluntary, but not without obligation. Every year it is monitored how participants are progressing. After the launch, the first working groups will start immediately, focusing on setting up monitoring and reporting, transport of plastic waste and circular design of plastic. Progress is monitored by a rotating steering committee consisting of a number of signatories. The European Commission is involved as an observer of the Pact. Together with the European Commission, we are also looking at where the European Plastics Pact can contribute to a new European plastic policy based on the European Green Deal.
We as a Dutch company are proud to be the initiator and developer of digital codes in post consumer packaging and this can create a huge game changer in the processing of plastic packaging, Food-graded packaging can again be used as raw material for food applications by this technology. With our solution in plastic packaging we can make a huge impact together, the impact will be huge.
The European project "HolyGrail 1.0" of Petcore under the supervision of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation has been a success (see this article) and at the moment "HolyGrail 2.0" is being launched. We at FiliGrade are the initiators and developers of the technology in plastics.
Furthermore, the Sustainabilty Award Europe 2019 was awarded to the HolyGrail project during the FachPack 2019 in Nurnberg. In this project our technology in plastics was used (see this article):
Johan Kerver, CEO FiliGrade, explains why FiliGrade supports the European Plastics Pact: "If we really want to be effective in making measurable sustainable impact, we have to work together, and that's the approach that's also needed for plastic packaging. The plastic value chain is international, with large, multi-national producers and suppliers. A unified European approach, working together across borders and categories can help to scale and speed up. That is different than the national pacts that are already in place. Therefore we support both national and international pacts."
Dutch Minister of "Milieu en Wonen" (Environment and Living), Stientje van Veldhoven: "If we want to achieve the Paris climate goals, we must look at clean raw materials as well as clean energy. I think we should be able to reuse every little bit of plastic in the future and keep it out of our oceans and environment. So that we leave the earth cleaner and healthier for future generations. That is not an easy task, but by cooperating with all these parties on a European scale it is possible. I am proud that we are taking the first steps here today."