WWF launches Plastic Smart Cities initiative in South East Asia with a $40M USD commitment

WWF launches Plastic Smart Cities initiative in South East Asia with a $40M USD commitment

WWF is calling on cities in South East Asia to join Patong (Thailand), Donsol (Philippines) and Phu Quoc (Vietnam) in making a commitment to eliminate plastic pollution, by developing an action plan and trial innovative solutions.

Plastic Smart Cities is a WWF initiative bringing together cities and tourism destinations to commit to fight plastic pollution. In just the last 12 months WWF has fundraised $40M USD to work on circular economy projects in cities in Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Philippines.

An estimated 60% of plastic marine debris derives from urban centers, often carried to the ocean by rivers. While cities will rapidly increase their populace to account for two-thirds of the global population by 2050, they must urgently adopt smart solutions that reduce the collective impact of their prospering communities. This means preventing, minimizing and managing plastic. Many good examples and initiatives are already underway; WWF seeks to accelerate these existing efforts by empowering cities around the world to become Plastic Smart.

Through Plastic Smart Cities, WWF is building cities’ capacity to eliminate plastic pollution by 2030. An online knowledge platform with best practices will be launched at the World Urban Forum in February 2020.

Vincent Kneefel, Global Cities Lead for WWF’s No Plastic in Nature initiative: ”With eight million metric tons of plastic entering our oceans each year, mismanaged plastic waste is profoundly threatening people and the environment, especially rivers and oceans. We are proud to launch Plastic Smart Cities and are confident that through this initiative we can create a global movement of cities taking action to tackle plastic pollution and stop leakage into nature. Our goal is to promote best practices around the world and to make sure that smart measures on plastic reduction and waste management are widely shared.”

Key stats on plastic pollution:

  • Eight million tonnes of plastic pollution ends up in the ocean every year.
  • Overall CO2 emissions from the plastic life cycle are expected to increase by 50%, while the CO2 increase from plastic incineration is set to triple by 2030, due to wrong waste management choices.
  • An additional 104 million metric tons of plastic is at risk of leakage into our ecosystems by 2030 without a drastic change in approach.
  • Since 2000, the world has produced as much plastic as all the preceding years combined, a third of which is leaked into nature.
  • More than 270 wildlife species have been documented as having been harmed by entanglement, while more than 240 species have been found to have ingested plastics.

Original source: WWF
Published on 25 November 2019