Plastic pollution has reached unprecedented levels worldwide. To alleviate the problem, the EU and ASEAN are working towards innovative technological solutions.
In the final webinar of a series of six on “Plastic Value Chain Management”, EU and ASEAN experts gathered to share knowledge on green technologies for plastic waste management. The webinar caps off a series of successful events that investigated an entire range of technology that can be used to recycle or end the cycle of plastic waste, including plastic in the marine environment – an especially urgent subject for ASEAN Member States.
The European Commission Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD), representatives from the ASEAN Committee on Science, Technology and Innovation (COSTI), private sector members, and other stakeholders were present. European experts from the EU Horizon 2020-funded projects CelluWiz and Polybioskin presented their recycling technologies for packaging and bio-based polymers for skin-contact products respectively. Southeast Asian scientists also shared their latest innovations, such as plastic-recycling nuclear technology from Indonesia, single-use plastic recycling technology from Laos, and sustainable packaging from the Philippines.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues into its second year, the topic of personal protective equipment (PPE) as an environmental threat has become top-of-mind for scientists as well as the public at large. In this respect, Dr Agus Haryono, Acting Chairman, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) and Chair, National Plastic Action Partnership of Indonesia presented a recycling system of PPEs such as masks and hazmat suits – contaminated plastic that cannot be re-used and takes hundreds of years to decompose.
Additional presentations, addressed to the academic audience, came in the form of the next Horizon Europe call for proposals and an overview of EU initiatives from the Southeast Asia-Europe Joint Funding Scheme for Research and Innovation. The presentation of these important initiatives and topics to the students and experts in the webinar encourages the symbiotic knowledge transfer that the webinar series aims for.
The series of events aimed to create platforms for dialogues on green technology markets particularly among innovators, and to promote EU-ASEAN Technology Cooperation and Transfer. The focus on plastic value chain management facilitates discussions about state-of-the-art and future perspectives of plastic waste management and its key elements, including new technologies on and solutions to plastic waste consolidation, segregation, and recycling to close the loop towards circular economy. Future webinar series topics will be sustainable manufacturing and COVID-19, more information can be found at greentechtransfers.eu.
This webinar series is organised in close coordination with the Science & Technology Division of the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC), the Philippines Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and with the support of the Enhanced EU-ASEAN Dialogue Instrument (E-READI).
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was established on 8 August 1967. The ASEAN Member States are Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam. On 31 December 2015, the ASEAN Community was formally established. The ASEAN Secretariat is based in Jakarta.
The European Union (EU) is a political and economic union of 27 Member States, including Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland, Sweden.
The Enhanced Regional EU-ASEAN Dialogue Instrument (E-READI) is a development cooperation programme that facilitates cooperation and dialogue between the EU and ASEAN in policy areas of joint interest. Drawing on the EU’s experience of regional integration, E-READI further strengthens both the ASEAN regional integration process as well as the overall ASEAN-EU strategic partnership.