Microplastics are ubiquitous in our environment and have received a lot of public attention in recent years as an invisible part of global plastic pollution. Against this background, the EU Commission is planning an initiative on tackling the issue of non-intentional inputs of microplastics into the environment – as part of the European Green Deal and as one result of the Circular Economy Action Plan 2020.
In this context, the areas of textile fibres, tire abrasion, and pellet loss are specifically discussed at the EU level as part of the initiative. The event "Tackling microplastics in the environment" will take up these issues on which new scientific knowledge has been published recently. It focusses on specific results and policy recommendations from scientific research projects from Germany and other EU member states. We invite policy stakeholders at the EU level as well as other interested stakeholders to learn more about these new findings on microplastic emissions into the environment and how to reduce them.
The event takes place in the Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the European Union in Brussels, and is organized jointly by Ecologic Institute for the research focus "Plastics in the Environment – Sources • Sinks • Solutions" of Germany's Federal Ministry for Education and Research, the Collaborative Research Centre 1357 Microplastics at the University of Bayreuth and the Interest Group Plastics of the EPA network. It will take place at the 9 March 2023 from 09:00-15:00 CET in Brussels.
The agenda and the possibility to register is available on the project website.