NEWS AND INSIGHTS FROM THE FPA
NEWS AND INSIGHTS FROM THE FPA
WWF TONY JUNIPER TO SPEAK AT FPA SENIMAR
We are delighted that Tony Juniper, Executive Director for Advocacy and Campaigns for WWF, has agreed to speak at the forthcoming FPA Environment Seminar on 23 January 2019. Tony is one of the UK’s foremost environmentalists and a highly regarded speaker. It is a huge credit to the FPA that he has agreed to speak and a great opportunity for us to forge closer links with this vital NGO.
Tony joined WWF in January of this year. Previous roles include special advisor to the Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit, Fellow with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and co-founder of sustainability consultancy group Robertsbridge. More on Tony’s website here.
If you have not yet booked for this popular and informative event we urge you to do so ASAP as places are limited. The day delegate rate is £135 + VAT pp which includes refreshments and the excellent Stationers’ Hall signature lunch. Because we are in central London there is no accommodation offered with the Seminar, members are free to make their own arrangements.
Link to booking site here
TREASURY MEETING 14 NOVEMBER
The FPA met with the Treasury last week to discuss the terms for the consultation into a tax on plastic with less than 30% recycled content. There are still a number of factors to be considered, including the definition of plastic and the evidence required by imported plastic packaging to prove it has a content in line with the minimum percentage if being claimed. We believe this is an opportunity for stricter border checks not only on recycled content but also evidence of being food safe.
We have requested the consultation be conducted as part of the consultation into Extended Producer Responsibility and PRN reform.
PLASTICS PACT ROADMAP TO 2025 PUBLISHED
WRAP has published the Plastics Pact Roadmap to 2025; the FPA is a partner for this work. The Roadmap sets out the key actions businesses should take ‘to help curb the situation of plastic packaging polluting the environment’.
The UK Plastics Pact Roadmap to 2025 aims to move plastics from being a single-use disposable material to a valued resource, in line with the circular economy model, while avoiding unintended environmental consequences of actions such as substitution or blanket removal which could lead to increased greenhouse gas emissions and/or increased food waste.
Read the full press release here
EUROPEAN CALLS ON EU TO SAFEGUARD INTERNAL MARKET FOR SINGLE USE PACKAGING
EUROPEN (the European Organisation for Packaging and the Environment) has gathered 65 European trade associations, including the FPA, as signatories to its letter calling on the EU to ensure the safeguarding of the Internal Market for singe use packaging and packaged products and avoid fragmentation.
EUROPEN says: “Somehow we need to make Council/the EU presidency understand that the Internal Market provides the scale needed to create market opportunities to advance the Circular Economy in Europe. Creating market barriers by fragmentation in national packaging policies will not achieve this.”
Read the Letter here.
BBIA ANNUAL CONFERENCE
The Bio-Based and Biodegradables Industry Association annual conference took place last week with FPA Executive Director Martin Kersh speaking. The event was attended by a high profile audience including many FPA members.
Martin says: “There was overall agreement that recyclables and compostables are both part of the solution to the issues we face and should not be seen in competition but as complimentary depending on local facilities and environments. Andy Sweetman, of FPA member Futamura and BBIA Chairman, made a very strong plea for finding common ground.
“We used our presentation to stress the need for total honesty in all claims made ensuring they all can be substantiated. We also found very strong support for an end to use of the term’ biodegradable’ in the context of packaging. Richard Walker, CEO of Iceland took part and gave a plea for greater simplicity in on-pack recycling information which we greatly support.
“Overall this was a very worthwhile event and we are pleased our two associations are working closer together, with David Newman the BBIA MD attending the FPA compostables working group.”
COMMONS DEBATE ON FRUIT & VEG PACKAGING
The House of Commons last week debated plastic free packaging in terms of fruit and vegetables with Mark Pawsey MP, Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Packaging, making a number of interventions on behalf of the industry.
You can read the full transcript on the FPA website here and there are some interesting points, not least the confusion amongst MP’s that paper bags are ‘compostable’ and what is and is not ‘biodegradable’. The Minister, Therese Coffey, confirmed that Deposit Return Schemes are still under consideration and that the Government recognises the technical challenges to innovation in plastics recycling.
The Sun reports on the Immigration White Paper, which is likely to be published in early December. If the Sun’s report is verified, this will have serious HR implications for our industry read here
The Daily Mail ran a story urging retailers to charge 40p for ‘bags for life’ to reduce pollution – read here
Article from The Guardian on Thursday last week referring to Ministers seeking to make firms ‘pay more towards recycling their own waste’ read here
The Guardian’s ‘Long Read‘ a detailed story about the plastic situation and how it has come about, but failed to address the business angle and the positives of plastic read here
Retailers shut more than 2700 shops in first half of the year – report from the BBC indicates that retailers are still struggling, especially independents read here
6 December – Simply Cups Annual Conference 2018 at The Crystal, Royal Victoria Docks, London. Speakers include Lucy Siegle from BBC The One Show, Mary Creagh MP and Chairman House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee, Amelia Womak, Deputy Leader The Green Party and many more. Further information and sign up here.
23 January 2019 FPA Environment Seminar, Stationers’ Hall, London
7 March 2019 FPA Awards and Exhibition, Grand Hotel Brighton.