Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Circular Plastics Alliance

Circular Plastics Alliance

The Circular Plastics Alliance aims to boost the EU market for recycled plastics to 10 million tonnes by 2025. The alliance covers the full plastics value chains and includes 282 organisations representing industry, academia and public authorities. New stakeholders can join the alliance by signing its declaration.

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In the spotlight

Who are the members of the alliance and how can new members join?

The Circular Plastics Alliance is open to all public and private actors from European plastics value chains that are ready to actively contribute to delivering on the declaration of the alliance. There are currently 282 signatories (list below). To join the alliance, an organisation must sign the declaration, committing it to the alliance's shared vision and to contributing to its operational work.

See the list of the signatories of the declaration.

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What does the alliance do?

As explained in the alliance's declaration, the signatories "take action to boost the EU market for recycled plastics up to 10 million tonnes by 2025". The summary of the alliance’s commitments for action lists the planned deliverables, with deadlines. Several deliverables are already published and new deliverables will be published soon. See more on commitments and deliverables.

Voluntary pledges

To help boost the EU market for recycled plastics to 10 million tonnes by 2025 and show their commitment to this goal, stakeholders can make voluntary pledges to produce or use more recycled plastics.

The European Commission presented its first assessment of the pledges in March 2019.

Many pledges are published on the circular economy stakeholder platform.

Background

The Circular Plastics Alliance is an initiative under the European Strategy for Plastics (2018), in particular under Annex III related to voluntary pledges by industry. The European Commission launched the Circular Plastics Alliance in December 2018 to help plastics value chains boost the EU market for recycled plastics to 10 million tonnes by 2025.

Timeline

25 February 2021 Steering Committee meeting
11 February 2021 Steering Committee meeting
December 2021 - January 2021

Side sessions of the general assembly (signatories only)

  • 11 December 2020: Standardisation for a circular plastics economy
  • 19 January 2021: The CPA meets the NGOs
  • 20 January 2021: The CPA Monitoring system, roadmap for implementation
  • 26 January 2021: How can digital platforms help sell 10 million tonnes of quality recyclates in Europe
  • 28 January 2021: Synergies between the CPA and the National Plastic Pacts: the example of Portugal
4 December 2020 First general assembly of the signatories
Throughout 2020 Frequent meetings of the 6 working groups and 4 thematic coordination teams
16 October 2020 Steering committee meeting
1 October 2020 Steering committee meeting
29 June 2020 Steering committee meeting
30 April 2020 Steering committee meeting
11 December 2019 First meeting of the steering committee
November 2019 First meetings of the 6 working groups
10 October 2019 Workshop at the European week of regions and cities
20 September 2019 High-level event of the Circular Plastics Alliance and signing ceremony
March - September 2019 Working level meetings and drafting of the declaration of the alliance
5-6 March 2019 Meeting of the pledgers 
4 March 2019 Publication of European Commission’s assessment report on the voluntary pledges
5 February 2019 First meeting of the Circular Plastics Alliance at the 2019 EU Industry Days

Contact

The Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs provides the secretariat for the Circular Plastics Alliance.

Contact: grow-env-rplastics-pledge@ec.europa.eu