The 2019th edition of the Luxembourg Sustainability Forum is a landmark! 25 April 2019, on the initiative of IMS Luxembourg, many leaders were gathered at the official ceremony in order to call for a halt in single-use plastic.
An unprecedented dynamic
More than 50 organizations in the Grand Duchy are now mobilized around the Zero Single-Use Plastic manifesto launched a few months ago at the initiative of IMS Luxembourg. This is an unprecedented commitment on this subject. As a partner in the initiative, the Department of Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development has made this environmental issue a priority.
Marguy Kohnen, Counsellor at the Ministry, who came to represent Madam Minister Carole Dieschbourg, highly welcomed the extent of such a mobilization, enabling the preservation of resources and the fight against waste. « I welcome the mobilization of companies in their fight against waste. I congratulate them for taking responsibility and thank them for their support in one of the priorities of the Department of Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development. Only together we can succeed in safeguarding our environment. »
Since the urgency to act is no longer to be proven. Already, 9 billion tonnes of plastic have been produced since the 1950s and only 9% of the waste has been recycled. In Luxembourg, 3 tonnes of plastic waste are generated per hour. A proof that the commitment to which the companies engaged to collectively is more than welcome in the Grand Duchy.
Anticipating and going beyond the European directive recently endorsed by the European Parliament, the organisations who signed the manifesto have a clear commitment: removing by the end of 2020 many single-use plastic objects such as cups, plates, cutlery, straws and mixing sticks, food containers, bottles, packages and wipes containing plastic. A real and tangible impact expected since 121 tones are already covered by the manifesto (the result of the first consolidated audit carried out by IMS).
Nancy Thomas, IMS Director points out: “Action is urgently needed, and many companies have understood the real power they have to make a difference. Today, the collective impulse is given, and we know that change is underway within organizations that say stop to ultra-disposable plastic.”
The ceremony took place as part of the Luxembourg Sustainability Forum 2019, which dedicated a large part of its programme to the fight against ultra-disposable plastic (educational and artistic exhibitions and expert interventions on alternative solutions). The event also featured high-profile personalities on topics as engaging as gender equality or reducing global warming.
Zero Single-Use Plastic Manifesto in numbers
- 54 signatory companies, with more than 29.900 employees.
- Already a commitment of a reduction of 121 tonnes of plastic waste by 2020. This represents a distance of 1730 km of plastic cups and represents the border distance of Luxembourg (359km).
- 3 tonnes of plastic waste generated in Luxembourg every hour.