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GTAP Resource #6969

"Modelling plastic pollution in Asia: methodology and baseline projections to 2060"
by Bibas, Ruben, Daniel Ostale Valriberas and Elisa Lanzi

Plastics are extremely useful materials for modern society, but plastic production and waste generation continue to increase with increasing environmental impacts despite international, national and local policy responses, as well as industry commitments. Despite calls for international action and the launch of international negotiations, the global community is far from achieving it objective if eliminating plastic pollution unless more stringent and co-ordinated policies are implemented. This paper provides a forward-looking perspective, presenting a set of coherent projections on plastics to 2060, including plastics use and waste to allow for a better understanding of the environmental benefits and economic consequences of adopting stringent policies. This paper focuses on ASEAN Plus Three (APT) countries, as APT has arisen as a hotspot for plastic pollution (around 30% of global plastic leakage to the ocean originates in the APT region), because of rising living standards, fast-paced urbanization and an infrastructure for waste management that is not yet equal to the needs. Furthermore, regional and cross-border coordination is particularly important in this region given shared rivers and coastlines, as well as regional markets for plastics and plastic waste. Many APT countries are already prioritizing actions to combat plastic pollution. For instance, the ASEAN released the Bangkok Declaration on Combating Marine Plastics in 2019.

Resource Details (Export Citation) GTAP Keywords
Category: 2023 Conference Paper
Status: Not published
By/In: Presented during the 26th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis (Bordeaux, France)
Date: 2023
Created: Bibas, R. (4/15/2023)
Updated: Bibas, R. (4/15/2023)
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- Baseline development
- Environmental policies
- Asia (Southeast)

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