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Plastic pollution, including through single-use plastics (SUPs), continues to plague natural environments around the world, including in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The region produces around 28 million tons of plastic waste every year (12% of total municipal waste), of which around 36% is SUP. It is estimated that about 4 million tons of plastic waste could enter the ocean in 2020 due to inadequate solid waste management in coastal cities, where a significant…

With so many countries and regions committing to some (often indeterminate) form of bioplastic alternative to conventional plastic food packaging, scrutiny as to actual environmental and safety performance offered by these materials has become intense. This has ironically created great uncertainty within the commercial food industry at the exact time that many producers have introduced mandates to switch from conventional plastic packaging. So how does this end? An Aging EU Packaging Standard The principal packaging…

Jonathan Cocker hablará en un seminario web organizado por el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo sobre Plásticos y Economía Circular Regulación en tiempos de COVID-19. Los panelistas incluyen Denisa Mertiri, Green Earth Strategy (Canadá); Mariana Herrero S, Galicia (Mexico); Guillermo Tejeiro Gutiérrez, Brigard Urrutia (Colombia); Francisco Tong, Rodrigo Elias & Medrano (Perú); Julio Recordon, Carey (Chile). Sintonice el 22 de julio de 2020 de 11:00 a 12:30 EST. https://zoom.us/J/96906380450

Jonathan Cocker will speak in a webinar hosted by the Inter-American Development Bank on Plastics & the Circular Economy Regulation in the Pacific Alliance in Times of COVID-19. Panelists include Denisa Mertiri, Green Earth Strategy (Canada); Mariana Herrero S, Galicia (Mexico); Guillermo Tejeiro Gutiérrez, Brigard Urrutia (Colombia); Francisco Tong, Rodrigo Elias & Medrano (Peru); Julio Recordon, Carey (Chile). Tune in on July 22, 2020 from 11:00 to 12:30 EST. https://zoom.us/J/96906380450

Jonathan Cocker will be presenting an upcoming paper at the Venice Symposium 2020 organized by the International Waste Working Group on sustainable food packaging in biogas production in partnership with members of the European Union’s Realizing the Transition to the Circular Economy (ReTraCe) program, including Amos Ncube, PhD Candidate at University of Naples ‘Parthenope’  Department of Science and Technology.

Baker McKenzie will be presenting an international webinar on Circular Economy – Expanding Product Life-Cycle Regulations and Impacts on International Businesses. Speakers will include: Jonathan Cocker (Toronto), Graham Stuart (London), Giovani Tomasoni (Sao Paulo), Scott Silverman (Beijing) Tune-in on Thursday, July 16 at 9 AM CT.

The exponential growth of both on and off-shore wind energy is truly an environmental good news story of the past 25 years. It is estimated that there is no less than 600 gigawatts of wind energy capacity currently installed worldwide and the European Commission, in their long-term de-carbonization strategy to 2050, estimates that wind alone could provide 50% of the EU’s electricity demand by 2050. But with as much as 6 million tons of…