MOSCOW (MRC) -- Henkel says its subsidiary in North America, Henkel North America, has joined the US Plastics Pact, a collaborative initiative that aims to drive significant systems change by unifying diverse cross-sector approaches, setting a national strategy, and creating scalable solutions to create a path toward a circular economy for plastics in the US by 2025, reported Chemweek.
The US Plastics Pact is the first North American collaboration of its kind and is led by The Recycling Partnership, World Wildlife Fund, and Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the company says.
The US pact is complementary to, and follows the precedents set by the existing global network of plastics pacts, but it will be tailored to meet the unique needs and challenges of the US market, Henkel says. It will convene more than 70 brands, retailers, NGOs, and government agencies across the plastics value chain to bring one voice to US packaging through coordinated initiatives and innovative solutions for rethinking products, packaging, and business models, the company says.
The first task of the founding members of the US Plastics Pact will be to establish a “roadmap” in the first quarter of 2021 to identify key milestones and national solutions to achieving the US targets and realize a circular economy in which plastic never becomes waste, the company says.
As part of its broader sustainability strategy, Henkel has set global climate and energy commitments including being climate positive by 2040, with 2025 targets that include a 65% reduction in CO2 emissions from its production, and a reduction of 100 million metric tons of CO2 saved together with its consumers, customers, and suppliers, the company says.
As MRC informed earlier, Henkel AG & Co. KGaA (Dusseldorf, Germany) announced that Henkel Adhesives Technologies has officially inaugurated its new production facility in Kurkumbh, India.
Henkel is also partnering with Borealis and plastics solutions company Borouge to develop flexible packaging solutions for detergents containing both virgin polyethylene (PE) and high amounts of post-consumer recyclate (PCR) in efforts to increase sustainability.
According to MRC's DataScope report, PE imports to Russia dropped in January-June 2020 by 7% year on year to 328,000 tonnes. High density polyethylene (HDPE) accounted for the main decrease in imports.