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Plastic industry environmental impact worldwide selected figures 2014 & 2050

This statistic shows selected figures on the environmental impact of the plastic industry worldwide in 2014, with forecasted figures for 2050. In 2014 the global plastic production amounted to 311 million metric tons. It is forecasted that plastic production will increase to 1.12 billion tons in 2050.

Selected figures on the environmental impact of the plastics industry worldwide in 2014 and 2050

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September 2017



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Supplementary notes

* Total oil consumption expected to grow slower (0.5% p.a.) than plastics production (3.8% until 2030 then 3.5% to 2050).
** Carbon from plastics includes energy used in production and carbon released through incineration and/or energy recovery after-use. The latter is based on 14% incinerated and/or energy recovery in 2014 and 20% in 2050. Carbon budget based on 2 degrees scenario.

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