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Plastic industry environmental impact worldwide selected figures 2014 & 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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