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Plastic Is Just as Destructive to the Climate as Oil and Gas

David Klein

Moderator
Plastic & Climate: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet
https://www.ciel.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Plastic-and-Climate-Executive-Summary-2019.pdf


Plastic Is Just as Destructive to the Climate as Oil and Gas
Plastic Is Just as Destructive to the Climate as Oil and Gas

Greenhouse gas emissions from the plastic lifecycle threaten the ability of the global community to keep global temperature rise below 1.5°C. By 2050, the greenhouse gas emissions from plastic could reach over 56 gigatons—10-13 percent of the entire remaining carbon budget.

KEY findings

Current Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the Plastic Life- cycle Threaten Our Ability to Meet Global Climate Targets in 2019, the production and incineration of plastic will add more than 850 million metric tons of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere—equal to the emissions from 189 five- hundred-megawatt coal power plants. At present rates, these greenhouse gas emissions from the plastic lifecycle threaten the ability of the global community to meet carbon emissions targets.
 
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