NUTEC Plastics: using nuclear technologies to fight plastic pollution


The IAEA hosted the virtual event in collaboration with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and countries in the region. “The regional and global actions outlined in the ASEAN Bangkok Declaration on Combating Marine Debris, the Osaka Blue Ocean Vision and the various international programs of UNEP and ESCAP provide important frameworks,” Hua said. Liu, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of Technical Department. Cooperation. “The IAEA’s contribution will strengthen research capacity and the application of scientific knowledge to combat marine debris, supporting science-based policy and decision-making.”

The IAEA has more than 40 ongoing or planned technical cooperation projects, coordinated research projects and other programmatic activities related to radiation technologies and environmental monitoring, of which around 25 projects are directly related to plastics. .

Senior officials and experts from Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Philippines, Republic of Korea and Thailand presented on ongoing national and regional efforts. In China, for example, Huang Runqiu, Minister of Ecology and Environment, said that by the end of 2022, non-degradable plastic bags and plastic tableware will be banned in many countries, and single-use plastic items will no longer be provided by hotels. “While making national efforts, we actively participate in international cooperation on the governance of marine plastic litter and respond to bilateral and multilateral initiatives in this regard,” he said.

Dechen Tsering, Director for Asia and the Pacific at UNEP, said countries in the region have broadened, deepened and accelerated action, reflected in many initiatives and measures mentioned by ministers at the NUTEC Plastics roundtable. . “There is clearly a lot of potential for sharing and cross-fertilization in the region and beyond,” she said.

The IAEA will host similar roundtables for other regions, as well as technical webinars on relevant nuclear technologies and their application against plastic pollution in the coming months.

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