Plastics Abroad: Where do plastics come from in the EU?

In a continuation from our dashboard earlier this month on US plastics, this week we analyze where and who makes plastics resins in the European Union. By knowing who makes what and where, the European Union can accelerate its transition to sustainable plastics. 

  • You can easily trace a PET bottle back through its production line. 

  • You can also our filters to determine what companies are producing which plastics, where they are made, and what are the majority of types of plastics that are being produced. 

 

To make this easy to use, we start with the products we use each day, and then show how they are made.

 

Finally, knowing where plastics resins are made empowers the call by the EU plastics trade association Plastics Europe for “faster systemic change towards circularity and net zero carbon emissions”. Plastics Europe and their partners are calling for:

  • Moving quicker and fast enough to align with the goals of the Circular Plastics Alliance, European Green Deal, and the Paris and Glasgow climate agreements.

  • Managing upstream and downstream solutions in a complementary manner via deploying them together. 

  • Adopting ambitious circular economy approaches in the plastics value chain – i.e. applying upstream and downstream solutions together – that can drive significant reductions in GHG emissions and waste disposal in the next decade and beyond.

  • Deploying less mature pathways to develop and deploy innovative technologies and approaches that further decrease GHG emissions and tend to decouple plastic from fossil fuel feedstocks.

  • Acting in the next three to five years because these years are critical to both the climate and to industry.

Dashboard Data

Dashboard data is based on published E.U. facility-level 2019 capacity data sourced via Bloomberg Finance L.P. and NexantECA accessed February 2022. Corporate structuring (e.g., joint ventures) from Bloomberg Finance L.P., Moody’s Bureau van Dijk Orbis, and corporate filings accessed February 2022. Layers written into ArcGIS using ESRI overlays July and August 2022.