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novations on an unprecedented scale and will enable Sabic
to significantly upscale the
production of certified circular
polymers.
Sabic is also working to advocate, and stimulate the right
conditions, for creating a circular
economy for plastics. It's why we
became a founding member of
the Polyolefin Circular Economy Platform (PCEP), which was
established in 2019 as an international forum through which
stakeholders across the polyolefin value chain can collaborate to
promote the circular economy.
In addition to recent technological advancements, we
are working with retailers and
partners on small-scale projects
which demonstrate that closing the loop is possible, taking
used household packaging and
turning it into new materials to
be used again. Our recent pilot
project working together with
Tesco, Plastic Energy, Sealed Air
and Bradbury's Cheese demonstrated, for the first time, that
flexible plastic can be continuously recycled and reused and
that closing the loop on used
flexible packaging is possible.
How are you responding, e.g.

to the tethered cap regulation? And the SUP ban?
Effective packaging design
is the first step to limiting the
risk of plastics entering the environment and to addressing
applicable regulatory compliance. Therefore, we are committed to working with customers to design packaging
solutions which can facilitate
recyclability and reuse.
Reuse can offer some advantages over recycling but it
can also come with additional
handling, logistics or require
additional materials, so it isn't
always an appropriate option.
We should look into evaluating
which solution is most suited to
the product. Making a comparison between these options is
complex, but necessary, so we
rely on the outcomes of full life
cycle analysis to guide us.
Can you talk about the developments in sustainable packaging we may look forward to
in the near future? Improvements in recycling and recyclability?
While there has been progress and improvements in recycling technology, one of the
largest obstacles to adoption is
the absence of an established

global framework for waste
collection. And whilst a closed
loop for commercial packaging
could be within reach in the
not-too-distant future, municipal waste collection and recycling can vary greatly from state
to state, let alone from country
to country. This means, there
is no single solution which will
be effective globally and no
consistent starting point in the
journey towards circularity.
European countries, for example, will likely start from a
well-developed infrastructure
which have Extended Producer
Responsibility (EPR) schemes
in place, as a way of holding
manufacturers accountable for
the end-of-life impacts of their
plastic products and packaging. As a result, there will likely
already exist streams of used
plastics that can serve as circular feedstock.
However,
in
developing
countries, more basic collection
processes may need to be put
in place in the absence of EPR
schemes to help collect the
used plastic ready for recycling.
To create a circular economy for
used plastics, seismic regulatory shifts are needed to stimulate
market, system and technological developments, on both a
local and global level.
In what way has the Corona
crisis affected Sabic in terms of
e.g. products, sales, outlook?
While COVID-19 is a unique
situation which is constantly
evolving, we expect the impact
of the pandemic to continue in-

fluencing our marketplace environment globally for the short
to medium term. However, we
have confidence in the resilience and strength of our operations and supply chain.
We have built our business
on a foundation of bringing the
benefits of sustainability to our
organisation and those of our
customers and partners and
that will remain unchanged.
Meanwhile, we are maintaining our focus on being diversified
geographically, and on producing products that are innovative,
value-adding and address secular trends such as feeding growing populations, EVs, electronics
and driving sustainability.
But we are also diversified
in terms of applications to end
customer, which is allowing us
to better weather the storm.
While some sectors have seen
a downturn, like the automotive industry, others have had a
considerable increase, like the
healthcare industry and packaging. We are closely collaborating with our clients to understand market needs and adjust
production accordingly.
The pandemic has also
sparked a realization of just
how vital plastics are for applications such as healthcare and
hygiene. From lifesavers such
as syringes, medical masks
and PPE, to consumer items
such as hand sanitizer, plastic
has proved its worth across all
facets of the global response
to COVID-19. What is important is to demonstrate where
plastic is the most appropriate
material to be used and
how it can be used
responsibly.

Sabic's certified
circular polymers
have enabled Unilever's Knorr brand
to provide sustainable packaging
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