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Phasing out plastics: the electrical and electronic equipment sector

Research reports

Written by Sam Pickard, Samuel Sharp

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The electrical and electronic equipment sector was responsible for 18 million tonnes of plastic demand in 2015, having grown 3.8% a year over the two previous decades. This report explores the technical feasibility of phasing out the use of fossil plastic in electrical and electronic equipment by 2050.

This analysis is part of a broader research project investigating the technical potential for phasing out virgin plastic materials produced from fossil fuels by 2050. Our low-plastics-consumption scenario illustrates how the consumption of plastic materials could be drastically reduced by 2050, compared with a business-as-usual scenario.

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Sam Pickard and Samuel Sharp