Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association and Alliance to End Plastic Waste to Promote Sustainable Waste Management Together
Memorandum of Understanding signed to collaborate on advancing a transition to a circular economy for plastic in the GCC region
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 14 December 2022 – The Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA), the voice of the chemical and petrochemical industry in the Arabian Gulf, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Alliance to End Plastic Waste to collaborate on promoting sustainable waste management and a transition to a circular economy in the GCC region.
The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the 16th Annual GPCA Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and is aimed at facilitating collaboration between GPCA, the Alliance and their member companies in preventing plastic from leaking into the environment and encouraging the adoption of sustainable plastic waste management practices.
Both parties have agreed to exchange their unique areas of expertise to support the delivery of impact-focused projects across and beyond the GCC. The collective lessons learnt, best practice and perspectives of GPCA and the Alliance will be applied to develop, scale and replicate these projects, which include those that drive recycling, public engagement and other existing community-focused programs.
Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, Secretary General, GPCA, commented: “I welcome the agreement between GPCA and the Alliance to End Plastic Waste to collaborate and promote opportunities for knowledge sharing, research and building awareness around the plastic waste management challenges facing the industry in the region and globally. GPCA and its members are committed to a circular economy, adopting sustainable plastic circularity design and we look forward to combining our local knowledge with the Alliance’s global network and expertise to promote forward-looking solutions on the plastic waste issue.”
Jacob Duer, President and CEO of the Alliance, said: “As the Alliance, we are committed to driving action across the plastic value chain to help end plastic waste in the environment. The collaboration provides us with an important opportunity to learn from GPCA’s experience and leverage its technological advances. Combined with the insights and learnings from our projects in 30 countries, we are confident that this partnership will accelerate action and innovation to improve plastics circularity and unlock innovative waste management solutions across the GCC.
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About the Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association
The Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) was established in 2006 to represent the downstream hydrocarbon industry in the Arabian Gulf. Today, the association voices the common interests of more than 250 member companies from the chemical and allied industries, accounting for over 95 percent of chemical output in the GCC. The industry makes up the second largest manufacturing sector in the region, producing over USD 108 billion worth of products every year.
GPCA supports the petrochemical and chemical industry in the Arabian Gulf through advocacy, networking and thought leadership initiatives aimed at helping member companies to connect, share and advance knowledge, contribute to international dialogue, and become prime influencers in shaping the future of the global petrochemicals industry.
Committed to providing a regional platform for stakeholders from around the world, GPCA manages six working committees – Plastics, Supply Chain, Fertilizers, International Trade, Research and Innovation, and Responsible Care – and organizes six world-class events each year. The association also publishes an annual report, regular newsletters and various other industry reports.
For more information, visit www.gpca.org.ae.
About the Alliance to End Plastic Waste
The Alliance to End Plastic Waste (Alliance) is a global non-profit organisation with the mission to end plastic waste in the environment. Its focus is implementing projects and investing in innovative solutions to develop or enhance waste management systems. As of June 2022, its portfolio comprises over 50 projects across 30 countries worldwide.
Tackling plastic waste is a complex challenge that requires collective action. Since 2019, the Alliance has convened a global network of industry leaders across the plastics value chain, together with government, civil society, entrepreneurs, and communities to work towards advancing a circular economy for plastic waste. For more information, visit: www.endplasticwaste.org