DOE Announces Workshop on Transitioning to a Sustainable, Circular Economy for Plastics
By Lynn L. Bergeson and Carla N. Hutton
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technologies Office (AMMTO) will host a workshop on “Transitioning to a Sustainable, Circular Economy for Plastics.” The June 8-9, 2023, workshop will convene stakeholders for a discussion of the current challenges and opportunities in transitioning to a sustainable domestic economy for plastics. According to DOE, it will include experts in recycling technologies and processes; polymer sciences; biobased plastics innovation and manufacturing; and plastics policy, economy, and sustainability. It will feature facilitated panel presentations and discussions on:
- The current landscape of plastics sustainability and circularity;
- Industry metrics in plastics sustainability and circularity;
- Supply chain and technology gaps;
- Decarbonization opportunities and pathways to achieve them; and
- Collaboration across the plastics value chain to accelerate transition to a more sustainable, circular economy.
DOE states that desired workshop outcomes include:
- Direct connections between stakeholders across the value chain to facilitate collaborations to accelerate innovation toward our collective decarbonization and circular economy goals;
- A publicly available, DOE-issued workshop report recording the discussed problems, research ideas, and industry feedback; and
- Input to ensure the DOE Strategy for Plastics Innovation evolves with the rapidly changing landscape to reflect current needs and challenges related to plastics sustainability and circularity.