France Bans Plastic Utensils To Fight Climate Change

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This is product of France’s 2015 Energy Transition For Green Growth Act which set out six objectives:

  • Reduce GHG emissions by 40% by 2030 from 1990 levels ;
  • Halve final energy consumption by 2050 from 2012 levels ;
  • Reduce fossil fuel consumption by 30% by 2030 from 2012 levels ;
  • Have renewable energies account for 32% of final energy consumption and 40% of electricity generation by 2030 ;
  • Halve the amount of landfilled waste by 2025 ;
  • Reduce the share of nuclear power in the energy mix to 50% by 2025.

These oppressive and draconian economic measures will lead the race to the bottom.  TN Editor

Plastic crockery and cutlery is to be banned in France unless it is made from biologically sourced materials.

The law comes into force in 2020. It is part of a French environmental initiative called the Energy Transition for Green Growth, part of a package aimed at tackling climate change.

But, the Independent reported, the move faces a challenge from Pack2Go Europe, a Brussels-based organisation representing European packaging manufacturers.

“We are urging the European Commission to do the right thing and to take legal action against France for infringing European law,” said Eamonn Bates, secretary general of Pack2go Europe.

He said there was no proof that biologically sourced material was any more environmentally beneficial.

Mr Bates said the ban could make the litter problem worse because consumers would believe that packaging left in the countryside would be biodegradable.

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