The pandemic crisis has caused the world’s plastic production to drop by 0.3%. In Europe, the decline is even more pronounced.
The European Plastics Manufacturers Association announced today that due to the health crisis, the global annual plastic production in 2020 has fallen by 0.3% for the third time since the post-war period.
According to the European Plastics Association, in Europe, 55 million tons of new plastics left the factory last year, and the output dropped by 5.1%, while the reduction in production in France was even more pronounced. In 2020, the country’s output fell by 11%.
In France, the global consumption of virgin plastic fell by 7.5% last year, which was higher than the European average (-4.7%) and Germany (-6.5%).
According to the association, discontinued cars are the most affected industry, with plastic consumption falling by 18.1% in Europe and 28% in France.
Globally, “the plastic produced in 2020 was 367 million tons, compared with 368 million tons in 2019, which is the third global decline since the post-war period, after the first oil and gas shock in 1973 It can be seen that in 2008, with the financial crisis of the euro,” PlasticsEurope managing director Eric Quenet told AFP.