Marine Litter & LCA
Project Area Background
Marine litter is a global concern crossing country borders. A recent study has estimated that 4.8 to 12.7 million tonnes of plastic waste entered the oceans in 2010 (Jambeck et al, 2015), linking it to insufficient waste management, littering and consumption behaviour: Estimated numbers vary, but it is clear that too much waste enter rivers, seas and oceans which have turned into the world’s biggest landfill, causing environmental, economic, and social damage. About 388 million tonnes of plastics were produced in 2015 with 99.5% being fossil-based. There is also growing evidence that marine plastics represent a substantial challenge to marine biodiversity: over 500 species are known to be affected by entanglement, ingestion, and ghost fishing (UN Environment).
Read our workshop report on “Connecting Expert Communities to Address Marine Litter in Life Cycle Assessment”.