Through participation in various initiatives, the Sumitomo Chemical Group is working with other companies involved in the plastic value chain to address a broad range of issues related to a circular system for plastics.
|AEPW *1||Promoting the reduction of the leakage of plastic waste into the environment||
Projects for promoting plastic waste collection in high-leakage areas, mainly Asia, and for building infrastructure
|CLOMA *2||Promoting sustainable use of plastic products and the development and introduction of alternative materials, and accelerating open innovation||Providing information and technological consulting services for developing countries||CLOMA Website|
|JaIME *3||Raising social awareness and sharing and communicating information regarding the marine
|Production of educational DVDs||Japan Chemical Industry Association Website - JaIME (Japanese Only)|
*1 Alliance to End Plastic Waste
*2 Japan Clean Ocean Material Alliance
*3 Japan Initiative for Marine Environment
The AEPW, launched in January 2019, is an alliance of global companies formed to advance solutions to eliminate plastic waste in the environment, especially in the ocean.
Given that plastics are useful materials widely used in every part of modern life, the AEPW will undertake a number of initia-tives in collaboration with such global organizations as the WBCSD to minimize and manage plastic waste in the environment. The goal is to invest $1.5 billion over 5 years, mainly in the following four key areas that we have been working in.
- Infrastructure development to collect and manage plastic waste and increase recycling
- Innovation to advance and scale new technologies that make recycling and recovering plastics easier and create value from all post-use plastics
- Education and engagement of governments, businesses, and communities to encourage action
- Clean up of concentrated areas of plastic waste already in the environment, particularly the major conduits of waste, like rivers, that carry land-based plastic waste to the sea
The CLOMA, launched in January 2019, is established with the aim of providing opportunities for cooperation among value chains of plastic products across industries to solve the marine plastic litter issue. The CLOMA is working to accelerate innovation by promoting the sustainable use of plastic products and the development and introduction of alternative materials of plastics. In the “CLOMA Action Plan” announced in May 2020, the CLOMA aims to achieve "100% recycling of plastic products such as containers, packing and others by 2050" , and is promoting efforts to accelerate social implementation.