CIPA partner of the Plastic Summit Global Event – Lisbon October 17th 2022

CIPA partner of the Plastic Summit Global Event – Lisbon October 17th 2022
CIPA partner of the Plastic Summit Global Event – Lisbon October 17th 2022

After two years fighting COVID-19 virus, it was found that plastics played a key role in protecting public health, namely in preventing the spread of the virus, in hygiene, in food safety as well preventing food waste.

Now is the time to celebrate a SUSTAINABLE VISION for Plastics!

The Plastics SummitGlobal Event 2022 presents itself as a disruptive event, bringing together the key stakeholders for a sustainable future, raising awareness on climate citizenship underpinned by Planetary Health.

Aiming to serve as forum of ideas, this event strives to converge diverse stakeholders’ visions to present wideranging and engaging solutions for all the plastics value chain. This will result in a commitment via a position statement that will translate a global vision and action to create a more sustainable environment and circular future with Plastics.

The Plastics Summit – Global Event 2022 organized by APIP (Portuguese Plastics industry Association) in partnership with ANAIP (Spanish Plastics Industry Association), ANIPAC (Mexican Plastics Industry Association) and ABIPLAST/ABIEF (Brazilian Plastics Industry Association/Flexible Packaging Industry Association) with the support of APE Europe (Agriculture Plastics Environment) and CIPA (International Committee for Plastics in Agriculture) will take place on October 17, 2022 at FIL – Feira Internacional de Lisboa (Lisbon International Fair).

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Plasticulture magazine has just released its issue 141!

Plasticulture magazine has just released its issue 141!

Meta Published by the major French and international players, CPA, CIPA and APE, partners of the magazine, Plasticulture covers the efficient and responsible use of plastics in the agricultural world.

A new « Great witnesses » section

In this latest issue of Plasticulture, Pierre Gaillard inaugurates a new section entitled « Great witnesses ». Deputy Director at Invenio, he was the first to answer Antoine Desclout’s questions to explain the interest of agricultural plastics and the stakes of their evolution for the whole of agriculture. Pierre Gaillard discusses the need to make the general public more aware of the environmental commitments of the agricultural world, the efforts made and their good results.

Discover also how to build your plastics strategy, the state of research and development in this field, the updating of regulations, the CPA and CIPA technical sheets.

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The plasticulture industry’s commitment towards circularity

The plasticulture industry’s commitment towards circularity

Communication of Bernard Le Moine, CIPA’s general secretary to the CIDAPA Congress (Latin America), Conception, Chile, April 2022.

“0 plastics on field, 100% recycled” is achievable. The plasticulture community has well identified new challenge it is facing to leave a cleaner planet to next generations while keeping all the advantages of the plastic in agriculture. As any other plastics, when not properly handled, agri-plastic will be questioned by the civil society and be subject to banishment measures or heavy taxes. As professional we know than banishment and taxes will not beneficiate to farmers, the production, and the industry, neither for the environment.

If our generation has identified this tremendous challenge, it belongs to us to develop and provide solutions to farmer for a sustainable agri-plastic waste management. To the extent that the market does not take care itself of the end-of-life, it is the responsibility to the plasticulture community to do it. Farmers, distributors, industry and researchers must be mobilized together and on a mutualized manner for this exciting and virtuous project.

Memorandum of Understanding between Polieco and APE Europe

Memorandum of Understanding between Polieco and APE Europe

APE Europe and Polieco – the Italian consortium in charge of the management of used polyethylene products – signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the Polieco International Forum in Naples on Friday 8 October 2021. The Memorandum foresees an enhanced cooperation between the two organisations to ensure an integrated management of agricultural plastics in Italy. Polieco, as the legitimate representative of the Italian plastic industry, will join APE Europe, which will be responsible for its representation at European level. APE Europe will also bring its technical and economic expertise in the integrated management of agricultural plastics: eco-design, collection systems, development of recycling capacities… An Italian edition of Plasticulture magazine will also be launched with the support of Polieco, to be the voice of plastic growers and to allow the dissemination of innovations and best practices.

Impact of COVID 19 on the activities of CIPA and CIDAPA

Impact of COVID 19 on the activities of CIPA and CIDAPA

The difficult political situation of last fall in Chile had prompted CIDAPA to postpone the holding of its congress in Conception in 2020. The COVID 19 health crisis requires to postpone this important event for plasticulture in Latin America.

Likewise, given the situation, the CIPA congress, originally scheduled for Beijing in 2021, was postponed to 2024

Consequently, it is planned to hold the congresses of CIDAPA and CIPA, at the same time in 2021 in Conception, Chile.

Impacto de COVID 19 en las actividades de CIPA y CIDAPA

La difícil situación política del otoño pasado en Chile llevó a CIDAPA a posponer la celebración de su congreso en Concepción en 2020. La crisis de salud de COVID 19 requiere posponer este importante evento para la cultura plástica en América Latina.

Asimismo, dada la situación, el congreso CIPA, originalmente programado para Beijing en 2021, se pospuso para 2024.

En consecuencia, está previsto celebrar los congresos de CIDAPA y CIPA, al mismo tiempo en 2021 en Concepción, Chile.

Facing the key challenges for the future of our profession

Facing the key challenges for the future of our profession

– In France, the FNSEA, Adivalor, and plasticulture were very present in the preparation of the law « Fight against waste and the circular economy ». This mobilization made it possible to raise awareness among public authorities and parliamentarians on the merits of the French device for managing the end of life of plastics. Our model was recognized and preserved in the law published in the official journal on February 11.

– The biodegradable film is once again accepted in agriculture in France, following the validation of the CNAB in January 2020. The INAO reading guide has been updated to this effect.

– In Spain, the MAPLA association (Medio Ambiente, Plásticos Agricultura) was created to provide financial management for used agricultural plastics. Over 80% of the market has decided to join the new scheme. José-Maria Bermejo, project manager, will ensure the implementation of the system from April 2020. However, it will be necessary to wait until 2021 for the first collection operations to be carried out.

– In the United Kingdom, also 80% of the market has decided to join APE UK for the establishment of a national scheme for the collection of used plastics. Carlo Banchero, project manager, was able to establish a large network in favor of the implementation of the system which aims to provide lasting solutions to farmers for the management of the end of life of their plastics. Public authorities in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England have shown great interest in the industry’s initiative. A large number of distributors, and among the most important, are also declared favorable. Finally, very positive contacts have been established with collection companies and recyclers in order to develop a local system for all farmers. APE Europe and Carlo are now working on the operational modalities which will be presented to the next management committee. As in Spain, the first operations are planned for 2021.

– In Europe, DG Env. of the European Commission has commissioned a study to analyse the situation of conventional agricultural plastics and biodegradable products. After a first meeting, the APE Europe welcomes this study, which will help identify solutions so that the 22 million farmers can benefit from a sustainable device for managing end-of-life plastics. The EPA recommends that all new legislation protect and develop the European model of NCS which brings together farmers, distributors and processors in governance. Indeed, this sector solidarity is a pledge of technical and economic efficiency as shown by the results of existing schemes which operate according to this model.

– It is in this context that the APE Europe and the French Committee of Plastics in Agriculture signed the declaration of the Circular Plastics Alliance (CPA). Established by the DG Grow of the European Commission, the CPA’s mission is to encourage industry to integrate 10 M Tons of regenerated granules from post-consumption (PCr). Bernard Le Moine leads the agricultural working group, itself composed of several workshops: Eco-design, Collection & sorting, R&D, Integration of recycled and Monitoring. A large number of members of the CPA and the EPA are committed to the process, by signing the declaration. The CPA is a means for the APE to sensitize European authorities on the specificity of the agricultural model in its management of end-of-life plastics.

– Coming soon: the European Plasticulture Strategy is under preparation to inform and explain how important the plasticulture is and how plasticultors are involved in the circular economy on collective initiatives.

APE Europe thanks all these members collectively engaged in the national collection schemes and in the CPA. They thus meet the requirements of modern, environmentally responsible agriculture. The APE invites companies that have not committed to do so without delay in order to act in perfect coherence with their own individual or collective environmental commitments for those who are already involved in the schemes in France, Germany, Ireland, Sweden , Iceland, Norway and support public collections in Belgium and Luxembourg.

Enfrentando los desafíos claves para el futuro de nuestra profesión

– En Francia, el FNSEA, Adivalor y la plasticultura estuvieron muy presentes en la preparación de la ley « Lucha contra los residuos y la economía circular ». Esta movilización permitió sensibilizar a las autoridades públicas y los parlamentarios sobre los méritos del dispositivo francés para gestionar el final de la vida útil de los plásticos. Nuestro modelo fue reconocido y preservado en la ley publicada en el diario oficial el 11 de febrero.

– La película biodegradable es una vez más aceptada en la agricultura en Francia, luego de la validación del CNAB en enero de 2020. La guía de lectura INAO se ha actualizado a este efecto.

– En España, se creó la asociación MAPLA (Medio Ambiente, Plásticos Agricultura) para proporcionar gestión financiera para plásticos agrícolas usados. Más del 80% del mercado ha decidido unirse al nuevo esquema. José-Maria Bermejo, gerente de proyecto, garantizará la implementación del sistema a partir de abril de 2020. Sin embargo, será necesario esperar hasta 2021 para que se lleven a cabo las primeras operaciones de recolección.

– En el Reino Unido, también el 80% del mercado ha decidido unirse a APE UK para el establecimiento de un esquema nacional para la recolección de plásticos usados. Carlo Banchero, gerente de proyecto, pudo establecer una gran red a favor de la implementación del sistema que tiene como objetivo proporcionar soluciones duraderas a los agricultores para la gestión del final de la vida útil de sus plásticos. Las autoridades públicas de Irlanda del Norte, Escocia, Gales e Inglaterra han mostrado un gran interés en la iniciativa de la industria. Un gran número de distribuidores, y entre los más importantes, también se declaran favorables. Finalmente, se han establecido contactos muy positivos con empresas de recolección y recicladores para desarrollar un sistema local para todos los agricultores. APE Europe y Carlo ahora están trabajando en las modalidades operativas que se presentarán al próximo comité de gestión. Como en España, las primeras operaciones están previstas para 2021.

– En Europa, DG Env. de la Comisión Europea ha encargado un estudio para analizar la situación de los plásticos agrícolas convencionales y los productos biodegradables. Después de una primera reunión, APE Europe acoge con satisfacción este estudio, que ayudará a identificar soluciones para que los 22 millones de agricultores puedan beneficiarse de un dispositivo sostenible para gestionar los plásticos al final de su vida útil. APE Europe recomienda que toda la nueva legislación proteja y desarrolle el modelo europeo de NCS que reúne a los agricultores, distribuidores y procesadores en la gobernanza. De hecho, este sector solidario es una promesa de eficiencia técnica y económica como lo demuestran los resultados de los esquemas existentes que operan de acuerdo con este modelo.

– En este contexto, APE Europa y el Comité francés de plásticos en agricultura firmaron la declaración de la Circular Plastics Alliance (CPA). Establecida por la DG Grow de la Comisión Europea, la misión del CPA es alentar a la industria a integrar 10 M Toneladas de gránulos regenerados del posconsumo (PCr). Bernard Le Moine dirige el grupo de trabajo agrícola, compuesto por varios talleres: Ecodiseño, Recolección y clasificación, I + D, Integración de reciclado y Monitoreo. Un gran número de miembros de la CPA y la EPA están comprometidos con el proceso al firmar la declaración. El CPA es un medio para que la APE sensibilice a las autoridades europeas sobre la especificidad del modelo agrícola en su gestión de los plásticos al final de su vida útil.

– Muy pronto: la Estrategia Europea de Plasticultura está en preparación para informar y explicar la importancia de la plasticultura y cómo los plasticultors están involucrados en la economía circular en iniciativas colectivas.

APE Europe agradece a todos estos miembros que participan colectivamente en los esquemas nacionales de recolección y en el CPA. De este modo, cumplen con los requisitos de la agricultura moderna y ambientalmente responsable. La APE invita a las empresas que no se han comprometido a hacerlo sin demora para actuar en perfecta coherencia con sus propios compromisos ambientales individuales o colectivos para aquellos que ya están involucrados en los esquemas en Francia, Alemania, Irlanda, Suecia, Islandia, Noruega y admite colecciones públicas en Bélgica y Luxemburgo.

The plasticulture community more mobilized than ever

The plasticulture community more mobilized than ever

The COVID 19 epidemic affects a large number of people and can affect our loved ones, those around us, our employees and customers. In our view, it is essential to comply with the instructions given to us, in order to slow the spread of the virus, limit the number of people infected and, consequently, the mobilization of nursing staff who show so much courage and selflessness to fulfil its mission. We are very grateful to them for that. Stay at home and, when you go to work, follow the safety and hygiene rules that are indicated.

Containment rules strongly disturb economic activity and agricultural plastics are also affected. Almost no country is independent in the production of plastics for agriculture. Each country therefore calls on its neighbours to cover the needs of its market in products which it does not produce enough or not at all. However, it is at this time of year that the planting and cutting of fodder for the winter begins. Our factories order books are full and customers are eagerly awaiting their deliveries. However, the containment rules are not the same in all countries. Some factories have had to close and can no longer deliver to their customers and disruptions in transport are hampering deliveries. Local associations, like the CPA or APE Europe have alerted the national and european authorities so that the agricultural plastics sector is considered necessary for the security of the nations and for the continuity of economic and social life. Failure to deliver our plastics can endanger agricultural production and, in a few weeks, the food chain.

In the countries with collection schemes, delays will occur but collection will be ensured. The setup of the new schemes continues, in compliance with the local regulations on COVID 19.

In this context of health crisis, telework measures have been taken by the CPA and the APE Europe so that our activity does not suffer too much from containment measures in France. Despite everything, we had to postpone our meeting program, in order to allow everyone to settle into this new configuration. From mid-May, we will again organize these meetings essential for the life of our associations.

La comunidad de plasticultura más movilizada que nunca

La epidemia de COVID 19 afecta a un gran número de personas y puede afectar a nuestros seres queridos, a quienes nos rodean, a nuestros empleados y clientes. Desde nuestro punto de vista, es esencial cumplir con las instrucciones que se nos dan, para frenar la propagación del virus, limitar el número de personas infectadas y, en consecuencia, la movilización del personal medical que muestra tanto coraje y desinterés para cumplir su misión. Les estamos muy agradecidos por eso. Quédese en casa y, cuando vaya a trabajar, siga las reglas de seguridad e higiene que se indican.

Las reglas de confinamiento perturban fuertemente la actividad económica y los plásticos agrícolas también se ven afectados. Casi ningún país es independiente en la producción de plásticos para la agricultura. Por lo tanto, cada país pide a sus vecinos que cubran las necesidades de su mercado en productos que no produce, o no a suficiencia. Sin embargo, es en esta época del año cuando comienza la siembra y el corte de forraje para el invierno. Los libros de pedidos de nuestras fábricas están llenos y los clientes esperan ansiosos sus entregas. Sin embargo, las reglas de confinamiento no son las mismas en todos los países. Algunas fábricas han tenido que cerrar y ya no pueden entregar a sus clientes y las interrupciones en el transporte están obstaculizando las entregas. Las asociaciones locales, como el CPA o APE Europa, han alertado a las  autoridades nacionales y europeas para que el sector de plásticos agrícolas se considere necesario para la seguridad de las naciones y para la continuidad de la vida económica y social. No entregar nuestros plásticos puede poner en peligro la producción agrícola y, en pocas semanas, la cadena alimentaria.

En los países con esquemas de recolección, se producirán demoras, pero se garantizará la recolección. La configuración de los nuevos esquemas continúa, de conformidad con las regulaciones locales sobre COVID 19.

En este contexto de crisis de salud, el CPA y el APE Europa han tomado medidas de teletrabajo para que nuestra actividad no sufra demasiado por las medidas de contención en Francia. A pesar de todo, tuvimos que posponer nuestro programa de reuniones para permitir que todos se acomodaran a esta nueva configuración. A partir de mediados de mayo, organizaremos nuevamente estas reuniones esenciales para la vida de nuestras asociaciones.