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Engro Polymer & Chemicals is committed to promoting the circular economy

As part of its sustainability efforts to promote circular economy and contribute to reaching zero plastic waste, Engro Polymer & Chemicals (EPCL) has become the first affiliate member from Pakistan to join the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Plastic Action Partnership (GPAP). EPCL is a subsidiary of Engro Corporation, a strategic investment of Dawood Hercules Corporation, a World Economic Forum partner level firm.

EPCL will be able to build national and international alliances, learn from global best practises, and lead circular plastics efforts by utilising the GPAP platform to help Pakistan tackle its plastic pollution problem.

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EPCL announced intentions to establish a non-profit thinktank, the Circular Plastics Institute (CPI), in May 2021, to encourage research and development in Pakistan’s circular plastics industry. The CPI will likely do research on municipal solid waste management, with a particular focus on plastics. The Institute will be able to provide legislative and policy recommendations to assist Pakistan in meeting its worldwide obligations to reach a zero-waste future by 2030.

According to Jahangir Piracha, CEO of Engro Polymer & Chemicals, “As a responsible company, we are actively pursuing three sustainability streams, including carbon reduction/offsetting, water conservation and circular plastics. Joining GPAP is part of our vision to help the Government fulfill its vision of making Pakistan cleaner and greener for our future generations. We look forward to working closely with the Ministry of Climate Change and other stakeholders to build momentum towards a national multistakeholder platform that will make circular economy a key part of the government policy.”

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Kristin Hughes, GPAP Director, added that, “I am delighted Engro has joined GPAP at this critical time. Engro is bringing high level expertise, valuable localized insights and leadership that is urgently needed to tackle the devastating impact of plastic pollution. Engro will undoubtedly be a key player in helping Pakistan accelerate action towards a circular economy and to achieve net-zero waste by 2030.”

The Global Plastic Action Partnership is a multistakeholder collaboration platform at the World Economic Forum that aims to shape a more sustainable and inclusive world through the eradication of plastic pollution. It brings together public, private and civil society leaders to translate commitments to address plastic waste and pollution into concrete action, both globally and nationally. GPAP has created four national partnerships in collaboration with the Governments of Indonesia, Nigeria, Ghana and Viet Nam.

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