The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Food Industry Asia (FIA) are launching a report entitled PERCEPTIONS ON PLASTIC WASTE: Insights, interventions and incentives to action from businesses and consumers in South-East Asia.
Date: 23 June 2020
Time: 3-4pm (BKK) 8-9am (UTC)
Location: Virtual report launch on MS Teams
About: This new report covers the findings of a regional survey of consumers and food and beverage businesses across South-East Asia, into their perceptions of plastic use and wastage.
The survey polled consumers and businesses in five countries that are estimated to be among the top 10 sources of plastic marine debris globally – Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam.
The full report is published here
- Staffan Herrström Swedish Ambassador to Thailand, Lao PDR and Myanmar
- Isabelle Louis Deputy Regional Director Asia and the Pacific Office, UNEP
- Matthew Kovac Executive Director, Food Industry Asia (FIA)
- Kakuko Nagatani-Yoshida Regional Coordinator for Chemicals,Waste and Air Quality, Asia and Pacific Office, UNEP
- Edwin Seah Head of Sustainability, Food Industry Asia (FIA)
- Fraser Thompson Director, AlphaBeta Singapore
Join the virtual launch and find out:
- Are businesses and consumers changing their plastic use behaviours?
- Should governments do more to end plastic waste?
- What are the next steps to beat plastic pollution?
The report PERCEPTIONS ON PLASTIC WASTE: Insights, interventions and incentives to action from businesses and consumers in South-East Asia highlights the findings from a survey of consumers and businesses in South-East Asia, to understand more about perceptions of plastic waste.
The surveys were conducted from January to April 2020 in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam, sampling 2,000 consumers and 400 food and beverage businesses across the five countries. Efforts were taken to ensure that the sample covered a wide range of companies across the value chain, company ownership structure, company size and locations within the countries, while quotas were instituted to ensure accurate demographic representation of the consumers. A similar survey will be conducted in 2022 for comparison.
This survey and report were co-commissioned by SEA circular, an initiative of UNEP and the Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia (COBSEA) – supported by the Government of Sweden – and FIA to inspire market-based solutions and encourage enabling policies to prevent marine plastic pollution in South-East Asia. The analysis was conducted by AlphaBeta.
23 June 2020 – 3-4pm (BKK time) 8-9am (UTC)
- 3pm: Introduction and welcome: Maggie Lee SEA circular, UNEP
- 3.05pm: Opening remarks: Dechen Tsering Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, UNEP
- 3.10pm: Opening remarks: Matthew Kovac Executive Director, Food Industry Asia (FIA)
- 3.15pm: Presentation of the report findings: Fraser Thompson Director, AlphaBeta Singapore
- 3.30pm: Remarks: Staffan Herrström Swedish Ambassador to Thailand, Lao PDR and Myanmar
- 3.35pm: Q&A (open questions from participants and media representatives)
Questions facilitated by:
Kakuko Nagatani-Yoshida Regional Coordinator for Chemicals,Waste and Air Quality, Asia and Pacific Office, UNEP
Edwin Seah Head of Sustainability, Food Industry Asia (FIA)
- 3.55pm: Closing remarks: UNEP