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A UNEP/GRID certificate for Synthos

This year's celebration of UN Day (United Nations Day) on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was exceptionally festive. On 25 October this year, a conference devoted to Agenda 2030 was organised in the Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw, under the honorary patronage of the European Commission, the Ministry of Enterprise and Technology and the Ministry of Science. The ceremony was attended by numerous diplomats as well as many representatives of government administration, science and business.  During the session, a representative of Synthos S.A. received the certificate of Partnership for the implementation of the Together for the Environment Environmental Sustainable Development Goals.

The Synthos Group is one of the industrial pioneers which has incorporate SDGs (Sustainable-Development Goals) and a Circular Economy philosophy into their strategy and put it into practice. PolyStyrene Loop (PSLoop), a pan-European project within which a unique demonstration plant is being built in Terneuzen, Netherlands, constitutes a very successful example of that innovative approach. The technology adopted in it facilitates the recycling of polystyrene and EPS, depolymerisation and separation of harmful additives.  It is also an example of a well-functioning partnership of stakeholders from the entire value chain - PSLoop is partnered by more than 60 entities from 14 EU countries. The project is supported by EU Life funds. In the EU Plastic Strategy, PSLoop has been recognised by the European Commission as best practice, and, additionally, declared the best plastic-recycling technology by the Basel Convention. Synthos would like to replicate these plants all over Europe on an industrial scale. In Poland, the Company wants to build two plants of this type.

The adoption of Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals represents a paradigm shift in the international policies for  development cooperation. Agenda and SDGs globally influence policies, regulations and legislation, prompting companies to invest in pioneering technologies, change business models and operate in partner ensembles which go beyond horizontal integration.

In the spirit of partnership, Synthos Group cooperates with many stakeholders. We have been an active partner in the European Commission in the scope of work and research for the regulations concerning chemistry and plastics. We are a member of the Agenda 2030 Stakeholders National Forum of the Ministry of Enterprise and Technology. We are a partner in the UNEP/GRID Centre which participates in the dissemination of SDGs in their environmental aspect. We are a member of the Operation Clean Sweep, which was initiated 25 years ago by the American Chemistry Council. The action is designed to prevent plastic from getting into the environment. We have become a member of the key Cluster of Waste Management and Recycling. 

We involve our business partners in the value chain of these initiatives. 90% of Polish foamed-polystyrene producers cooperating with us have already committed to signing the declaration of accession to the Agenda 2030 Stakeholders National Forum. It is possible they will soon become participants to the Operation Clean Sweep, which is supported by the European Commission.

Krzysztof Żarnotal
Head of Cooperation with Market Regulators and Associations

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