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This badge represents thousands of products that have taken action against plastic pollution, stopping over 5 million kilograms worth of land and water contamination, and improving the lives of many. It is carried by products, brands, and companies to visibly communicate that they have achieved Plastic Neutrality in line with the Plastic Neutral Pact.
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Plastic Neutral Pact
The Plastic Neutral Pact is an open guide to achieving Plastic Neutrality through verified plastic offsets and describes a framework for the implementation of a credible and verifiable plastic offsetting and plastic crediting program. This is the basis for the recognition of Plastic Neutral Certifications granted by Plastic Credit Exchange.
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Plastic Footprint Calculator
The Plastic Neutral Pact is an open guide to achieving Plastic Neutrality through verified plastic offsets. This document will be reviewed every year to assess its effectiveness and updated to reflect developments in government policies, international standards, and industry best practices. This version is effective starting August 2020.
The Plastic Neutral Pact describes a framework for the implementation of a credible and verifiable plastic offsetting program. PCEx, through its network of aggregators and processors, provides a system of physically collecting, treating and processing plastic waste, essentially removing it from environment. Through a fully audited process, PCEx translates the weight of Plastic Offsets to equivalent Plastic Credits. Any individual or corporation may purchase Plastic Credits as a means to take responsibility for its own plastic footprint.
The Plastic Neutral Pact covers the processes of Plastic Offsetting and Plastic Crediting. This is the basis for the recognition of Plastic Neutral Certifications granted by PCEx to Clients. PCEx awards Plastic Neutral Certification to a Client that purchases credits equivalent to the Client's Plastic Footprint or the amount of plastic emitted into the environment in their operations, verified by third-party, independent auditors.
Definition of Terms
Aggregators: An individual or a group of individuals who collect post-consumer plastic waste and forwards to a materials recovery facility or a processing partner.
Assessment: The process of quantifying the plastic footprint of a given entity (business, brand, or product) through a third-party independent auditor, using transparent methods that are consistent throughout every organization.
Awarded Plastic Credit: A plastic credit purchased and assigned to a Client
Certification Period: The duration for which a Plastic Neutral Certification is applied to an entity.
Client: An individual, a group of people or a corporation purchasing plastic credits
Credit Registry: A database of plastic credits and their transactions with a unique identifier, and where credits are published upon issuance to offset an equivalent amount of plastic waste.
Plastic/s: Any of a group of synthetic or natural organic materials, including resins, resinoids, polymers, cellulose derivatives, casein materials, and proteins.
Plastic Credit: A verified plastic offset, a transactable environmental tool representing a unit of weight, typically 1 kilogram, of plastic waste.
Plastic Footprint: the amount of plastic emitted into the environment as a result of the activities of a business throughout its value chain. This includes plastics emitted through manufacture, distribution, promotion and sale of its product or service, as well as general and administrative functions. This represents an inventory, in units of mass (kg or metric ton) of plastic waste.
Plastic Neutral: The state which is achieved when the net plastic footprint associated with a company, brand, or product is reduced to zero for a defined period.
Plastic Offsetting: The act of compensating for plastic waste that enters the environment.
Processors: A facility that receives, treats or converts post-consumer plastic waste into other useful forms through material or energy recovery
Verification: Independent evaluation conducted by an qualified third party/ies to check that the quality of input data, plastic footprint assessment, or that the use of a Plastic Neutral badge meets the requirements of a Plastic Neutral certification and is in line with the approach and principles of The Plastic Neutral Pact.
Materials. Plastic offsetting as defined in the Plastic Neutral Pact covers a wide range of plastics that go into the waste stream. These include:
i.All materials made of the seven types of plastics: Polyethylene Terephthalate (PETE or PET), High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE), Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE), Polypropylene (PP), Polystyrene or Expanded Polystyrene (PS or EPS) and Other Plastics (O).
ii.Any of a group of synthetic or natural organic materials, including resins, resinoids, polymers, cellulose derivatives, casein materials, and proteins which include, among others, acrylic or poly methyl methacrylate, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), polyamide (nylon), polycarbonate and polylactic acid.
iii.Composite materials containing the plastics and material types listed above, such as multilayer paper boards with polyethylene and/or aluminum layers.
Aggregation. This includes in scope all informal waste collection activities, community waste collection from the environment (ocean and river cleanups), and government- or private-led waste collection activities.
Processing. As the optimal recovery option for plastic waste depends on many prevailing circumstances, life-cycle analysis should be applied to decide, depending on the type and composition of the plastic waste, which options are environmentally more favorable and sustainable. In the case of commingled or composite plastic waste, energy recovery and some feedstock recycling processes often represent the optimal choice. Plastic waste may be managed utilizing a hierarchical framework comprising life-cycle strategies for prevention and minimization both of the volume of waste and of its potentially adverse environmental impact as described in ISO 17422. In general, plastic waste processing technologies utilized by PCEx can be divided into two classes:
i.material recovery (mechanical recycling, chemical or feedstock recycling, and biological or organic recycling);
ii.energy recovery in the form of heat, steam, or electricity generation using plastics waste as substitutes for primary fossil fuel resources.
Plastic Neutrality is a voluntary action taken by a business to compensate for the environmental impact from its plastic footprint. The principles below shall guide the application of the Plastic Neutral Pact:
Conservativeness. Businesses making claims of Plastic Neutrality agree to exert best effort to be as accurate as possible. In cases where this is not feasible, businesses agree to undertake conservative approaches and to disclosing the methodologies that underlie their claims.
Integrity and Consistency. PCEx operates in accordance with third-party verification to ensure that claims of Plastic Neutrality are applied consistently and appropriately across relevant and intended users of the Plastic Neutral Pact. These shall guide the implementation of the Plastic Neutral Pact when its application to specific cases may be ambiguous.
Continuous Improvement. PCEx is committed to continuously improve for the benefit of its stakeholders and the environment through regular refinements in the organization’s products, services, and/or processes
Transparency. PCEx shall disclose relevant and sufficient information of stakeholder interest in the Plastic Credit registry, making every effort to ensure easy, prompt, and practical access to appropriate information
Plastic Crediting Process
A Plastic Credit is a transactable environmental tool representing a unit of weight of plastic waste from documented and verified plastic offsets.
A Plastic Credit can be assigned in the name of an individual or an organization. Attribution for the Plastic Credit is done upon purchase.
Purchasing Plastic Credits. Clients may purchase or commit to purchase Plastic Credits for a specified period of time. Assignment of Plastic Credits to the Client starts at the signing of the required documentary requirements.
Sustaining Ecosystem. PCEx as a non-profit organization operates on a cost-plus model. Proceeds from the purchases of Plastic Credits enable the integrated set of activities required in plastic offsetting and crediting.
PCEx continuously collects and banks verified plastic offsets from plastic waste recovered and processed. Verified plastic offsets are tracked and consolidated into the PCEx Offset Bank and shall remain valid for one (1) year from the date of entry into the Offset Bank or until these are purchased as Plastic Credits by a Client. The limit on validity is provided to ensure that there is the fundamental drive to continuously divert fresh plastic waste from the environment.
PCEx shall release a Certificate of Plastic Credits to the Client with corresponding supporting documents. These Certificates and the respective support documents will be published on the PCEx Credit Registry and accessible to the public.
Documentation. Plastic Credits will be based on the actual plastic waste recovered and processed by PCEx through Aggregators and Processors. These quantities shall be supported by documentation submitted to PCEx and shall be incorporated as attachments in the Plastic Credit Certificates. These supporting documents include but are not limited to, the following:
i.Certificate of processing
ii.Certificate of pre-treatment
Plastic Neutral Certification Process
A state of being Plastic Neutral may be achieved by any Client when the Client’s Plastic Footprint is matched by corresponding Plastic Credits, reducing the Client’s net Plastic Footprint to zero for a defined period.
The Plastic Neutral Pact is designed to encourage businesses to make a commitment to take responsibility for their own plastic consumption that ultimately leads to a state of being Plastic Neutral. PCEx provides options for more businesses to participate in the pursuit of Plastic Neutrality, while maintaining a high degree of accountability and transparency.
For businesses, the state of being Plastic Neutral may be achieved at different levels of a Client’s operations – at a product level, at a brand level or at the level of the entire company.
i.Plastic Neutral Product. This is achieved when the plastic footprint that corresponds to all products under a specific product category or sub-range within a company’s portfolio has been matched with equivalent Plastic Credits, bringing the plastic footprint to net zero for a defined period of time.
ii.Plastic Neutral Brand. This is achieved when the plastic footprint that corresponds to all products under a specific Brand has been matched with equivalent Plastic Credits, bringing the plastic footprint to net zero for a defined period of time.
iii.Plastic Neutral Company. This is achieved when the plastic footprint that corresponds to all parts of the company’s operations, including the plastic inputs for producing the products and services, logistics, advertising, promotion and selling, as well as general administrative activities of a company has been matched with equivalent Plastic Credits, bringing the plastic footprint to net zero for a defined period of time.
Companies seeking Plastic Neutral Certification undertake the following process:
i.Define Scope. The state of being Plastic Neutral may be achieved at different levels in a Client’s operations. It is critical that a good baseline measurement is achieved, and the first step is to define the coverage of the operations that will be matched with corresponding Plastic Credits, whether at Product, Brand or Company level. In addition to the level of operations, the Client must specify the coverage time period where the plastic footprint will be calculated from documentation and other pertinent records. The entity applying for Plastic Neutral Certification must be clearly defined by name with a description of relevant legal and/or geographical boundaries.
ii.Measure and Verify Plastic Footprint. Once the Client has defined the scope of its desired level of Plastic Neutral Certification, the Client assesses its plastic waste impact or plastic footprint. PCEx facilitates the computation and assessment, by assisting the organization with the Plastic Footprint Calculator and helps the organization submit its computed Plastic Footprint to a third-party assessor for auditing. The Client must prepare and gather data needed from the business, then calculate the company, brand or product’s total plastic footprint, defined as all the plastic purchased along the value chain starting upon ownership and receipt of raw materials up until use of product or service by consumers in its intended purpose. The Client must contract an independent auditor and this assessment partner should understand the full set of data that will be included in its assessment. As their calculation of the plastic footprint underpins the qualification for Plastic Neutral Certification, the Client must provide PCEx with a true and certified copy of this audit document.
iii.Secure Plastic Credits. A Client purchases Plastic Credits equivalent to its annualized plastic footprint for a defined past period and commits Plastic Credits on future consumption with a minimum period of 2 years, with a view of increasing waste reduction and recycling efforts for the organization. The purchased Plastic Credits and supporting documentation shall also be published on the PCEx Credit Registry, with unique identifiers to the Client. Re-assessment and verification on the Plastic Footprint will have to be conducted by the Client every year to allow for reconciliation for the actual Plastic Footprint with the purchased Plastic Credits. The awarded Certificates will be published in the PCEx Credit Registry and registry.
iv.Communicate. When an entity qualifies as an official Plastic Neutral Certified partner, it is granted rights to the use of the Plastic Neutral Certified badge, to signify its action and commitment in its packaging and marketing communications. Plastic Credit Exchange provides the assets and guidance for applying the Plastic Neutral Certified Badge in its packaging and communications. All communications relating to one's Plastic Neutral Certification status must be factually-based, clear, and transparent. All Plastic Neutral Certified partners must publicly disclose their plastic footprint assessments and offsets relating to their Plastic Neutral certification. The use of the Plastic Neutral badge must conform to the usage terms laid out on Appendix A. It is the Client’s responsibility to ensure that their claims are compliant with any local guidelines.
A Client’s Plastic Neutral status begins when it is confirmed by PCEx that there are purchased Plastic Credits that match the verified annualized Plastic Footprint within the identified scope, and remains effective for as long as the Client has a continued commitment to secure Plastic Credits for the following 2 years to match their Plastic Footprint. Failure to comply with the Plastic Neutral Pact and agreements with PCEx may result in suspension or termination of the Client’s Plastic Neutral status.
PCEx encourages all businesses to attain Plastic Neutrality and as such, devises ways for business across all sizes to participate in the process with the necessary rigor, accountability and transparency. Specific guidelines for each type of business is provided in Appendix B maintaining consistency with the Plastic Neutral Pact.
Environmental Impact and Pollution Prevention. The Plastic Neutral Pact commits that in the process of reducing the plastic waste, there shall be no detrimental impacts to other aspects of the environment. This includes pollution prevention and abatement, biodiversity and marine conservation, management of natural resources and the welfare of the people. Potential impacts and risk assessment shall be conducted in all aspects of operations and mitigation measures in place when necessary.
Occupational Health and Safety. The health and safety of the people involved shall be considered in all stages of operations. The risks inherent to the activities shall be identified and addressed prior to the conduct of the activities from aggregation up to processing. Necessary measures shall be implemented to avoid accidents, injuries and diseases arising from or associated to the activities including emergency response and preparedness.
Feedback and Grievance Mechanism. PCEx recognizes the important role of the communities in the Plastic Neutral Pact. Consultations and feedback mechanisms shall be in place and will be available throughout the implementation of the activities. PCEx incorporates the views of all the stakeholders in the conduct of the activities and the disclosure of Plastic Credits in the PCEx Credit Registry.
Prohibited Materials and Activities. PCEx shall ensure that the following are not incorporated in the conduct of the activities related to the Plastic Neutral Pact:
i.Activities involving forms of forced or child labor;
ii.Activities deemed illegal under international conventions and host country regulations; and
iii.Activities involving toxic and hazardous materials including weapons, munitions and radioactive materials.