Tackling Subsidies for Plastic Production: Key Considerations for the Plastics Treaty Negotiations

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Evidence indicates that the production of plastics is subsidized, deepening the plastic pollution crisis. Many of these
subsidies come through its main feedstock: fossil fuels. Currently, the price of plastics does not fully capture any externalities that occur across the life cycle. Direct subsidies to the production of plastic precursors (understood as the
monomers, polymers, chemical additives, and processing agents used in their production) or indirect subsidies (in the
form of cheaper oil and gas feedstocks) exacerbate the crisis by artificially reducing the cost of plastics, thus increasing
the use and production of plastics.

This policy brief by CIEL (Center for Environmental Law) sheds some light during UN Plastics Treaty negotiations.

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