Circular Plastic Economy - Thematic Research

Circular Plastic Economy - Thematic Research


We live in an era where our daily life is unimaginable without plastic. This extensive dependency on a non-biodegradable material has led to steady accumulation of plastic waste over the last several decades. This necessitates formulation of a sustainable and environment-friendly approach to develop a circular plastic economy for production and disposal of this ubiquitous material. To achieve a successful circular plastic economy in the long run, various stakeholders need to collaborate across various value chains. And finally, there should be efforts put in to create greater awareness among the populace for minimizing the wastage of plastics. In this report we predominantly focus on plastic as a commodity that needs to be molded to fit the parameters of a circular economic model.


  • This report assesses why circular plastic economy has become a critical theme globally and how it is likely to impact different stakeholders.
  • It analyses various challenges created due to plastic pollution and how circular plastic economy can help address these challenges.
  • It also evaluates the steps undertaken by various governments and industry players to help realise circular plastic economy.
  • The report also highlights the measures adopted by plastic recycling technology vendors, plastic user companies, and oil and gas companies in enabling the circular plastic economy.
Reasons to Buy
  • Evaluating the challenges of plastic pollution and steps taken to mitigate it
  • Highlight the different oil and gas industry trends that are a direct consequence of circular plastic economy
  • Review the initiatives and regulations introduced by governments and industry players in enabling the circular plastic economy
  • Identify and benchmark key oil and gas companies, plastic user companies, and plastic recycling technology providers in the circular plastic economy theme

  • Introduction
    • Overwhelming need for circular plastic economy
    • Extensive collaborations necessary
    • New technologies needed for sustainability
  • Concept Brief
    • Linear to circular transition
      • Table Figure 1: Linear vs circular economy
    • Plastic pollution
      • Table Major categories of plastic materials used in packaging
    • Imagining a circular plastic economy
  • Trends
    • Oil and gas trends
      • Table Oil and gas trends
    • Technology trends
      • Table Technology trends
    • Regulatory trends
      • Table Regulatory trends
  • Industry Analysis
    • Global scenario for plastic management
      • Plastic production and disposal
        • Table Figure 2: Global plastic production
        • Table Figure 3: Europe plastic packaging waste generation and recycling, 2007-2017
      • Plastic recycling targets around the world
        • Table Recycling targets set by some of the major countries and regions around the world
      • Alternative feedstock investments
        • Table Figure 4: Global investments in alternative feedstock and plastic recycling start-ups, 2015-2019 (USD Million)
      • Impact on stakeholders
        • Table Figure 5: Impact of circular plastic economy on stakeholders
    • Sustainability with plastics: Methodologies and policies
      • Devising new value chains
      • Global level cooperation
      • Interdisciplinary technological and business collaboration
      • Issues with scaling successful practices
  • Companies
    • Oil and gas companies
      • Table Oil and gas companies
    • User companies
      • Table User companies
    • Recycling technology companies
      • Table Recycling technology companies
  • Appendix: Our thematic research methodology
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