Importance of plastics products

The European plastics industry has a strong commitment to the highest standards in the health, safety, quality and performance of its products, so too innovation.

Around 25 per cent of global demand for plastic products is produced by European manufacturers. All of these businesses commit with enthusiasm to the legislation and regulation designed to protect our environment – with product and process innovation is at the heart of this.

Plastics provide a very necessary and important role in society, not only through energy savings in construction, but making leisure more enjoyable and affordable, enabling communications and supporting a revolution in health care needs.

Plastic is essential for a multitude of different applications, providing essential products from medical, to packaging, construction and transport. Imagine life without plastic playing an important role.

The plastics industry is keen to innovate and develop, and with an increasing demand from Governments to reduce emissions, the plastics industry already plays an essential role, with so many long-life, lightweight and durable products in use.

We, as an industry, will continue to develop and innovate and reduce our carbon footprint.

Background to the European Plastics Industry

The European plastics converting industry is hugely important:

- 50,000 SMEs and 1.6 million employees;

- Average specific final energy consumption is 2.87 kWh/kg; 

- Total annual consumption 14 TWh;

- Only ca. 5% of the target companies in the processing sector have an energy manager.

Objectives and main steps of the EUPLASTVOLTAGE Project

- Conclusion of a signed European voluntary agreement on energy efficiency;

- Exploiting projects such as BESS and EU LTA Uptake;

- Setting up national implementation activities and agreements;

- Strengthening competitiveness of the sector.


Expected results

The EUPLASTVOLTAGE Project will prepare and launch a voluntary long-term agreement on energy efficiency for the European plastics converting industry. This project will bring together a wealth of knowledge, experience and best bractise, both at national and industry levels. This project will develp a new long-term agreement, at a European level, resulting in a firm commitment by the plastics converting sector to achieve long-term energy efficiency targets.


-  Market transformation: introduce and promote the concept of energy services in industry and will tackle untapped energy savings potentials in the plastics converting industry.

- Changing behaviour: Lead to exchanges of know-how and experience between energy managers.Training: Will create conditions to further training on energy efficiency practices potentially in other industry by a spin-off effect.

Access to capital: The reduction of energy consumption will result to capital access.Spin-offs: potentially voluntary agreements in other industries.