Legambiente and KyotoClub, in cooperation with MEP Simona Bonafè (rapporteur on the Circular Economy package), organized a meeting dedicated to marine litter in the European Parliament on 1 February 2017.

Parliamentarians, the European Commission, environmentalists and industry together to define prevention policies and actions starting with the circular economy package.

How many and which plastics are drifting around in our lakes and seas and turning up on our shores? The answer is to be found in last summer’s study conducted by Legambiente and ENEA, the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development. An analysis of the types of plastic sampled during the summer campaigns held by Legambiente Goletta Verde (Green Schooner) and Goletta dei Laghi (Lake Schooner) was intended not only to count the types of waste found and their chemical properties, but also to find solutions for their possible recovery.

Starting from this, in the first session of the meeting technical reports explained the situation of waste dispersed in the marine and freshwater ecosystem, with hypotesis on possible way to recycle and reuse it and a focus on bio-degradation of plastic debris in the marine environment. The second session dealt with prevention measures and solutions under several aspects as fishing for litter, industry, the future of plastics and the point of view of NGO’s world.

The Hon. Simona Bonafè and Stefano Ciafani, Legambiente’s general director, opened the meeting, which was attended by Giorgio Zampetti, Legambiente’s scientific manager, Loris Pietrelli, ENEA, Nicolas Kalogerakis, Technical University of Crete, Gaëlle Haut, EU Affairs Officer of Surfrider Foundation Europe, the Hon. Marco Affronte of the Fisheries Committee, Matjaz Malgaj, Head of Unit of Marine Environment and Water Industry, Michel Loubry, Regional Director, West Region, PlasticsEurope and Francesco Degli Innocenti, Environmental Affairs Novamont.

For more information about Legambiente’s work on marine litter click here:

Here the agenda of the meeting
Here the Press Release


Presentations from the conference:

F. Degli Innocenti – Novamont
G. Haut – Surfrider
G. Zampetti – Legambiente
L. Pietrelli –  Enea
M. Affronte – MEP
N. Kalogerakis – TUC



Tackling marine litter in the Mediterranea – from research to action