Plastic and Climate, The hidden cost of a plastic planet

Lead Organization: Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), Environmental Integrity Project (EIP), Fractracker Alliance, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), 5 Gyres

Author: Lisa Anne Hamilton, Steven Feit, Carroll Muffett, Matt Kelso, Samantha Malone Rubright, Courtney Bernhardt, Eric Schaeffer, Doun Moon, Jeffrey Morris, Rachel Labbé-Bellas


This report examines each of the stages of the plastic lifecycle to identify the major sources of greenhouse gas emissions, sources of uncounted emissions, and uncertainties that likely lead to underestimation of plastic’s climate impacts.