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Predicting Policy for Sustainable Materials Executive Summary

Charles Willard

Charles Willard

Associate Consultant

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Anthony Schiavo

Anthony Schiavo

Senior Director and Principal Analyst

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Over the past few years, sustainability has become the priority for innovation teams in the materials and chemicals industry as well as consumer-facing industries like apparel, food, and beauty. Regulations hold a unique place as a driver of corporate sustainability practices, which creates a clear need for corporations to understand and predict future regulatory states – both to prepare existing businesses and to explore the potential for new business opportunities under these regulatory schemes.

In this report, we discuss a qualitative framework to assess policies, based on impact and probability of adoption. Extended producer responsibility (EPR) schemes and taxes on unrecyclable plastic stand out in terms of total impact, while single-use plastic bans are most likely to proliferate.

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