Products
Downloads
Locations / Sites
Contacts
Download list
Back to News

NOVA Chemicals Takes Action to Prevent Plastic Debris from Reaching the Ocean

Infographic Plastic Debris Entering World Oceans

Borealis’ sister company NOVA Chemicals today announced a three-year investment of nearly USD 2 million (EUR  1.5 million) to prevent plastic debris from reaching the ocean. The investment supports Project STOP, a new global initiative to design and implement solutions to reduce marine plastic pollution especially in countries with high leakage of plastics into our oceans.  

Southeast Asia has been identified as a major source of marine plastic debris as economic development and plastics consumption have outpaced the expansion of waste management systems in the region. Project STOP has chosen Indonesia as a primary focus region. (See attached infographic.)

“We understand the growing concern about marine plastic pollution and agree we must take meaningful action to address this challenge. NOVA Chemicals’ investment demonstrates our commitment to shaping a world that is even better tomorrow than it is today,” said John Thayer, Senior Vice President, Polyethylene Business at NOVA Chemicals. “Plastics are too valuable to be thrown away or left as litter. We’re working with Project STOP to find high-impact solutions to prevent plastic pollution in critical locations around the world.”  
 
“Project STOP represents an important step towards creating a plastics circular economy. We are more than pleased that, after our joint venture with Borouge, our sister company NOVA Chemicals joins forces with us in this industry-leading initiative,” explained Alfred Stern, CEO of Borealis. “The collaboration of Borealis, Borouge and NOVA Chemicals highlights our commitment to proactively help solve the issue of ocean plastic.”

NOVA Chemicals’ investment will support the first city partnership in Muncar, a coastal fishing community located in Banyuwangi, Indonesia. With minimal waste services in place, many citizens are forced to dump their waste directly into the environment. Muncar was chosen as the first STOP location due to the seriousness of the challenge, coupled with strong leadership and environmental commitment at national, regency and local levels.

Project STOP was co-created in 2017 by Borealis and SYSTEMIQ. Borealis is a leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers, and SYSTEMIQ is a firm that co-creates, incubates and invests in innovative solutions for sustainable land-use, material and energy systems.

Project STOP is focused on three objectives:

Zero leakage of waste into the environment by ensuring waste collection services are available to all households and businesses, through increasing pick-up points, sorting facilities and staff.

  1. Increased recycling of plastics by strengthening the supply chain from waste collection to waste management companies.
  2. Benefits for the local community by creating new jobs in the waste management system and reducing the impacts of mismanaged waste on public health, tourism and fisheries.

“We are delighted to work with NOVA Chemicals to stop plastic pollution from reaching the world’s oceans,” said Martin Stuchtey, Founder and Managing Partner of SYSTEMIQ. “There is a great need to accelerate circular waste management solutions in Asia, and we are very excited to design and deliver this new city partnership model, working collaboratively with our global corporate partners and our government partners in Indonesia.

For further information:
Click here for NOVA Chemicals’ media release.
Click here or watch this short video to learn more about Project STOP. 

END

Media inquiries, please contact:

NOVA Chemicals: Mark Horner, Director, Corporate Communications
E-mail: Mark.Horner@novachem.com

Borealis: Virginia Mesicek, External Communications Manager
E-mail: virginia.mesicek@borealisgroup.com, phone: +43 1 22 400 772 (Vienna, Austria)

Systemiq: Clare Oh, Media Lead
E-mail: clare.oh@systemiq.earth 

Infographic Plastic Debris Entering World Oceans

Media Contact
Virginia Mesicek
External Communications Manager

Related News

Media Release – 06/12/2018

Borealis increases PP capacity in Europe; strengthens commitment towards European customer base

Read more

Media Release – 05/12/2018

Thinking circular, Borealis launches EverMinds™: a new communication platform dedicated to circular economy solutions

Read more

Media Release – 29/11/2018

Borealis issues inaugural rated corporate bond

Read more

News – 13/11/2018

​Borealis Annual Report 2017 honoured with Austrian Sustainability Reporting Award (ASRA) 2018 in the category of first GRI report

Read more

Media Release – 31/10/2018

Borealis delivers a solid quarter, focusses on growth and further strengthens commitment to plastics recycling

Read more

Media Release – 30/10/2018

Project STOP: Scale-up commitment and next city partnerships announced at Our Ocean Conference 2018 in Bali, Indonesia

Read more

Media Release – 29/10/2018

Borealis signs agreement to acquire a controlling stake in South Korean compounder DYM Solution Co. Ltd

Read more

Media Release – 29/10/2018

Borealis supports Global Commitment to Eliminate Plastic Pollution at the Source and Commits to more than Quadruple its Recycled Plastics Volume by 2025

Read more

Media Release – 24/10/2018

Borealis announces collaboration with start-up Qpinch to scale up revolutionary heat recovery technology

Read more