Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has expressed Pakistan’s unwavering commitment to combat plastic pollution and embark on a journey of plastics reduction. In his message on the occasion of World Environment Day being observed on Monday, he emphasized the need to combat plastic pollution. He said as one of the top ten countries in the world for plastic pollution, Pakistan recognizes the urgent need for action.
Shehbaz Sharif said the government has prioritized the adoption of environment friendly alternatives and is actively working on the Plastics Prohibition Regulation 2023 for the Islamabad Capital Territory. This regulation will establish a comprehensive framework and timeline for phasing out single-use plastics, while also leading by example on a plan to reduce and then ban the use of single use plastics by the entire federal government.
In a demonstration of the federal government’s commitment to reduce plastic waste in Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif has directed the Prime Minister House to stop using single-use plastics, which like the Ministry of Climate Change and Environmental Coordination, will lead the way in phasing out and restricting the use of Polyethylene terephthalate or PET bottles in Federal Ministries, and Divisions across the board.
The Prime Minister called upon all stakeholders, including citizens, businesses, civil society organizations, and the media, to renew their commitment in fight against plastic pollution and preserving the planet’s biodiversity for future generations. Minister for Climate Change Senator Sherry Rehman, in her message said that the consequences of plastic pollution are intense and long term, as it irreversibly damages our environment and threatens the very fabric of life on earth.
She urged a call for action as plastic production is set to triple by 2060 if no serious measures are taken to stop it.