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Grieg Foundation donates NOK 12 million to WFF’s work against plastic waste in Philippine port cities. The donation will contribute to reduce plastic waste in three port cities with 50 % by 2023.

You have seen the pictures. Sea turtles deformed by plastic packaging. Whales starving to death because of plastic in their stomachs. Highly littered seas, ports and beaches. Our people who work on the sea, in ports and on fish farms face this reality every sigle day. At Grieg Group, we have lived by and with the ocean for several generations. Grieg Foundation has entered a partnership with WWF to implement an important project for Philippine ports.

No plastic in nature by 2030
Five countries, including the Philippines, are responsible for approximately 60 percent of all plastic waste in the ocean. This is due to high use of disposable plastic, lack of disposal facilities and poorly developed waste management systems. With the support from Grieg Foundation, WWF will implement and lead a three-year initiative in the Philippines. The main goal is to reduce plastic waste in the port cities with 50 % by 2023. The long-term goal is no plastic in nature or the sea by 2030. The support from Grieg Foundation amounts to a total of NOK 12 million over a three-year time period.

A number of initiatives

The project will develop new and innovative waste management systems for ports, and in cooperation with national authorities and local business community find solutions. The goal is that the solutions can be applied and used in other ports. There project will also engage schools and the local community in waste management. In collaboration with the local port authorities and the companies responsible for the waste management, WWF will start with a comprehensive mapping of all aspects of the plastic waste challenge. Local and global stakeholders will be engaged in innovation projects. The project will engage and involve businesses and industries also beyond the maritime sector. All companies and industries with direct impact on the local plastic waste pollution will be involved in the project.

Great impact

The project will have environmental, economic, and social impact on a large scale and it will be the first big initiative in the region to handle marine littering:

– The Grieg Group want global solutions that ensures a sustainable future for everyone. This include contributions to rebuild a sustainable and resourceful ocean. We have high expectations for the WWF project. We believe that challenges must be handled with united efforts. WWF has the knowledge, experience and expertise on plastic pollution problem and how it impacts the ocean. We look forward to collaborate with WWF in this project, says Elna-Kathrine Grieg, Chairman of Grieg Foundation.

Did you know:

  • Marin littering is the fastest growing environmental challenge in history. Plastic waste in the ocean threatens biodiversity and ecosystems, marine wildlife and people’s health.
  • The problems associated with plastic waste in the sea are particularly great in Southeast Asia because of high use of disposable plastic, poorly developed  waste management systems and lack of disposal facilities.
  • Five countries, including the Philippines, are responsible for approximately 60 percent of all plastic waste in the ocean.