A research undertaken by PwC finds proposals to introduce necessary tethered caps on plastic beverage bottles might create extra plastic and extra CO2. A research carried out by PricewaterhouseCoopers for the European gentle drinks business (UNESDA) and European Federation of Bottled Waters (EFBW), has outlined the numerous environmental and financial price of implementing the European Fee’s proposed necessary tethered caps on beverage bottles (article 6 of SUP directive). The 2 industries keep their name to focus assets on enhancing assortment methods; certainly, as additionally instructed by the Fee’s evaluation of the SUP proposal, the simplest approach to scale back cap littering is to spice up bottle and cap assortment. EFBW and UNESDA need the chance to show that the Fee’s goal may be finest achieved via correct waste administration infrastructure and shopper consciousness campaigns by 2025.The PwC report identifies a big environmental burden, estimating that tethered caps might require greater than 50,000 to 200,000 tonnes of further plastic to provide beverage bottles relying on the technical modifications required (i.e. heavier cap or heavier cap and bottle). This could reverse greater than 5 years of progress made by business in ‘light-weighting’ beverage bottles to scale back the plastic content material. As well as, the report estimates that introducing tethered caps would create as much as 381 million kilograms of CO2 equal, equivalent to 244 million further automobiles on the streets.The report highlights the disruption that may be brought on to an estimated 1,350 bottling manufacturing traces throughout the European Union requiring a minimal of €2.7 billion prices (and as much as €8.7 billion) to adapt bottling traces, diverting focus and assets from the precedence of enhancing assortment fashions.  Prices estimated by PwC embrace capital funding prices in addition to important losses of productiveness and downtime for current operations whereas traces are being reconfigured.Commenting on the report, UNESDA and EFBW stated, “Our industries use recyclable packaging supplies that are useful and must be given a second life. We’re firmly dedicated to rising packaging assortment and stopping the littering of our plastic bottles and their caps. Nevertheless, this report reinforces our issues with the European Fee proposal on article 6.  With no affect evaluation on tethered caps having beforehand been undertaken, the PwC report has additionally recognized unintended and important environmental and financial prices linked to elevated plastic use and emissions. The measure dangers distracting consideration from probably the most urgent concern – enhancing assortment methods. “No established applied sciences at present exist which assure shopper security and acceptance guaranteeing tethered caps don’t undermine the integrity of our drinks. We consider it’s essential we work in partnership to enhance present waste assortment methods for each bottles and their caps to attain our shared 90 per cent assortment goal, and keep away from expensive, complicated and ineffective measures. Expertise in international locations resembling Denmark and Germany has confirmed that it’s potential to attain greater than 90 per cent assortment of each bottles and caps.”