AUSTRALIA’S NATIONAL SCIENCE AGENCY
Australian science will deliver new innovations to tackle plastic waste in the Indo-Pacific, with a Plastics Innovation Hub being launched today in Vietnam.
Globally, 75 per cent of plastic produced is becoming waste. To help address this, the Plastics Innovation Hub Vietnam will aim to significantly reduce plastic waste in Vietnam by driving collaboration and using science and innovation to develop real-world solutions.
The Plastics Innovation Hub Vietnam (the Hub Vietnam) is an initiative of Aus4Innovation, a development assistance program sponsored by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), managed and co-funded by CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, out of the Australian Embassy in Hanoi, and delivered in partnership with Vietnam’s Ministry of Science and Technology.
CSIRO Southeast Asia Counsellor, Amelia Fyfield said that collaboration was the key to solving the global plastic pollution challenge.
“CSIRO is excited to collaborate through the Plastics Innovation Hub Vietnam and use our globally renowned science and expertise to work on addressing this problem internationally,” Ms Fyfield said.
“The Plastics Innovation Hub Vietnam differentiates itself by focusing on early-stage initiatives, setting foundations, and aiming to connect participants with key networks.”
The Hub Vietnam will be a vehicle for collaboration, bringing together local communities and governments, researchers, business, and investors to undertake action-based projects to reduce the impacts of plastic waste. It expands the network in the region, following the launch of a Plastic Innovation Hub in Indonesia in March 2022.
Research into plastic in Vietnam has already been undertaken as part of CSIRO’s largest global plastic pollution survey. The goal of this work has been to identify how much and what types of rubbish end up in the environment. Additional work between Australia and Vietnam is also planned for the coming months, as Vietnam looks to develop a national data repository and expand their on-the-ground surveys.
Program Director for Aus4Innovation, Kim Wimbush, said solutions based on science, technology and innovation would support the Vietnamese government’s goals to tackle plastic waste and build a circular economy.
“Reducing plastic waste brings economic and environmental advantages,” Dr Wimbush said.
“Expanding our collaborations across the region will identify new approaches in reducing plastic waste and support Vietnam’s pledge to reduce the flow of plastics into the ocean by 75 per cent by 2030.”
The Plastic Innovation Hub Vietnam is part of CSIRO’s Ending Plastic Waste Mission, which aims to change the way we make, use, recycle and dispose of plastics.
The online launch will be held on Thursday 23 June at 1pm AEDT – join: Virtual Launch & Information Session
We are committed to child safety and to the implementation of Child Safe principles and procedures.
Thanks. You’re all set to get our newsletter
We could not sign you up to receive our newsletter. Please try again later or contact us if this persists.
CSIRO acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land, sea and waters, of the area that we live and work on across Australia. We acknowledge their continuing connection to their culture and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. View our vision towards reconciliation.
Find out how we can help you and your business. Get in touch using the form below and our experts will get in contact soon!
Enter a valid email address, for example email@example.com
A Country value must be provided
First name must be filled in
Surname must be filled in
Please choose an option
Organisation must be filled in
Please provide a subject for the enquriy
0 / 100
We'll need to know what you want to contact us about so we can give you an answer
0 / 1900
We have received your enquiry and will reply soon.
The contact form is currently unavailable. Please try again later. If this problem persists, please call us with your enquiry on 1300 363 400 or +61 3 9545 2176. We are available from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm AEST Monday – Friday.
Australia to launch new plastics innovation hub in Vietnam – CSIRO
AUSTRALIA’S NATIONAL SCIENCE AGENCY