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Novamont Global Commitment Progress Report

Launched in October 2018 by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme, the Global Commitment unites businesses, governments, and other organisations from around the world behind a common vision of a circular economy for plastics, in which plastics never become waste.

The Global Commitment

The signatory group now exceeds 400 organisations. They are working to: eliminate the plastic items we don’t need; innovate so all plastics we do need are designed to be safely reused, recycled, or composted; and circulate everything we use to keep it in the economy and out of the environment.

All business and government signatories have set concrete, public 2025 targets towards this vision, and we applaud them for their leadership.

Novamont Progress Report

Annual revenue: USD10 million – USD1 billion   HQ location: Italy

Novamont is a world leader in the production of biodegradable and compostable bioplastics and in the development of bioproducts designed to solve environmental issues related to soil and water quality. Headquartered in Italy, it operates through own distributors in over 40 countries in all   continents.

Reporting time frame: January 2018 – December 2018

Verification of data:  Third-party verification or assurance process in place for some of the data

Joined the Global Commitment: 10/18

Take action to increase the share of renewable content to at least 75%, all of it from responsibly managed sources

During 2018 the group increased the use of bio-BDO produced by Mater-Biotech, a company based in Adria (North East of Italy) 100% owned by Novamont, as a building block in further degrees of   Mater-Bi, with achievement of the minimum content of 40% renewable.

Moreover in October 2018 the process of reconversion of the second production line of the Mater-Biopolymer plant has been concluded.

The plant is the Novamont Group’s site dedicated to the   production of Origo-Bi, a family of biodegradable polyesters which enter the production process of Mater-Bi bioplastics.

The reconversion of the second line allowed to double the production of   Origo-Bi polyesters up to 100,000 metric tonnes per year, allowing to meet the demands posed by the medium-term development of the bioplastics market and to increase the renewable content of   Mater-Bi.

Novamont is strongly oriented towards identifying an approach based on the promotion of a sustainable supply chain of its raw materials, especially for those that are renewable.

In pursuing this   objective, at this moment, priority has been given to social issues, obtaining from our main direct suppliers of renewable materials, certificates of adhesion to social sustainability criteria that are codified   in the “e-label!” certification program for plastic materials in primary form. (ANNEX B – Code of social and environmental conduct to be signed for the satisfaction of Criterion 2 “Traceability of the supply   chain for raw materials”).

For this reason we can assess that overall our renewable raw materials are responsibly supplied and therefore that the percentage of renewable content from responsibly managed sources used   corresponds to the percentage of renewable content used.

Further investigations are underway regarding environmental aspects and criteria.

Optional commitments made

Novamont collaborates with farmers and agricultural association (such as Coldiretti) for the development of an integrated supply chain, in terms of sustainable production, creation of jobs and knowledge, in connection with local specificities and problems.

Novamont also collaborates with brand owners, primary producers of packaging and research centers for the development of packaging   solutions compostable, recyclable and/or with increasing renewable content.

Within this framework Novamont also participates to European project focused on innovation in the field of packaging, such   as Circ-Pack, Mypack, Polynspire and Pulpacktion.

Information on volumes of plastic produced

Volume of plastic, as percentage of total produced plastic weight, which is: Compostable: 100% Non- compostable: 0%

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