“Collaboration under NAPA is a logical extension of the work we do on behalf of our members since many of our issues cross the Canada-U.S. border. Working together with other national organizations has enabled us to focus our resources where they can make a difference for the industry,” said Carol Hochu, president and CEO, CPIA (shown).
The three organizations that comprise the Alliance now have a track record demonstrating that combined efforts in key areas are more effective and efficient in providing increased value to their members. The initial priorities for enhanced collaboration by the Alliance are:
• Pellet Containment: Extension of Operation Clean Sweep to broaden pellet containment efforts in the U.S., Canada and elsewhere.
• Recycling and Energy Recovery: Promotion and facilitation of energy recovery and conversion of used plastics to complement recycling
• Plastics Benefits: Outreach to key stakeholders on the benefits of plastics
• Advocacy: targeted advocacy with policy makers to support the growth of the plastics industry
In addition, ACC and SPI have worked together over the past year to promote and support the development of enhanced energy efficiency codes and consensus-based “green” building standards. For example, the associations have addressed the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) proposed revisions to its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building rating system, and have provided input to the U.S. General Services Administration’s Green Building certification system review. Because energy efficiency is a shared goal across North America, SPI and ACC are closely coordinating with CPIA on these issues.