The Imperishable Waste Quota
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This PB was first called “chemical pollution” but has now been redefined as “novel entities”. However, no limit or control variable has been proposed. This is due to the complexity of measuring and monitoring novel entities. There are too many different chemicals and other entities to sensibly aggregate them into a single measure.
We are proposing two proxy indicators to address novel entities through the Planetary Quotas. The first is the grey water footprint component of the water Quota. We do not propose a specific limit for grey water. Rather, we acknowledge that water pollution will be limited through the grey water component of the water Quota.
The second proxy indicator we are proposing is net imperishable waste which is about long-term pollutants such as plastic and heavy metals. There is evidence that we have already gone beyond the global limit for imperishable waste assimilation. As such, we propose that this Planetary Quota is net imperishable waste ≤0 kgs.
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