EU Commission to Ban Plastic Packaging

EU Commission to Ban Plastic Packaging

The new EU Commissioner for Environment, Virginijus Sinkevicius, considered the implications of a general ban on plastic packaging. Building on the EU’s prohibition of various disposable plastic articles and packaging last year, Sinkevicius commented that legislation regarding microplastics also is on the EU’s agenda.

These comments come at a time when many are arguing that plastic packaging bans may actually be doing more harm than good. According to a new report, firms are increasingly turning towards non-plastic alternatives, that it argues might ultimately be more harmful to the planet in terms of CO2 emissions.

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Dr. Mariana Damova is the CEO of Mozaika, a company providing research and solutions in the field of data science, reasoning with natural language semantics, and natural human computer interfaces, creativity enhancing applications, and research infrastructures for the humanities. Previously, she was a Business development Manager and a Knowledge Management Expert specializing in ontology engineering and linked data management at a world leading technology provider. She was instrumental in the successful winning and knowledge modelling of large data integration and management projects such as the Semantic Knowledge Base for The National Archive of the United Kingdom and Research Space for the British Museum, as well as European FP7 projects such as Europeana Creative and Multisensor. Her work focuses on the design and development of data integration infrastructures which allow efficient querying, access and navigation over linked data. She has managed the building of the official experimental Europeana SPARQL endpoint holding Europeana semantic data. Mariana holds a PhD from the University of Stuttgart and teaches semantic technologies and multimedia at the New Bulgarian University in Sofia. She regularly reviews books and articles for ACM and has authored books and scientific articles in linguistics and semantic technologies. She has successfully lead international interdisciplinary teams and projects carrying technological risks, driven and managed change in engineering and operational contexts in North America and in Europe, and acquired the ability to leverage marketing requirements with knowledge intense technological solutions.

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