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Registration of Advanced Recycling Workshop
Opening Remarks
Market Outlook of Plastic Packaging Recycling
  • Global market overview of advanced recycling
  • Updates in APAC Regions
  • Technical trend and innovations

Cassie Zhao | Senior Consulting Analyst, Information Division, Smithers
Purified Pyrolysis Oil Based Chemical Recycling
  • Benchmarking Pyrolysis Oil Quality
  • Mapping Pyrolysis Oil for Quality and Cost
  • The Importance of Collaboration Between Global Corporations and Regional Pyrolysis Players
  • Value Chain Pathways in Pyrolysis-Based Advanced Recycling
  • Advantages of APChemi's Technology
  • Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of APChemi’s Pyrolysis Oil Purification Technology
  • Key Turning Points for the Transition of Advanced Recycling from a Sunrise to a Mainstream Industry
  • Challenges and Questions Faced by Players in Advanced Recycling

Suhas Dixit | CEO, APChemi
Changing the raw materials, keeping the products: pathways to a circular plastic system
Collaboration along the value chain is needed to enable a true circular economy of plastics through advanced recycling. - Liquefaction combined with intermediate refining can turn hard-to-recycle plastics into drop-in petrochemical feeds for material applications - Recycling won't be enough, why we need bio-based materials in plastics
  • Collaboration along the value chain is needed to enable a true circular economy of plastics through advanced recycling.
  • Liquefaction combined with intermediate refining can turn hard-to-recycle plastics into drop-in petrochemical feeds for material applications
  • Recycling won't be enough, why we need bio-based materials in plastics

Tan Jia Hui | Public Affairs Manager, Renewable Polymers and Chemicals, APAC, Neste
Networking tea break
SABIC Advancing Circular Solution with Chemical Recycling
This presentation will be sharing SABIC’s chemical recycling commitment and efforts including key partnerships and technological investments. Several successful close loop initiatives leveraging value chain engagements with chemical recycling capability will also be shared to emphasize the importance of value chain collaboration in order to achieve long term circularity goals.
Angelin Yang | Leader, Circular Economy APAC (ex-Greater China), SABIC
Case study of Advanced Recycling partnership
This session will share a case study of successful collaboration between an advanced recycler and a leading plastic converter, and the work done together as partners. How collaboration is bringing advanced recycling to scale in Australia, and how we see opportunities to do similar across Asia.
Richard Smith | Director Sustainability – Asia Pacific, Amcor Flexibles AFAP
[Panel Discussion]: Driving Advanced Recycling
  • Partnership of advanced recycling  
  • EU regulations and global requirements on PCR content and impact to AR recycling
Panelists: Richard Smith, Director Sustainability – Asia Pacific at Amcor Flexibles AFAP
                  Kwee-Lin Chan, General Manager, Asia Pacific Advanced Recycling and Sustainability at ExxonMobil
                Anjan Ray, Independent Consultant and Advisor - Sustainable Technologies and Strategies
                  Ying Staton, Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President, Asia at Plastic Energy
                 Craig Miller, Asia Regional Senior R&D Manager at FrieslandCampina

Moderated by:
Chris Foley | CEO, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation
End of the Advanced Recycling Workshop
Opening Remarks
Keynote: Sustainable Packaging Market Outlook and Trends
  • What is sustainable Packaging
  • Regulations affecting the sustainable packaging market
  • Brands and retailer changes
  • Packaging end uses
  • Sustainable packaging materials

Nancy Yao | Director of Operations, Asia, Smithers
Session 1: Market outlook and regulatory landscape
Australia’s packaging system reform what it means for suppliers
Chris will discuss the status of packaging regulation reform in Australia and outline APCO’s  2030 Strategy that aims to transition the county to a circular economy for packaging across a 2025 horizon and beyond.
APCO is a co-regulator for the Australian packaging system with a remit that includes assisting its 2,500 members acquit their environmental obligations that relate to the packaging they place on market in the country.
His presentation intends to help Asian based suppliers of products and packaging to the Australian market understand and prepare for packaging regulatory reform. Changes are expected to include government mandates on packaging design standards, recycled content requirements, and mandated National Packaging Targets post 2025.
Given the scale of change that may occur from regulatory reform, Chris will also outline APCO’s 2030 Strategy to provide attendees with insight into the co-regulator’s approach to the task at hand. This will focus on the immediate need to close the gap on voluntary 2025 Targets while transitioning the packaging system to a circular economy by 2030. Such a task will require a change in approach for all involved in the packaging system, including APCO.
Chris’ presentation underscores the importance of early action by packaging manufactures and suppliers of products into Australia to mitigate risks and leverage the transformative potential of evolving packaging regulations.
Chris Foley | CEO, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation
One year with EPR in the Philippines: insights, challenges, and the way forward.
After the Philippines’ first year of implementing, it’s Extended Producer’s Responsibility (EPR) law, an Obliged Entity (OE) shares its insights on its journey towards compliance and achieving its sustainability agenda while navigating the evolving regulatory landscape -- with key learnings and challenges, and how the EPR law is expected to reshape a producer’s packaging strategy moving forward. 

Marc Cruz Cox | Director for Stakeholder Relations, Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines
EPR development in Sri Lanka and what does it mean to local industries
This paper explores the development of the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) framework in Sri Lanka and its implications for local industries. EPR is a regulatory approach that holds manufacturers responsible for the proper disposal and recycling of their products at the end of their life cycle. In recent years, Sri Lanka has been struggling with a municipal solid waste management problems and also of being accused as a major polluter of the Indian Ocean. To alleviate these problems the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) has taken many steps to develop Policies and Action Plans to minimise environmental pollution due to solid waste with special reference to Plastics. It is actively promoting the implementation of EPR policies to address the growing issue of waste and pollution in the country and the surrounding ocean. The paper examines the evolution of EPR regulations in Sri Lanka, in relation to Packaging Materials, including the establishment of legal frameworks and the involvement of stakeholders in the implementation process. Furthermore, the paper discusses the impact of EPR on local industries in Sri Lanka. By shifting the responsibility for waste management to manufacturers, EPR incentivises product design for sustainability and promotes the adoption of environmentally friendly practices. Local industries are encouraged to incorporate more circular economy principles, such as reducing waste generation and increasing resource efficiency. Overall, the implementation of EPR in Sri Lanka is seen as a positive step towards achieving sustainable development and reducing environmental impacts. The paper concludes by highlighting the potential benefits of EPR for local industries and the importance of continued collaboration between government, industry, and other stakeholders to ensure successful implementation.
  • Background of the problem Different facets of the environmental issues
  • Steps taken by the GOSL and their effectiveness
  • Collaboration of the Industry with government to implement EPR and the current status
  • What more need to be done by the Industry and the GOSL Conclusion

Kithsiri Wijesundera | Principal Consultant, KiWi Strategy Consultants
Networking tea break
Session 2: Working with the value chain to enhance sustainability
Assessing sustainable materials for food contact applications (to be updated)
This session will deep dive onto compliances linked to sustainable food packaging materials specifically from an Indian regulations’ requirement aspect of food regulator.
Ranjeet Kaur | Scientific and Regulatory Affairs – Program Manager , Mars Wrigley
Case study of sustainable packaging from a food brand
In this session, CJ CheilJedang will share with the audience on some case studies of more sustainable packaging solutions, from the perspective of a leading packaged food brand in Asia.
Olivia Park | Manager of Global Packaging R&D, CJ CheilJedang
Innovate Boldly. Package Sustainably™.
Sustainability at WestRock
  • Consumer and Brands – driving towards a circular economy
  • Delivering packaging for a sustainable future
  • Case Studies – sustainable packaging innovation

Sze Ooi | Regional Sales & Business Development Director, WestRock
[panel discussion] How EPR implementation might influence local supply chain
  • An exploration of EPR's effects on the supply chain dynamics within local markets.
  • Value China collaboration needed to meet EPR.
Panelists: Nicholas Kolesch, Vice President, Projects at Alliance To End Plastic Waste
                Kamal Sharma, CEO at WeCare
               Marc Cruz Cox, Director for Stakeholder Relations at Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines
               Joseph Muscat, Environmental Stewardship and Innovation Senior Director at Haleon

Moderated by:
Ciaran Little | VP, Americas & Asia Pacific, Information Division, Smithers
Networking Lunch
Session 2:  Working with the value chain to enhance sustainability continued…
The role a brand owner plays in the value chain driving sustainability in packaging.
  • Meeting EPR
  • Driving collection and recycling of lower value materials,
  • The role to play in the value chain

Marieke Nispeling | Sustainability Lead Consumer Diary Asia, FrieslandCampina
Driving Circularity in Consumer Healthcare Packaging
  • Moving from a Linear to a Circular Economy
  • Understand the wider value chain (including externalities)
  • Balancing the need to differentiate products with “handlability”

Joe Muscat | Environmental Stewardship and Innovation Senior Director, Haleon
Sustainable, co-created fibre-based solutions for packaging
Leveraging the expertise of the entire packaging value network is crucial in co-creating sustainable alternatives to packaging materials that are traditionally fossil-based or non-recyclable. UPM has several years of experience co-creating sustainable fibre-based solutions with a network of brand owners, converters, machinery manufacturers, and chemical suppliers. These collaborations utilize UPM's extensive portfolio of recyclable and compostable packaging materials, along with its in-depth expertise in highly demanding specialty papers, as the foundation. The presentation will draw on case studies to share key learnings from these projects and to identify further opportunities throughout the entire packaging value chain.
Derrick Tay | Senior Manager, Sales - APAC Region, UPM Specialty Papers
High Barrier Fiber-Based Flexible Packaging Solutions by BOBST & Partners.
  • Paper as a sustainable coating base for high barrier solutions
  • Synergy between wet dispersion coating & dry vacuum coating
  • High fibre content to support recyclability
  • Ultimately Delivering a High Performance Flexible Packaging Solution 

Chris Cheetham | Regional Sales Director – Eastern Hemisphere, BOBST
PEFC – your partner to tackling deforestation and regulations compliance
In the landscape of global packaging regulations, the credibility of packaging claims has become a pivotal factor. While fiber-based packaging holds promise in addressing significant climate challenges, its potential as a sustainable choice, hinges upon verifiable traceability from forest to shelf, especially in light of increasingly stringent packaging legislation.             
Since its creation in 1999, PEFC has had requirements tackling deforestation, now the EUDR is adding a new deforestation free framework, how is PEFC aligning to it? With its principles of agility, dialogue, and pragmatism; PEFC’s roadmap to align with EUDR requirements is on track. 
This presentation equips brands with the understanding and tools necessary to navigate complex regulatory landscapes and build trust with consumers through the adoption of sustainable packaging solutions.
Fabienne Sinclair | Head of Market Engagement, PEFC International
Networking tea break
Label: a small part of the packaging but can make or break recycling
This presentation explores how material innovation in plastics can create labels that were engineered to support the recycling or cleaning process, such as these WashOff labels for returnable glass bottles. Also, we has a lot of innovation around award-winning floatable low density sleeves that are used by major brands and have allowed them to make their packaging more recyclable to actually get the PET back for bottle-to-bottle recycling, creating a truly circular solution and reducing plastic pollution.
In addition, we look at how the latest technology in RFID tags for example can support returnable systems, as are being implemented increasingly across Europe, such as the reusable table ware that was introduced at a big fast food chain in France to control the supply chain: McDonald’s France deploys Checkpoint Systems’ RFID with the introduction of reusable tableware RFID technology. Finally, we can also explore labels that are made from mechanically and chemically recycled PCR and bio-based materials that we develop ourselves in our Innovia material science division.
Marika Knorr | Head of Sustainability, CCL Label
Session 3: Sustainable packaging materials
How we transform the packaging business into a sustainable future
  • What we achieved in Henkel
  • How & where we drive sustainability as adhesive player
  • How we well transform the packaging business with sustainability in mind

Yanjie Zheng | Manager – Circular Economy, Packaging & Consumer Goods Adhesive, Henkel Management Center
One Stop Solution for Diverse Sustainable Packaging Needs
Substrate selection is one-of-key, to achieve targeted packaging performance and resource circulation.  With Mitsui Chemicals ‘NO Single Product Fits All’ belief, we dedicatedly developed solutions matching existing eco-system requirements and to address up-coming challenges.
Our initiatives in films and paper packaging through our unique and diverse product portfolio, strive to answer virgin plastic reduction requirement.
Developed testaments comply and matches requisites of-
  • Mono-Polypropylene and Mono-Polyethylene packaging
  • Paper packaging
  • Post Consumer Recycled (PCR) based packaging.

Jayant Ramesh Kadu | Manager (Marketing), Mitsui Chemicals Asia Pacific
D4R - The Next Big Thing in Packaging
Packaging plays essential roles in food preservation and brand identity. As single use, it is often in conflict with sustainability issues and is considered as plastic waste since it is not designed for recycling. Dow has enabled a recycled-friendly packaging design, starting with developing potential D4R criteria for various food and personal care packaging be it all polyethylene pouches or all polyethylene laminate tubes. The criteria can be broken down into 7 packaging components and a design of experiments was deployed to arrive to a formulation to enable a 100% polyethylene formulation which has since commercialised across APACI.
  • Understanding the value chain captains' concerns
  • Structure of the 100% Polyethylene Packaging
  • Success stories across brand owners and customers

Kodak Xiao | Sr. Business Sustainability Director, APAC, P&SP, Dow
[Panel Discussion] Future outlook for sustainable packaging solutions
  • Technical advances of sustainable packaging and materials
  • Space of further development on performance.
  • Outlook of sustainable packaging solutions.
Panelists:  Saswata Nag, Global Procurement Manager Plastics (Rigid & Flexible) at Perfetti Van Melle
                       Derrick Tay, Senior Manager, Sales - APAC Region at UPM Specialty Papers
                       Michaela Mannion, Lead Commercial, Global Marketing, Circular Economy at Borouge
                      Tim Wagler, Commercial Leader Asia at Braskem
Moderated by
Chommanad Thammanayakatip | Principal, NexantECA
End of Day One
Opening Remarks
Session 4: Hearing from end users on sustainability and more
Complexity with a side order of difficulty: navigating sustainable packaging as a brand owner
At Fonterra we officially kicked off our sustainable packaging journey in 2019.  We have a diverse and sensitive product range with a diverse and highly functional packaging portfolio.  Our journey has thrown up many complexities including technical packaging challenges and rapidly-changing and divergent regulatory and stakeholder requirements.  To overcome this as a business we have had to develop expertise in new areas.  As we close in on 2025 and look forward towards 2030 I’d like to share our learnings and experiences as a brand-owner, working at the cross-road of sustainability drivers and packaging functional needs, across our entire global packaging portfolio.  I will share some of our successes, some of the challenges we’ve overcome, and some of the challenges we are still working through.
Emily Thomas | Sustainable Packaging Lead, Packaging Innovation Team, Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited
Coca-Cola’s Sustainable Packaging Journey in Southeast Asia
In 2018, The Coca-Cola Company launched its World Without Waste program, an ambitious global sustainable packaging initiative that aims to drive a circular economy for its packaging. During this session, Shea Flynn, Director of Sustainable Packaging Policy & Partnerships for ASEAN & South Pacific, will share how the company, in partnership with governments, industry peers and civil society organizations, is making progress on sustainable packaging in Southeast Asia, including learnings from the challenges they have navigated along the way. 
Shea Flynn | Director, Sustainable Packaging Policy & Partnerships, ASEAN & South Pacific, The Coca-Cola Company
Sustainable packaging with compliance and safety- case studies from a food brand
Food contact application means high requirement of compliance and safety on packaging, while sustainable packaging might bring in potential risks of safety. This session will share the perspective and best practices from a leading food brand on how to manage compliance and safety on their journey pursuing sustainability in packaging.
Nanang Raharjo | Senior Global Specification & Compliance Packaging, Danone
How Kenvue Drives Human-Centric Sustainable Innovation
Two of the most prominent challenges in today’s packaging sustainability are: end-of-life management and the inaccurate association of sustainable products with sub-par consumer experience. At Kenvue, we address these challenges through our Healthy Lives Mission (HLM), which is our comprehensive environmental, social, and governance strategy aimed at nurturing healthy people, enriching a healthy planet, and maintaining healthy practices. 

Under our HLM, Kenvue is committed to achieving 100% recyclable, reusable or refillable packaging by 2025, and reducing the use of virgin plastics in packaging by 50% by 2030 - in line with Consumer Goods Forum Golden Design Rules and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation commitments. In addition, Kenvue is actively promoting end-to-end collaboration through industry consortiums and supply chain ecosystem. 

Our core purpose, “Realise the extraordinary power of everyday care”, influences the way Kenvue interacts with people, innovates and markets products. We ensure that our consumer experiences are data-driven, anchored in safety, quality and efficacy. By continuously engaging with consumers and understanding their evolving needs, Kenvue’s products and packaging innovation are tailored to meet these demands. Kenvue is dedicated to making thoughtful choices in sustainable packaging design, materials and technologies. 

Eric Soegyanto | Regional Head of Packaging - APAC R&D, Kenvue
Networking tea break
Session 5: Innovations and approaches for packaging circularity
Towards high quality recyclates from printed flexible packaging
  • The current plastic packaging are well optimized in term of performances and costs, nevertheless majority of these packaging are multimaterial and therefore not recyclable.
  • Moving to monomaterial is generating some challenges which can be answered by inks and coatings eg. barrier coatings, PVC free inks, heat resistant OPV etc…
  • Even though inks and coatings are required to produce well designed packaging with proper performances and information, as soon as packaging are becoming waste, inks are restricting the possibility to achieve high quality of recyclates during recycling process. Therefore the idea is to remove the inks prior to recycling step, we call this “deinking”.
  • All these topics will be discussed during my presentation “Towards high quality recyclates from printed flexible packaging”

Stephane Bertaux | Head of Brand Owner Collaboration and Circular Economy, Southeast Asia , Siegwerk
Towards holistic value creation in packaging
To support circular economy in packaging, it is crucial to ensure both the availability of sustainable wood raw material for paperboards and the vitality of forests. In spring 2023, Metsä Group committed to the principles of regenerative forestry ie. by 2030, we are aiming to have measurable positive impacts in our member-owners’ forests and we have launched novel forest management services which includes increased amount of biodiversity measures. Metsä has also published mill specific climate and water roadmaps to achieve our 2030 climate change and water use targets. What does this mean in packaging value chains and how does it translate into value for brand owners pursuing sustainable packaging? Recent developments in fact-based metrics on positive environmental impacts and proceedings are also highlighted.
  • From sustainable to regenerative targeting net positive impact
  • Role of regenerative forestry to enhance the state of nature
  • Recyclability of materials is one of the key principles of circular economy in order to eliminate waste and pollution
  • Paperboard is a renewable and easily recyclable alternative to plastic

Dr. Maija Pohjakallio | VP, Climate and Circular Economy , Metsä Group
[Panel Discussion] Ensuring authentic messaging on sustainability
  • Communicate sustainability messages authentically and effectively to consumers.
  • Emerging trends in communication and messaging in sustainability
Panelists: Grace Kim, Head of Global Packaging R&D at CJ CheilJedang
                Jasmin Brinkmann, Team Lead Logos, Claims and Licensing at ISCC
                Samantha Thian, Programme Officer, Technical Support Unit, WGII at IPCC

Moderated by
Thomas Bennett | Principal Consultant, Paia Consulting
Networking lunch
Session 6: Sustainable packaging in practice
Insight into an advanced recycling technology and culture for the circular economy at im_factory in South Korea
We have indulged in an abundance of goods throughout the growth of our economy since the industrial revolution. But that lifestyle resulted in a desire for an unlimited and endless consumption of goods. Therefore, the waste that we dispose of, created as a result of seeking convenience and the desire for consumption of goods in cities, must be recycled to make new resources. im_factory aims to provide an exemplary model of how a waste recycling facility can come into the cities that we live in and solve this problem by its sound function. Through im_factory, I want to see a new civilization where waste is systematically recycled to create new value in the city so that human waste does not leave our habitat damaged and destroyed. im_factoty received iF design awards 2024 in two categories, 1) Branding and 2) Public Architecture. 
Kim Jeungbin (JB) | CEO, SuperBin
Gaining market share through trust, traceability and transparency in supply chain
  • Building transparency and trust at the base of the informal recycling supply chain
  • Leveraging data and third party certifications to leave a message that resonates with consumers
  • How to achieve compliance with all current and future regulations
  • Securing access to raw material through last mile supply chain transparency

Andrew Almack | Founder / CEO, Plastics For Change
Infrastructure enabling better recycling rate in Asia
  • Current status of recycling infrastructure in Asia
  • Gap caused by insufficient infrastructure.
  • What’s the next step

Nicholas Kolesch | Vice President for Projects, Alliance To End Plastic Waste
Navigating the Sustainable Future of Products and Packaging: Introducing the ISCC PLUS Certification Scheme for the Circular Economy and Bioeconomy
The circular economy and the bioeconomy continue to grow. The goal is to reduce the dependence on fossil resources, GHG emissions and to increase recycling rates. Legal requirements like climate neutrality targets, recycling quotas, plastic taxes as well as consumer preferences, company commitments and stakeholder pressure are further driving the circular economy and bioeconomy. Along the complex supply chains, chain of custody concepts like mass balancing ensure the credible connection of sustainability information and the respective materials and products. Compliance with these concepts and its verification is crucial to ensure credibility for all companies involved and also for regulators. The presentation will explain how mass balance certification works, where it is applied, how certified value chains are developed and what type of claims can be made for final products and/or packaging. It will provide an overview on the ISCC PLUS system for the circular economy and bioeconomy, its sustainability, traceability and chain of custody requirements, ways to get certified under ISCC and benefits for ISCC certified companies. Furthermore, the benefits of the ISCC licensing scheme will be introduced, showcasing the use of green claim best practices from global companies and brand owners.
- How to ensure traceability throughout global supply chains
- How to communicate certified products and use ISCC logos and claims
- The ISCC licensing scheme for brand owners
Jasmin Brinkmann | Team Lead Logos, Claims and Licensing, ISCC
Innovative oxygen barrier coating technology to enable recyclable flexible packaging
To fulfill Circular Economy, SCG Chemicals launches oxygen barrier coating agent called “BWO1501G” as the ASIA’s 1st Recyclable Barrier Coating Technology for PE flexible certified Recyclability by RecyClass. BWO1501G provides Oxygen transmission rate (OTR) of less than 1 cc/day/m2 and can be simply applied on various substrates with standard laminating equipment. With this, the coating enables the replacement of non-recyclable packaging made from Nylon, PET, PVDC and MPET to recyclable mono PE and PP plastic packaging with still maintaining high to very high barrier. Contributing to the better environment, in line with the RecyClass standard, SCG Chemicals proved the innovation’s recyclability with recycling stream partners “Veolia” and results shown positively as recycled resin generated from packaging with BWO1501G can be efficiently blown up as a film with proportion 50% of total film. On top, by internal calculation of CO2 emission referred to domestic standard method, our success case recyclable pouch with BWO1501G is able to achieve 41% kg CO2 less than non-recyclable pouch. Compliance with Food Safety packaging standard, BWO1501G is not only applicable for non-food packaging such as personal and home care, but also for food packaging such as dried food, chilled food and frozen food. Latterly, success cases as recyclable pouches, contributed from the collaboration of SCG Chemicals and value-chain, have commercialized in the market.
The importance of turning to recyclable packaging
Tackle recyclable packaging challenges with innovative barrier coating technology
Presentation of recyclable packaging case studies and certification
Patomwat Tatijarern | Application and Market Development Executive, SCG Chemicals (SCGC)
How product design can yield ‘triple wins’: Growth, margin, and sustainability
abstract coming soon...

Darshit Gandhi, Associate Partner at McKinsey& Company
Abhinav Goel | Partner, McKinsey & Company
Finding the balance between packaging waste targets and food waste targets when discussing sustainability
With so much focus right now on plastic and packaging waste, we must not lose sight of the key role packaging plays in the protection of a product. Inadequate packaging that results in wasted food defeats the whole purpose and is a much bigger waste of resources and environmental impacts. To optimise circular and sustainable design packaging technologists need to look at the potential environmental impacts of the product across its lifetime. The challenge is to be able to design optimum packaging with the lowest environmental impact at the start. It is about finding the balance between meeting food waste targets, at the same time as achieving packaging waste targets.
Nerida Kelton | Vice President Sustainability & Save Food, World Packaging Organisation (WPO)
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