Agenda Announced for 2021 Online Event!
Section 1: End Users Progress on Sustainability in Packaging
Case study: One brands sustainable packaging journey
While our play experiences are our most important contribution, we also believe we have a responsibility to minimize our impact on the environment and want to play our part in helping build a sustainable future and make a positive impact on the planet that children will inherit. We believe we have a responsibility to minimise the environmental impact of our operations and aim for zero environmental impact on the planet. We respond to this challenge by taking a holistic approach to sustainability and committing to circular economy with the ambitions to be among the leading brands in delivering circular products and packaging by 2030.
Andrew McMullen | Environmental Impact Director, The LEGO Group
Riding the wave – responding to 2020’s ecommerce surge in a sustainable way
Growth of e-commerce has been hugely speeded up due to pandemic, which led to the customer shopping behaviour switched from in person to online.  More packaging used and hence more waste generated. how the e-tailer managed the increased packaging waste and what the rest of value chain can do to support.
The importance of brave goals of a brand owner
  • The core message of the presentation would be the role of multinational manufacturers, driving volume in new technologies 
  • The importance of brave goals, not waiting for legislation or regulation, not waiting for the majority of consumers to prioritise sustainability
  • The importance of reporting publicly and the challenges of compliance
  • The importance of sustainability being at the core of innovation
  • The importance of engagement between packaging producers, packaging customers, the waste industry and reprocessors

Ted Bailey | Packaging Sustainability Manager, Asia Pacific, Colgate-Palmolive
Section 2: Regulatory Landscape and Initiatives for Circular Packaging
Development of the new plastics economy in China
  • Update and regulatory and police development in China
  • Where is the development of new plastics economy in China 

Arnold Wang | China Plastics Program Manager, Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Regulatory/ policy examples in ASEAN markets - Vietnam
  • Good example of regulatory/standard put in place in Asia regions
  • Where are the gaps for regulatory/standards?
  • PRO Vietnam
Lunch break
Regulatory update for food packaging
When it comes to food packaging, the requirement/supervision is always stricter, this session will share:
  • Update of food packaging regulatory in Asia region
  • Compliance/safety of recycled materials and novel material used for food packaging

Edwin Seah | Head of Sustainability & Communications, Food Industry Asia
The European and Asian packaging regulatory landscape: from the reduction of single use to the promotion of the recyclability & reusability
European & Asian public institutions are constantly reflecting on how to integrate packaging into a circular economy model. As a result, new texts are regularly published to accelerate the reduction of the packaging waste production, the recyclability and reusability of packaging, and the implementation of efficient EPR systems. In this context, and to help you understand, decipher and appropriate new regulations and legislation, Axel Darut will present the current and upcoming regulatory challenges on packaging.
Axel Darut | Head of EU & International Affairs, CITEO
RE USE and RE FILL business model for packaging
Panel: How is the regulatory landscape evolving across the world and how can it be more harmonised?
  • Update on the regulatory landscape in APAC region and above
  • Where are the gaps and challenges? 
  • How can it be more harmonised? 
Section 3: New Technologies & Innovations Facilitating Higher Performance/ Added Value
Sustainable collection for plastic recycling
  • How COVID-19 impacted the collection/separation
  • How to improve the quality and add value for recycling
  • How to reach food grade

Xavier Jean | General Manager, Plastics Recycling, Veolia
New technologies for chemical recycling
  • Tech development for chemical recycling
  • As complementary to mechanical recycling, how do we incentive chemical recycling?
  • How to improve chemical recycling for a higher end application, such as in food industry

Sreepadaraj Karanam | Director, Sustainability and Circular Economy Strategy, Asia Pacific, SABIC
Asia recycling: Prospects for a developing market
Sustainability may have slipped in the focus of consumers and corporates alike in 2020 due to the economic impact of the coronavirus. However, in 2021 will we see a resurgence in sustainability as supply chains and end-users look to press restart on sustainability goals. What are the key drivers influencing changes in the Asia recycling market? How will it develop and shape 2021?
  • South East Asia: the potential and the risks for the supply chain
  • What and who is driving change in the Asia recycling market
  • Barriers to overcome and developments for change

Malini Hariharan | Market Development Director APAC, ICIS
Investing in recycling infrastructure to advance plastic circularity
The waste management and recycling industry may not sound like the most exciting investment target but this territory offers the opportunity to balance financial returns with tangible impact in tackling plastic waste. Investing in waste management and recycling in just 5 countries in Asia can reduce the global plastic leakage into the ocean by 45% (Ocean Conservancy). And we can reduce it even further by advancing the circular economy.
Circulate Capital’s goal is to scale companies across the entire plastic value chain that generate economic, social and environmental value, and demonstrably uplift impact and prove the investment case in this area.
Through these investments in the waste management and recycling industry, we can address systemic gaps and pain points such as such as fragmentation, lack of traceability and low-quality of recycled materials to deliver real value.
Karina Cady | Operations and Investment Director, Circulate Capital
Using PCR as a packaging raw material
  • How materials are recycled
  • Recycled materials vs. virgin materials
  • Application of recycled materials 
  • Materials other than PET which needs to be recycled more: LDPE, PP? 

Carlos Ludlow-Palafox | CEO, Enval
Panel: Closing the loop
In this session, representatives from each links of the value chain including brand owners, converters, mechanical recyclers, chemical recyclers, waste management companies and more will discuss where the gaps and opportunities are and how to collaborate to completely close the loop. 
Lunch break
Section 4: Designing Packaging for Sustainability and Even More
Uncluttering packaging sustainability & design influence to decision making
Why sustainability is gaining momentum
Understanding sustainability – where is the gap today
  • Common misconceptions we face
  • Complex terms simplified
Green washing – time to raise & beware
  • Misleading claims
  • What to look-out for 
Underlying principles to sustainability in design 
  • Drive for positive influence 
  • Need for change & not rush

Swaminathan SV | Senior Director - Sustainability, Innovation & Packaging Development (APAC), HAVI
Designing out waste - Designing for the full life cycle
How do we design to make our world better than we found it?  Understanding and prioritising impacts along the full supply chain is critical to designing to achieving the best outcomes from packaging solutions.  From food packaging to e-commerce the challenges of increasingly complex supply chains and multiple channel options demand more advanced and robust packaging solutions. Hear how Sealed Air tackles these design challenges and gain insights into how smart packaging solutions can deliver more value to customers and consumers.
Alan Adams | Sustainability Director, APAC, Sealed Air
Designing for sustainable packaging: Häagen-Dazs - a TerraCycle Loop case study
With Loop, packaging is an asset – aesthetics matter! The challenge: With an ever increasing focus on reducing waste Touch were tasked with generating a reusable (at least 100 times), durable and widely recyclable 1 pint container for Häagen-Dazs which would become part of the Loop doorstep delivery system.
James Pryor will share the Häagen-Dazs case study in detail as well as many other successful sustainable packaging design projects.
James Pryor | Co-founder & Creative Director, Touch Design
Case studies of sustainable packaging design
  • What makes the packaging sustainability difficult with current design?
  • Design packaging for sustainability and even more
  • Case studies
Panel: Designing for sustainability: A good end needs a great beginning
Section 5: Innovations in Packaging Materials
Sustainability of flexible plastic packaging
  • Is flexible plastic packaging recycling a possibility? 
  • Innovation for the sustainability of flexible plastic packaging

Richard Smith | Director Sustainability – Asia Pacific, Amcor Flexibles AFAP
Plastic replacement – fibre based packaging
This session will share a case study of replacing plastic packaging by paper packaging, and the innovation involved. how to ensure the packaging performance close enough to plastics.  
Quentin Yan | Sr. Manager/Director, Asia Pacific Market Development, Consumer Packaging, WestRock
A holistic approach to packaging sustainability
Today, brands globally rely on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) tools to select packaging materials for their products. These tools have evolved and improved over time, but they still present only a partial picture of a material’s environmental impact. It’s time for another step-change. Trivium Packaging is taking sustainability in packaging to the next level by expanding the traditional LCA methods to include factors such as circularity, packaging waste reduction and improved shelf life. We will share how this holistic approach can support brands to better position their sustainability commitments and reduce the environmental footprint we all leave behind at the same time.
Jenny Wassenaar | Vice President Sustainability, Trivium Packaging
Networking break
Future outlook for biopolymers in packaging applications
  • Market outlook
  • Brand owner case studies
  • Future potential
Single-use plastics in the food services industry: Can it be sustainable?
The topic of single-use plastic (SUP) has attracted considerable global attention. Even though it has been investigated extensively by the research community, there is no existing literature that succinctly reviews the progress and developments of its uses, associated impacts, viable alternatives, and end-of-life scenarios through the lens of the food services industry (FSI). Through our research, we attempted to answer the question if the use of SUP foodware in the FSI can be more sustainable, and if possible, participate in the circular economy. We have determined that it is technologically possible for disposable foodware to achieve circularity using bio-based biodegradable foodware materials, organic recycling, and industrial symbiosis. All three components need to be operated and utilized simultaneously for any disposable foodware to be truly circular. However, we found the adoption rate of these technologies to be relatively low, and we discussed the reasons for our findings in detail. To mitigate against this situation and encourage greater adoption, we proposed using policy action as an intervention mechanism.
Jovan Tan | Researcher , National University of Singapore
Panel: Latest development on certification programs and initiatives
  • Latest developments in certification
  • Selecting the right certification program for your packaging
Lunch break
Rethink packaging - sustainable solution for flexible packaging
As a leader in adhesive technologies, Henkel understands how adhesives and coatings can impact the sustainability of packaging and consumer goods. Henkel believes there is value in everything and this value can be captured by RETHINKing processes, product design and use of resources. Henkel is committed to enable customers to reach their sustainability targets as well as current packaging design trends via three different pillars: Carbon footprint reduction, circular economy, health & safety. This presentation will share different solutions for flexible packaging and specific examples of laminating adhesives and coatings that can make a sustainable difference.
Alexander Bockisch | Global Head of Market Strategy – Flexible Packaging, Henkel
Section 6: Working Together to Overcome the Challenges following COVID-19 Pandemic
How has COVID-19 impacted a brand owner on their packaging sustainability target achieving
  • Commitment/ target of sustainable packaging 
  • Pre COVID-19
  • Post COVID-19
How has a converter responded to the challenges caused by COVID-19
This session will share a case study given by a packaging converter on the challenges caused by the pandemic and how they responded to it. 
How new material/ recycled material had supported sustainability post COVID-19
Panel: collaborating across the value chain to achieve sustainability goals
  • What’s needed from the brand owner perspective.
  • The role of the packaging value chain in collaborating for sustainability 
  • Consumer education – who is responsible?
  • Investment and innovation in recycling – who’s funding it and who will benefit?