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1 Nov - 17:00-18:30
Pre-registration and pre-networking drinks reception sponsored by:

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Chair's opening remarks
Opening Keynote: Key legislative initiatives under the circular economy action plan
Q&A session
Circular economy: how packaging can help decrease carbon footprint and in turn, climate change
What is circular economy and why is so important to design with it in mind.
The role of packaging in circular economy.
The risks behind alternate materials: a look at factors like transportation (of raw materials and packaged goods), waste generated and collections.
Going back to basics: buy local, make things last and find value in waste

Dr. Marta Pazos, Owner and Founder, Dr. MP, Inc


Plastic packaging and its effects on pollution and climate change: problems and solutions
Networking break sponsored by:
Keynote: A realistic approach to delivering sustainable packaging – a retailers view
  • Circular business models
  • Cross-value chain collaboration
  • How to align the business towards reaching 2025 targets?
  • Are customers responding well to packaging changes? What are the challenges?
  • Perspective on the future of packaging 
Panel moderator: Willemijn Peeters, CEO & Founder, Searious Business

Gizem Narin, Technical Packaging Engineer, Metro AG
Stuart Lendrum, Head of Packaging, Quality and Food Safety, Iceland
Hannah Drew, Global Circular Packaging Manager, ALDI SOUTH Group

Networking lunch sponsored by:
Fibre and paper innovations are in the focus of many consumer goods brands, to reduce the carbon footprint, improve recyclability and make packaging that the consumers find appealing and sustainable. Through the Paper Bottle Company (PABOCO) and their joint community, Coca Cola in Europe, P&G, L’Oreal, The Absolut Company and Carlsberg Group are working together to develop paper bottles within very different industries. This session will provide insights into the vision these companies share by working together, the status of their paper bottle development and some of the challenges they are facing in making paper bottles a consumer-scale reality.
Panel moderator: Núria Renom, Senior Director Product Management Sack, MF and FibreForm, Billerud


Simon Boas Hoffmeyer | Director, Group Sustainability, Carlsberg Group
Tim Silbermann | Project Manager, Product Development, Paper Bottle Company A/S
Bineke Posthumus | Director Business Development, Avantium
Gina Isoldi | Global Packaging Fabric & Home Care Senior Director, Procter & Gamble


Flexible Initiative
  • State of industry
  • Setting the scene and describing the challenges we have in flexible packaging
  • Explain aim of the flexible initiative overall proposal

Feliks Bezati | Global Circular Packaging Director, Mars
Can Buharali | Senior Director, Global Public Affairs, Mondelēz International

Networking break sponsored by:
Procter & Gamble and Billerud collaboration on sustainable packaging
  • The idea
  • The Journey
  • Market response  
Nuria Renom, Senior Director Product Management, Billerud
Dr. Michael Remus
, Packaging Technologist, Procter & Gamble’s Feminine Care R&D Packaging Department
5-minute snapshot presentations will be followed by a Q&A session
  • How to integrate reusability in operations?
  • Success and failures in upscaling reusability
  • Shared cleaning facilities & logistics infrastructure
  • Harmonised bulk dispensing units and reusable packaging across brands
  • Best practice case studies and new business models 
Panel moderator: Núria Renom, Senior Director Product Management Sack, MF and FibreForm, Billerud

Sarah Greenwood, Packaging Technology Expert/Leader, Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures, University of Sheffield
Catherine Conway, Founder, Unpackaged
Tony Rossi, VP Global Business Development, TerraCycle


Recycling, reusability, climate change and circular economy, collaboration for sustainability - concluding from discussions of the day

Giacomo Canali, Research, Development and Quality Packaging Research and Sustainability Manager, Barilla G. e R. Fratelli S.p.A.
Zoe Newton, Packaging & Circular Supply Chains Senior Manager, Haleon Consumer Healthcare
Abhijit Bhattacharya, Group Leader Fiber-based Packaging R&D, Nestlé
Simon Boas Hoffmeyer, Director, Group Sustainability, Carlsberg Group

Chair’s closing remarks
Networking drinks reception
Join us for an evening of networking, drinks, food, music and live entertainment. 
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Chair’s opening remarks
Rethinking the packaging system
  • Overview of the critical challenges in achieving packaging circularity.
  • The impact of coming recycling targets on packaging waste reduction in the EU.
  • In depth scenarios analysis of the packaging industry in 2030, what is needed most?

Paul Krochak | Director Research & Business Development, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden
Innovating packaging through circular design
What is the role of design in creating circular packaging systems? Through the case study of Yangi, we will explore how to move from a linear way of creating packaging to one that is based on creating value for people and business, within the planetary boundaries.
Kinge Gardien | Partner & Specialist Circular Design, FutureLab & Partners
Outlook of fiber based packaging for long shelf life food packaging
  • Recyclability of high barrier paper
  • LCA aspects of high barrier paper
  • Key challenges

Abhijit Bhattacharya | Group Leader Fiber-based Packaging R&D, Nestlé
Circularity and technological advancements in recycling as a crucial aspect for the future of sustainable packaging
• Routes to sustainable packaging: reduce, replace, recycle
• Circular economy needs a power of collaboration.
• Technological advancement in recycling processes & legislation have direct impact on the future of packaging & circular economy
• Mondi’s Closed Loop example for Paper
Thomas Kahl | Head of Sustainable Packaging Solutions Channels, Mondi
Networking break sponsored by:
KEYNOTE: Patagonia’s packaging journey
  • Mission… Saving our home planet
  • Milestones… Working towards a mission
  • Not there yet… The mission never ends

Jennifer Patrick | Global Packaging and Branding, Patagonia
Fresh or recycled fibres in packaging – how to choose?
Key considerations taking into account future developments and supply chain collaboration

Jesse Rep | Director Sustainability, Stora Enso
PANEL: Packaging materials- how they are going to look in 2030?
  • What is driving material choice for brands and retailers? Net zero emissions, recyclability, EPR, DRS, end-of-life fate in littering, cost and availability?
  • How would demand for conventional plastics, bio-based plastics, compostable plastics and fibre-based packaging will look in future?
  • What are the key innovations in material and conversion technologies enabling transition to alternative materials?
  • To which extent and quality we can recycle (incl. organic recycling) different materials: Mechanical and chemical recycling of plastics, paper recycling?
  • Is LCA methodology up-to-date for novel materials? Can we capture acute effects of packaging littering in environmental assessment?
Panel moderator: Simon Boas Hoffmeyer, Director, Group Sustainability, Carlsberg Group


Alexey Vishtal | Head of Novel Packaging development, MM Group
Michael Delle Selve | Head of Marketing and Communications, FEVE
Johan Lunabba | VP Sustainability & Public Affairs, Ahlstrom-Munksjö
Thomasine Kamerling | Executive Vice President Sustainability and Communications, Huhtamaki
Dr. Carolin Struller |  CEng Department Head of R&D, Bobst (tentative)
Lars Lundquist | Senior Expert Packaging Sustainability, Nestlé (tentative)

Networking lunch sponsored by:
Co-creating a recyclable high barrier fiber-based flexible packaging solution: oneBARRIER fibreCycle
  • Paper as a sustainable coating base for high barrier solutions
  • Designing a multi-functional coating system
  • Optimising converting machine design
  • Ultimately Delivering a High Performance flexible packaging solution

Janne Varvemaa, Director, Products & Technology, UPM Specialty Papers
Thierry Van Migem, Director, Sales, Michelman
Dr. Carolin Struller, CEng Department Head of R&D, Bobst

Aluminum-based flexible packaging as a key material for a circular economy
How CFlex works towards a circular economy for flexible packaging
  • Design for recycling of flexible packaging
  • Constantia Flexibles solutions and approach
  • Challenges and roadblocks for circularity
Daniel Winkler, Executive Vice President Corporate Strategy & Sustainability, Constantia Flexibles

Aluminum-based flexible packaging as a key material for a circular economy
Benefits of aluminum based packaging in a circular economy and the relevance of responsible sourcing
Clemens Zimmerer, Strategic Product Manager Sustainability and Martina Wagner, Group Sustainability Manager, Constantia Flexibles International GmbH

A sustainability story
  • Consumers and Brands – Driving towards a Circular Economy
  • WestRock - Delivering Packaging for a Sustainable Future
  • Success Stories - Sustainable Packaging Innovation Globally

Christopher Davidson | Vice President, Sustainability, WestRock
A small part of the packaging but a huge step for recycling: labels and sleeves
Chair closing remarks
End of conference
Chair’s opening remarks
KEYNOTE: How to take the right decision related to packaging alternatives? What are the relevant metrics to consider? How interpret multi-indicator metrics?
The presentation will show the approach used by NDG applying the SPHERE framework, summarising the key outcomes and main challenges encountered

Joint presentation: Lars Lundquist, Senior Expert Packaging Sustainability, Nestlé
Stefan Frehland, Sustainability Consultant, Quantis

KEYNOTE: Intelligent sorting - plastic recycling, collaborative action, disruptive sorting projects
Design for a circular economy (D4ACE) guidance - an insight into CEFLEX’s work and testing programme
  • Insights on how flexible packaging moves through end-of-life processes and generates value in a circular economy based on a comprehensive 2022 testing programme
  • Highlights of the robust, independent and credible data generated and consequences for improving packaging design choices in the future
  • Perspectives on if and how the flexible packaging structures that are not currently widely sorted and mechanically recycled could be technically sorted and recycled in the future

Dr. Dennis Bankmann | Independent Scientific Consultant, .
Q&A session
Networking break sponsored by:
PANEL: What stops your EPR system to ensure circularity in your country?
  • What are the main barriers in different countries? What can the industry do to help to overcome these barriers?
  • What should the EU do?
  • What are the main barriers in different countries? What can the industry do to help to overcome these barriers?
  • What should the EU do?
Panel moderator:

Joachim Quoden | Lawyer and Managing Director, EXPRA, Europe


Amanda Fuso Nerini | Head of International Affairs, CONAI
Alexander Urmanov | Executive Director, Ecopack Bulgaria
Anne-Marth Vrind | Business Development and Innovatie,  Afvalfondsverpakkingen
Romane Colleu | EU Policy officer, Citeo
Jens Nießmann | Managing Director, Reclay Systems GmbH

PANEL: How is chemical recycling maturing? Where are we with acceptability and future scalability?
  • Where are we with acceptability and future scalability?
  • What is the risk of chemical recycling cannibalising mechanical recycling?
  • How can we expand on mechanical recycling?
  • Legislation on food contact
  • Bio mass certification

Panel moderator: Dr. Gerald Rebitzer, Sustainability Director, Amcor
Dr. Peter Sandkuehler, Director for Sustainability Europe, Middle East and Africa, Dow
Graham Houlder, Project Coordinator, CEFLEX and Managing Director, Sloop Consulting B.V.
Carlos Monreal, Founder and CEO, Plastic Energy
Jeroen Kelder, Partner, Infinity Recycling
Carlos Ludlow-Palafox
, CEO, Enval

Networking lunch sponsored by:
7 minute snap shot presentations on sustainable solutions, will be followed by a panel discussion
  • Connected packaging through QR codes, an enabler to Digital DRS, sustainability and consumer engagement
  • Digitising international recyclability
Panel moderator:

Luca A. Zerbini, Founding Partner and CEO, Una Terra

Connected packaging through QR codes, an enabler to Digital DRS, sustainability and consumer engagement 

Ivan Gonzalez, CEO, recycl3R

Navigating the complexity of international recyclability
-The international recyclability landscape is evolving quickly: national legislation, new labelling requirements, eco-modulation and differing waste infrastructure in each country make it challenging for companies to design their packaging to be recyclable in all markets
-Concrete example of the differing recyclability requirements of one packaging in 2 European countries
-Outlook into developments towards harmonisation
-Customer example: How can packaging be optimized for recycling

Vivian Loftin, Co-Founder, Recyda

Real-time data on packaging waste at sorting facilities unlocks game-changing insights on recyclability

Mikela Druckman, Co-founder & CEO, Greyparrot

Is Nanocoating the Future of High-Performance Sustainable Packaging?

Chee Hau Teoh, CEO and Co-Founder and Jhi Yong Loke, CTO and Co-Founder, Nfinite Nanotechnology

PANEL – How packaging can drive circularity through labelling requirements and digital solutions
PANEL How packaging can drive circularity through labelling requirements and digital solutions
Panel moderator: Alessandro Bizzotto, Head of Media and Press Relations, CONAI
  • The environmental labelling requirements in France.Guidelines about the labelling requirements in Italy: a storytelling about an effective joint work
  • Italy and France present a common solution of labelling to facilitate companies’ compliance to the labelling requirements
  • Comply with the Italian labelling requirements through digital solutions: CONAI initiatives to support companies
  • Labelling requirements and digital solutions: a case study
Colleu Romane, EU Public Affairs, CITEO
Luca Ruini, President, CONAI
Nicola Tinelli, UIV
Managing packaging sustainability everyday
Gillian Garside-Wight, Consulting Director, Aura 
Cheryl Lam, Director, Private Brands Sustainability Initiatives, Walmart
Chair closing remarks
Conference ends
Led by Dr. Afsaneh Nabifar, Global Market Development Biopolymers, BASF; Henk Vooijs, Market Development Consultant, Novamont; Lucy Cowton, Sustainability Manager, Futamura; Erwin Vink Sustainability Manager, NatureWorks
Brainstorming sessions addressing where and how compostable applications contribute to a circular economy
  • When compostable is the right choice for a packaging application?
  • What are the challenges for acceptance and implementation of compostable packaging?
  • How can partners in the value chain work together to overcome the challenges?
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Led by Stephan Roest, Strategic Platform Leader Circular Economy Solutions (CES), Borealis
Drop-in packaging plastic (PP, PE) produced with renewable feedstock, using mass balance certification
  • Learn how bio-based PP and PE can help you decouple from fossil feedstock and reduce your carbon footprint of your packaging plastics
  • How mass-balance chain of custody gives transparency in the supply chain and secures sustainability of the feedstock used
  • What 2nd generation waste & residue feedstocks are used to produce these bio-based plastics.
  • What drop-in bio-PP solution are also available with C14 bio-content
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Led by Michelle Carvell, COO, Lorax Compliance and Lydia Geddes, Account Manager, Lorax EPI
Global EPR developments and packaging sustainability reporting best practice
This workshop will take a closer look at the rapidly expanding global packaging extended producer responsibility regulations, trends, and costs to brand owners. It will also cover the broad scope of similarly aligned legislation and trends including post-consumer recycled content requirements, design guidelines, single-use plastic regulations, eco-modulated EPR fees, on-pack labelling, plastic taxes, voluntary reporting and more.

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Led by Stefan Frehland and Laura Peano, Sustainability Consultant, Quantis
A holistic, metrics-based approach to sustainable innovation in packaging
Introduction & Context
  • What are companies doing on packaging sustainability and how are they positioning themselves?
Defining an effective packaging strategy
  • Key steps in building a strategy and how to put them into practice
Tools available for setting a robust packaging strategy
  • Understanding key Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) metrics through the Life Cycle Perception game
  • Going beyond LCA: introduction to metrics on plastic pollution & circularity
  • Guidelines and resources available for building metrics-based packaging strategies
Next steps: setting meaningful commitments and actions.

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Hear from key industry leaders, European Commission, polymer producers, waste management, brand owners, recyclers, end users and other stakeholders.
Led by Joachim Quoden, Lawyer and Managing Director, EXPRA
The interactive workshop will be driven by debate, interaction, conversation, learning and will provide an exclusive opportunity to find out more about and discuss:
  • Latest market trends and developments in chemical recycling
  • Plastic waste chemical recycling regulation
  • Mass balance
  • Latest technology for circularity 
  • Sustainable solution towards a circular economy
  • Feedstock complexity and solutions
  • Sustainability in chemical recycling through life cycle engineering
  • The role of chemical recycling: preventing waste to nature and circular economy
  • Mass balance acceptance and implementation across member states
  • Chemical recycling industry leaders panel
Stay tuned for further updates on topics and speakers

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