2017 Agenda

Tuesday 24 Oct

Ecoembes site visit

  1. Registration

  2. Ecoembes site visit

    Jorge Serrano | Head of the Companies and Ecodesign Department of Ecoembes, Spain

    11:00-14:30 on 24 October 2017

    Ecoembes is the non-profit organization that cares for the environment through the recycling and eco-design of packaging in Spain. Thanks to the coordination of the agents involved in the recycling process -Companies, Citizens, Administration and Recyclers-, we have been protecting the environment for 20 years by making possible for packaging to be recycled.

    During the visit we will explain all the light packaging waste sorting processes that have contributed to reach the recycling rate to 76% in Spain by 2016, completing thus the packaging cycle by giving them a new life far from the landfill.

    The site visit costs just €59* and includes entrance to the tour, travel to/from the site.


    11:00h  Meeting point. Hesperia Tower Hotel
    11:10h  Bus departure.  (coach provided by Smithers)
    11:30h Arrival at Gavà Sorting plant.
    11:40h  Welcome Coffee Break 
    12:00h  Ecoembes Collaborative Model (Jorge Serrano presentation)
    12:15h  Gavà Sorting Plant 
    12:50h  Security consideration reminder. IPEs 
    13:00h Plant visit
    14:00h  Back to bus
    14:10h  Bus departure
    14.30h  Arrival at hotel

  3. Site visit ends

Pre-conference workshop

  1. Registration and refreshment break

  2. Workshop - update and review of global EPR programmes and how to achieve effective and efficient EPR reporting and corporate sustainability success!

    Victor Bell | President of Environmental Packaging International (EPI)

    15:00-17:45 on 24 October 2017

    Update and review of global EPR programmes and how to achieve effective and efficient EPR reporting and corporate sustainability success!

    The rapidly expanding myriad of global EPR packaging and product reporting requirements
    review of global packaging EPR programmes with updates regarding:

    • China
    • India
    • Russia
    • Canada and the US
    • South America

    What kind of data will be required and how reporting requirements are changing

    The circular economy and future data requirements 

    The rapidly increasing demand for corporate metrics and how EPR data can be use to understand your packaging footprint.

    The price to attend this workshop is EUR499.

  3. Networking coffee break

  4. Workshop

    Gary Parker | Sustainability Group Head of Enviromental Packaging International (EPI)

  5. End of workshop

Wednesday 25 Oct

Wednesday 25 October

  1. Registration and welcome refreshments

  2. Chairman's opening remarks

    Dana Mosora | Founder of Dana Mosora Consulting GmbH, Swizerland

Keynote Session 1 – The circular economy and packaging sustainability

  1. A plastics strategy in a circular economy

    Werner Bosmans | Coordinator Plastics Strategy of European Commission, DG Environment

    Taking into account the economic importance and the environmental externalities of plastics, the Circular Economy Action Plan (2015) considered plastics as a priority area. The European Commission is preparing a strategy to addresses the challenges posed by plastics throughout the value chain, such as reuse, recyclability, biodegradability, the presence of hazardous substances of concerns in certain plastics and marine litter. The Strategy is due by the end of this year and will look at the following issues:

    • Plastics are made of finite resources and have high impacts throughout their life cycle in terms of greenhouse gas emissions;
    • The recycling rate of plastics is too low, with often poor quality and uptake of recyclates;
    • Plastics leak into the environment, in particular the oceans, posing serious health and environmental concerns.
  2. The new plastics economy initiative – innovations for a plastics economy that works

    Dr. Mats Linder | Project Manager of Ellen MacArthur Foundation, UK

    • Why do we need a systemic, collaborative initiative to fix the plastics system?
    • 3 key strategies to catalyse cation towards a plastics economy that works
    • The role of innovation and how we are working to accelerate it
  3. Improving packaging design and models for tackling waste problems

    Piotr Barczak | Policy Officer on Waste of European Environmental Bureau, Belgium

    • Essential requirements for packaging review
    • Innovative and bio-based packaging and innovative models such as non-packaging solutions
  4. Q&A session

  5. Networking refreshment break

Session 2 - Packaging design

  1. Rubbish in, rubbish out – good packaging design as the starting point of circularity

    Ulrike Sapiro | Director Sustainability of Coca-Cola Company, EMEA

    Recyclability as the starting point for circularity

    • The challenge of material efficiency and reusability
    • How about renewable and recycled content
    • Why good design is not the entire answer to sustainable packaging
  2. Designing packaging for a sustainable future

    Sebastian Tarkowski | Client Director and Brand Strategist of NINE, Sweden

    • Opportunities for physical packaging play in a digital reality?
    • Packaging as an enabler for sustainability and minimizing waste
    • Building on changing consumer behaviours
    • What are the requirements to win with packaging?
  3. Mars goes circular – Circular Economy from the perspective of a global FMCG company

    Juan Manuel Banez Romero | Public Affairs Manager Europe of MARS, Belgium

    • Mars’ perspective on Circular Economy – challenges and opportunities.
    • Plastics: Mars’ vision on the Plastics Strategy.
    • Mars’ projects on sustainable packaging (focused on plastics)
  4. Good for you, good for the planet: Packaging sustainability as a part of Barilla’s company purpose

    Giacomo Canali | Packaging Research and Sustainability Manager of Barilla G. e R. Fratelli SpA, Italy

    • Barilla Double Pyramid model
    • Environmental pyramid and eco-design of packaging
    • LCA and EPD
    • How can research on packaging help sustainability?
  5. Panel/Q&A session

    Panel: speakers from this session and Matthew Miller, Business Director, James Cropper 3DP

  6. Networking lunch

Session 3 - Recovery, recycling and related new collaboration opportunities

  1. The profitable way to eliminate the idea of waste

    Tom Szaky, CEO, TerraCycle, USA and co-presenter Gian De Belder, Principal Scientist - Packaging R&D, Procter & Gamble, Belgium

    • Learn how major consumer product companies are recycling the non-recyclable, and in the process driving market share, shopper and brand marketing wins.
    • Learn about the world's largest solution to marine plastic to date and how it helped P&G win at retail.
    • Learn how to engage retailers, drive foot traffic and other benefits all through solving waste
  2. Paper title to be confirmed

    Mustan Lalani | Manager, Environment Affairs of Tetra Pak International, Belgium

  3. Sustainability in packaging as a collaborative effort

    Dr. Karlheinz Hausmann | R&D Fellow Sustainability Technology Leader of DuPont de Nemours Intl Sarl, Switzerland

    • Light weighting, food protection while maintaining and improving the functionality of the package
    • Recycling of packaging as a collaborative effort
    • Collaboration along and beyond the value chain
  4. Solutions for flexible packaging in a circular and sustainable economy

    Graham Houlder | Managing Director and and Project Co-ordinator for the CEFLEX project of SLOOP Consulting, Netherlands

    The presentation will draw on early learnings from the CEFLEX project on how flexible packaging can add even more value in the circular economy. CEFLEX is a European full flexible packaging value chain collaboration to propose solutions that allow more flexible packaging to be recycled without compromising it’s significant added value and resource efficiency benefits.

  5. Plastics recycling and its contribution to circular economy

    Dr. Gerold Breuer | Head of Marketing & Business Development of EREMA Group GmbH, Austria

    • Driving circular economy
    • Combining machine, online measurement & digitalization
    • “Made to measure” re-pellets
    • A step towards rethinking: new pouches based on a mono-material solution
  6. Panel/Q&A session

  7. Afternoon networking break

Session 4 - Start Ups - Innovations and new ways of thinking

Chair: Jonne Hellgren, Managing Director, RePack, Finland (7 minutes pitching presentations)

  1. Sulapac®- a novel sustainable solution to replace plastic

    Suvi Haimi | CEO of Sulapac Ltd., Finland

    • The global plastic waste problem needs new solutions
    • Sulapac® is  the first premium eco-packaging material made out of wood.
    • Sulapac® has plastic like properties but, it contains 0% plastic and it is fully biodegradable.
    • Sulapac® is also able to compete with the cost of plastic and can be mass-produced with the same equipment as plastic
  2. Bio-based smart packaging for enhanced preservation of food quality

    Prof. Dr. Rudy Koopmans | Director of Plastics Innovation Competence Center; Switzerland

    • Simplified, full compostable packages
    • Reduced food residues
    • Accurate due date detection
    • Natural antimicrobial actives
  3. Paper title to be confirmed

    Adnan Wasti | CTO of Hanhaa, UK

  4. Paper title to be confirmed

    Heiða Gunnarsdóttir Nolsøe | Co-founder of DropBucket ApS, Danmark

  5. More start-ups to be confirmed

    Panel discussion/Q&A session

    Further information to follow...

  6. Chairman closing remarks

    Dana Mosora | Founder of Dana Mosora Consulting GmbH, Swizerland

Networking Drinks Reception

  1. Networking drinks reception

    17:45 – 19:15  Networking  drinks reception

Thursday 26 Oct

Thursday 26 October

  1. Registration and welcome refreshment

  2. Chairman opening announcements

    Virginia Janssens, Managing Director, Europen, Belgium

Session 5 - Brand owners & retailers perspectives and consumer engagement

  1. Retailers perspective

    Speaker to be confirmed

  2. Sustainability of metal packaging

    Dr. Géza T. Nagy | Senior Packaging Specialist (Metals) of Nestlé S.A., Switzerland

    Metal packaging is increasingly seen as premium. Does metal have a matching image when it comes to sustainability.

  3. M&S packaging strategy - a year on….

    Kevin Vyse I Primary Foods Packaging Technologist and Packaging Innovation Lead & Laura Fernandez I Packaging Technologist of Marks and Spencer, UK

    • In a world of uncertainty M&S needs to guarantee the supply, quality and authenticity of its packaging
    • What are our plans to ensure our packaging is fit for the future
    • What are the challenges that we encounter in our quest to achieve our goals
  4. Paper title to be confirmed

    Prabhat R Mishra | M. Ch. Engg., Chartered Scientist, & Fellow of IOM3, Global Packaging Sustainability Lead of Mondelez International, UK

  5. Engaging consumers on recycling - 360˚ approach

    Lena Nover | Senior Manager European Business & Sustainability, Metal Packaging Europe, Belgium & Ramon Arratia | Sustainability Director, Ball Beverage Packaging Europe, UK

    • Engaging consumers and addressing their key concerns: the role of sustainability, circularity and recycling
    • The Metal Recycles Forever logo: engagement throughout the entire consumer journey
    • Logos and messages: the role of transparency for industry messaging when engaging with consumers
  6. Morning networking break

  7. Panel discussion/Q&A session

    Theme and topics to be confirmed...

    Panellists: Philippe Diercxsens, Packaging & Environment Manager, Danone Waters and speakers from this session

Session 6 - Waste management in a circular economy

  1. Circular Economy and waste prevention in Norway

    Lars Brede Johansen | Head of Development of Grønt Punkt Norge AS, Norway

  2. Paper title to be confirmed

    Jorge Serrano | Head of the Companies and Ecodesign Department of Ecoembes, Spain

    The Circular Lab is a pioneering project in Europe that brings together all the proposals and solutions to boost innovation in the field of packaging and its subsequent recycling, all framed under the concept of Circular Economy. It will affect all phases of the life cycle of packaging: from conception, through eco-design, to its reintroduction to the consumer cycle through new products.

    • R&D&I in packaging and circular economy.
    • Evaluation of the efficiency of new models, systems and technologies.
    • Eco-efficient and environmentally sustainable society.
    • LCA tools (from waste to product).
  3. Deposit System – an environmental measure

    Rauno Raal | CEO of Estonian Deposit System (original name in Estonian language - Eesti Pandipakend OÜ), Estonia

    • Beverage packages collection with deposits in the world
    • Deposit vs other collection systems
    • Deposit system essence based on Estonian case
  4. Panel discussion/Q&A session

    Chair: Virginia Janssens, Managing Director, Europen, Belgium

    Topics to be confirmed


    • Pascal Gislais, Member of the Board, LÉKO, France
    • Lars Brede Johansen, Head of Development, Gruen Punkt Norge AS, Norway
    • Daniel del Olmo Rovidarcht,  Head of the Companies and Eco-design Department, Ecoembes, Spain
    • Rauno Raal, CEO, Estonian Deposit System, Estonia
    • Drs Robert Corijn MKM, Marketing Manager, Attero B.V., The Netherlands
  5. Networking lunch

Session 7 - Circularity and its innovation and solutions

  1. Sustainable packaging solutions – opportunities and challenges for machine suppliers

    Dr. Carsten Weiss | Vice President Engineering of Robert Bosch Packaging Technology GmbH, Germany

    • Bosch is committed to sustainability: we strive to contribute to sustainable packaging and shape the industry
    • Along the value chain of packaging, we elaborate technical answers to environmental challenges
    • An early involvement of machine suppliers increases the chances to implement new pack styles and materials successfully
  2. Fibre bottle project – a collaboration initiative for a sustainable future

    Henrik Essén | SVP Communication & Sustainability of BillerudKorsnäs, Sweden

  3. Eco-designing labels to boost the circular economy

    Oona Koski, Sustainability, Senior Specialist, UPM Raflatac, Finland

    • Labels and packaging design
    • Value chain collaboration
    • Eco-design
    • Recycling and recyclable
    • Circular economy
  4. Sustainable packaging solutions: a social and a business imperative for the plastics industry

    Andreas Gémes | Marketing Manager Circular Economy Solutions of Borealis AG, Austria

    • Waste is a valuable resource
    • Only through value chain collaboration a systemic change can be achieved, which will consequently enable circuarity
    • Borealis has assumed a leading role in promoting circular economy and sustainability for polyolefins by engaging with key stakeholders across the value chain in advancing recyclability, resource efficiency and enhanced use of recyclates
  5. Innovative answers to sustainability challenges in the shrink sleeve market

    Marcia Correa | Marketing Director Specialties of Klöckner Pentaplast, Germany

  6. Panel/Q&A session

  7. Chairman closing remarks

    Virginia Janssens | Managing Director of EUROPEN, Belgium

  8. Conference ends