Day One - Wednesday 13 November

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Day One - 13 November

Wednesday 13 November

  1. Registration and morning refreshments

  2. Chair’s opening remarks

    Stephen Harrod | Consultant of Smithers

Session 1 – Regulatory and societal environment

  1. Opening keynote: REUSE - realising the business and innovation opportunities in the new plastics economy

    Annette Lendal | Senior Research Analyst of Ellen MacArthur Foundation

    Through the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, businesses, responsible for putting more than 20% of all plastic packaging on the market, have committed to work towards a circular economy for plastics, including moving from single-use to reuse models where possible. Yet, most efforts so far evolve around recycling, which alone will not solve the plastic pollution problem. We need solutions such as reuse models that help reduce volumes of waste. In this presentation Annette will elaborate on:

    - The Ellen MacArthur Foundation's New Plastic Economy Initiative and core principles for a circular plastics economy  
    - Why we need to move beyond recycling efforts and turn to reuse models, where relevant
    - Ellen MacArthur Foundation's targeted effort on reuse: benefits, challenges, and best practice case examples

  2. Keynote: Let’s pack for circular economy 2.0

    Maja Desgrees Du Lou | Policy Officer of European Commission

    2019 marks a change in the European Union with a new Commission taking office later this year. After the adoption of a first Circular Economy Action Plan in 2015, the new Commission President has announced her aim to make Europe a world leader in circular economy.
    Both the EU Heads of State and Government in their recent Council conclusions and the new Commission give a prominent place to a green agenda, announcing a “European Green Deal” and a new Circular Economy Action Plan 2.0.
    Modern waste management is a key building block of the transition to a circular economy. Various pieces of waste legislation regulating specific products are up for review in the next years, including packaging legislation, to maximise their contribution to circular business models.
    With an annual average of 170 kg packaging waste per EU citizen, the problems around recyclability of e.g. plastic packaging and new trends like increasing e-packing, a modernisation of the rules in the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive is considered for next year with the revision of the essential requirements for packaging.
    This agenda can only be fulfilled in partnership and with close involvement of the different industry actors across the whole value chain.

  3. Circular economy and lower impact lifestyle: an education and awareness challenge

    Katy Newnham I Founder and CEO of Wastebuster CIC, UK and Sarah Perreard I Circular Economy Consultant of Precious Planet Consulting, Switzerland

  4. Consumer attitude and expectations – acceptability of packaging

    Hans van Bochove | Vice-President Public Affairs Europe of Coca-Cola European Partners, Belgium

  5. Morning networking break

Session 2 - Retailers commitment to the circular economy and packaging

  1. A retailers perspective – Loop initiative

    Romain Badie | Corporate Social Responsibility Manager of Carrefour, France

  2. Setting a circular packaging strategy – the journey

    Ulrika Nordvall Bardh | Circular Strategy Lead Non Commercial Goods of H&M Group, Sweden

  3. Circular economy and packaging

    Per Stoltz | Circular and Waste Manager of Sustainability IKEA Group, Sweden

  4. Paul Earnshaw

    Paul Earnshaw | Packaging Manager of Tesco, UK

  5. Lush Cosmetics: Creating a cosmetics revolution to save the planet

    Heather Deeth | Head of Buying of Lush Cosmetics North America

  6. How we deployed "Less & Better" packaging solutions within Decathlon ?

    Nicolas Bouché | Packaging & Rfid Leader of Decathlon, France

    • to develop conscioussness for everyone that's it's essential to act.
    • to define & deploy design & procurement policy in a global organisation.
    • to measure the results & point out the absolute necessity to have disruptive approach.
    • to deploy the innovative strategic roadmap and succeed in CO2 footprint decrease while selling more products.
  7. 30 minute Q&A session

  8. Networking lunch and interactive roundtables

    Benefit from additional learning by joining our moderated roundtable discussions  during lunch (30 minute each, between 13:30 - 14:00, Aquilla Room). Please register for the round table discussion at the registration desk at the conference. Places are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

    Choose from the following topics: 
    RT 1: What requirements is circular economy putting on packaging
    Moderator: Per Stoltz, Resource and Waste Manager,IKEA Group, IKEA Services AB, Sweden

    RT 2: Packaging circularity! Can we climb up the waste hierarchy by reusable packaging for consumer goods?
    Moderator: Maik Birnbach, Environmentalist, einhorn products GmbH, Germany

    RT 3: Building in “end of life”, to future packaging design thinking
    How can you stay ahead of this curve? How can you ensure your investment in these activities is good for your business, as well as the overall circular economy
    Moderator: James Harmer, Planning Director Strategy & Innovation, Touch Design, UK

    RT4: Loop initiative
    Moderator: Caroline Fréry, Global Head of Business Development, TerraCycle, UK



Session 3 - Value chain sustainability and new business models

  1. Creating packaging for circularity - delivering recyclable or reusable packaging. How to support collection schemes in established and emerging countries

    Sokhna Gueye | Plastics Sustainability Manager of Nestlé

  2. Plastic leak project to tackle plastic and microplastic leakage

    Jan Dalsgaard Johannesen I Senior Sustainability Advisor of Arla Foods, Denmark and Laura Peano I Senior Sustainability Consultant of Quantis, Switzerland

  3. Sustainability choices for a brand owner. Navigating conflicting data and priorities

    Russell Dunn | R&D Packaging Sustainability Manager of Britvic Soft Drinks Limited, UK

    Sustainable Packaging choices for a brand owner - Navigating conflicting data and priorities.

    How is Britvic positively responding to the rapidly changing packaging environment?
    What are the Britvic packaging choices for Soft Drinks and how do they compare?
    Is the consumer always right? Not when it comes to packaging sustainability!
    Data-driven decisions to deliver the right strategy.

  4. Engaging with value network for sustainability

    Tommi Heinonen | Head of Sales, EMEIA of UPM Specialty Papers, Finland

    • Key elements of the value network
    • Eco-design and value network
    • Circularity as a business model
  5. Q&A session

  6. Networking break

  7. PANEL: Hidden plastics in packaging: exploring innovation through the lens of “paper” cups

    Panellists featuring: Nestlé, Kotkamills Oy, CupClub, Footprint, Solenis and more to be announced

    Multi-layer materials that include plastic liners are a staple in packaging across a wide range of products.  But as consumer’s become aware of the challenges with recycling and compositing multi-layer materials, they are demanding change.  Especially for items like the ubiquitous “paper” cup.  When customer’s demand a shift, how do you innovate out of these hidden plastics? 

    Join this discussion to learn about 3 different approaches taken to eliminate the hidden plastics from “Paper” cups to meet this  shift in demand from consumers.

    Moderator: Sandeep Kulkarni, Founder and President, KoolEarth Solutions Inc., USA

    Alexey Vishtal, Packaging Specialist Paper & Board, Nestlé, Switzerland
    Markku Hämäläinen, CEO, Kotkamills Oy, Finland
    Safia Qureshi, Founder and CEO, CupClub, UK
    Eemeli Siitonen, Market Manager, Graphic & Specialty Papers, EMEA, Solenis, USA
    Troy Swope, CEO, Footprint, US

    More panellists to be announced...

Session 4 - Brands perspectives – moving towards sustainable solutions

  1. BIG BRAND PANEL – Leading brands from multiple sectors will debate about progress made and actions taking to achieve their sustainability goals and targets

    Panellists featuring: Mars, P&G, Nestlé, Reckitt Benckiser and Ecover. This session will aim to have leading Brand Owners show how progress is made in driving the circular economy for the packaging. Join us to hear first-hand what works and how they make an impact and also…at needs to change or happen to accelerate their progress.

    Panellists including

    Juan Manuel Banez Romero, Public Affairs Manager Europe, Mars
    Gian De Belder, Packaging Technologist, R&D Packaging Sustainability, Procter & Gamble
    Sokhna Gueye, Packaging Technologist , Packaging Research & Development Sustainability, Nestlé
    Arno Melchior, Global Packaging Director, Reckitt Benckiser
    Tom Domen, Global Head Long Term Innovation Manager, Ecover / Method





    More panellists to be announced

  2. Chair’s closing remarks

  3. Networking drinks reception