Agenda Announced for 2023 Hybrid Event! All times are in UTC+8.
Section 1: Market Outlook and Trends of Sustainability in Packaging
The future of sustainable packaging
  • What is sustainable packaging?
  • What’s influencing and affecting the market?
  • Sustainable packaging materials and market outlook.
  • Regional sustainable packaging and comparison.

Nancy Yao | Head of Oprations, Asia, Smithers
The Role of Open Innovation & Venture Capital to drive Circularity
  • Investment trends, innovation needs from corporates from the full packaging value circle.
  • The need for collaboration along value chain partners as well as with start-ups.
  • Start-ups covering advanced materials, industrial IT and more.

Pollene Mae Diente | Investment Manager , Emerald Technology Ventures
Section 2: Sustainability Strategies of End Users: Progress Updates and Challenges
Paper packaging innovations for Quality Street and KitKat
Following in the footsteps of the 2021 successful and multi-award-winning global transition of Smarties to recyclable paper packaging, Quality Street, one of Nestlé's most popular confectionery brands in the UK and across the world, is the second Nestlé confectionery brand to make the move to paper. This landmark transition from dual foil and cellulose to recyclable FSC-certified paper packaging for its twist-wrapped sweets worldwide will remove almost 2.5 billion individual pieces of packaging material from its supply chain globally. This major step will contribute to Nestlé's commitment to reach 100% recyclable packaging by 2025.
In January, 2023, KitKat, one of the world's most popular confectionery products, introduced recyclable paper packaging as a pilot test for the brand in Australia. The challenge was to find the right paper packaging solution with a high level of barrier properties to adequately protect the chocolate and to maintain the perfect balance between the iconic crispy wafer and smooth chocolate that people know and love, whilst at the same time ensuring the packaging is recyclable in the paper stream. This pilot is another positive step in Nestle's commitment to use innovation to meet its packaging commitments. Nestlé has set a goal to reduce the use of virgin plastics by a third by 2025, which includes using less plastic, recycled plastic, and alternatives to plastic packaging.
Kiril Dimitrov | Packaging Expert , Nestlé
Networking tea break
Unpacking sustainability in packaging
In 2011, the global population passed 7 billion. And it’s accelerating—the world’s population is on pace to hit 9.8 billion by 2050.1 As the population grows, more people will be looking to move up the economic ladder, especially in developing and emerging economies. At the same time, the number of technology consumers in the world is quickly accelerating, with approximately 3 billion new consumers expected by 2030. A younger generation of buyers recognize the environmental, health, and social implications of “throw away” societies that view products and packaging as disposable. At HP we approach packaging as part of our overall drive to a sustainable, circular economy. Specifically, we use a three-pronged approach:
ELIMINATE •Eliminate unnecessary packaging material and space •Eliminate hard-to-recycle plastic packaging components INNOVATE •Innovate using more sustainable packaging materials and processes •Use sustainable fiber (certified or recycled) •Use recycled and ocean-bound plastics CIRCULATE •Generate demand for recycled content •Choose materials with higher recycling rates worldwide •Educate consumers on circular economy practices through on-pack messaging.
In this session, Lynn Loh, Head of Sustainable Impact APJ Markets, will talk through how HP achieved a 54% reduction in single-use plastic packaging for Personal Systems and a 22% reduction in Print in 2021 alone as part of zero-deforestation goals and a circular economy in business.
Lynn Loh | Regional Head of Sustainable Impact, Asia Pacific & Japan, HP PPS Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
Case study of collaboration between a major label player and a brand partner
This session will talk about the innovations and efforts on the journey towards sustainability from Electrolux, one of the world's leading brands for home and business appliances, covering the progresses made and the challenges faced.
Marika Knorr | Head of Sustainability, CCL Label
Panel: Ocean Plastics, Beyond Circular
In this discussion the panelists will highlight the importance of a shared vision on closed loop systems, leaning on regenerative principles and the urgency in scaling up circular solutions.
Panel Moderator
Gary Calicdan, Ethical Buyer – Packaging and Print at LUSH Cosmetics
Karolina Michalska, packaging buyer, LUSH Cosmetics
Raffi Schieir, Director of Bantam Materials, the supplier of Prevented Ocean Plastic
Jonathan Powell, Sales Director at Spectra Packaging 
Progress on Sustainability: hearing from a leading on-demand food delivery platform
This session will share some case studies from food panda, a leading on-demand delivery platform in Asia, on their initiatives and best practices on driving sustainability in packaging for e-commerce/food delivery.
Woody Chan | Senior CSR & Sustainability Manager, Foodpanda
Lunch break
Section 3a:Sustainability in plastic value chain
Inks and coatings, important pillars for sustainability in packaging.
There is a wide variety of sustainable solutions available to us, whether it is the mechanical recycling of flexible packaging, the reduction of plastics, or moving from plastic to paper. However, with all of these alternatives, we must consider both the disadvantages of choosing the wrong inks as well as the advantages of selecting the right functional coatings.
The purpose of this presentation is to illustrate two ways in which inks and coatings can make packaging more sustainable. By using barrier coatings, UV-block coatings, and PVC-free inks, monomaterial packaging can be mechanically recycled and layers reduced. Using coatings such as external protective coatings, internal water-grease barrier coatings or moisture barrier coatings allows the elimination of poly-laminated paper when switching from film to paper packaging. Additionally, mineral oil-free inks and deinkable inks enhance the recyclability of fiber-based packaging.

Jose Novo | Key Account Manager, Toyo Ink Group
Beiersdorf`s approach towards Packaging Sustainability and utilization of recycled materials into the packaging
This session will share the approach to sustainability from Beiersdorf, a big skin care company – leveraging full circular resources, from waste management to recycled plastics.
Debasish Mandal | Head Packaging Pre-Development & Sustainability, Emerging Markets R&D Centre, Beiersdorf
Networking break
Closing the loop with Veolia's recycled PET Resin for sustainable packaging
Considering the ubiquity of plastics in our consumption patterns and the amount of waste it generates, it is urgent to find efficient sustainable packaging solutions. Recycled resin is a key component of sustainable packaging designs, as it helps reduce the use of new virgin materials, conserve resources and avoid greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
The use of recycled resins helps to create a closed loop where plastic materials are collected, recycled and transformed into new products, reducing the demand for virgin resins. The eco design for bottles is a critical aspect of sustainable packaging as it considers the entire lifecycle of the product. It focuses on reducing waste, strengthening recyclability, and minimising environmental impact while also taking into account the social and societal footprint of the product.
At PT Veolia Services Indonesia we specialise in bottle to recycled food grade PET resin, a material that is used in various packaging applications. The recycled resin is of high quality, compliant with industrial standards and guarantees performance. As part of our operational commitment, we strive to continuously engage with the informal sector to enhance their operational maturity and raise awareness around key sustainability principles.
Agathe Detanger | Project Manager , Veolia
Plastics and its climate connection: Understanding the environmental impact of plastic waste management strategies
As recognition of plastic pollution as one of the world’s most pressing environmental issues gains traction, investors, decision-makers and corporations must be empowered with the right tools and resources to evaluate the climate impact of plastic pollution. Delving deeper into plastic waste end-of-life, this session will unpack the environmental impact of plastic waste management strategies through The Circulate Initiative’s open-access GHG calculator - Plastic Lifecycle Assessment Calculator for the Environment and Society (PLACES).

GOH Soo Lin, Senior Research Engineer, Sustainability and Life Cycle Management Division at A*STAR SIMTech
Umesh Madhavan, Research Director at The Circulate Initiative
Case study from a brand owner: Mono-material Packaging Pouch
Laminated packages composed of multi-layers are difficult to recycle. We must study and introduce packages with simpler structures, preferably mono-material, but which have the minimum attributes to ensure the integrity of the formulations. For cosmetics (shampoos, conditioners, moisturizing lotions), at the very least they must have a barrier to water, oxygen and compatible with the actives and fragrances. Once these attributes are met, with a package made up of only one type of polymer, we deliver the possibility of mechanical recycling (cheaper) for post-consumer packaging, encouraging the use of post-consumer resins (PCR).
Bullet Points: mono-material, laminated, sustainability, recyclability.
Tarcisio Camlofski | Packaging Specialist, Group Boticário
End of Day One
Section 3b : Alternative Materials: Fiber-based, Biodegradable, Compostable and more
Case study of compostable/biodegradable packaging (to be updated)
Responsible Packing – a forest centric way to look at sustainable packaging throughout the entire value chain
Fibre-based packaging when sourced responsibly can provide critical solutions for global sustainability challenges. Responsibly sourced packaging means also transparent and verifiable. It demonstrates your commitment to sustainable development and corporate social responsibility. At this talk we look at the full opportunity and value that forest certification can unlock for all supply chain actors, from Forests to retailers and brand owners.
Wikkie Netten | APAC Marketing Manager, PEFC
Sustainability from the perspective of a pulp supplier (to be updated)
Networking tea break
PHAs (Polyhydroxyalkanoates): bio-based and compostable biomaterials for sustainable packaging solutions
CJ Cheiljedang is a leading biotech company providing innovative solutions to address global needs of biomaterials. The company has developed the production and application technologies of Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs), a family of bio-based and compostable biopolymers. PHACT, the CJ’s PHA brand, offers a unique opportunity to the brand owners and customers who are looking for more sustainable packaging solutions while trying to address end-of life issues. This presentation will discuss CJ’s PHA technology platform with focus on the unique value propositions of the sustainable packaging development including rigid or flexible packaging, paper coating and fibers.
Chang Dong Eun | CTO, CJ Cheiljedang WB CIC
Innovate boldly, package sustainably.
• Sustainability goals are perceived as the top corporate priority, cited by more than half of organizations as one of their top five priorities.
• 60% of consumers say environmentally friendly packaging impacts brand trust.
• Paper and corrugate emerge as leading sustainable material for consumers.
• We will share five cases of improved sustainability through innovation, demonstrating WestRock’s commitment to Innovate Boldly. Package Sustainably.™

Quentin Yan | Sr. Manager/Director, Asia Pacific Market Development and Global Paper, Consumer Packaging, WestRock
Panel: The future of plastic alternatives
Panel moderator
Chris Foley, CEO, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO)

Sze Ooi, Regional Sales & Business Development Director, Greater SEA/South Asia/Australasia/Middle East, Global Paperboard/Consumer Packaging, WestRock
Wikkie Netten, APAC Marketing Manager at PEFC
Tan Jia Hui, Public Affairs Manager, Renewable Polymers and Chemicals, APAC at Neste
Heidi Su, Head of Sustainability Asia at Suzano
Grace Kim, Head of Global Packaging R&D at CJ CheilJedang
Robert Cotton, R&D Director of Sustainable Packaging Commercialization at PepsiCo Global Snacks
End of Day One
Section 4: Collaborating throughout the Value Chain for Sustainability
Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines Inc. - The power of partnerships in fostering a circular economy
As the Philippines tackles the plastic waste problem, Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines Inc. leads the way towards a circular economy for clear PET plastic bottles, leveraging on the power of multi-stakeholder collaboration, and the latest innovation and technology for PET recycling. To realize its vision of a World Without Waste, Coca-Cola forges partnerships with local government units and agencies, private organizations, and MSMEs to collect clear PET plastic bottles of any brand from communities. These clear PET plastic bottles end up in PETValue Philippines--the country's pioneering bottle-to-bottle recycling facility and CCBPI's joint venture with Indorama Ventures, a global sustainable chemical company.
Marc Cruz Cox | Director for Stakeholder Relations, Coca Cola Philippines
Grow circularity and sustainability in packaging with smarter labeling choices
Efficient reuse and recycling is fundamental for circular packaging. As an integral part of the packaging, labels can play an important role in enhancing the circularity of the product packaging. This session will share how to enhance the recycling and overall sustainability of the product packaging with the smart label choices.  
Michelle Yu | Sustainable Manager, APAC , UPM Raflatac
Circular, Sustainable, Regenerative... Turning buzzwords into action.
In this talk, Lush will present its nearly three-decade-long approach to using and developing packaging that reduces the environmental impact and even creates positive benefits for biodiversity and ecosystems.
Howard Mitchell | Packaging Technologist, LUSH Cosmetics
Sustainable Packaging for Healthcare and Consumer markets
abstract coming soon...
Amos Tan | Sales Manager, KOCH
Networking tea break
Towards a virgin fossil-free future together
Neste is driven by its purpose to create a healthier planet for our children. To support this aim, we have developed a holistic approach to accelerate the shift to a circular plastics economy. This approach builds upon Neste’s ambition to collaborate with the industry forerunners to create a world where plastics and chemicals are produced from renewable and recycled materials through our sustainable drop-in solution.
Maria Carcolé | Head of Brand Owner Managerment, Neste Renewable Polymers and Chemicals
High barrier flexible packaging solutions designed for recyclability
Sustainability trends and working towards a more circular economy in packaging have been the main market drivers for new packaging developments over the last few years.
With the rising challenge of tackling global plastic waste, sustainability and the aspiration to move towards a circular economy are key topics for any business within the value chain of packaging materials. In Europe, around 40 % of the plastic waste originates from plastic packaging and around 20 % of the total EU plastic packaging is flexible consumer packaging. Although a large part of this is potentially recyclable, redesign of many flexible packaging materials is required in order to fulfil the sustainability pledges of international retailers, brand owners, convertors and raw material producers, who have committed to using 100 % recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging materials by 2025.
Flexible packaging solutions to address these targets include mono-material polyolefin based materials as well as compostable/biodegradable polymers and paper-based packaging structures in conjunction with vacuum deposited and wet applied barrier layers to ensure material performance and required shelf life.
After introducing our oneBARRIER PrimeCycle solution back in 2021, we are now, after three years or process development, also ready to release oneBARRIER FibreCycle to the market. Whilst PrimeCycle is a mono-material full PE solution, based on MDOPE film and utilizing the synergy between wet primer coating and dry vacuum coating to achieve the required barrier performance, FibreCycle addresses the demand for a paper-based mono-material barrier solution. Again, the combination of wet primer coating and dry vacuum coating is key to realize optimum performance levels.
Our presentation will focus on the work conducted in regards to the primer coating as well as vacuum coating.
Diego Accatino | Zone Business Director Flexible Packaging, Southeast Asia Pacific, BOBST
Customer experience Centre for In Mould Labelling and circular solutions : Polyart, Kraft Containers and MYK Laticrete and the benefits of partnership
Section 5: Global Policy Update and Impacts It Brings
Regulatory challenges and risks for B2C Consumer Packaging in Asia Pacific
Networking lunch
Circularity design of adhesive tapes for paper based packaging
Europe has the world's highest paper recycling rate at 71.4% (2021 data), and even higher for paper based packaging at 82%. To keep and improve the sustainability and circularity of the paper and board value chain and to help EU Member States achieve high recycling targets, paper and board-based materials should be recyclable by the paper industry. Adhesives should match the recycling processes to enable successful and effective recycling of the base materials. To make adhesive applications easy to remove, they should be large enough to be screened out effectively.
Michel Mies | Director of Product Development, Industrial Trade & Converting , Tesa
Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) in Asia
Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is an environmental policy tool which seeks to shift the responsibility to producers to manage end-of-life management of their products and packaging. With increased pledges and commitments towards packaging waste reduction, EPR, alongside other policy instruments will continue to play an integral role in a shift towards a circular economy. In 2022, countries like India, Vietnam and the Philippines have implemented EPR for packaging. This session will provide some insights on the current status of EPR in Asia as well as its impacts it brings to businesses.
Justin Ng | Senior Executive, Regulatory & Public Affairs (Sustainability), Food Industry Asia
The Global Regulatory Requirements and Safe use of Recycled Materials and Biopolymers as Part of Circular Economy in Food Packaging
Networking tea break
Managing sustainability metrics in a circular economy
A range of sustainability metrics are available to packaging brand owners to showcase their sustainability. These can be divided into three distinct groups. Firstly, there are the life cycle metrics. These are long term, big picture endpoints for sustainability such as climate change, water scarcity or resources depletion. Secondly, the metrics relating to circularity look at material flows. They include recycled content, recycling rates, reusability or composability. Lastly, there are social and other issue-specific metrics such as fair-trade, locally made, vegan or plastic free.
There is a tendency to focus first on metric which are more achievable or tangible which while leaving more difficult metric and targets to the future.  Without careful evaluation of packaging strategies there is real risk that optimising on simpler metrics such as recycled content, seriously compromises the ability to meet longer term targets such as climate change.    A more nuanced use of metric is required to balance competing demands of environment and social endpoints
Tim Grant | Director, PIQET (owned by Lifecycles)
Australia’s National Packaging Targets and what they mean for Asian factories/suppliers and packaging manufactures.
Following a review of progress towards Australia’s 2025 National Packaging Targets, there are significant gaps and many learnings for industry and government. This presentation will discuss the need for global supply chains to improve packaging sustainability in line with the targets. It also provides an overview of impending changes to regulations impacting packaging supplied into Australia post 2025 with a strengthened regulatory framework is on the way.

Chris Foley | CEO, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation
Towards a Low Carbon Future: Packaging Value Chain Acceleration in China
With the increasing brand owners’ drive on low carbon packaging, together with the new government regulations, packaging value chain players, especially in the area of flexible package, has accelerated its supply chain engagement on new solutions, including mono-material structure, bio-based, PCR based, etc. Brand owners, together with convertors, are investing new capabilities for this change, so as the upstream material suppliers. Low carbon feedstock, such as CO2 to methanol, advanced recycling, etc. becomes hot topics among the value chain. Balancing the cost and performance, together with the sustainability benefits, is crucial to commercialize those new technologies. Example and new cases will be shared to demonstrate this packaging sustainability journey.

Prof. Li Bin | Professor, Principle Investigator, Donghua University
Ending remarks and end of the event