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Section 1: End Users Progress on Sustainability in Packaging
KEYNOTE: 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.
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 update for food packaging in ASEAN region
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
Lunch break
Renewable, Recyclable and Responsibly-Sourced. Impact of wood based fibre packaging
Demand for environmentally friendly packaging grows. We are shifting from single used plastic to paper products and consumers are calling for brands to take greater responsibility for the environment.
Because wood is a renewable source is the most available renewable raw material, stores carbon and is recyclable, it makes it a super material.
 
Despite abundant availability of forest resources, it may be hard to fulfil the global demand for forest resources to produce needed products without applying sustainable forest management everywhere and practicing responsible sourcing.
Ben Gunneberg | CEO and Secretary General, PEFC International
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
Loop: A sustainable alternative to disposability and driver of circular economy
Disposable packaging is inexpensive and convenient. It enables the distribution of daily necessities to people around the world in a safe manner. However, the majority of disposable packaging, much of it being single-use, exists in a linear model ending in disposal too often with significant environmental implications. The economic challenges to recyclability of disposable packaging are also very significant, so there is a need to consider circular alternatives to disposability. Reuse is one such alternative which addresses the root cause of the issue. Loop is a platform which enables brands to shift from disposable packaging to attractive and functional durable packaging which may be reused numerous times, thus reducing waste. The platform has been designed to make reuse accessible to consumers empowering them to achieve a more sustainable lifestyle and reduce their environmental impact of consumption. Loop aspires to offer a feasible and scalable solution to disposability and act as a driver of circular economy.
Eric Kawabata | APAC General Manager, TerraCycle Japan
Networking break
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
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? 
Panellist: 
Ben Gunneberg, CEO and Secretary General, PEFC International
Samantha Thian, APAC Sustainability Manager, HAVI
And more
Section 3: New Technologies & Innovations Facilitating Higher Performance/ Added Value
Upgrading PCR: Opportunities open with advanced recycling technologies
Using post-consumer recycled (PCR) resin in packaging and products has environmental benefits over virgin resin including lower greenhouse gas emissions and a reduced carbon footprint. It also results in demonstrated direct and indirect economic benefits to communities. Historically, mechanically recycled plastics have been utilized as a low-cost replacement for virgin plastics and often in lower value applications due to concerns over food safety and technical issues like color or odor. Most regulations for food contact packaging require the feedstock for food grade recycled content to be sourced from known food contact feedstocks like PET beverage bottles. Outside of PET, a significant limitation exists for many other resins because of the mix of non-food contact and food contact applications. Often, there are fewer avenues to achieve a high value second life in food or personal care packaging. Some plastics, namely films and multi-laminates, are immense in volume, but are too low in value and too hard to mechanically recycle. Now, advanced recycling technologies like solvolysis, depolymerization, and pyrolysis are opening up opportunities for low-value plastics to see a next life as food grade plastics. Advanced recycling technologies can create a material comparable to virgin resins and allow for reuse in similar product applications. Developing a deeper understanding of these technologies and how they can create high quality material feedstocks, can have a lasting impact on regional economic development and community prosperity. By shifting the value proposition for these plastics, it can also provide an avenue to reduce ocean plastics. 
 
Anne Johnson | Principal and Vice President Global Corporate Sustainability, RRS
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
Case study: Advanced recycling technology used for food packaging
Licella
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

Tan Jia Hui | Analyst, Plastics Recycling, APAC, ICIS
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
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
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. 

Moderator:
Sreepadaraj Karanam, Director, Sustainability and Circular Economy Strategy, Asia Pacific, SABIC
Panellists:
Carlos Ludlow-Palafox, CEO, Enval
Andrew Almack, CEO, Plastics for Change
And more
 
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
To overcome the difficulties of processed food packaging design for sustainability
Sustainability has become very important as it is a global common goal, and now many value chains in the industry are looking for how to implement rather than highlighting the necessity. Despite the attention and efforts of many people, there are still many obstacles to overcome in the field of processed food packaging.
First, current technologies are limited in replacing plastics for food packaging because processed food packaging should achieve sustainability while maintaining packaging-specific functions such as food safety. In other words, technologies for sustainability are not yet in the final stage, and new technologies are still being researched. In addition, various technologies related to sustainability that are currently feasible are in high demand but in insufficient supply.
Second, to realize a circular economy, countries are reorganizing environmental laws and regulations, and because each country has different infrastructures, there are different regulations. This means that global companies need to design their packaging in consideration of the region.
Third, even with sustainable packaging technology, consumers often don't know why this is an eco-friendly product because the product often have the same look and feel. Not only CPG, whose consumers are end users, but also VCs within the industry should communicate honestly and transparently with end users.
Olivia Park | Manager of Global Packaging R&D, CJ CheilJedang
Panel: Designing for sustainability: A good end needs a great beginning
Brands are paying closer attention to designing for sustainable outcomes. This panel will consider how to design packaging for better recycling in the first place?  Where are the quick wins for better design? What will needed for long term and complete circularity?

Panellists:
Grace Kim, Head of Global Packaging R&D, CJ CheilJedang
Neil Court-Johnston, Vice President of Strategy, Zotefoams plc
And more
Section 5: Working Together to Overcome the Challenges following COVID-19 Pandemic
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?
Panellists:
Nanqing Jiang, Secretary-General, Committee of Green Circular and Inclusive Development
Gary Calicdan, Ethical Buyer – Packaging and Print, Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
Quentin Yan, Sr. Manager/Director, Asia Pacific Market Development, Consumer Packaging, WestRock
Section 6: 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
Networking break
Enabling circular economy through sustainable advanced packaging
Circular economy is a key driver towards a sustainable environment. The packaging industry has been actively exploring cutting-edge and innovative methods to deliver sustainable solutions without compromising on the fundamental requirements of plastic packaging. As a leading polyolefins producer, Borouge is committed to the development of a circular economy and strives to take the lead in providing viable sustainability solutions through initiatives like offering packaging options made entirely from renewable feedstock, designing for recyclability and incorporating recyclates into its portfolio. With its comprehensive offering of circular solutions, Borouge aims to create a positive and dynamic impact with packaging applications that enhance the quality of life and the environment. 
Pratyush Bandyopadhyay | Head, Circular Economy Solutions, Borouge
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
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
Topic TBC
Avery Dennison
How can waterborne coatings enable packaging quickly attract consumers' attention in the same time realize circular economy with big impact?
Impression Marketing by Coating in Packaging -- it is a trend to add haptic elements to printing and packaging, and to quickly create brand characteristics through sensory experience. The past three SKINS® solutions include  Rubbert (rubber touch),   Silky (Silky touch),  VEL-VEETO (velvet touch), and Sandy(Sand touch). The aim is to meet this need by achieving different textures in a variety of printing and packaging materials. These innovative special coatings, whether used in skincare products or food packaging, coated or uncoated paper, cardboard, plastic or even aluminum, will bring a wealth of creativity to the brand.
In the same time, waterborne technology could enable circular economy in big scale with functional performance: with such coating, paper can replace plastic in certain application which need grease/waterproof, in the same time achieving recyclable packaging. The water-based solution also makes the packaging safer, easy to heat seal, and easy to tear open, making the experience much better. Covestro RFM's innovative waterborne resin technology creates a better impression in life for brands and enable the possibility of recycling million tons of paper like paper cup/bag.
 
Johnson Zeng | Marketing Manager APAC, RFM, Covestro
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