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Below is the revised four-day, online programme which will address the key challenges and solutions the supply chain is faced with to evolve towards more sustainable packaging in today's landscape.

Pre and post conference workshops

  

Start time - 1pm GMT/2pm CET/8am EST

MOVING FORWARD IN A COVID-19 WORLD
Chair’s opening remarks
How has COVID-19 impacted the packaging industry?
How has COVID-19 impacted consumer attitudes towards packaging?
Panel discussion: Industry perspectives and plans following the onset of the pandemic
  • Understanding the role of packaging and perceptions of plastics might have changed
  • Discussing whether these emerging long-term trends or contextual considerations
  • What changes in consumer behaviour are impacting business flow already?
  • How will the surge in e-commerce look after the pandemic and how must they work to improve sustainability?



Panelists include:
James Bull, Head of Packaging, Tesco
Joe Franses, Vice-President, Sustainability, Coca-Cola European Partners
Pauline Metivier, Innovation Manager UK & Ireland, Veolia
Carsten Larsen, Commercial Director Recycling EMEA & APAC, Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics
Dr Gerald Rebitzer, Sustainability Director, Amcor

Networking break
DESIGN FOR END OF LIFE
Chair’s opening remarks
Circular Design: driving business growth with sustainable material choices
PackCD-Packaging Circular Design: standardizing the sustainability of a package
Roundtable discussions and networking
Roundtable discussions bring interactive learning to the online event and allow you to network with a select group of people who are facing the same challenges as you are. Spaces are limited at each discussion and prior sign up is essential.

Choose from:
1) Real circularity of packaging – how can we turn theory into global action? - Claudia Bierth, European Sustainability Manager, Ball Beverage Packaging Europe
2) To-go reusable cups for foodservice — challenges and solutions – Martin Blacher,  Director Responsible for Sustainability, Bockatech
3) Beyond an LCA, the holistic approach to sustainable packaging
- Jenny Wassenaar, Vice President Sustainability, Trivium Packaging

See further details of what will be discussed at the roundtables here: https://sustainability-in-packaging.stg.smithers.com/sustainability-in-packaging-europe/roundtables.
MOVING FORWARD IN A COVID-19 WORLD
Chair’s opening remarks
How has COVID-19 impacted the packaging industry?
How has COVID-19 impacted consumer attitudes towards packaging?
Panel discussion: Industry perspectives and plans following the onset of the pandemic
  • Understanding the role of packaging and perceptions of plastics might have changed
  • Discussing whether these emerging long-term trends or contextual considerations
  • What changes in consumer behaviour are impacting business flow already?
  • How will the surge in e-commerce look after the pandemic and how must they work to improve sustainability?



Panelists include:
James Bull, Head of Packaging, Tesco
Joe Franses, Vice-President, Sustainability, Coca-Cola European Partners
Pauline Metivier, Innovation Manager UK & Ireland, Veolia
Carsten Larsen, Commercial Director Recycling EMEA & APAC, Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics
Dr Gerald Rebitzer, Sustainability Director, Amcor

Networking break
PREVENTING FOOD WASTE
Chair’s opening remarks
Holistic approach to packaging sustainability: A way to avoid unintended consequences
A more holistic approach to the sustainability assessment of food packaging
Plastic Packaging Sustainability: from fiction to science
Roundtable discussions and networking
Roundtable discussions bring interactive learning to the online event and allow you to network with a select group of people who are facing the same challenges as you are. Spaces are limited at each discussion and prior sign up is essential.

Choose from:
1) Real circularity of packaging – how can we turn theory into global action? - Claudia Bierth, European Sustainability Manager, Ball Beverage Packaging Europe
2) To-go reusable cups for foodservice — challenges and solutions – Martin Blacher,  Director Responsible for Sustainability, Bockatech
3) Beyond an LCA, the holistic approach to sustainable packaging - Jenny Wassenaar, Vice President Sustainability, Trivium Packaging

See further details of what will be discussed at the roundtables here: https://sustainability-in-packaging.stg.smithers.com/sustainability-in-packaging-europe/roundtables.
REGULATORY UPDATES
Chair’s opening remarks
How public policy is shaping the sustainable future of packaging
Hans van Bochove, Vice-President Public Affairs Europe, Coca-Cola European Partners and Chairman, EUROPEN
Future regulatory challenges on packaging
How will industry be able to fulfil all new targets and obligations from the various new laws, undertakings and plastic pacts
Networking break
INCREASING CIRCULARITY
Chair’s opening remarks
One European standard for certification of recyclability
Circular packaging thinking, the Italian EPR dossier on resources & ideas
“Fairstainable” single-use packaging - is that possible?
Networking
REGULATORY UPDATES
Chair’s opening remarks
How public policy is shaping the sustainable future of packaging
Hans van Bochove, Vice-President Public Affairs Europe, Coca-Cola European Partners and Chairman, EUROPEN
Future regulatory challenges on packaging
How will industry be able to fulfil all new targets and obligations from the various new laws, undertakings and plastic pacts
Networking break
PRODUCTION AND MATERIAL INNNOVATION
Chair’s opening remarks
Introducing the beauty of circularity to the transport packaging community – a cradle-to-cradle business case
Contribute to sustainability by saving material and time from the earliest point in the life cycle
Investigating the environmental benefits of bio-based packaging production using waste-streams
Networking
BRAND AND RETAILER STRATEGIES
Chair's opening remarks
The big brand and retailer panel
Leading brands and retailers will show a few slides on their sustainability roadmaps before a Q&A:
  • Moving beyond the targets - what are brands actively doing to meet sustainability targets?
  • State of the pledges that came out 2 years ago in 2018
  • How has COVID-19 changed your plans?
  • What new initiatives do you have in place?
  • What are your needs from the rest of the industry to help fulfil your plans?
  • How is e-commerce impacting your business and your packaging choices?
 

Panelists include:
Simon Locke, Sustainable Design Innovation Manager, The Body Shop
Dr Paul Collins, R&D Packaging Director, Europe Foods, PepsiCo
David Dombrowski, R&D Head of Innovation & Sustainability, GSK Consumer Healthcare
Mar Güell, Sustainability Integration Manager Iberia, Danone
Ben Bruens, Global Supply Chain Manager - Sustainable Packaging Food & Refreshments, Unilever

Standards, bonus & technology: The economic solution for a climate-neutral plastic circular economy
Networking break
INNOVATIONS IN RECYCLING TECHNOLOGY AND PROCESSES
Chair’s opening remarks
Innovations in P(ost) C(onsumer) R(ecycling) technologies in times of the plastic crisis
Sorting technology - Circular Economy for plastic packaging is possible
Rethinking flexible packaging in a circular world using PE films
Dr Karlheinz Hausmann, Senior TS&D Fellow, Dow Europe GmbH
Roundtable discussions and networking
Roundtable discussions bring interactive learning to the online event and allow you to network with a select group of people who are facing the same challenges as you are. Spaces are limited at each discussion and prior sign up is essential.

Choose from:
1) Moving to sustainable films – Dr Paul Collins, R&D Packaging Director, Europe Foods, PepsiCo
2) Recyclability, carbon impact, shelf life, consumers preferences: do we need to choose? - Pauline Metivier, Innovation Manager UK & Ireland, Veolia

See further details of what will be discussed at the roundtables here: https://sustainability-in-packaging.stg.smithers.com/sustainability-in-packaging-europe/roundtables.
BRAND AND RETAILER STRATEGIES
Chair's opening remarks
The big brand and retailer panel
Leading brands and retailers will show a few slides on their sustainability roadmaps before a Q&A:
  • Moving beyond the targets - what are brands actively doing to meet sustainability targets?
  • State of the pledges that came out 2 years ago in 2018
  • How has COVID-19 changed your plans?
  • What new initiatives do you have in place?
  • What are your needs from the rest of the industry to help fulfil your plans?
  • How is e-commerce impacting your business and your packaging choices?
 

Panelists include:
Simon Locke, Sustainable Design Innovation Manager, The Body Shop
Dr Paul Collins, R&D Packaging Director, Europe Foods, PepsiCo
David Dombrowski, R&D Head of Innovation & Sustainability, GSK Consumer Healthcare
Mar Güell, Sustainability Integration Manager Iberia, Danone
Ben Bruens, Global Supply Chain Manager - Sustainable Packaging Food & Refreshments, Unilever

Standards, bonus & technology: The economic solution for a climate-neutral plastic circular economy
Networking break
ENGAGING PEOPLE TO IMPROVE SUSTAINABILITY
Boosting beverage cartons recycling value chain: consumer engagement and industry synergies
Fostering market-based solutions for a more effective transition to circular economy
Roundtable discussions and networking
Roundtable discussions bring interactive learning to the online event and allow you to network with a select group of people who are facing the same challenges as you are. Spaces are limited at each discussion and prior sign up is essential.

Choose from:
1) Moving to sustainable films – Dr Paul Collins, R&D Packaging Director, Europe Foods, PepsiCo
2) Recyclability, carbon impact, shelf life, consumers preferences: do we need to choose? - Pauline Metivier, Innovation Manager UK & Ireland, Veolia

See further details of what will be discussed at the roundtables here: https://sustainability-in-packaging.stg.smithers.com/sustainability-in-packaging-europe/roundtables.
STRATEGIES FOR INCREASING SUSTAINABILITY
A systems perspective on addressing the plastic packaging challenge
Dr Eleni Iacovidou, Lecturer in Environmental Management, Brunel University
Closing the loop of plastics in Ghana - a model of global collaboration and European leadership
Dana Mosora, Founder and Managing Director, ASASE Foundation
Dr Catharina R. Bening, Circular Economy Expert, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich)
Peter Segers, Manager, Alliance to End Plastic Waste
Sustainability is a matter of Partnerships: RB Hygiene approach to packaging sustainability, based on selected recent launches and programs driving circular economy
Ocean plastic pollution: source to solution
Networking break
INNOVATIONS IN RECYCLING TECHNOLOGY AND PROCESSES
Chair’s opening remarks
Designing the new plastics economy: Enzyme-based solution for infinite biorecycling of PET packaging
Martin Stephan, Deputy CEO, CARBIOS
 
Snapshot panel: Assessing whether chemical recycling is a viable, sustainable option
Short presentations will be followed by a Q&A:
  • What technologies are out there?
  • When you reverse engineer the logistics is it really more sustainable?
  • When is chemical recycling a better option than mechanical recycling or other end of life options and visa versa?
 
Dr Chantal Semaan, Application Technology Manager – Consumer Products, Borealis
Cloé Ragot, Head of Policy & Sustainability, Plastic Energy
Dr Feliks Bezati, Global Sustainable Packaging Manager, Mars
Networking
STRATEGIES FOR INCREASING SUSTAINABILITY
A systems perspective on addressing the plastic packaging challenge
Dr Eleni Iacovidou, Lecturer in Environmental Management, Brunel University
Closing the loop of plastics in Ghana - a model of global collaboration and European leadership
Dana Mosora, Founder and Managing Director, ASASE Foundation
Dr Catharina R. Bening, Circular Economy Expert, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich)
Peter Segers, Manager, Alliance to End Plastic Waste
Sustainability is a matter of Partnerships: RB Hygiene approach to packaging sustainability, based on selected recent launches and programs driving circular economy
Ocean plastic pollution: source to solution
Networking break
EXPLORING REUSE
Chair’s opening remarks
Finding biggest opportunities in reusable packaging models in grocery retailing
Making reusable packaging work for to-go food service and FMCG
Re-use: a new trend in consumer packaging
Networking

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