2020 Agenda

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Day One - 22 September 2020 TUE

Registration & Welcome

  1. Registration and refreshments

  2. Opening remarks from the chair

Section 1: Sustainable Packaging - Brands and Retailers Perspectives

Leading brands and retailers’ success in achieving sustainable initiatives.  

  1. A retailers roadmap to sustainability

    Consumers’ growing environmental consciousness has motivated big retailers to embark on a packaging strategy of sustainability. This presentation will share what jobs have been done at a big retailer to protect our planet, for instance, initiatives of Remove, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

  2. Sustainability roadmap of a CPG brand

    Mert Sasoglu, Associate Director, Johnson& Johnson Consumer Health

    Due to the consumer and regulatory pressure, the sustainable packaging of CPG has developed all the way. Big CPG brands have adopted sustainable development measures and continuous innovation in packaging. This session will focus on the approach of sustainability of a CPG brand.

  3. LUSH committing to sustainability through innovation

    Gary Calicdan, Ethical Buyer – Packaging and Print, LUSH

    This session will share the story of Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics and our journey with innovative product design allowing us to eliminate packaging, developing closed loop recycling programs within our business, using 100% recycled plastics in our packaging, upcycling ocean plastic into our packaging, and educating staff and customers on how to live more sustainable at home and work. Our team has been dedicated to innovation and sustainability for over 25 years. Along the way we’ve faced many hurdles and learned from our mistakes. We will discuss this and more during our session and highlight Lush’s call to action.

  4. Case study: delivering sustainable packaging through an e-commerce platform

    Duan Yanjian, Chief Packaging Expert, Head of Logistics Planning, JD Logistics

    E-commerce platforms have been booming especially in Asia. This presentation will share a big e-commerce platform’s effort to promote green and sustainable development of the end-to-end supply chain.

  5. Case study: world’s first recyclable tube

    Jun Wang, Packaging Innovation - Global Design & Packaging, Colgate-Palmolive

    In this session, Colgate-Palmolive will introduce their first recyclable tube in the world, which is made from the same plastic used to make bottles.

  6. Case study: sustainable food service

    Geoff King, CEO, The Food Purveyor

    Due to the special nature of their products, food service companies tend to care more about the quality and sustainability of packaging. This session will share the approach of sustainability in packaging from a food service company.

  7. Case study: FMCG brand initiatives to achieve sustainability goals through packaging

    Kane Jacker, Associate Director Packaging, Mondelez

    Mondelez will share their sustainability goal: an end-to-end approach to reduce the environmental footprint, via using smart and sustainable materials.

  8. Networking break

  9. Panel: Food waste vs. Packaging waste

  10. Networking lunch

Section 2: Circular economy and recycling consideration in packaging

Integrating packaging materials into a fully circular economy, current challenges and future potential

  1. Recycling realities and ecosystem for post-consumer PET bottles and flexible plastics in Southeast Asia

    Ashwin Subramaniam, CEO, GA Circular

    PET packaging and flexible packaging are among the top packaging types used by the beverage and consumer goods industry and fast-growing segments. This presentation focuses on:
    • on-the-ground research from ASEAN’s six biggest countries and a first-of-its-kind analysis of collection-for-recycling rates for post-consumer PET plastic in key ASEAN cities
    • key collection and recycling technologies for post-consumer flexible packaging in Southeast Asia
    • existing recycling and collection challenges and opportunities and a circular economy roadmap for post-consumer PET plastic packaging and flexible packaging
    • it concludes with a concrete set of recommendations geared towards interventions with the highest impact

  2. Plastic reuse and recycling status in China

    Dr. Jiang Nanqing, Secretary General, CPRRA

    Alongside with the recycling realities in ASEAN, this session will focus on what’s done in China, and how plastics are reused and recycled there.

Section 3: Regulatory landscape, safety and compliance of packaging

Where we are on the policies and what regulations will be required to achieve sustainable packaging in the future.

  1. Packaging policy and regulatory landscape in Asia

    Sumangali Krishnan, Head of Research, GA Circular

    To confront the growing crisis of plastics leaking into the environment (particularly the marine environment), packaging policies are required to address the intersecting challenges of increasing packaging waste (plastics packaging waste in particular) and the limitations of existing municipal waste management infrastructures. This presentation focuses on:
    • global benchmarks for packaging policy
    • review of where key countries in the region that contribute the most to marine plastics stand
    • key aspects of a playbook for packaging policy including definitions, policy administrators, instruments, enabling policies
    • it concludes with interventions that can be initiated at the regional level to ensure a concerted effort in combating packaging waste in the region.

  2. Topic TBC

    Ben Gunneberg, CEO and Secretary General, PEFC International

  3. The safety and compliance of packaging across the APAC region

    Sylvain Rannou, NQAC Expert, Packaging Safety & Compliance (PS&C) in AOA, Nestle Quality Assurance Centre

    This speak will provide an overview of safety-related regulations and sustainability-related regulations in Asia Pacific, as well as Nestle’s position on packaging safety & sustainability.

  4. Panel: policies, regulations, as well as voluntary, industry-led systems (Packaging Recovery Organization) to accelerate circular economy

    How the regulations and policies should be set to better governor the sustainability. We will hear on this panel perspectives from the whole supply chain. Also, differences of regulations among countries and what we can learn from existing regulations globally. 
    National Sword Policy of China government and the influences it brought to the industry and region.
    In addition to mandatory tools, this session also covers voluntary, industry-led systems (Packaging Recovery Organization) to accelerate circular economy, and how the plastics manufacturing, packaging and consumer industries can lead efforts to build the value chain through pulling material through the value chain and developing local end-use markets.

  5. Networking break

Section 4: Sustainability through whole supply chain

For the shared goal of sustainability, the whole supply chain is working together.

  1. Case study of partnership of supply chain to achieve sustainability goals

    Casper Durandt, Director sustainable packaging and climate change South East Asia, Coca-Cola

    This presentation will share a case study for the shared goal of sustainability, the whole supply chain working together.

  2. Case study of sustainability and innovation in packaging

    Quentin Yan, Sr. Manager/Director, Asia Pacific Market Development, Consumer Packaging, WestRock

    This presentation will share a case study for the shared goal of sustainability, the whole supply chain working together.

  3. Topic TBC

    Renae Kezar, Sr. Director and global lead for sustainability, Avery Denison

  4. Case study of partnership of brand and NGO


  5. Chair’s closing remarks

  6. Drink Reception

Day Two - 23 September 2020 WED

Registration & Welcome

  1. Registration and refreshments

  2. Opening remarks from the chair

Section 5: Material challenges and material innovations

Sustainability is at the core of a packaging converter’s strategy, no matter what its products are made of.

  1. Future outlook for plastic packaging in Asia

    WWF Singapore

    Alternative materials for packaging - for better or for worse?

  2. Sustainability in paper/corrugated packaging

    Best practice from a paper/corrugated packaging converter to make their products sustainable and environment-friendly.

  3. Sustainability in metal packaging

    Asa Robinson, General Manager, Ball Corporation

    Best practice from a metal packaging converter to make their products sustainable and environment-friendly.

  4. Topic TBC

    Sharon Xiao, Sustainability Manager, APEC, UPM

  5. Networking break

  6. Panel: Paper vs. Plastic

    The Plastic Ban in Hainan China launched in early 2019 has required no production, sales or use of no-degradable plastic products in that geography and several other regions in Asia are considering similar options, however, plastics remains one of the most effective solutions for providing barrier and ensuring freshness and eliminating food waste. Meanwhile, fibre-based packaging is looking for ways to replace plastics in a range of packaging applications. Which one is the future of the sustainable packaging?

Section 6: New technologies/mechanism facilitating recycling

Incineration and landfilling are never the best destination of packaging after use, and yet are commonly used across Asia. What new technologies can help and change that?

  1. Chemical Recycling

  2. Challenges for recycling in emerging markets and innovative approaches to explore

    Phan Bai, Corporate BD Director for Sustainable Packaging, Veolia

    While leading global consumer goods companies pledge for ambitious targets to increase the recycled content in their packaging, the emerging and other more developed markets are facing a lack of infrastructure and capacity to launch the local circular economy journey. The presentation will present examples of how Veolia explores innovative approaches to close some gaps with locally adaptable solutions and collaboration schemes. 

  3. Networking lunch

Section 7: New materials/technologies, innovative designs for sustainability in packaging

Find out the significant innovations taking place in materials, technologies and design for more sustainable packaging.

  1. Plastic innovation to respond to sustainability challenges

    Good example of innovative Green material to replacing Red material.

  2. Closing the loop on single-use food packaging

    Richard Fine, Founder, Product Development & Sustainability Director, BioPak

    Customers want convenience but takeaway food and drinks currently generate large amounts of waste that leak into the environment. BioPak’s certified compostable foodservice packaging is made from plant-based materials. BioPak also provides a compost service, diverting food scraps and compostable packaging away from landfill. The solution provided becomes truly circular: once used, packaging and food scraps are turned into compost, returning nutrients to the soil so more plants can be grown.

  3. Circularity enabled by Advanced packaging

    Richard Horne, VP Marketing Centre Packaging, Borouge

    Advanced plastic packaging protects the good from outer impact, preserves the quality of the product and enhances the shelf life. It is durable and lightweight while offering barrier properties that mitigate food waste. Both important factors to save CO2 emissions. It is valuable, so you use it mindfully, you reuse it and preserve it. Or in more Circular Economy terms – reduce, reuse, recycle. Innovative materials, designs and business models enable circularity of plastic packaging. We will discuss case study based examples for each of the 3R.

    • Reduce: Material reduction for lamitubes by 12% using recently launched Borstar® FB5600 which supports the stiffness of a toothpaste.
    • Re-use: Courier bags turning into carrier bags, giving it a second life and keeping valuable materials in use for longer.
    • Recycle: Design for Recycling helps designing packaging to be easy to recycle. Successful applications have been found in mono-materials and in closing the loop on courier bag.
  4. Panel: When and where does biobased and biodegradable packaging make sense?

  5. Networking break

Section 8: Future outlook of sustainability in Asia

What’s the future of sustainable packaging in Asia and what’s the next step to accelerate the protection of our planet. 

  1. Panel: Ocean bound plastics recycling

    This session will focus on how NGOs and brands work together to use ocean plastics in their product packaging that helps address the issue of marine pollution in Asia.

  2. The science and value behind LCAs

    Victor Barichello, Commercial Director, Selerant

  3. Sustainable Packaging: what can we expect from the next 10 years

    Ciaran Little, VP of Business Development & Director of Operations: Asia Pacific, Smithers

  4. Chair’s closing remarks, end of the conference