Turning the Tide on Plastic Pollution

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DAY ONE: Wednesday May 4

09:00
Opening Remarks

A warm welcome to the 2022 Rethinking Materials Summit. Hear from the Rethink Events team on the key themes for this year’s summit, and what you can look forward to over the next two days.

Speakers:
Jennie Moss, Managing Director, RETHINK EVENTS, UK
Ellen McLeay, Senior Conference Producer, RETHINK EVENTS,UK

09:05
Welcome Address

The Rt. Hon. Jo Churchill MP, Resources and Waste Minister at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will open the summit with a welcome address. Tasked with overseeing the waste and regulated industries, her work is focused on environmental management and regulation, under which sits waste management, environmental regulation, chemicals and litter.

Speaker:
Rt. Hon Jo Churchill MP, Resources and Waste Minister, DEFRA, UK

09:15
Opening Panel // Defossilisation: Performance Materials in a Low Carbon Circular Economy
  • As global leaders work to achieve decarbonisation targets, what opportunities are we seeing to reduce our reliance on fossil carbon in the chemicals and derived materials industry?
  • How are innovations in recycling carbon from waste streams; sustainable sources of biomass; and carbon capture and use (CCU) rising to meet this challenge?
  • How will a new green framework for chemicals and plastics play out? What is the significance of the European Commission’s recent paper on “Sustainable Carbon Cycles”?
  • What is needed to support the transformation of the chemicals industry into a sustainable sector? How is government policy adjusting to support or accelerate innovation?
  • How are sustainable alternatives competing on price, performance, or convenience? How does measuring a company’s carbon footprint impacts decisions on materials?
  • How can governments or industry better support SMEs in adopting more sustainable practices?

Moderator:
Michael Carus, Founder and Managing Director, NOVA-INSTITUTE GMBH, GERMANY

Speakers:
Freya Burton, CSO, LANZATECH, USA
Sophie Tuviahu, VP Business Development and Sales, UBQ MATERIALS, ISRAEL
Robert Flores, Vice President of Sustainability, BERRY GLOBAL, USA
Cristian Hedesiu, Chief Technology Officer, CARBONAUTEN POLYMERS,  GERMANY
Michael Saltzberg, Global Business Director, DUPOINT BIOMATERIALS, USA

10:00
Presentation // Creating Innovation and Sustainability from Farm to Shelf
  • Having a sustainability strategy allows business to make long-term investments. How can business prosperity and ESG go hand-in-hand?
  • What opportunities are we seeing for agri-food companies to develop strategies for circularity?
  • How is innovation in advanced materials supporting a transition towards a circular economy?

Speaker:
Ho Ren Hua, CEO, THAI WAH, THAILAND

10:15
Panel // Corporate Innovation: Investing in Ideas for Sustainable Packaging Solutions
  • How can industry leverage innovation and collaboration to make products more sustainable? How are brands approaching the challenges of incorporating new materials into their business?
  • Where are materials in a sustainability strategy? How do brands approach the cost of updating their production process to accommodate new materials or circular business models?
  • How could a more open-source mentality help scale and accelerate new solutions?
  • How is innovation being funded currently, and how do you de-risk the adoption of new technology? What has been the role of consortiums for many brands?
  • What kind of testing environments are being created to reach proof of concept? How can we make the packaging validation phase simpler? How could data from trials be shared to advance progress, while protecting IP?
  • How are brands working with start-ups – from utilising their technology to supporting their growth? What successful collaboration models are we seeing?

Moderator:
Catherine David, Director of Collaboration and Change, WRAP, UK

Speakers:
Erik Olsen, Packaging & Identification Manager, IKEA, SWEDEN
Tony Perrotta, PA Sustainable Materials Expert, PA CONSULTING, USA
Ved Krishna, Founder, PAKKA INC., USA
Maisie Devine, Executive Director, Sustainable Innovation & 100+ Accelerator, ANHEUSER-BUSCH INBEV, USA

11:00
Networking Coffee Break & Virtual Tour

Delegates attending the physical event in London will take a brief networking coffee break.

Our online audience will be taken on a virtual tour of China’s evolving marketplace of bio-based plastics.

11:00
Virtual Spotlight // Biobased Plastic in China: Biodegradation, Standardisation and the Evolving Market
  • What is the status of the biodegradable and biobased plastics landscape in China today? How are current policies, applications and the market evolving?
  • How are new standards on biodegradable plastics being implemented in China? What is the significance of the certification logo “jj”, and its impact on the marketplace?
  • How is our knowledge of biodegradable polymers and biodegradation behaviors in different conditions progressing? How is infrastructure in China being adjusted to manage the circularity or end-of-life of these new materials?
  • Where are the opportunities for international collaboration? How can overseas players navigate the China market?

Speaker:
Yun-Xuan Weng, Dean and Professor at the School of Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering, BEIJING TEHNOLOGY & BUSINESS UNIVERSITY, CHINA

11:30
Panel // Scaling Capacity of Biological Innovation to Meet Surging Downstream Demand
  • While we are seeing a significant market increase for bioplastics, biodegradable and compostable packaging materials – what is the market research showing us?
  • How will the construction of new production plants and the licensing of technology meet the surge in demand for bio-based materials?
  • What unique partnerships are helping to scale production capabilities? How can further collaboration help accelerate the development and production of bio-based materials?
  • How have recent policy decisions impacted innovation in this space? How could communications across industry be improved?
  • How has inflation impacted the marketplaceHow do we mitigate the availability of raw materialsWhat opportunities could arise from a database tracking raw material sources, availability and demand?

Moderator:
David Newman, Managing Director, BBIA,UK

Speakers:
Nirav Patel, CEO, AFC ECOPLASTICS, USA
Leah Ford, Senior Global Marketing and Communications Manager, NATUREWORKS, USA
Märt-Erik Martens, Co-Founder & CEO, GELATEX, ESTONIA
Timothy Bauer, General Manager – Growth Ventures, FLUID QUIP TECHNOLOGIES, USA

12:15
Presentation // Biology by Design: Driving Materials Innovation
  • What is driving the future of material innovation?
  • How can synthetic biology address challenges in the design of new materials that are sustainable and better for the environment?
  • How can companies innovate and scale, while still meeting the demand of markets?

Speaker:
Jess Leber, VP of Business Development – Materials, GINKGO BIOWORKS, USA

12:30
Networking Lunch Break
13:30
Panel // Achieving Consistency & Alignment Across Industry Legislation & Metrics
  • What is the potential for creating a more harmonised and aligned approach to policy, legislation, and definitions across nations? How can brands stay on top of the changing boundaries on packaging legislation and recyclability?
  • What has been the impact, positive or negative, of new industry regulation, such as the plastic packaging tax (UK and EU member states), EPR laws (Maine, Oregon), Green Claims Guide (UK), and plastic bans (France, India, China)?
  • What consequences have come from the Single-Use Plastics Directive (SUPD) and what does this mean for the role of PHA and PLA in the industry? What opportunities could come from this to influence future legislation?
  • How can we create a strategic framework for definitions and labelling that communicate consistent and transparent information to industry as well as consumers, enabling all to make more informed choices?
  • What are sustainable materials, how are they viewed by consumers and industry, and what role do they play in the sustainability mix?
  • What is the role of Life Cycle Assessments in making a new material choice, what metrics are being applied and how should industry apply this data to their sustainability strategies?

Moderator:
Jane Skelton, Commercial Manager, OPRL LIMITED, UK

Speakers:
Michael Shaver, Director of Sustainable Materials Innovation Hub, UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER, UK
Paul Morgan, Head of Commercial Services, GREATER MANCHESTER COMBINED AUTHORITY, UK
Hugo-Maria Schally, Head of the Multilateral Environmental Cooperation Unit, EUROPEAN COMMISSION, BELGIUM
Martin Curtois, External Affairs Director, VEOLIA, UK

14:15
Technology Showcase // Innovation in Raw Materials

Meet four innovators with a new, sustainable, high performing material. Each presenting company will have five minutes to showcase their solution and take questions from our panel of investors.

Taking inspiration from nature, our speakers will share the materials of the future:

  • Synthetic biological materials with enhanced strength, flexibility and transparency
  • Next generation of plastic replacements, made from plant protein
  • Advancements in feedstocks, such as biomass from algae, CO2 or methane
  • Growing dyes and materials from bacteria, yeast, algae, and fungi cultures
  • Edible polymers and coatings extending shelf life and improving food quality
  • Engineered enzymes for novel materials with unique functionality

Judges:
Luke Halsey, Partner, AIIM PARTNERS, UK
Jamie Rowles, Planet Sector Director, FOUNDERS FACTORY, UK

Presenters:
Adi Goldman, CEO and Co-Founder, BIO-CIRCULAR (BIOTIC), ISRAEL
Olga Dubey, CEO and Co-Founder, AGRO SUSTAIN, SWITZERLAND
Nuha Siddiqui, CEO & Co-Founder, ERTHOS, CANADA
Anne Lamp, Co-Founder and CEO, TRACELESS, GERMANY

15:00
Roundtables (Onsite + Virtual)

One of the most interactive sessions of the programme, each roundtable discussion group is hosted by an industry expert on a specific theme offering you a valuable opportunity to network, brainstorm solutions and discuss ideas with your peers on shared areas of interest.

Onsite Hosts include:

  • Navigating the Political Frameworks Accelerating Defossilisation Host: Michael Carus, Founder and Managing Director, NOVA-INSTITUTE GMBH
  • Is Nanocoating the Future of High-Performance Sustainable Packaging? Host: Chee Hau Teoh, CEO, NFINITE NANOTECHNOLOGY
  • How can we Achieve Mass Adoption of Green Materials? Host: Simon Hombersley, CEO, XAMPLA
  • How to Scale Return, Reuse, and Refill Systems Host: Maisie Devine, Executive Director, Sustainable Innovation & 100+ Accelerator, ANHEUSER-BUSCH INBEV
  • Closed Loop Packaging Solutions to Reduce Packaging Waste in Asia Host: : Tanachart Ralsiripong, Assistant Vice President, THAI WAH
  • Biomimicry: Creating Nature Inspired Flexible Films Host: Sagar Shejwalkar, Head of Innovations, PAKKA INC.
  • The Role of Enabling Technologies in Accelerating Sustainable Innovation Host: : Märt-Erik Martens, Co-Founder & CEO, GELATEX
  • Green Skills: Preparing the Future Workforce Host: Adam Read, External Affairs Director, SUEZ RECYCLING & RECOVERY
  • Designing and Developing Circular Systems for Flexible Packaging Host: Gerald Rebitzer, Director Sustainability, Flexibles, AMCOR
  • Navigating Pain Points when Transitioning to Biopolymers Host: Nirav Patel, CEO, AFC EcoPlastics LLC
  • Investment Trends Scaling Material Innovation Host: Neil Cameron, Partner, EMERALD TECHNOLOGY VENTURES
  • Driving Materials Innovation: The Role of Synthetic Biology Host: Jess Leber, VP of Business Development – Materials, GINKGO BIOWORKS

Virtual Hosts include:

  • Do Bioplastics Have a Future in Sustainable Packaging? Host: Sonalie Figueiras, Co-Founder & CEO, SOURCEGREENPACKAGING.COM
  • How Materials Innovations Can Help Defossilisation Host: Michael Saltzberg, Global Business Director, DUPONT MATERIALS
  • Investment Trends in Alternative Plastics and Food-Grade Packaging Host: Alex Behar, Vice President, SANDBOX SUSTAINABILITY VENTURES
  • Addressing Key Challenges Facing Reuse Systems Host: Emily Lin, Global Sustainability Program Manager – Packaging, DIAGEO
  • The Role of Standards and Guidelines in Material Sustainability Host: Hugo Maria Schally, Directorate General for the Environment, EUROPEAN COMMISSION
15:45
Networking Coffee Break

While our audience in London take a brief networking coffee break, our online audience are invited to join a virtual spotlight showcasing an innovation opportunity to address single-use plastics in the lab.

15:45
Virtual Spotlight // White Space Opportunity: Addressing Single-Use Plastics in Laboratories
  • In an environment where sterile conditions are paramount, what opportunities are there to introduce more sustainable materials in laboratories? 
  • What benefits do traditional single-use materials provide a lab, and what does that mean from a waste perspective?  
  • As Universities and research institutions propose to discontinue single-use plastics in labs by 2024, including polystyrene for cell culture – what is the opportunity for bio-based alternatives?  

Speaker:
Ruy Tchao, Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UNIVERSITY OF THE SCIENCES, USA

16:15
Panel // Advances in Waste Valorisation: Opportunities and Potential for Organic Recycling
  • How is organics recycling helping to keep food waste and other organics out of landfill and contribute towards the reduction of emissions? How could this feed a circular bioeconomy in packaging?
  • How can we raise the profile of organics recycling, and where are we seeing successful examples of this? Who is leading in this area of innovation?
  • What is the current landscape for packaging and compostables? What challenges are we seeing from materials that are biodegradable or compostable? Can materials produced through this process meet the performance requirements demanded by industry?
  • What incentives are needed to increase the recovery of organic waste and compostable materials? How can we make this a more economically viable proposition for the industry? Where can we see successful examples of a functioning biowaste collection system?

Moderator:
Stefan Barot, CEO, BIOTEC, GERMANY

Speakers:
Adam Read, External Affairs Director, SUEZ RECYCLING & RECOVERY, UK
Tony Breton, Market Specialist – UK & Ireland, NOVAMONT, UK
Marco Ricci, Senior Expert, Italian Compost and Biogas Association , CONSORZIO ITALIANO COMPOSTATORI (CIC), ITALY
Bruno De Wilde, Managing Director, OWS, BELGIUM
Andreas Kuenkel, Vice President Biopolymer Research, BASF, Germany

17:00
Presentation // Building a Solutionising Ecosystem for Compostable Packaging Providers
  • Bio-based materials have growing appeal in many sectors, however, the barriers to entry and success are steep. How can innovators better navigate these barriers?
  • What opportunities are we seeing to accelerate innovation, investment and industry collaboration for new bio-based materials?
  • How can technology platforms support an ecosystem of innovators working to bring compostable packaging solutions to market?

Speaker:
Vig Kannan, CEO, GLOBAL COMPOSTABLES ALLIANCE (GCA), INDIA

17:15
Panel // Financing Innovation: Investment, Equity, and the Road to Commercialisation
  • What is the role of investment groups in scaling material innovation, sustainable packaging, and solutions supporting a circular economy? How do investors approach the finance or funding of solutions in this space?  
  • Unlike traditional tech investments, the timeline to commercialisation for material innovation takes significantly longer. How can entrepreneurs approach raising capital that protects their equity while bringing products to market? How are companies leveraging venture debt capital, tax incentives, research grants, CMOs, and other forms of financing? 
  • What new strategies are VCs implementing to de-risk the development of novel materials and technologies? Where are we seeing catalytic capital plugging innovation gaps along the supply chain? 
  • Which solutions are attracting the greatest investment interest? What area of innovation is one to look out for? Are we striking a balance between investment in upstream and downstream solutions? 
  • How are SPAC deals impacting this space? How do they perform in comparison to investments managed by private equity firms? What does this mean for future valuations? 

Moderator:
Neil Cameron, Partner, EMERALD TECHNOLOGY VENTURES, CANADA

Speakers:
Lucy Mortimer, Partner, ARCHIPELAGO ECO INVESTORS, UK
Michael Brandkamp, Founder and General Partner, EUROPEAN CIRCULAR BIOECONOMY FUND (ECBF), GERMANY
Philippe Mengal, Executive Director, CBE JU, BELGIUM
Alex Behar, Vice President, SANDBOX SUSTAINABILITY VENTURES,USA
Katrin Burt, Managing Partner, GROSVENOR FOOD & AGTECH, UK

18:00
Close of Day One & Networking Drinks

After a busy first day of the summit, our audience in London are invited to relax and reconnect with industry colleagues and new faces over evening networking drinks.
We look forward to welcoming you back tomorrow for another packed agenda of thought leadership and networking.

DAY TWO: Thursday May 5

08:55
Opening Remarks

Speaker: Rethink Events

09:00
Keynote Address // Repackaging Packaging: Cradle to Cradle Design for the Circular Economy
  • With industry proactively embracing sustainability issues as consumer demands and regulatory requirements increase, how can system-level approaches, including collaboration along the value chain, make our approach to packaging more sustainable? 
  • What growth and new partnership opportunities are arising from the need to revise packaging portfolios? How are FMCGs, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and retailers experimenting and rethinking packaging design and delivery chains? 
  • How are brands and converters managing the complexities of recyclability? How do we design packaging with next use in mind and with the ability to be recovered? 

Speaker: 
William McDonough, Chief Executive, MCDONOUGH INNOVATION, USA

09:15
Opening Plenary // Enhancing Performance: Material Innovation Disrupting Product Design
  • How is biotechnology fuelling the next leap in material innovation, and what examples are we seeing where innovators are harnessing nature to create products and solutions that are more robust than traditional chemical or petroleum manufacturing? 
  • How are platform business models enabling companies to scale the application of their technology? How are platforms evolving and how are they becoming a growing source of competitive advantage in the “Bio Revolution”?  
  • How scalable are these advanced materials, or are they set to be niche? How are brands applying these unique materials to create sustainable luxury products? Can luxury be sustainable? What does it take to get these new materials into factories? 
  • What has been the role of consortiums in accelerating the R&D behind advanced biodesigned materials? How have partnerships with brands been a vehicle for proof of concept, and what has that meant for the scalability of these solutions?  
  • What are the most pressing challenges in scaling new technologies, and what can industry do to help? How much consideration is being put into the infrastructure needed to compete at scale? 

Moderator:
James Hallinan, Head of Business Development – Bioinnovation, CAMBRIDGE CONSULTANTS, UK

Speakers:
John Williams, Chief Technical Officer, AQUAPAK POLYMERS, UK
Loredana Moimas, COO, SULAPAC, FINLAND
Catherine Roggero-Lovisi, President & COO, MODERN MEADOW, USA
Gavin McIntyre, CCO | Co-Founder, ECOVATIVE DESIGN, USA
Christian Lenges, Venture Director, INTERNATIONAL FLAVORS & FRAGRANCES, USA

10:00
Marine-Safe Degradation: Material Innovation Tackling Slow Degradation and Microplastics

Every year, about 8 million tons of plastic waste escapes into the oceans from coastal nations. There is an urgent need to develop solutions to mitigate marine (micro)plastic pollution. However, biodegradation is influenced by several factors, from the type of microorganism to the type of polymer, its properties, and environmental conditions.

This session will explore solutions focused on marine-safe degradation, showcasing material innovation of non-toxic, naturally occurring polymers, that achieve the functionality and barrier performance required by industry for packaging.

Speakers:
Simon Hombersley, CEO, XAMPLA, UK
Pierre Paslier, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, NOTPLA, UK
Julia Marsh, Co-Founder & CEO, SWAY, USA

10:40
Fireside Chat // Design: Product Innovation Delivering on Sustainability Objectives
  • What is the role of design in driving innovation in plastics, packaging, and high-performance materials? How can design better support the R&D for genuinely sustainable products? How might we get products to people without generating plastics waste?
  • What are the challenges when designing products with reuse or recycling in mind? How are designers navigating material choices, while considering the carbon footprint and lifecycle of products? What is the role of LCAs in this decision-making process?
  • How can industry better enable designers to design products that retain their value in a circular economy? How are products or business models being redesigned to factor in new material choices?

Speakers:
Kinge Gardien, Circular Design Specialist, GROW FUTURE LAB, SWEDEN
Michael Hahl, Head of Packaging Bosch Power Tools, BOSCH, GERMANY

11:00
Networking Coffee Break

Onsite networking, 1-1 meetings, and virtual networking

11:30
Deep Dive // The Role of Recycling in Advancing Circular Systems for Plastics and Packaging
  • How are certain materials good for recycling, reuse or degradation? When would reuse or shifting to a new material be a better solution where carbon footprint is being considered?
  • How are downstream solutions such as mechanical and advanced recycling enabling circularity? How are current recycling systems being optimised to process the diversity and volume of plastic waste? How could business models be developed to derive value from reused plastic for industry?
  • What opportunities are there to recycle content that is eligible for food-grade and medical grade applications? How can we retain the value and performance of materials already in the value chain?
  • How is the sector of advanced of chemical recycling evolving? What growth are we seeing from recycling technologies such as purification, depolymerization, and conversion?
  • How are recycling systems currently being supported by investment and policy? Who’s investing in the infrastructure needed? Where does the responsibility lie?
  • What about the role of the consumers? What work is being done to better understand consumer practices that lead to enhanced recycling compliance?

Moderator:
Claudia Amos, Technical Director, ANTHESIS GROUP, UK

Speakers:
Alessandra Funcia, Executive Management Member, SUKANO, SWITZERLAND
Gerald Rebitzer, Director Sustainability, Flexibles, AMCOR, SWITZERLAND
Jayanthi Rangarajan, Waste-to-Value Expert, USA
Bruno Langlois, Business Development and Partnership Director, CARBIOS, FRANCE
Inari Seppä, Director of Technology Innovation, EASTMAN, UK

12:15
Technology Showcase // Innovation for Reuse, Recyclability, Sortation, and Circularity

Meet four innovators with a technology to address plastic waste. Each presenting company will have five minutes to showcase their solution and take questions from our panel of investors.

Material innovation and systemic solutions as we transition towards a circular economy:

  • Compostable high-performing materials from agricultural by-products and food waste
  • Additives such as magnets to support identification and separation at the recycling stage
  • Nano-engineering to enhance recyclability
  • New coatings to improve the performance of biodegradable or compostable packaging
  • Engineered enzymes that digest plastics
  • Intelligent separation technologies enhancing recycling operations

Judges:
Jamie Stone, Design, Strategy, Sustainability, Innovation Expert, PA CONSULTING, UK
Justin Guest, Partner, ARCHIPELAGO ECO INVESTORS,UK

Presenters:
Katherine Shayne, Co-Founder and CEOCIRT, USA
Parshva Mehta,
Co-Founder and COO, POLYPERCEPTION, BELGIUM
Jamie Walters, CEO and Co-Founder, CALYXIA, FRANCE
Andrii Shekhirev, CEO and Co-Founder, ENZYMITY, LATVIA
Jamie Walters, CEO and Co-Founder, CALYXIA, FRANCE

13:00
Networking Lunch Break: Meet the Start-Ups & Virtual Tour

While our audience in London breaks for lunch, our virtual audience are invited to join a regional spotlight discussion on the innovation and systems approach tackling plastic waste in Asia.

13:00
Virtual Spotlight: : The Innovation and Systems Approach Tackling Plastic Waste in Asia

As the use of packaging in Asia continues to increase, there is the negative ecological impact with the leakage of packaging materials into the environment—often due to the lack of waste collection and recycling systems.

  • How are players across the value chain battling the surge in packaging waste in this region? What approaches show the greatest promise currently?
  • How is innovation in materials and packaging design supporting a new systems approach? Is infrastructure ready for these materials where composability and biodegradation are a consideration?
  • How is a more systems approach helping to keep packaging materials in the loop? How are waste commerce systems supporting brands with EPR and traceability? What examples are we seeing?
  • What is the role of investment in the transition to more circular systems in this region?
  • What should the future of packaging regulation in Asia look like?

Moderator:
Jed Alegado, Environmental Activist, Communications Campaigner, Lecturer, ATENEO SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT, PHILIPPINES

Speakers:
Sonalie Figueiras, Co-Founder & CEO, Head of Product, SOURCEGREENPACKAGING.COM, HONG KONG
Anirudha Jalan, Co-Founder and CSO, RECYKAL, INDIA
Robert Luo, Founder and CEO, MI TERRO, USA

14:00
Fireside Chat // Reduction and Reuse: Developing Business Models to Unlock Economic and Ecological Opportunities
  • As organisations approach reuse as a solution to cut back on single-use packaging, how could the development of new business models support this move? What is the market opportunity, and where are we seeing viable examples?
  • When considering some of the barriers and uncertainties for reuse and related innovative business models, how can companies test if products can be reused or remanufactured, from a design, logistics and business perspective?
  • How is technology enabling the transition from old reuse models to more contemporary models?

Speakers:
Clemence Schmid, Executive VP Commercial Loop Global, TERRACYCLE, SWITZERLAND
Scarlette Elizée, Sustainability Outreach Lead, CARREFOUR, FRANCE

14:20
Panel // Digitalisation: Intelligent Packaging, Blockchain, Traceability and Sortation
  • What are the current opportunities or challenges for active and intelligent packaging? How are pharmaceutical, food & beverage, and personal care brands already engaging with these technologies? What does this mean for their material choices?
  • What is the potential for “intelligent” functionality in packaging, such as environmental sensors or printable electronics? How are these intelligent functions allowing products to communicate with the manufacturer or customer, and even other packages and smart appliances?
  • What is the impact of digital solutions on end of life and circularity? What are the challenges or opportunities for recycling materials with printable electronics or magnets? How can smart functionality support effective sortation in recycling systems? What success are we seeing from digital watermarks?
  • How does smart functionality in packaging provide visibility of packaging output? How is the new level of traceability benefiting both the brand and the consumer?

Moderator:
Paul Davidson, Director, Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge, UK RESEARCH & INNOVATION, UK

Speakers:
Noam Assael, Director of Business Ventures, AVERY DENNISON LABEL & GRAPHIC MATERIALS, NETHERLANDS
Joshua Young, Circular Economy Lead, PRAGMATIC, UK
Edward Kosior, CEO and Founder, NEXTEK, UK

14:45
Closing Plenary // The Systemic Change Needed to Turn the Tide on Plastic Waste
  • What is the overall perspective as this global landscape evolves? How can we establish circular business models that deliver the same customer experience while capturing the material?
  • How can we make better packaging with less material? How is lightweighting and debulking helping to address wider carbon footprint concerns? What impact could these changes have on the wider supply chain?
  • How could a circular innovation process create a greater differentiating model that sets brands apart, while also delivering on sustainability aims?
  • Changing the materials doesn’t necessarily change behaviour. How can industry work to influence consumer behaviour change? What infrastructure investment is required? What is the role of communication through packaging?
  • What opportunities are we seeing for post-pandemic recovery plans to reverse current consumption and production patterns – doing more and better with less? Can modern business get behind a decoupling of economic growth from environmental degradation, increasing resource efficiency and promoting sustainable lifestyles?

Moderator:
Henry Coutinho-Mason, Global Head of Content, PLASTICFREE.COM, UK

Speakers:
Florence Miremadi-Nafici, Co-Founder and CEO, NAFICI ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH (NER), UK
Valerie Langer, Fibre Solutions Strategist, CANOPY, CANADA
Frank Kuijpers, General Manager Corporate Sustainability, SABIC, THE NETHERLANDS
Thomas Philipon, CEO, TOTALENERGIES CORBION, SWITZERLAND
Ana Gascon, World Without Waste Director, COCA COLA EUROPE, SPAIN

15:30
Closing Remarks

Concluding remarks for this year’s summit.

15:35
Close of Summit

The virtual platform remains open for networking until June 5.