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10.30 - 11.00

Registration and welcome coffee (Foyer Grand Ballroom, 1st Floor)

11.00 - 11.05

Welcome by Katrina Sichel, moderator

11.05 - 11.20

Plastics, an innovation-driven material
Setting the scene by:
Daniele Ferrari, President, PlasticsEurope and CEO, Versalis

11.20 -11.35

Welcome by the Estonian Presidency
Ado Lõhmus, Deputy Secretary General, Environmental Management Department, Estonia

11.35 - 11.50

Innovation to create social and economic value
Keynote speech by:
Charlina Vitcheva, Deputy Director-General, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

11.50 - 12.40

Eco-design with plastics: life cycle driven innovation
Introduction by:
Harald Pilz, Senior Consultant, denkstatt (15 min)

Followed by 5 min presentations:

  • Packaging, Gerald Rebitzer, Director Sustainability, Amcor Flexibles Sustainability Director, AMCOR
  • Building & Construction, Eike Messow, Head of Sustainability, Sto SE & Co. KGaA
  • Automotive, tbd

20 min Q&A

12.40 - 13.30

Networking lunch (Foyer Grand Ballroom, 1st Floor)

13.30 - 14.20

Future feedstock for plastics
Introduction by:
Patricia Vangheluwe, Director Consumer & Environmental Affairs, PlasticsEurope

Followed by 5 min presentations:

  • Recycling, Klaus Wittstock, Chair of PlasticsEurope Waste Management Group, Head of Industry Advocacy & Environmental Policy, BASF SE / Zdenek Hruska, Public Affairs Director, VinylPlus
  • Renewables, Henri Colens, representing PlasticsEurope Bio-Feedstock Group, Public Affairs Manager, Braskem Europe
  • CO2, Berit Stange, Venture Manager cardyon™, Covestro
  • Conventional feedstock, Philip de Smedt, Sector Group Manager, Petrochemicals Europe

20 min Q&A

14.20 - 15.30

Partnering to shape the future
Plastics industry initiatives explained, introduction by:
Karl-H. Foerster, Executive Director, PlasticsEurope

Followed by panel discussion:

  • Carlo Pettinelli, Director, Consumer, Environmental and Health Technologies, DG Growth, European Commission
  • Michael Kundel (tbd), President, European Plastics Converters (EuPC) and CEO, Renolit
  • Ton Emans (tbd), President, Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) and Chairman of LDPE Films Working Group (CeDo)
  • Daniele Ferrari, President, PlasticsEurope and CEO, Versalis

20 min Q&A

15.30 - 15.40

Conference wrap-up
Karl-H. Foerster, Executive Director, PlasticsEurope & Katrina Sichel, moderator

Followed by introduction to the European Plastics Innovation Awards (EPIA)

15.40 - 16.30

Presentation of the European Plastics Innovation Awards (EPIA), with the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE)
Introduction by:
Wim De Vos, Member of the Board, Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE)

16.30 - 18.00

Networking Cocktail (Foyer Grand Ballroom, 1st Floor)