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18:00
SPEAKERS’ MEETING
19:00
WELCOME RECEPTION TO ALL GO CIRCULAR PARTICIPANTS
We will have a friendly welcome reception for all the participants and speakers who have arrived in Antwerp the day before the 1st day of the 3rd Go Circular conference.
8:00
REGISTRATION & WELCOME MORNING COFFEE
8:50
WELCOME SPEECH
9:00
WHERE CIRCULAR ECONOMY STARTS
Legislation, changing consumer behaviour and brand owners’ sustainability commitments signal the necessity in transitioning the chemical industry towards a circular future. In this opening session we will discuss the main drivers to circularity.
  • Harmonising EU legislation towards achieving plastics circularity: circularity directive, carbon neutrality and resource efficiency
  • Topic TBA
Debbie Fletcher
Head of Operations
EUNOMIA RESEARCH & CONSULTING
  • What is the role and strategy of retailers regarding circularity?
Clem Schmid
Commercial Executive Vice President
Loop Global TERRACYCLE
  • Packaging circularity, the value of cross value chain collaborations
Gian De Belder
Technical Director, R&D Packaging Sustainability
PROCTER & GAMBLE
10:40
NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
11:10
SCALING UP AND HARMONISING PLASTICS CIRCULAR ECONOMY
Moving towards a circular economy could deliver benefits such as reducing pressure on the environment, improving the security of the supply of raw materials, increasing competitiveness, stimulating innovation and boosting economic growth. In this session we will discuss where we stand today and how to scale up the plastic circular economy.
  • The systems view on circular plastics including future recycling scenario modelling for different types of plastics from various waste streams
Dr. Esther Zondervan-van den Beuken
Senior Consultant in the field of circular plastics
TNO
  • Building a more 'investible' circular economy
Jan-Willem Muller
Co-Founder
Infinity Recycling
  • Setting standards and circularity measurement tools
  • What technologies would allow us to scale up faster with existing infrastructure?
  • Q&A session
12:20
TECHNICAL DISCUSSION: SETTING OVERARCHING STRATEGIES FOR TRANSITIONING TOWARDS CIRCULARITY
In this discussion we want to focus on unifying definitions, standards and communication amongst the circular plastic value chain.
  • Before jumping to the discussion we will outline packaging and non-packaging applications, mechanical and chemical recycling, different polymer materials like PP, PS, PET etc.
  • The challenge of communication between different stakeholders in the value chain, what are the best practices?
  • Complexity of different terminologies and standards - how to unify and finding the best way together
  • Timeline and legislation: carbon neutrality, resource efficiency and circularity - how to avoid wrong impact and wrong outcome
  • Discussion members:
Dr. Pieter Imhof
Senior Business Developer
TNO
12:50
NETWORKING LUNCH BREAK
14:00
DESIGN FOR RECYCLING CHALLENGES
Making recyclability one of the requirements and incorporating it with other performance criteria such as product safety, shelf life or branding would safeguard a sustainable use of resources. In this session we will focus on the challenges and solutions of recyclability.
  • Focus on recyclability of labels and innovative packaging solutions
  • How can paper contribute to the plastic packaging problem?
  • How to accelerate circularity with extended producer responsibility (EPR)?
Joachim Quoden
Managing Director
EXPRA
  • How to design recycling to decrease CO2 emissions?
  • Bio-based materials adoption in the plastic packaging: bioplastics, renewable resources and compostables
Thomas Philipon
CEO
TOTAL CORBION
  • Q&A session
15:30
DISCUSSION: SUSTAINABILITY TARGETS AND PACKAGING DESIGN, ARE THEY COMPATIBLE?
16:00
START-UPS CONTEST & SWEETEN UP WITH BELGIAN CHOCOLATE
Being a start-up company is not easy at all, competing with industry majors and having little funds at hand. Start-up companies will present their technology, process, or product to accelerate the transition to a circular economy.
16:40
WASTE MANAGEMENT AND MECHANICAL RECYCLING
Applying principles of the circular economy to the waste management problem. In this session we will focus on main challenges and solutions in waste management and mechanical recycling.
  • Moderator:
Patrick Clerens
Secretary-General
ESWET
  • Topic TBA
Mattia Pellegrini
Head of Unit, Waste Management and Secondary Materials
European Commission
  • Implementing framework Holistic Resource Systems
Volker Rehrmann
EVP, Head of Tomra Recycling/Mining & Circular Economy
TOMRA
  • The plastic sorting challenge: watermark solution
Johan Kerver
CEO
FILIGRADE
  • Q&A session
18:10
GALA COCKTAIL RECEPTION
19:00
END OF CONFERENCE DAY 1
8:30
RE-REGISTRATION AND WELCOME COFFEE
9:00
FOCUS ON ADVANCED RECYCLING TECHNOLOGIES
There is a lot of debate around chemical recycling technologies. In this session we will focus on the overview and get a closer look at the financial and environmental aspects of chemical recycling technologies.
  • Innovation for circular business, closing the loop between plastic pyrolysis and naphtha crackers
Milica Folic
Director New Business Development
HALDOR TOPSOE
  • Guidelines for LCA and TEA of Chemical Recycling Technologies
Janek Vahk
Climate, Energy and Air Pollution Programme Coordinator
ZERO WASTE EUROPE
  • Benefits of the twin screw technology for chemical recycling of post consumer waste
Marina Matta
Teamleader Process Technology – Recycling
COPERION
  • Topic TBA
Luis Hoffmann
Technologist Polymer Recycling
Sulzer Chemtech
  • Chemical recycling for high quality food-grade packaging
  • Q&A session
10:30
DISCUSSION: CHEMICAL RECYCLING, GREENWASHING AND MASS BALANCE APPROACH
  • Does greenwashing undermine the circular economy?
  • Chemical recycling - is it just a trend or does it have a future?
  • What is the potential of chemical recycling success?
  • The challenge of transparency
  • Chemical recycling, how this fits into the mass balance approach
  • Quality of recycled products
  • Consumer acceptance and marketing
  • DISCUSSION MEMBERS:
Wolfgang Hofer
New Technology; Driving member of the Refinery Innovation Team
OMV
11:00
COFFEE BREAK AND TECHNOLOGY LEARNING CAROUSEL
All attendees will have a chance to meet with exhibitors in this fun, fast round-robin networking format where each technology exhibitor will have two minutes to present their product and two minutes to answer attendees’ questions.
11:30
SPECIAL PRESENTATION: HOW TO ACHIEVE SUSTAINABLE GROWTH IN A CIRCULAR ECONOMY
Brian Balmer
Practice area leader - Analytics for Chemicals, Materials & Nutrition
FROST & SULLIVAN
12:20
STRATEGIC PUZZLE DISCUSSION: CHANGING MINDSETS AND PUTTING THE CIRCULARITY PUZZLE TOGETHER
The desire to see action to solve the waste problem is easy to understand, but identifying the most effective approaches to current waste problems—and those of the future—is a complex challenge spanning the entire plastics value chain. In this extended discussion we will invite all representatives and put the circular economy puzzle together in order to understand each other’s challenges.
  • How to compare the positive impact of different circular initiatives?
  • How does plastic circular value chain collaboration benefit the circular economy?
  • How does chemical recycling complement mechanical recycling in the real world?
  • How to identify and establish successful collaborations in the circular value chain?
  • How and where to sell the recycled materials?
  • Best practices so far
  • DISCUSSION MEMBERS:
Sebastien Bariller
Vice President Low Carbon Solutions
TotalEnergies
Christian Lach
COO
Quantafuel
Adam Read
Director of External Affairs
SUEZ
Trevor Davis
Marketing Director, Coffee, Pet Care & Specialty
AMCOR
13:00
LUNCH AND TRAVEL TO PORT OF ANTWERP
14:00
SITE TOUR AT THE PORT OF ANTWERP
17:00
DRINKS RECEPTION AT THE PORT OF ANTWERP
18:00
RETURNING BACK TO THE HOTEL AND THE END OF THE CONFERENCE
DAY 1 | 28 APRIL 2022