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Main Stage
8:00
REGISTRATION & WELCOME MORNING COFFEE
9:00
WELCOME SPEECH
9:10
HOW POLICIES SHAPE THE FUTURE OF THE PLASTIC CIRCULAR ECONOMY
Policies play a crucial role in shaping the future of the plastic circular economy and emission reduction. They can incentivise industries to adopt sustainable practices and encourage innovation in materials and technologies. With the right policies in place, we can create a more circular and sustainable future.
  • Keynote presentation:
Unlocking the circular potential: A deep dive into EU policies
Axel Darut
Public Affairs Associate
Minderoo Foundation
  • Keynote presentation:
Innovation in plastics: Vision for a circular future
Leon De Bruyn
President & CEO
Lummus Technology
  • Keynote presentation:
What are the barriers to the transition to plastic circularity?
Goetz Erhardt
Senior Managing Director
Accenture
10:20
DISCUSSION: FROM LINEAR TO CIRCULAR: WHY ARE LINEAR MODELS STILL IN PLACE?
  • What regulation does the industry need to unlock scale?
  • What kind of legislation do we need to speed up the investments into circular models?
  • What are scalable technologies?
  • Mechanical and chemical recycling are competing within the industry where they are complementary - how can the industry work towards the same goal?
    • Discussion members:
    Leon De Bruyn
    President & CEO
    Lummus Technology
    Axel Darut
    Public Affairs Associate
    Minderoo Foundation
    Frans Stokman
    Executive Director
    Cefic
    Linda Duijs
    Project Management Office (PMO) Manager End Markets
    LyondellBasell
    Goetz Erhardt
    Senior Managing Director
    Accenture
    10:50
    NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
    11:30
    PLASTIC CIRCULARITY: WHAT ARE THE ENABLERS TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
    One of the main challenges in achieving plastic circularity is the need for funding to develop and scale up recycling infrastructure and technologies. De-risking technologies can play a key role in attracting investment and accelerating progress.
    • Moderator:
    Eric Koenig
    Global Strategy Vice President for Energies and Chemicals
    SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC
    • Presentation:
    Presentation title is to be confirmed
    Speaking slot is reserved for a representative of
    Fluor
    • Presentation:
    How different regions of the world are investing in the future of technology commercialisation and new business models
    Pranav Goenka
    Senior Advisor & Co-Chair, Recycling Solutions
    Alliance to End Plastic Waste
    • Presentation:
    Enablers - outlook towards circular products and business models
    Manfred Renner
    Head of Institute
    Fraunhofer UMSICHT
    Matthias Franke
    Director Institute Branch Sulzbach-Rosenberg
    Fraunhofer UMSICHT
    12:30
    DISCUSSION: WHAT ARE THE ENABLERS TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
    • Moderator:
    Eric Koenig
    Global Strategy Vice President for Energies and Chemicals
    SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC
    • Presentations:
  • How can we increase financing for recycling infrastructure to scale up?
  • How to increase consumer awareness and education?
  • Funding - who should be taking the responsibility?
  • What effective waste management systems and infrastructure are required to collect, sort, and recycle plastics on a large scale
  • How technological advancements in recycling processes can enable a transition towards plastic circularity?
    • Discussion members:
    Manfred Renner
    Head of Institute
    Fraunhofer UMSICHT
    Harsha Jagasia
    Head of Programmes and Impact Ecosystems
    Impact Hub Berlin
    Nicola Lelli
    Senior Advisor Design and Market Solutions
    Alliance To End Plastic Waste
    Monique De Moel
    Program Manager Circular Economy
    Port of Rotterdam
    Jan ‘t Hart
    HolyGrail 2.0 Project Manager
    HolyGrail 2.0, the Digital Watermarks Initiative
    13:00
    NETWORKING LUNCH BREAK SPONSORED BY
    14:00
    STREAM 1 - FLEXIBLE PLASTIC PACKAGING INNOVATIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE OF FLEXIBLE PLASTIC PACKAGING
    Designing products for circularity is a key aspect of this transition, particularly in areas such as flexible plastic packaging and textiles. Extended producer responsibility, the development of bio-b...
    STREAM 2 - TEXTILES IN THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY CLOSING THE LOOP: A LOOK INTO THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY OF TEXTILES
    Designing products for circularity is a key aspect of this transition, particularly in areas such as flexible plastic packaging and textiles. Extended producer responsibility, the development of bio-b...
    STREAM 1 - FLEXIBLE PLASTIC PACKAGING INNOVATIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE OF FLEXIBLE PLASTIC PACKAGING
    Designing products for circularity is a key aspect of this transition, particularly in areas such as flexible plastic packaging and textiles. Extended producer responsibility, the development of bio-based materials, the Waste Framework Directive, and reuse - through these efforts, we can work towards a circular economy.
    • Moderator:
    Joachim Quoden
    Managing Director
    EXPRA

    • Presentation:
    Recycling flexible plastics: what’s the solution?
    Geert Van Ballaer
    Strategic Platform Lead Circular Economy Solutions
    Borealis

    • Presentation:
    How can EPR create opportunities in the flexible packaging circularity
    Lieven Capon
    Innovation Cluster Manager
    Fost Plus

    • Presentation:
    Exploring the potential of bio-based materials in flexible packaging
    Thomas Philipon
    CEO
    TOTALENERGIES CORBION

    • Presentation:
    Opportunities and challenges of flexible packaging: a brand owner’s perspective
    Alba Santmarti
    R&D Manager, Packaging Sustainability
    Henkel
    STREAM 2 - TEXTILES IN THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY CLOSING THE LOOP: A LOOK INTO THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY OF TEXTILES
    Designing products for circularity is a key aspect of this transition, particularly in areas such as flexible plastic packaging and textiles. Extended producer responsibility, the development of bio-based materials, the Waste Framework Directive, and reuse - through these efforts, we can work towards a circular economy.
    • Presentation:
    The impact of the 2023 amendment to the Waste Framework Directive

    • Presentation:
    The key role of collection and sorting of textile waste
    Vibeke Krohn
    SVP, Head of TOMRA Textiles
    TOMRA

    • Presentation:
    Sustainable chemicals in textile manufacturing
    Isabella Tonaco
    Executive Director
    Sustainable Chemistry for the Textile Industry (SCTI)

    • Presentation:
    Exploring the environmental impact of textile recycling
    15:20
    NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
    16:00
    BRAINSTORMING SESSIONS ON HOW TO BRIDGE LACK OF CLARITY BETWEEN PLASTIC RECYCLING AND REUSE IN A CIRCULAR ECONOMY
    Split into 4 groups and join one of the interactive moderated brainstorming sessions to exchange ideas, opinions, and experiences in a more informal environment. Afterwards, the facilitator of each brainstorming group will go on stage and present, over 10 minutes, the main conclusions of the discussions.
    • Presentation:
    Why reuse is key to a thriving plastic circular economy and what are the challenges?
    Bahar Koyuncu
    Senior Policy Officer
    Ellen MacArthur Foundation
    • Working group № 1
    Reuse targets & measures: how can we build a system that works at the EU level?
    Romane Colleu
    European Affair Advisor
    Citeo
    • Working group № 2
    Opportunities for scaling up reuse systems
    Bahar Koyuncu
    Senior Policy Officer
    Ellen MacArthur Foundation
    • Working group № 3
    What are the new potential business models, redesigning for reuse?
    Fernando Rodríguez-Mata
    Director General
    New European Reuse Association
    • Working group № 4
    Reuse and convenience: a global perspective
    Sven Hennebach
    Senior Manager TOMRA Reuse
    TOMRA
    Main conclusions of the discussions
    17:00
    END OF THE FIRST DAY OF THE CONFERENCE
    18:00
    EVENING GALA COCKTAIL RECEPTION & WALKING DINNER
    All participants are invited to the evening gala cocktail reception and walking dinner which will take place in Schokoladenmuseum Gastronomie Cologne.

    Globus will provide buses from Hyatt Regency Hotel.
    8:00
    REGISTRATION AND WELCOME COFFEE
    8:30
    GO CIRCULAR START-UP COMPETITION
    Join the most promising startups pitching their solutions to help the plastic circular economy value chain achieve sustainability targets.

    Engage in a fun and interactive “show", challenge the contestants with your questions, and vote for the Go Circular start-up winner 2024!
    • Start-ups:
    Vivian Loftin
    Co-Founder & Managing Director
    Recyda
    Robert Kapferer
    CEO
    Circularity Germany
    • Star-up competition judges:
    Harsha Jagasia
    Head of Programmes and Impact Ecosystems
    Impact Hub Berlin
    Yuan-Sheng Yu
    Managing Director
    Lux Research
    Alexandre Ouimet-Storrs
    Co-leader of Plastic Circularity Fund
    Lombard Odier Asset Management
    Fredric Petit
    Partner
    Emerald Technology Ventures
    9:20
    WHAT IS THE MARKET DEMAND AND WHAT ARE INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES TO MEET THAT DEMAND?
    The market demand for plastics circularity is increasing rapidly. To meet this demand, innovative technologies are being developed, including traceability, sorting, chemical and mechanical recycling, design for recycling, waste management, and standardisation.
    • Presentation:
    Exploring demand
    Frans Stokman
    Executive Director
    Cefic
    • Presentation:
    Blockchain and other technologies that enable Digital Product Passports
    Mesbah Sabur
    Founder
    Circularise
    • Presentation:
    We’ve MADE it OPEN! Pushing the boundaries of advanced PET recycling and automation
    Fabio Silvestri
    Head of Marketing and Business Development
    Gr3n
    Delphine Largeteau
    Sustainability Consulting Director
    Schneider Electric
    • Presentation:
    Presentation title is to be confirmed
    Nicolas Menet
    Plastic Chemical Recycling Business Development Manager
    Axens
    • Presentation:
    Market trends, demand and developments from a waste management / mechanical recycler’s point of view and what the future holds for the industry
    Lena Bayer
    Project Manager Strategy & Business Intelligence
    Interzero Plastics Recycling
    11:00
    COFFEE BREAK
    11:30
    HOW TO UNLOCK THE POWER OF THE PLASTIC VALUE CHAIN WITH PARTNERSHIPS
    This session highlights successful case studies of partnerships across the value chain that have created closed-loop systems to minimise plastic waste.
    • Presentation:
    Zero waste plastics industry: sustainability as a guiding principle
    Alexandre Pazos Costa
    Head of Process
    ILF Consulting Engineers
    • Presentation:
    Teaming up with the Value Chain to help drive innovation and change the narrative in support for Plastic Circularity
    Francois Chambon
    Global Lead Strategic Marketing PE
    ExxonMobil
    Francois Sinechal
    Market Development Manager Advanced Recycling EMEAF
    ExxonMobil
    • Presentation:
    SABIC as a collaboration partner to go circular for the medical industry
    Ozge Guvenir
    Senior Business Manager Circular Economy Business
    SABIC
    12:30
    FIRESIDE Q&A CHAT DISCUSSING A COLLABORATION CASE ACROSS THE PLASTICS CIRCULAR ECONOMY VALUE CHAIN ON IMPLEMENTING THE PROJECT IN REAL LIFE.
    Carlos Monreal
    President & CEO
    Plastic Energy
    13:00
    NETWORKING LUNCH BREAK
    14:00
    EMPOWERING CONSUMERS TO MAKE SUSTAINABLE CHOICES. THE EU GREEN CLAIMS DIRECTIVE AND THE MASS BALANCE APPROACH
    The section explores how businesses communicate about products that use mass balance, and how the EU Green Claims Directive regulates environmental claims made by businesses. By understanding the role of consumers and social factors in the green transition, businesses can better engage with consumers and drive sustainable practices.
    • Presentation:
    What is the need-to-know knowledge for the EU Green Claims Directive?
    Francesca Poggiali
    Chief Public Policy Officer Europe
    GS1
    • Presentation:
    How mass balance can create a more sustainable value chain
    • Presentation:
    How to effectively communicate about products that use mass balance
    Michael Carus
    Managing Director
    Nova-institut
    • Presentation:
    How to identify a verified mass balance approach to calculate chemically recycled content in plastics and chemicals
    15:30
    COFFEE BREAK
    16:00
    CLOSING DISCUSSION ON SYNERGISING EFFORTS: THE FEEDBACK OF POLICYMAKERS AND BUSINESS REPRESENTATIVES
    • Closing keynote presentation:
    Towards achieving a plastic circular economy: An outlook of its feasibility and implications
    • Discussion:
    Plastic Talks: Exploring the latest UN Plastic Treaty and industry's current standing
  • On retailers
  • On brands
  • On petrochemical producers
  • On packaging and converter companies
  • On waste management and sorting companies
    • Discussion members:
    Adrian Da Costa
    Global business development director – circular polymers
    ExxonMobil
    Marcus Gover
    Director Plastics
    Minderoo Foundation
    David Bourge
    Project Manager
    Veolia
    Yoni Shiran
    Partner, Plastic Lead
    Systemiq
    17:00
    END OF THE CONFERENCE
    9:00
    SITE VISIT TO THE BRIGHTLANDS CHEMELOT CAMPUS AND CHEMELOT INDUSTRIAL PARK
    On the 18th of April, after the main event, Go Circular attendees will go on an exciting, guided tour of the Brightlands Chemelot Campus and Chemelot Industrial Park.
    17 APRIL |
    CONFERENCE DAY 2