Published January 3, 2018

Circular Economy for Plastics

Plastic is an important and ubiquitous material in our economy and daily lives. It has multiple functions that help us tackle a number of the challenges facing our society. However, the way plastics are currently produced, used and discarded can also harm the environment and fail to capture the economic benefits of a more resource-efficient and circular approach. Rethinking and improving the functioning of such a complex value chain requires efforts and greater cooperation by all its key players.

This session will drill into the opportunities that the circular economy can offer for the plastics value-chain with existing and scalable innovative solutions.

11:00 Welcome and introduction: Daniel Calleja, Director General for DG Environment, European Commission
The opportunities of a circular economy for plastics in developing countries  see presentation
David Katz, Founder and CEO, Plastic Bank
Panel discussion: Existing innovative solutions and raising awareness
Verónica de la Cerda, Partner and CEO, TriCiclos Chile
Karl-H. Foerster, Executive Director, PlasticsEurope
Regina Dube, Director General, Water Management and Resource Conservation, German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
Q&A
Panel discussion: Scaling innovative solutions globally
Lena Pripp-Kovac, Head of Sustainability, Inter IKEA Group
Dave Muenz, Senior Vice President, ESG Division, Kao Corporation
Aimee T. Gonzales, Executive Director, Partnerships on Environmental Management for the Seas in East Asia (PEMSEA)
Q&A
Conclusion by the moderator
12:30 Session ends

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