Following on from the EU Plastics Strategy of 2018 and the Single Use Plastics Directive of 2019, 2022 is expected to be a similarly seismic year for plastics in the EU.
In light of the publication of the first Circular Economy Package (SPI, Green Claims, Textiles Strategy) on 30 March and the policy framework on bio-based and biodegradable plastics (expected May 2022), this event will explore the current state of play of the circular plastics economy in Europe.
- environmental protection
- Bruxelles, Belgium
This event will address one of the biggest challenges facing the plastics industry – circularity and recycling – and what policymakers and industry are doing to make both a core tenet of the bloc’s plastics business models. Additionally, ahead of the adoption of the second Circular Economy Package (PPWD, etc.) later in the year, this panel will allow stakeholders to present their vision for a sustainable plastics economy in the EU, and explore what further steps need to be taken to ensure that the ambitious climate targets are met.
Furthermore, with the Commission’s upcoming initiative on the unintentional release of microplastics also on the horizon, the panel will discuss the steps that the plastics industry can take to ensure that increased recycling and circularity is not reflected by an increase in microplastics pollution.
As with so many aspects of the climate transition, each challenge also presents an opportunity for innovation. This event will allow leading companies and civil society stakeholders to present the roles that they are playing in the circular plastics economy, as well as share some of their best practices.
- Steve Crawford, Chief Sustainability Officer, Eastman
- Joan Marc Simon, Executive Director, Zero Waste Europe
- EU Commission (tbd)
- MEP (tbd)
- NGO (Zero Waste Europe)
- B2C Brand (tbd)
- Waste management company (tbd)