On the 13th and 14th June, the European plastics converting industry met in Berlin at A Circular Future with Plastics to discuss a broad range of issues related to the sustainability and circularity of plastics. Over 200 participants from all over Europe joined the annual two-day conference, that has been organised this year in collaboration with IK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen e.V., the German association for plastic packaging.
The transition towards a more circular economy is a challenge but also an opportunity for the plastics industry, that can make a crucial contribution to a more environmentally friendly society by saving resources and reducing CO2 emissions. To further increase the circularity of plastic products, EuPC and PlasticsEurope agreed to work closer together, to strengthen communication across the entire value chain.
On the second day of the conference, Carlos Monreal, CEO of Plastics Energy and President of Chemical Recycling Europe, highlighted the opportunities that chemical recycling offers. In coming years, more innovation and a reliable legal framework will be needed to enable chemical recycling to play its role in completely closing the loop for plastic products.
During the event, the EuPC General Assembly elected several board members, that will be part of the EuPC Steering Committee from 2020 to 2023: Benoît Hennaut, Aliaxis Group S.A.; Martin Hitchin, REHAU Ltd.; Marc Cornu, Ampacet Europe SA; Myriam Tryjefaczka, Tarkett SA; Claude Clement, Plastic Omnium SA; Ton Emans, CeDo Recycling BV. In addition, Tadeusz Nowicki, ERGIS SA was elected as a member until 2021.
For the 4th year, the conference also provided the ideal frame for the award ceremony of the Best Polymer Producers Awards, which took place on the 13th of June. All winners of the 2019 edition of the Awards can be found at http://prez.ly/y8bb.