The European Bioplastics Conference, organized by the association European Bioplastics, will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.
A two-day preliminary agenda is recently announced with focus on new policy frameworks, market developments, and new products & materials.
“The agenda of the 10th edition of our conference is starting to take shape, and we are excited to present you with a program that will live up to the industry’s expectations to celebrate this exciting milestone,” said Hasso von Pogrell, Managing Director of European Bioplastics.
The 10th edition of the conference will take place from November 5-6 in Berlin, Germany, with more than 350 delegates, speakers, and exhibitors expected to attend.
Some of the highlights this year include:
Kevin Vyse, Primary Foods Packaging Technologist and Innovation Lead at Marks & Spencer (M&S) will outline the UK retailer’s “Plan A 2020”, a self-imposed sustainability program consisting of 100 commitments to reducing the social and environmental footprint of M&S and becoming the world’s most sustainable retailer, and the role of bioplastics in achieving this ambitious goal.
The morning session of the first day is dedicated to the European policy landscape and in particular the revised Circular Economy Package (CEP) and its ramifications for the bioplastics industry. After first-hand insights from senior representatives of the European institutions, Joachim Quoden, Managing Director of the Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance (EXPRA), will dissect the CEP with regards to producer responsibility when it comes to product design and waste management for (bio-)plastic packaging.
The Open-Bio project investigates how markets can be opened for bio-based products through standardization, labeling, and procurement. Antonis Mistriotis, Senior Researcher at the Department of Natural Resources at Agricultural University of Athens and Lara Dammer, Dissemination Officer and Work Package Lead on labeling at Open-Bio will present their results on labeling opportunities for bioplastics, especially with regards to extending the EU Ecolabel to bio-based categories.
Another highlight will be the presentation of the 2015 bioplastics market data update, conducted by nova-Institute and IfBB on behalf of European Bioplastics. Followed by an extensive session on the “Latest Advances in Materials, Products, and Processes” featuring a host of market players, including the likes of BASF SE, Perstorp, Corbion, BioAmber, Innovia Films, Cargill, NatureWorks, and Floreon, presenting their latest advances in their fields.
The Bioplastics Magazine will announce the winner of the 10th Annual Global Bioplastics Award.