Plastics industry to develop sustainability vision at annual summit

BRUSSELS, (19 May 2011): PlasticsEurope and partners will bring together a wide range of stakeholders next week to discuss how plastics can best contribute to sustainable development. The annual PolyTalk summit will take place in Rochefort en Yvelines close to Paris from 25-27 May and will play host to participants from the whole plastics value chain, along with end users, representatives of the NGO community and decision-makers from national and European institutions.

PolyTalk was designated as a "satellite event” of the European Commission’s Green Week, and will be opened via videolink by European Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potocnik. 

Top of the agenda at PolyTalk will be two high-level panel discussions looking at plastics and sustainability from different angles. The first panel, which will tackle the question Is "Green” Becoming the Key Economic Driver, will be moderated by Giles Meritt, Secretary General of Friends of Europe, and will involve  high level sustainability experts such as world known author John Elkington.

The second session, entitled The Sustainability Agenda: where are we?  will be moderated by Fiona Harvey, the Environment correspondent of the Guardian. It will look more closely at the role plastics can play in driving sustainable development and will debate how to enhance further the environmental performance of polymers from a life cycle perspective across different applications. Panellists will include Julio Garcia Burgues, Head of Unit for Waste Management at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Environment and Bruno Garnier, Head of Packaging and Sustainable Development at European retailer Carrefour.

Speaking ahead of the summit, PlasticsEurope Executive Director Wilfried Haensel said, "PolyTalk is the perfect platform to discuss sustainable development and the role plastics and related markets play and come forward with joint value chain proposals. It is only by engaging with our customers and stakeholders that the plastics industry can be in a position to respond to the needs of society, both today and in the future.”  

In addition, PolyTalk will also be the setting for a number of important side-events in the margins of the summit itself. Most notably, PlasticsEurope will be welcoming counterparts from plastics industry organisations from different corners of the world for the first implementation meeting of the "Joint Declaration for Solutions on Marine Litter” which was launched at the recent United Nations led 5th International Marine Debris Conference in Hawaii.    


About PolyTalk
PolyTalk is a 3 day industry summit, organised by PlasticsEurope. It is meant to be a forum for the industry of plastics and related markets to get together to discuss, to network and to shape solutions to common issues

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For more information on marine litter see:

About Green Week Satellite Events
The slogan of Green Week 2011 is: 'Using less, living better', while the theme for the event is: 'Resource Efficiency'.
Green Week satellite events aim at reaching stakeholders in all Member States, in cities around the EU.

About PlasticsEurope
PlasticsEurope is one of the leading European trade associations with centres in Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan and Paris. We are networking with European and national plastics associations and have more than 100 member companies, producing over 90% of all polymers across the EU27 member states plus Norway, Switzerland, Croatia and Turkey.

The European plastics industry makes a significant contribution to the welfare in Europe by enabling innovation, creating quality of life to citizens and facilitating resource efficiency and climate protection.
More than 1.6 million people are working in about 50.000 companies (mainly small and medium sized companies in the converting sector) to create a turnover in excess of 300 billion € per year. The plastics industry includes polymer producers - represented by PlasticsEurope, converters - represented by EuPC and machine manufacturers - represented by EUROMAP.

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