This online seminar, presented by the British Plastics Federation (BPF) in partnership with PlasticsEurope, will explore sustainability within the plastics industry, providing an in-depth exploration of new
initiatives, opportunities and successes.
This event features speakers from government, retail and industry, who will present on
topics including carbon neutrality, funding options and government policy.
More information and registration on BPF's website
(times are in UTC+1)
14.00 Chairpersons Introduction and Update on Sustainability
Jason Leadbitter, Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Inovyn
14.05 Governmental Legislation Related to Plastics Sustainability and the Road
Ahead for the Resources and Waste Strategy
Linda Crichton, Defra
Linda Crichton at Defra will provide attendees with an update on the UK government
position on sustainability, government aims and how this will affect the plastics
She will discuss ongoing legislative reforms such as DRS, EPR and Consistent
Collections and how these will drive up resource efficiency.
14.20 Circularity Initiatives and Successes - Viewpoint from a Supplier
14.35 Circularity Initiatives and Successes - Viewpoint from a Retailer
James Bull, Tesco
Tesco Head of Packaging James Bull will present on the plans of a major
retailer in promoting circularity, their initiatives and future ideas.
14.50 Achieving Carbon Neutrality
Nick Smith, Covestro
Nick Smith, Vice President, Strategy and Portfolio Development at Covestro, will
explain how Covestro is looking to achieve carbon neutrality, its goals and any
problems it has encountered along the way.
15.05 Bio Attribution Process
15.20 Tea and Coffee Break
15.30 Funding Available To Companies To Promote Sustainability
Paul Davidson, Innovate UK
Paul Davidson, Challenge Director for Smart Sustainable Plastics Packaging at
UK Research and Innovation, will provide attendees with an update on the funding
opportunities available to your organisation, how you can apply and what you
15.45 BPF Recycling Roadmap
Helen Jordan, British Plastics Federation
Helen Jordan, Senior Recycling Issues Executive at the British Plastics Federation
will provide delegates with an overview of the British Plastics Federations recycling
roadmap, explaining what the capacity for plastics recycling is in the UK and how this
could change and grow in the next decade.
Helen will also explain what is needed to cut UK exports of plastic waste and recycle
more in the UK.
15.55 Panel on Plastics Sustainability
During this session our panel of industry experts will debate plastics sustainability,
looking at how we can achieve plastics sustainability and the potential issues facing
The panel consists of:
Professor Michael Shaver, Professor of Polymer Science, Manchester University
Margaret Bates, Executive Director, OPRL
Libby Peake, Head of Resource Policy, Green Alliance
Adrian Whyle, Senior Resource Efficiency Manager, PlasticsEurope
16.15 The Role of Plastics Recycling in Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Tim Duret, Veolia
Tim Duret, Organics and Technology Director at Veolia, will present on the role of
plastics recycling in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the context of the
net-zero emission target and the research undertaken by Veolia on ‘Examining
material evidence - the carbon fingerprint’ . He will explore the importance of
lifecycle assessments for examining the sustainability of plastics, also taking into
account the current debates around the circular economy, resource efficiency and
the transition to different materials.
16.30 Chairpersons round up