For 31 years running, the Packaging Waste & Sustainability Forum, organized by INFORMA and with EXPRA as a supporting partner, has remained a pivotal event. This year, the forum zeroed in on the draft of the new packaging and packaging waste regulation, along with reactions from industry stakeholders and the European Parliament.

From policy to production, materials to waste management, the Conference aspires to gather diverse stakeholder perspectives on sustainability at Europe’s foremost packaging conference.

The event boasts an impressive lineup of expert speakers and engaging panel discussions, tackling subjects like the latest regulatory developments, the role of technology and innovation in curbing packaging waste, and the compelling business case for sustainable packaging practices. Attendees have the unique opportunity to interact with leaders spanning the packaging industry, policymakers, and sustainability experts.

On the first day of the Packaging Waste and Sustainability Forum (PWS FORUM), the EPR toolkit seminar, moderated by our Managing Director, Joachim Quoden, enjoyed remarkable success. We extend our gratitude to our expert panelists who made this discussion both informative and engaging: Mike Jefferson provided insights into the implementation of waste legislation and EPR across various member states. Romane Colleu, EU Policy Manager at Citeo, Thomas De Meester, Public and Regulatory Affairs Manager at Fost Plus, Jens Nießmann, Managing Director at Reclay Group, Amanda Fuso Nerini, International Affairs Manager at CONAI – Consorzio Nazionale Imballaggi – led a captivating panel discussion on fee eco modulation, evaluating the European Commission’s legislative proposal for a Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation and its implications for countries with existing fee eco modulation and those without.

Participants engaged in deep knowledge sharing and experience exchanges. Juan Manuel Bañez Romero – Head of Circular Economy Policy, EU, Amazon – provided insights into managing EPR requirements and obligations for online marketplaces, with a focus on the responsibilities of marketplaces to combat freeriding. Jaana Røine – CEO, Grønt Punkt Norge AS (Green Dot Norway), João Letras – Director – Waste Management, Sociedade Ponto Verde, Sorin Dumitru – Deputy Director General, Eco Rom Ambalaje led the second roundtable on EPR competition and explored the potential for stricter accreditation rules to enhance a level playing field and performance. Finally, Paul Christiaens – Senior Business Analyst / International Relations Manager, Stichting Afvalfonds Verpakkingen, and Gunda Rachut – President at the Stiftung Zentrale Stelle Verpackungsregister (ZSVR) took charge of the data and reporting session, delving into the management of all the data required for compliance with the new PPWR.

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