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Draft Programme

Posted on January, 09 2017

Day 1 – Wednesday 22 February


10:00 Opening

Karl-H. Foerster, Executive Director, PlasticsEurope

Christian Holzer, Director General of Waste Management, Federal Ministry of Environment, Austria


Circular Economy: an opportunity for the plastics industry

Maurits van Tol, Senior Vice President Innovation and Technology, Borealis Group, Austria

The New Plastics Economy

Rob Opsomer, Lead, New Plastics Economy, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, United Kingdom

Coffee break

11:30 Circular Economy: Where do we stand today?

The EU Circular Economy package

Hugo-Maria Schally, Head of Unit, Eco-Innovation and Circular Economy, Dir A Green Economy - DG Environment, European Commission

Divert from landfill - How to achieve?

Helge Wendenburg, Federal Ministry of Environment, Germany

12:20 Panel Discussion

EU legislation and waste management implementation
Panel will be composed of waste practitioners from the regions

Moderator: Jacki Davis, Brussels-based Journalist

  • Jakub Bator, Member of Board of Krakow Municipal Holding, Waste-to-Energy Plant, Poland
  • Gordana Pehnec-Pavlovic, Executive Secretary, Croatian Chamber of Economy, Croatia
  • Petar Traykov, Head of Directorate Waste management, Sofia municipality, Bulgaria
  • Andy Rees, Head of Waste Strategy, Welsh Government, United Kingdom
  • Helge Wendenburg, Federal Ministry of Environment, Germany
  • Yavuz Eroğlu, President, PAGEV - Turkish Plastics Industry Foundation

13:15 Lunch and networking

The Circular Economy Package – how to achieve the targets?

Approaches for implementation and measures

Nina Maier, Chair of the "Interest Group Plastics" of the European Network of Environment Protection Agencies

Capacities needed in recycling today and in the future

Antonino Furfari, Managing Director, Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE)

Capacities needed in energy-from-waste today and in the future

Ella Stengler, Managing Director, Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants (CEWEP)

The role of resource efficiency and eco-innovation for a Sustainable Circular Economy

Reinhold W. Lang, Head of Institute for Polymeric Materials and Testing, University of Linz, Austria

15:00 Waste Management in Practice: from global to local

Towards a wasteless future: The case of plastics

Antonis Mavropoulos, President, International Solid Waste Association (ISWA)

EPR schemes in Italy

Antonello Ciotti, Vice Chairman, Corepla, Italy

Twinning projects

Georg Rebernig, Managing Director, EAA - Environment Agency Austria

Coffee Break

16:15 Q&A: Creating opportunities for recycling and recovery

Questions from the audience to the panel

Moderator: Jacki Davis, Brussels-based Journalist


16:50 Wrap up of Day 1

Christoph Scharff, CEO, Altstoff Recycling Austria AG, ARA, Austria

17:05 - 17:20
Formal close: Karl-H. Foerster, Executive Director, PlasticsEurope

Welcome in Vienna - MuseumsQuartier, Halle E+G

Vienna City representative - tbc, Austria

EPRO Awards Ceremony

Networking Dinner (Business casual)

Opening by one of the main sponsors

Day 2 - Thursday 23 February

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MuseumsQuartier Vienna
Halle E+G
Museumsplatz 1
1070 Vienna

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