European Commission's Emmanuelle Maire to Keynote at Plastics Recycling Show Europe Conference

European Commission’s Emmanuelle Maire to Keynote at Plastics Recycling Show Europe Conference

Confirmed speakers from major brands: Mars, Procter & Gamble, IKEA & Colgate Palmolive

Emmanuelle Maire, Head of Unit ‘Circular economy, Sustainable Production and Consumption’, DG Environment, European Commission is to be the keynote speaker at the Plastics Recycling Show Europe’s conference at RAI Amsterdam, the Netherlands from 19-20 June 2024. She will join Ton Emans, President of Plastics Recyclers Europe for the conference’s opening keynote session examining The way forward for plastic recycling in Europe.

The comprehensive two-day programme taking place across two theatres will cover in depth all the key issues currently facing the plastic recycling value chain in Europe and beyond. Leading industry figures already confirmed to speak include:

  • Hugo-Maria Schally – Adviser for international environmental negotiations, DG Environment, European Commission
  • Feliks Bezati – Global Circular Packaging Director, Mars
  • Gian De Belder – Technical Director - R&D Packaging Sustainability, Procter & Gamble
  • Adrian Sen, Sr. Packaging Sustainability & Innovation Manager, Colgate-Palmolive
  • Therese Litsin – Raw material leader plastics and chemicals, IKEA
  • Dragos Popa – Principal, Roland Berger
  • Scott R. Trenor – Technical Director, The Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR)

Conference sessions will cover the latest political, legislative, market and technological developments in plastics recycling. Key topics will include the future of plastic recycling in Europe, market analysis and forecasts, and in-depth analysis of the EU legislative landscape. In particular, the spotlight will be on the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR), alongside dedicated sessions on measures to achieve recycled content targets and explore the latest advancements in chemical recycling.

In parallel, panel discussions will promote the debate on possible strategies for enhancing and harmonising collection and sorting, design for recycling, and the latest updates on the advancement of plastics circularity on a global scale.

Dedicated plastic streams focus sessions will tackle the challenges, issues and opportunities in the recycling of PET, PO films, PVC, HDPE, PP and ELV & WEEE.

PRS Europe event sponsors will also give papers on a wide range of innovations in plastics recycling technology and the wider circular economy. Confirmed papers include:

  • Closing the Loop: Circular Material Solutions for Engineering Plastics by Ben Porter, Global Sustainability Business Development Manager at Trinseo
  • Ready, Reset, Go! - Advanced Technologies to Maximise Plastics Recycling by Outi Teräs, Head of Technology Commercialisation, Chemical Recycling at Neste
  • The Role of Additives in a Circular Economy by Jennifer Bain, Global Product Manager, Light Barrier Additives at Avient
  • How to Boost Performance of Recycling Materials by Nico Esselin, Market Development Manager, Compounds & Recycling at SK Functional Polymer
  • Advanced Additives for Improved Performance in Recycled Polypropylene by Jens Vandewijngaarden, Global Product Line Manager at Milliken Europe BV
  • Enabling Chemical Recycling through System Change by Eastman

Organised jointly by Crain Communications and Plastics Recyclers Europe, the free-to-attend Plastics Recycling Show Europe is designed specifically for plastics recycling professionals. It brings together key players from the plastics and recycling sectors to showcase innovative technology, share best practices, network and do business. A broad cross-section of the industry is represented at the event including plastics recycling machinery and equipment suppliers, plastic material suppliers and compounders, pre-processors, mechanical and chemical plastics recyclers, waste management specialists and industry associations. In 2023 PRS Europe attracted a record number of more than 8,500 visitors from across Europe and more than 80 different countries internationally.

Poly to Poly is PRS Europe 2024’s platinum event sponsor, EREMA is gold sponsor and Avient, Axens, BASF, Chemical Market Analytics, Dow, Eastman Chemical, Kraton Polymers, Milliken, Neste, SK Functional Polymer and Trinseo are silver sponsors.

For full details of the conference programme and to register to attend visit the PRSE website:

To view YouTube highlights from PRSE 2023 watch

Other PRS Shows taking place around the world in 2024 are:

Plastics Recycling Show Middle East & Africa (PRS ME&A) in Dubai from 10-12 September 2024

Plastics Recycling Show Asia at Marina Bay Sands Singapore on 13-14 November 2024.

Plastics Recycling Show India at NESCO Bombay Exhibition Center (BEC) in Mumbai from 4-6 December 2024

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