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13th European Bioplastics Conference 2018 – LIVE COVERAGE

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME - 4/5 December 2018 Titanic Chaussee Hotel Berlin, Germany ... Starting Now

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WELCOME WORDS

François de Bie, Chairman | European Bioplastics
François de Bie, Chairman | European Bioplastics

François is Senior Marketing Director at Total Corbion PLA. In his function he is responsible for all busi- ness development activities with brand owners and key converters. Prior to Corbion, François worked for more then 15 years for the companies GE Plastics and EconCore and coordinated their business development, marketing and sales and product management. He holds a master degree in Mechanical Engineering, specialized in polymers technology from the Eindhoven University of Technology.

BIOPLASTICS AND THE BIOECONOMY

  • Bioeconomy, Circular Economy & plastics – a European perspective
Michiel de Smet, Policy Officer – Eco-Innovation, DG Research & Innovation | European Perspective
Michiel de Smet, Policy Officer – Eco-Innovation, DG Research & Innovation | European Perspective

Michiel De Smet is Policy Officer at the European Commission (Eco-Innovation unit, DG Research & Innovation), where he works on topics related to innovation in plastics and circular economy. Before, he was Project Manager at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, where he led the work on engaging policymakers and international institutions, to accelerate the transition towards a circular economy for plastics. Michiel consulted management executives in both private sector, working at McKinsey & Company, and social sector, through the OnPurpose leadership programme. He also has experience with fundamental research, holding a PhD in mathematical logic (Ghent and Bristol University), and with the thrills of beekeeping.


  • Commission BBI JU: catalysing the growth of the EU bioplastics market
Philippe Mengal, Executive Director | Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU)
Philippe Mengal, Executive Director | Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU)

Philippe Mengal is the Executive Director of the BBI JU since 1 October 2015. His mission is to further consolidate the role and responsibilities of the BBI JU. Philippe is the chief executive responsible for the day-to-day management of the BBI JU in accordance with the decisions of the Governing Board. In his 25 years of professional experience before joining BBI JU, Mr Mengal held strategic managerial positions in France and Belgium such as CEO of three companies, Global R&D Director of a multinational and Senior Consultant in food ingredient, engineering and life science industries. Philippe trained as an engineer in Chemistry and Bio-industry at the Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech University, and later on in Strategic Innovation Management at INSEAD – Fontainebleau in France.


BIOPLASTICS IN PACKAGING – FROM SINGLE-USE TO FOOD CONTACT SOLUTIONS

  • Impact of packaging waste legislation on DANONE products
Philippe Diercxsens, Packaging & Environment Manager | Danone Waters
Philippe Diercxsens, Packaging & Environment Manager | Danone Waters

Philippe Diercxsens is Packaging and Environment Manager at DANONE Beverages Division since January 1999. He is chair of the Sustainability & Regulatory Affairs work group of EUROPEN, the European Organization for Packaging and the Environment as well as chair of the Sustainable Food Systems work group of FoodDrinkEurope (FDE). Philippe holds a PhD degree in eco-toxicology of the Polytechnic School of Lausanne, Switzerland.


  • The coffee capsule between lifestyle fascination and lifecycle assessment
Holger Preibisch, CEO | German Coffee Association
Holger Preibisch, CEO | German Coffee Association

For 12 years now, Holger Preibisch is CEO of the German Coffee Association. The German Coffee Association represents about 240 members along the entire value chain of coffee. Among the members there are roasters, decaffeinators, importers and manufacturers of soluble coffee as well as sustainability organizations, producers of roasting machines, coffee shops and further companies from the coffee business. Mr. Preibisch holds a German and a British law degree. Before, he worked for a member of parliament as office manager. The association was awarded ’Association of the Year’ in 2014 and 2018.


  • European legislation on plastic materials intended for food contact, main requirements
Marcos Yanini Badenas, Food Contact Materials Consultant | AIMPLAS
Marcos Yanini Badenas, Food Contact Materials Consultant | AIMPLAS

At the beginning of his career, Marcos Yanini Badenas focused on R&D tasks in the food industry. Since 2014, Marcos works as consultant in the food contact materials area, providing regulatory advice to operators through the whole FCM value chain to guarantee the aptitude of their materials to come into contact with food, including legal compliance verification, migration testing, risk assessment, etc. Marcos is Food Engineer by the Universitat Politècnica de València and holds a master’s degree in food safety and management by the London South Bank University and the Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine.


  • Introducing Project Parana: capturing the opportunity of sustainable materials
Willemijn Witteveen, Business Development – Renewable Chemistry | Avantium
Willemijn Witteveen, Business Development – Renewable Chemistry | Avantium

Ms Witteveen is part of the Business Development team of Renewable Chemistries at Avantium, tasked with commercializing Avantium’s portfolio of groundbreaking chemical technologies for a green and biobased future. Prior to joining Avantium, Willemijn worked as a Strategy Consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. Here she has worked with executive committees of multinationals and medium-sized businesses in performing market analysis, defining new strategic directions, optimizing business groups and implementing strategic initiatives. Willemijn holds an MBA from INSEAD (Dean’s list, top 10%), and an MSc in Chemical Engineering from the Delft University of Technology, specializing in Nuclear Science


STANDARDISATION FOR BIOPLASTICS

  • Testing biodegradation in the marine environment
Miriam Weber, Director | HYDRA Marine Sciences
Miriam Weber, Director | HYDRA Marine Sciences

Dr. Weber is a marine biologist and director of HYDRA. She coordinated and attended dozens of research expeditions in lakes, rivers and the sea, from high-alpine lakes to the Dead Sea, from the polar regions, to the tropics, both in the Indo-Pacific and in the Atlantic Oceans. Miriam’s research focuses on the role of microorganisms in aquatic ecosystems. For the last 10 years she has been leading research on the bio-degradation of plastic in the marine environment. She has also been contributing to the introduction of several ISO standards on this matter. Miriam studied in the USA, Australia and Germany, and graduated at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen.


  • Developing a harmonized European standard specification on home compostable carrier bags: update
Sam Deconinck, Deputy Lab Manager| OWS
Sam Deconinck, Deputy Lab Manager| OWS

Sam holds a Masters degree in Bioscience Engineering with a specialization in Environmental Technology in 2005 from the State University of Ghent in Belgium. Soon after starting as Lab Project Manager at OWS, he was responsible for the planning, follow-up and reporting of biodegradability and compostability testing. In 2009, Sam became Head of the Marketing and Sales team of OWS’ contract research laboratory. He has been representing OWS in the Advisory Committee of the Seedling mark at EUBP, BPI’s newly es- tablished Standards and Procedures Committee, ISO TC61 (Plastics) SC5 WG22 on Biodegradability, ISO TC38 (Textiles) WG30 on Tests on Biodegradability and the Board of Directors of Belgian BioPackaging. Sam is also in charge of several other projects in the field of recycling, integrated waste management and waste composition.


  • Standards for bio-based evaluation: minimum bio-based content and sustainability criteria for bio-based plastics
Mathilde Crêpy, Programme Manager | ecos
Mathilde Crêpy, Programme Manager | ecos

Mathilde Crêpy is Programme Manager ECOS, an association of NGOs representing environmental interests in the European and international standardisation systems. At ECOS, she works on the bioeconomy, chain of custody, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and environmental footprint. She is also involved in an EU-funded project, STAR-ProBio, developing a toolbox to assess the sustainability of bio-based products. Before joining ECOS, Mathilde worked for the European Commission on climate policies. She holds MAs in Political Science from Science Po Grenoble (FR) and Constance University (DE) and a LL.M in Environmental Law from Stockholm University, Sweden.


  • How bio-based content certification can support the plastics strategy

Jarno Dakhorst, Consultant Energy & Bio-based Economy | NEN

Mr Dakhorst is consultant Energy & Bio-based economy at NEN, the Dutch standardisation network. In the field of bio-based economy, Jarno is scheme manager for Better Biomass certification demonstrating sustainability of biomass for energy and bio-based products, and bio-based content certification enabling robust claims of the bio-based content of products. Jarno had a leading role in developing the ISO standard with sustainability criteria for bioenergy. He was and is involved in research and training projects linked to quality and sustainability standardisation and certification of biomass. Jarno has a master in molecular sciences after graduation at Wageningen University in 2000.


END-OF-LIFE – NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND SOLUTIONS

  • Commentary: littering, biodegradability and standardisation
Francesco Degli Innocenti, Ecology of Products and Environmental Communications Director | Novamont
Francesco Degli Innocenti, Ecology of Products and Environmental Communications Director | Novamont

Francesco Degli Innocenti (FDI) is ECOPEC Director at Novamont since 1991. He is involved in standardisation at ISO, CEN, ASTM, UNI level where he contributed to the development of relevant standards for bioplastics. FDI is convenor of two working groups at CEN TC 249: WG9 (Plastics – Characterisation of degradability) and WG17 (Biopolymers). In 2008, FDI was appointed by the EC as Chairman of the “Standardisation working group” within the ad-hoc group for the implementation of the “Lead Market Initiative for bio-based products”. He was member of the board of the European Bioplastics Association (2008 – 2012) and Vice-Chairman of the “Biodegradable plastics” Product Group (2012 – 2014).


  • Carbiolice‘s unique enzymatic technology to achieve PLA home composting

Sophie Macedo (Business & Alliances Director) and Clémentine Arnault (R&D Manager) | Carbiolice

Sophie has joined Carbiolice as Business & Alliances Director. She is responsible for sales of bio-based compounds and business development activities to prepare the strategic launch of an unique enzymatic technology to reach zero-waste through a home composting solution for all single-use plastics. Engaged and passionate, she has a strong experience in green chemistry and turning innovation into business. She holds a master’s degree in Cellular Biology and an Advanced Master for International Management of agro and health industries at ESSEC Business School.


  • Chances and challenges of the initiative bio-cycle-bag in Austria

Sandra Uschnig, Quality Assurance Commissary | Compost & Biogas Association Austria

Sandra Uschnig joined the Compost & Biogas Association Austria based in Vienna in January 2018. She is mainly responsible for the quality assurance of composting plants. Sandra holds a Bachelor in Environment and Bio Resources Management and a Master in Material and Energetic Use of Renewable Resources from the University of Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU).


  • Advancing mechanical and chemical recycling of post-consumer recycled PLA

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François is Senior Marketing Director at Total Corbion PLA. In his function he is responsible for all busi- ness development activities with brand owners and key converters. Prior to Corbion, François worked for more then 15 years for the companies GE Plastics and EconCore and coordinated their business development, marketing and sales and product management. He holds a master degree in Mechanical Engineering, specialized in polymers technology from the Eindhoven University of Technology.

DAY 2 – 5 DECEMBER

  • Bioplastics market update 2018

Hasso von Pogrell, Managing Director | European Bioplastics

Hasso von Pogrell is MD of EUBP since March 2009. He began his political career as a lobbyist in 1995, when he joined the German Industry Association for Optical, Medical and Mechatronical Technologies. After a two-year stint as GM at the Federal Association of the German Medium and Large Retail Enterprises, he returned to the industry sector again. Hasso was Head of Department for Foreign Affairs at the Association of the German Construction Industry and Assistant Director of the European International Contractors before steering the affairs of the Association of the German Sawmill Association as its MD between 2007 and 2009. Hasso studied Economics at the University of Cologne.


  • Driving Partnerships and Innovations

Stephen Wetmore, Sustainable Business. Partnerships. Innovations. | WWF South Africa

Always looking for collaboration and finding synergy, Stephen drives Sustainable Business, Partnerships, and Innovations with WWF. Much of his work targets market transformation, and low carbon bio-economy transitions. He works with industries and companies alike in the analyses of risks and targets, married with the development of innovations, new ideas, alternatives, shifts and opportunities, towards developing sustainability strategies and shaping business models. A social economist by training, Stephen is more a strategist and pragmatic optimist with a deep knowledge and blended experience in the fields of community development, sustainability, innovation, and market transformation. With more than 20 years’ experience, he brings a range of leadership roles and unique perspectives and experience, garnered as an NGO activist, researcher, academic, business initiator, social entrepreneur, corporate consultant and policy advisor.

LIFE CYCLE ASSESMENT FOR BIOPLASTICS

Keynote presentation: The LCA work of the Joint Research Centre on plastics using different feedstock materials – overview and challenges Rana Pant, Team Leader | European Commission Joint Research Centre Directorate Sustainable Resources – Bio-Economy Unit (D1)

PANEL DISCUSSION

Are there any tools in the future that might help drive and evaluate sustainability other than LCA? The panel will elaborate on the complexity of LCA as a tool to compare bio-based to fossil-based plastics

  • Meadhbh Bolger, Resource Justice Campaigner | Friends of the Earth Europe
  • Rana Pant, Team Leader | EC JRC
  • Nikolay Minkov, Research Associate | Technische Universität Berlin
  • Annamari Enström, Senior Researcher, LCA | Neste Corporation

BIOPLASTICS – NEW APPLICATIONS

  • LEGO toys and the 2030 sustainable materials challenge

Bistra Andersen, Senior Material Platform Manager | LEGO Group


  • Closing loops in materials markets the Neste way

Lars Börger, Head of Product Marketing – Emerging Businesses | Neste (Suisse) SA


  • Improving the energy efficiency of refrigerator-freezer through the use of a novel cabinet & door liner based on Ingeo biopolymers

Osei A. Owuso,Principal Scientist | NatureWorks LL


  • CBioFill® ,Sustainable high density foamed biopolymer alternative for (SBR) rubber infill in synthetic turf fields

Jan Noordegraaf, Managing Director | Synbra Technology bv

BUILDING BLOCKS AND PROCESSES – WHAT’S NEW?

  • Commercializing bio-paraxylene to make 100% bio-based PET bottles a reality

David Sudolsky, President & CEO | Anellotech Inc.


  • Improvement of polyester properties thanks to a biobased monomer: Polysorb® Isosorbide, examples and applications

René Saint-Loup, Polymer Chemistry R&D Manager | Roquette


  • Moving the Needle: Commercial Availability and Sustainability Outcomes of Building Blocks

Cameron Hibbert, Vice President, Licensing | Genomatica


  • How to meet growing demands for soft sustainable plastics with biobased and cork-filled TPE

Thomas Köppl, Group Product Manager | HEXPOL TPE


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