Registration and Welcome
Registration and refreshments
Welcome & Opening remarks
Session 1: Market Outlook – Market size, commercial drivers for growth and brand case studies
Developments in chemical recycling across Asia Pacific
Plastic Energy has spent the last few years pursuing a pipeline of opportunities to establish chemical recycling projects in markets across East and Southeast Asia as well as in Australia. Strong demand from the packaging value chain and support from government has helped to build momentum, but critical challenges remain, not least in transforming the waste management sector to unlock plastic waste to increase recycling. During this session we will share some of our learnings from our early project development activities in a number of markets across Asia Pacific.
Ying Staton | Chief Sustainability Officer, Plastic Energy
Hydrothermal Liquefaction - The next generation of advanced recycling
To achieve the Australian government’s ambitious National Waste Management Target of 80% average resource recovery rate , plastics will require an additional 2.5 million tonnes of recycling capacity - that is a 13-fold increase om what is currently in place2.
Advanced recycling is one piece of the puzzle to help achieve this. Also referred to as ‘chemical recycling,’ it takes plastic back to its chemical building blocks; oil that can be used back into the local plastic supply chain. Critically, advanced recycling helps close the loop on the 87% of plastic that still is not recycled in Australia each year2...
Andrea Polson | Marketing Director, Licella
Panel discussion: Chemical recycling vs. other end of life options
  • Mechanical recycling
  • Dissolution purification
  • Composting
  • Waste to Energy
  • Incineration
Panelists Moderator     
Carlos Ludlow-Palafox, CEO, Enval
              Tamsin Ettefagh, Chief Sustainability Officer and Chief Commercial Officer, PURECYCLE
              Jet Chang, Vice President, Circular Economy, TOMRA
              Anne Johnson, Principle and Vice President Global Corporate Sustainability, RRS
              Alan Adams, Sustainability Director APAC, Sealed Air
Networking break
For fully circular resources: Beiersdorf’s approach – recycled plastics & waste management
Lunch break
Session 2: Value chain collaboration - enabling better and more effective recycling
Enabling Circularity in Food Packaging using Advanced Recycling through Value Chain Collaboration
Advanced recycling is a technology that processes used plastic of different polymer type to become food-grade virgin-like quality new plastic resins. Unlike mechanical recycling*, the properties of advanced recycled resins will not degrade over recycling cycle and is suitable for food contact applications. This will enable endless recycling of plastic packaging and thus reduce leak of used plastic into the environment.

SABIC has successfully collaborated with various value chain partners and brand owners to use resins from advanced recycling for food packaging, and also create close loop for food packaging. By combining our ‘design for recyclability’ and ‘advanced recycling’ methodologies, difficult-to-recycle used-plastic such as lamination film, can now be fully recycled, and achieve having post-consumer recycling content in food packaging application.

*With some exceptions such as PET to rPET bottle-to-bottle application.
Shandy Francisca | Senior Manager, Corporate Sustainability Strategy and Circular Economy APAC, SABIC
Perspective on plastic recovery and sorting technology to meet feedstock requirements and specification for chemical recycling
Networking break
Mechanical & Chemical Recycling work together
• The chemical recycling input stream challenge
• How to support chemical recycling industry with mechanical recycling solutions
• Technologies and services for chemical recycling applications
Klaus Lederer | Business Development Manager Application Chemical Recycling, EREMA Group
SynCycle boost decentralizing the Chemical Recycling - value added for Local Waste Treatment Facilities and Recyclers
Global big investments into hydro-treatment units prove that oil from “Waste to Plastic (PyOil)” will be usually cleaned before introducing into the final polymer processing route. Ensuring a continuous feedstock decentralized chemical recycling plants will support the development and significantly reduce overall CO2 emissions from plastic waste and avoid “waste tourism”.
SynCycle® is a modular pyrolysis concept which offers a robust and easy-to-operate system for decentralized Chemical Recycling of hard to recycle plastics. Concentrating on two main waste streams (rejects from mechanical recyclers and presorted RDF-waste) it full fills the task “increasing the yield” and will support mechanical recycling solutions. At SynCycle two leading companies Next Generation and BDI joined together. Well proven technologies in plastics waste preparation, thermo-chemical treatment and downstream technologies will ensure a modular and easy to operate industrial solution. The highly efficient anaerobic waste treatment module with an industrial downstream module will generate two SynCrude Fractions.
This presentation will highlight on results of “big players” case studies, requirements/improvements in feedstock/process routes and address some insights about the first industrial plant in Austria designed for an output of 7.000t pa.
Dr. Sven Wolf | CEO, Next Generation Elements GmbH
Panel discussion: Value chain collaboration and how different technologies work together to create more value for clients
Panel Moderator: Maresa Zimmermann, head of Circular Economy and Packaging Sustainability, Henkel Beauty
Suhas Dixit, CEO, APChemi
Anupam Bhattacharjee, VP Plastic Applications (PA) Asia, TOMRA
Dr. Jan Henke, Director, ISCC
Sven Wolf, CEO, Next Generation Elements
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Session 2: Value chain collaboration- enabling better and more effective recycling (continued)
Unlocking feedstock strategies for advanced recycling
Advanced recycling technologies (ART) for plastics spans a diverse suite of technologies from newly emergent solvolysis and enzymatic decomposition to more traditional conversion technologies. Regardless of the technology platform, all require a reliable supply of plastic feedstock that meets a known quality specification. Even for demonstrated technologies, access to feedstock is often the most challenging hurdle to commercial success -- especially in ASEAN. This presentation will discuss the range of issues that impact feedstock strategies and how they vary by geographies as well as provide insights on how policy and regional network development can result in successful sources of supply.
Anne Johnson | Principal and Vice President Global Corporate Sustainability, RRS
Session 3: Regulatory landscape – driving chemical recycling around the world
Panel discussion: Regulatory landscape for Chemical recycling in APAC
  • Regulations up to date in APAC countries
  • Gap of regulations in APAC
  • solid regulations not enforced
  • one regulation for both incineration and chemical recycling ?
  • Direction of regulation update
Panel Moderator: Sharon Xiao, Sustainability Expert, Consultant

Nadia Chang, Sustainability Manager, Plastic Energy
Nidhi Aggarwal, Head of R&D Packaging – Asia Pacific, Haleon
Kevin GAO, Director of Sustainability and Public Affairs, KINGFA & International Advisor, China National Resources Recycling Association
Networking tea break
Assessing the Suitable Food-Contact Status of Chemical Recycling Processes in North America
With increasing calls to reduce the amount of solid waste in landfills, as well as calls for the increased use of post-consumer recycled material in consumer products, manufacturers of food packaging must assess the plastics recycling process to confirm the acceptability and use of recycled materials in food-contact applications.  In North America, regulators have provided limited guidance regarding how to assess chemical recycling processes.  During this presentation, Keller and Heckman will review the key considerations in assessing the food-contact status of recycled plastics and provide guidance on how these processes should be assessed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and analogous regulatory bodies in North America.
Jeff Keithline | Partner, Keller and Heckman LLP
Recycled plastics for food contact use: New regulation in Europe
The European Regulation (EU) 2022/1616 of 15 September 2022 on recycled plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with foods is entering into force on October 10, 2022, and is repealing 282/2008/EC. During the presentation, the regulatory expert will explain the main changes in terms of requirements, by showing a comparison between the previous and new regulations, and highlighting roles and responsibilities through the supply chain.
Anne-Sophie Moriceau | Product Safety Manager – Materials / Toxicologist, PharmD, Intertek Assuris France
Lunch break
Session 4: Technology – latest innovation and case studies
Debottlenecking pyrolysis-based circularity of post-consumer and landfill plastic waste.
The presentation shall include an analysis of bottlenecks in the chemical/advanced recycling of mixed post-consumer plastic waste. Debottlenecking is needed in areas of: (a) cross-value chain collaborations for plastic circularity (b) greenfield projects, technologies and business models (c) plastic segregation and logistics challenges (d) plastic waste to liquids technology scale-up (e) purification of plastic pyrolysis oil to remove corrosive and catalyst poisons (f) hydrotreating and hydrocracking of pyrolysis oil in existing petrochemical assets to produce circular feedstock for polymer production
Suhas Dixit | CEO, APChemi
Overcoming Purification Challenges in Advanced Recycling Processes
Due to increasing efforts to make polymers more circular, a growing number of advanced recycling processes are on the edge to commercialization. To ensure, that products of these processes provide the known quality standard, tailored purifications technologies processes are essential. Sulzer offers a portfolio of purification technologies, enabling high-quality recycling. These technologies in the fields of pyrolysis, depolymerization and solvent-based recycling will be illustrated.
Bullets: Pyrolysis, Depolymerization, Solvent-based recycling, PET, PS, PE, PP, Purification, Upgrading
Luis Hoffmann | Technologist Polymer Recycling, Sulzer Chemtech Ltd.
Certification solutions for the circular economy and chemical recycling
Waste plastic is a complex and often dirty mix of different materials, with little value in today’s market. And that is why most of it ends up being incinerated, sent to landfill, or worse still discarded and washed into the world’s oceans. A growing number of companies are working to solve this problem using new technologies for chemical recycling. And ISCC certification provides the assurance that will help to establish these technologies as a model for the transformation of waste plastic into recycled products.
Dr Jan Michael Henke | Director, ISCC and Meo Carbon Solutions GmbH
Life Cycle Assessment of Chemical Recycling: Methodology and Case Studies
Sphera is an integrated ESG provider with globally leading software, data and consulting in the LCA space developed over several decades. Sphera is and has been working the past years extensively in the chemical recycling space, contributing to and applying the LCA methodology to chemical recycling systems in comparison to conventional systems. The presentation will highlight LCA methodology specific to chemical recycling as well as recent insights from LCAs with clients like BASF and the Consumer Goods Forum.
• The presentation will start off with a brief introduction to sustainability & life cycle assessment
• It will then summarize methodological issues with life cycle assessments of chemical recycling
• Lastly, it will present several case studies on the topic
Fabian LOSKE | Senior Consultant, Sphera
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