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Rethinking plastics — Programme preview for the 11th European Bioplastics Conference 2016

New policy frameworks, market developments, innovative products and materials to be explored at the Berlin event.

September 15, 2016
by Canadian Packaging staff

BERLIN—With less than 80 days to go, preparations for the 11th European Bioplastics Conference on November 29-30, 2016 in Berlin are in full swing, with the speaker line-up for the two-day event featuring some exciting new faces and innovations.

The 2016 edition of the leading business and networking event for the bioplastics industry in Europe will present a programme that will showcase the outstanding progress of the industry in ‘rethinking plastics’ in a sustainable and resource-efficient way.

The agenda covers a wide range of important areas, including the EU (European Union) policy landscape, the latest technological innovations in materials and conversion of bioplastics, advances in standardization and labeling, bio-based feedstock, end-of-life solutions, as well as the consumer and brand perspective. And in keeping with a well-received tradition, the Bioplastics Magazine will announce the winner of the 11th Annual Global Bioplastics Award.

Some of the highlights of this year’s programme include:

  • Hugo Maria Schally, European Commission, DG Environment, Head of Unit for Sustainable Production, Products & Consumption;
  • Waldemar Kütt, European Commission, DG Research & Innovation, Head of Unit of the Directorate’s Bio-based Products and Processing Unit;
  • Rob Opsomer, Ellen MacArthur Foundation;
  • Sabine Wirén-Lehr, Tetra Pak International;
  • Peter O’Sullivan, HENKEL Ireland, Packaging Engineering Europe;
  • Alexia Roma, Technoscentre Renault;
  • Stepanie Triau, bioserie;
  • Enrique Moliner, AIMPLAS;
  • Chinnawat Srirojpinyo & Ryuichiro Sugimoto, PTT MCC Biochem Joint Venture of PTT and Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation;
  • and much more.

Other highlights include the presentation of the market data update 2016 and a session dedicated to the market outlook in Europe, as well as a panel discussion on “The potential of bioplastics in the New Plastics Economy”. The panel will be opened by Rob Opsomer from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and debated between panelists and representatives of NGOs, including Piotr Barczak from the European Environmental Bureau and Delphine Lévi-Alvarès from Zero Waste. Another highlight will be a panel discussion on “The future of European Waste Management” that will explore how efficient waste management with regards to bioplastics can look like in future, which no doubt will be of great interest for all delegates.

The conference will be complemented by a number of networking opportunities and an exhibition. Following the great success of the past years, this year’s event will be another exciting, informative, and fruitful conference in 2016 with more than 350 delegates, speakers and exhibitors.

To find out more—including participation in the exhibition, visit

European Bioplastics is the European association representing the interests of the bioplastics industry along the entire value chain. Its members produce, refine, and distribute bioplastics, i.e. plastics that are either biobased, biodegradable, or both. More information is available on

Photos above is of the 10th European Bioplastics Conference 2015.

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