Webinar | The Future of Plastics: Circular Economy and CO2 Scenarios
Wednesday, July 7, 3PM UAE time
The next edition of the GPCA Webinar Series will explore the key trends transforming the future of plastics. BloombergNEF analysts will present the emissions pathways for the plastics industry and look at the potential impact of circular economy on feedstock and oil demand growth.
Key themes to be addressed at the webinar:
- Policy drivers in key markets:
- Outlining global policy trends (e.g. recycled content laws, plastic taxes, EPR schemes) to provide an understanding of how the policy landscape will change for plastics.
- Techno-economic analysis of advanced recycling:
- Assessing the viability of recycling assets from BNEF’s project finance model
- Economics of depolymerization and pyrolysis technologies as well as their sensitivities to different financial variables.
- Impact of circular economy on feedstock and oil demand growth:
- Highlighting the impact of different circular economy trends — like demand substitution, bioplastics, and recycling — can have on oil demand and upstream petrochemicals.
- Emissions pathways for the plastics industry:
- Long-term view on expected emissions from the production of commodity plastics (PE, PP, PET) to change between now and 2050 under different scenarios that bring together different circular economy trends.
Head of Sustainable Materials
Head of Sustainable Materials, BloombergNEF – Julia Attwood leads the Sustainable Materials team at BloombergNEF. She writes about pathways to decarbonisation for heavy industry, focusing on the circular economy, CCUS, and sustainable materials. Prior to this, she was BNEF’s expert in lithium-ion battery technologies, costs and supply chain. Before joining BNEF, Julia researched advanced polymer composites. She holds a PhD in Materials Engineering from the University of Cambridge.
Associate, Sustainable Materials
Associate, Sustainable Materials, BloombergNEF – Ilhan Savut sits in BloombergNEF’s Sustainable Materials team, which focuses on how emerging materials and manufacturing technologies can help decarbonize industry. He writes about the circular economy, sustainability and innovation, working with BNEF’s commodities teams to assess the long-term impact on these markets.
Global Leader, Circular Economy
Mark is born in Helmond, The Netherlands. He holds a Master of Science degree in Physics from Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands.
Mark began his career as process control engineer at the Research Department of DSM in 1989. At DSM he also took on roles in manufacturing, large projects, licensing and business management. With the purchase of DSM Petrochemicals activities, Mark joined SABIC in 2002 and subsequently managed the European Business Intelligence, Strategic Planning and Research. In 2007 Mark was appointed as the integration director for the newly acquired SABIC UK Petrochemical activities, after which he returned in 2008 to manage the energy and utilities business for SABIC in Europe. From 2012 until 2019 he was responsible for SABIC’s polyethylene business in Europe. Currently Mark is SABIC’s global leader for Circular Economy. Mark is also chairman of the Board of PCEP (Polyolefin Circular Economy Platform) and a Board Member of NRK Verpakkingen, the Dutch plastics packaging association.
Mark is married and has two children. He lives in Maarheeze and is an enthusiastic football fan and jogger.
Virginia Janssens joined PlasticsEurope as Managing Director in March 2020 with a clear mandate to help accelerate a solutions-driven approach, working towards the circularity and climate goals of a sustainable plastics industry. Building on eight years as Managing Director of EUROPEN, (the European Organization for Packaging and the Environment), Virginia brings considerable experience in business-critical issues, engaging with different parts of the plastics value chain, and key EU policy priorities.
Prior to EUROPEN, Virginia acquired her knowledge of the Brussels arena working for a leading public affairs consultancy on multi-sector clients including food, chemicals and energy.
She holds a master’s degree in Political & Social Sciences from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, and a second Master’s Degree in Intercultural Management from the ICHEC Business School in Brussels. Virginia is a mother of a young boy and lives with her family in Ghent.
Dr. Ranjit R. Kulkarni
Director, Sales , Middle East – Customer Sales & Services
Ranjit leads Honeywell UOP Middle East sales in the region working with his customers on developing life cycle solutions, early support in developing projects and commercial strategies for Refining, Petrochemicals, Gas Processing and Sustainable Technologies (Renewable Fuels, Plastic Recycling, Hydrogen & Carbon Capture, Energy Storage). His professional experience spanning more than 20+ years covers research, plant operations, refinery startups, gasoline technologies subject matter expertise and developing “solutions that works” for refineries and petrochemical industries in Europe, FSU, ME, Africa, Asia & Far East. Through his career he has published many scientific papers, presented at professional forums, and awarded several internal and international recognitions.
Ranjit has earned his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Birmingham, UK. Prior to Honeywell UOP, Ranjit has worked at Deepak Fertilizers & Reliance Industries in India.
Who should attend
- Associate Directors
- Head of departments
- Vice President and Analysts
Job functions (departments/organisation types)
Business leaders involved in:
- Polymer Technology
- Polymer Business
- Circular Economy
- Research and Development
- Technology and innovation
- Polymer producers
- Government and regulators
Why attend the GPCA webinar series?
Adapt to evolve
The GPCA Webinar Series will address a new reality brought about by the complex set of events that have impacted demand, profit margins, affordability, sustainability and the growth paradigm.
Learn and network
Formulated to encompass the 3 pillars of GPCA – thought leadership, advocacy and networking, the webinar series aims to facilitate strong dialogue, sharing of insights and navigating future industry terrains.
Examine and forecast
Stay updated with the most recent policy and ad-hoc reforms adopted by governments, their impact on the way trade and business is conducted and how to plan for the future amidst substantial uncertainties.
Connect with the industry
The GPCA Webinar Series will allow unprecedented access to key industry opinions, allowing attendees to gain from a wealth of knowledge as well as a relevant network, encouraging knowledge exchange and unity in adversity.