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Wednesday september 11th

CONFERENCE ROOM: PLENARY SESSION

9:00 - 9:45 am

Overview of European Regulations and Directives on plastics applications. Challenges, threats and opportunities for the value chain

The publication in 2018 of the "Circular Economy" Package marked an epochal change in European legislation that focused on environmental protection and proper waste management. Plastics in particular have been subjected to new laws and regulations with the goal of management aimed at prevention, reuse, reduction and recycling. 

The new plastics strategy is having a major impact on the entire supply chain in terms of compliance investments and may threaten the survival of many companies in the industry. At the same time, it represents an incentive to develop cutting-edge governance and technological solutions to make plastics increasingly sustainable in all its applications, as a material now indispensable in everyday life.

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Girolamo Dagostino

Director de ambiente y sustentabilidad, AMAPLAST (Asociación italiana de maquinaria para plástico y caucho)

Girolamo Dagostino was born in Pavia (Italy) in 1971, holds a degree in political science with specialization in law, an international master in Integrated Management of the Environment, as well as a certification in FSE for internal Auditor (CERTIQUALITY). From 2005 to 2007 he worked at ALIPLAST spa (Italian plastics recycling company) as executive at the administrative and law office.

Since 2007 up to now he has worked at AMAPLAST as marketing executive, taking care of the promotional activity of the Association; responsible for the management of the European projects funded within EC Frameworks Program, with particular reference to project related to environmental, sustainability, circular economy issues. Since 2020 he has been appointed head of AMAPLAST’s Sustainability area, dealing with all issues related to circular economy, plastics sustainability. Since 2020 he has been a Member of UNIPLAST’s sub-committee 25-Recycling. UNIPLAST is the Italian body for plastic materials standardization.

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9:45 - 10:30 am

Outlook: Public Agenda and Environmental Regulation of the Following Administrations

This conference will address the challenges and opportunities that government changes bring to environmental regulation and the public agenda around plastics. We will analyze how emerging policies will influence sustainability and regulatory compliance, providing a comprehensive view of the legislative and political future of the sector.

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Mayra Hernández

Director of Governmental and Regulatory Affairs

A lawyer by training from Universidad Anáhuac, she has extensive experience with top multinational companies and public bodies in communication, legal affairs, government, and public relations. Her previous roles include PR, Marketing, and Communications Manager at Stericycle (2017-2018), consultant on Administrative Responsibilities at the Legislative Assembly of DF (2016-2017), and Government Relations Lawyer at The Pepsi Bottling Group (2007-2012).

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CONFERENCE ROOM: PLENARY SESSION

11:00 - 11:30 am

Innovating Chemical Recycling: Hydrochemolytic Approach

Aduro Clean Technologies presents a groundbreaking approach to recycling mixed plastics with its Hydrochemolytic Technology. This innovative method breaks down complex waste into saturated hydrocarbons without extensive aftertreatment, tackling the economic challenges of traditional chemical recycling. Our technology enables the use of more contaminated feedstocks and simplifies the removal of heteroatoms. Join our session to discover how we're advancing reactor design and transforming plastic waste management towards sustainability.

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Abe Dyck

Director of Corporate Development

Abe Dyck is an experienced business executive with over 20 years in the energy industry, specializing in business growth, partnership management, and process improvement in both traditional and renewable sectors. As the Director of Corporate Development at Aduro Clean Technologies, Abe drives the company's growth strategy and explores innovative approaches to advanced chemical recycling. Abe holds a master’s in project management from Schulich School of Business at York University and a degree in Civil Engineering Technology from Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology. He has held various leadership roles in the energy sector, including positions at Aduro Energy Ltd., Cleantechonomics Energy Ltd., Acerness Group Inc., and Antilla Energy VBA. As the Director of Corporate Development at Aduro Clean Technologies, Abe Dyck brings his extensive experience in renewable energies, waste-to-energy projects, and strategic business development to provide valuable insights into the future of the energy industry and sustainable practices.

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11:30 am  - 12:00 pm

Design from and for Recycling
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Liliana Morales Mejía

, Business Development Manager at Avient

Liliana Morales Mejía is a Chemical Engineer, graduated from the National Polytechnic Institute, with a specialization in polymers. Over her 14 years of experience in the plastics sector, she has focused on color and additives, performing roles in research, development, and commercial areas. She has participated in various technical-commercial diplomas, including one in circular economy by Anipac in 2023. Currently, she is the Business Development Manager at Avient, specializing in sustainability and communicating these initiatives to clients in Northern Latin America.

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12:00 - 12:30 pm

Engineering plastics with PCR

12:30 - 1:00 pm

The Importance of Third-Party Verification in Plastic Recycling

Plastic recycling has gained increasing attention in recent years as a solution to reduce plastic waste and its impact on the environment. The conference highlights the growing need for third-party verification in plastic recycling to combat greenwashing and ensure transparency. Increasing consumer and regulatory demands for accurate recycled content claims drive this necessity. Endorsed certifications in circular economy and sustainability are vital for brands to establish credibility. Regulations like the EU Single Use Plastics Directive and US Recycle Act further push companies towards sustainable practices. Third-party verification offers objective assessment, enhancing the credibility of recycled content claims. This promotes transparency, accountability, and ultimately fosters a sustainable future.

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Denisse Ortez

Director ISCC Latin America, Bonsucro and Pro Terra Programs, SCS Global Services

Denisse Ortez is a Chemical Engineer and has a master’s degree in business administration. Her professional career started working as advisor for cleaner production process in different sectors, as the first initiatives in El Salvador for the implementation of the "Production Standard of the Sugar Cane Growing Initiative” (BSI at that time, now BONSUCRO). With over a decade of experience as auditor for Bonsucro, ISCC and RSPO programs, getting experience in sugarcane, oil palm, sustainable fuels, bio and circular materials and Agroindustry.

SALA DE CONFERENCIAS: PLENARIA

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Use of PCR in Packaging: Advances and Challenges from the Perspective of Global Brands

This panel explores the achievements and challenges faced by global brands in implementing sustainability strategies in packaging, focusing on the use of post-consumer recycled materials (PCR). Industry leaders will share their experiences, addressing how the integration of PCR in packaging not only meets ecological demands but also confronts technical, logistical, and brand perception challenges. This dialogue aims to provide a comprehensive view of the current dynamics and future implications for sustainable development in the packaging sector.

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