ReThink HK 2022 : Video-on-Demand

Circular Packaging: Rethinking Solutions to Our Plastics Crisis

Day 1 - 5th Oct | 17:15 - 18:00

Location: BEC Sustainable Business Theatre

Circular Economy

Overview

Most packaging is designed to be used and discarded in a linear process that results in enormous waste and pollution, particularly where plastics are concerned. As consumer attention on their environmental impact heightens, companies are driven to rethink their role in our economy’s transition to a more circular model, the entire lifecycle of products, and the momentum for innovations and investment in responsible packaging.

Learnings

  • What is the state of play in Hong Kong?
  • What are some tools and techniques that businesses can use to better understand product packaging and plastics within their supply chains, and to retain value in their systems through responsible product design that eliminates waste and reuses and recycles materials rather than disposing of them?
  • How can we develop efficient, effective and inclusive systems for collection, reuse and recycling to complement packaging redesigned for circularity? What opportunities and cost and scale challenges exist?

Post Event Actions

  • Explore opportunities to integrate circularity initiatives into your operations and to collaborate with partners within your sector and community to implement viable solutions at scale.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Dr. Benjamin Steuer

Assistant Professor

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Dr. Benjamin Steuer

Assistant Professor

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Benjamin’s research is centred on the Circular Economy and waste recycling in China and Hong Kong. With about 10 years in the field, he worked in domains of Chinese household waste recycling, informal waste management, e-waste and waste plastics. Outside of academia Benjamin provided consulting services to the GIZ Germany and Presans France.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Government support for CE business models beyond recycling; general plastic packaging container tax; EPR system for all recyclable waste fractions; taxation of resources, not of labour

Doris Lee

Packaging Material Analyst, Sustainability

Doris Lee

Packaging Material Analyst, Sustainability

Doris Lee is a Packaging Material Analyst. She specializes in Sustainable Packaging and is focusing on innovation, life cycle analyst and delivering compelling product across multiple retail and e-commerce channels. Doris holds an MSc of Environmental Management from The University of Hong Kong and is a Sustainable Packaging trainer.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Education for Sustainability (EfS) – to develop students, schools and communities with the values and the motivation to take action for sustainability.

Venkatesh Sheregar

Group Packaging R&D Lead

Vitasoy International Holdings Limited

Venkatesh Sheregar

Group Packaging R&D Lead

Vitasoy International Holdings Limited

Venkatesh is a Packaging Professional and a Sustainability enthusiast with more than 15 years of experience in Foods, Beverages, Personal Care and Cosmetics Industry. As a passionate packaging R&D leader he has helped business transform and grow in changing consumer and environmental trends with help of Innovation, Design and Sustainable solutions. He holds more than 40 patents in packaging Inventions.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

A region evolving business with more circular economy solutions and more empowerment to help business, entrepreneurs to invest and adopt in sustainability solutions.

Susanna Wong

Director of Planning & Operations / CEO

Sun Hung Kai Properties / YATA Limited

Susanna Wong

Director of Planning & Operations / CEO

Sun Hung Kai Properties / YATA Limited

Susanna Wong is the CEO of YATA and the Director of Planning & Operations of the Non-property Businesses of Sun Hung Kai Properties. Prior to joining SHKP, Susanna had worked in strategic management consulting for over 13 years. She has been participating in Business Environment Council for 7 years and currently chairing the Climate Change Business Forum Advisory Group. Susanna is also a Board member of BEC.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Waste reduction is probably the most burning sustainability issue for HK. Plastics representing more than 20% of solid waste, I would like to see step change in awareness and usage behavior of HK citizens in dealing with plastics

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