Henri Colens is Public Affairs Lead for the Circular Economy at Braskem Netherlands B.V., having joined the company in 2014. He collaborates with European stakeholders to promote Braskem’s efforts around recyclable and renewable products, and the development of a resource efficient plastics economy. Henri serves as Chairman of PlasticsEurope’s bio-Feedstock Working Group. Previously, he had worked in the European Parliament for the UK Conservative Party between 2007 and 2014, advising on transport and home affairs matters.
The Braskem group is a petrochemical company with production facilities in South America, North America and Europe. Braskem S.A. is the largest resin producer in Latin America. With the launch of its I’m green™ polyethylene in 2010, Braskem immediately became the largest bio-based plastic producer in the world. The company has opened European headquarters in Frankfurt and Rotterdam.
As one the world leaders in bio-based plastics, Braskem is keen to play a role in increasing the market acceptance of these materials around the world. We believe that renewable sourcing is one of a number of steps the industry has to make in the coming years, in order to increase its commitment to sustainability and decouple production from fossil resources. In 2017, Braskem established its circular economy team, and recently published its Global Commitment, setting out its key priorities towards achieving resource efficient production and circular use.