Environmental Packaging Summit 2021 Agenda
‘The latest developments in sustainability’

We are in the process of confirming our full speaker line-up, so please stay tuned for further updates


DAY 1 – Tuesday 2 November

9:30 - 10:00

Registration and Networking

Session 1: The rate of progress

10:00 - 10:05

Introduction from Packaging News editor, Philip Chadwick

10:05 - 10:20

Building a global reuse ecosystem - Speaker: Clem Schmid, commercial executive vice president, Loop Global, whose UK partners include Tesco and McDonald's

10:20 - 10:35

Helping brands make positive changes for people and planet - Speaker: Thomas Herman co-founder and marketing director, Path

10:35 - 10:50

Smarties transitions to recyclable paper packaging

Bruce Funnell, packaging lead, global confectionery, Nestlé

10:50 - 11:20

Panel DiscussionReal progress vs greenwash     

Chair - Philip Chadwick; Panellists - Shane Monkman, managing director, One:Ex Consulting, (formerly head of procurement at Asda); Thomas Herman, Path; Clem Schmid, Loop; Bruce Funnell, Nestlé

11:20 - 11:40

Coffee and Networking

Session 2: Materials & recycling

11:40 - 11:55

Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge - Speaker: UKRI challenge director, Paul Davidson

11:55 - 12:10

The journey to make a major retailer's packaging recyclable - Speaker: Robert Thompson, packaging manager, Co-op

12.10 - 12.20

Natural alternatives to single-use plastic - Speaker: Dr Marc Rodriguez, head of researchXampla 

12:20 - 12:50

Panel Discussion – Plastic and new alternatives: Pros and cons

Chair - Philip Chadwick; Panellists - Robert Thompson, Co-op; Paul Davidson, UKRI; Sian Sutherland, A Plastic Planet; Tracy Sutton (pictured) founder + lead consultant, Root; Marc RodriguezXampla

12:50 - 13:50

Lunch and Networking

Session 3: Circular motion sponsored by 

13:50 - 14:05

Recyclable : Recycled - A changing ratio?

Speaker: Natasha Chorlton, packaging and recycling business consultantSuez.circpack

14:05 - 14:20

Becoming circular ready - Speaker: David Ellerington, UK head of design & innovation and new business, DS Smith

"A circular economy is the solution to the current out-dated linear mindset and the answer to a better future."

14:20 - 14:55

Panel Discussion – Has the UK edged closer to a circular economy in the last 18 months?

Chair - Philip Chadwick; Panellists - Natasha Chorlton, Suez.circpack; David ElleringtonDS Smith; James Armitage, (below right) commercial operations analyst, Valpak , Brian Lodge, (below left) design director, Berry


14:55 - 15:15

Coffee and Networking

Session 4: The Carbon Debate sponsored by 

15:15 - 15:25

On pack carbon labelling  Speaker: Tim Barbary, business owner and company director at Benchmark Consulting

15:25 - 15:35

Carbon reduction highlights in CPI's third Economic Value Report (EVR3) 

Speaker: Andy Barnetson, director of packaging affairs, CPI

15:35 -16:00

Panel Discussion – What is the real carbon impact of the packaging industry and what action is being taken?

Chair - Philip Chadwick; Panellists - Tim Barbary; Andy Barnetson; John Garner, (below left) head of innovation & design, AntalisEd Roberts, (below, right) regional sustainability director EMEA, Sealed Air



Day one ends


DAY 2 – Wednesday 3 November:

09:30 - 10:00 Registration and Networking

10:00 - 10:05

Introduction from Packaging News editor, Philip Chadwick

Session 1: Taking immediate action sponsored by 

10:05 - 10:20

Keynote Address – Speaker: Claire Shrewsbury, director insights and innovation, WRAP

An update from the circular economy & resource efficiency experts

10:20 - 10:35

Sustainable procurement in a net zero future   

Speaker: Shane Monkman, managing director, One:Ex Consulting & sustainable procurement ambassador at The Sustainable Procurement Pledge

10:35 - 11:15

Panel Discussion: The key challenges

Chair - Philip Chadwick; Panellists – Shane MonkmanOne:Ex Consulting; Peter Görlitz, (pictured) sustainability manager, Sonoco Consumer Products Europe; Neil Farmer, founder/owner, Neil Farmer Associates; Claire Shrewsbury, WRAP; Bruce Funnell, packaging lead, global confectionery, Nestlé

11:15 - 11:35

Coffee and Networking

Session 2: Making the e-commerce boom environmentally friendly

sponsored by 

11:35 - 11:50

The impact of rapid e-commerce growth on sustainable pack progress

Speaker: Gavin Mounce, e-commerce design manager, DS Smith

"Has this growth and change had a positive or negative effect on the sustainability of e-commerce packaging, join me to discover the answers."

11:50 - 12:05

Packaging and e-commerce innovation in a post-pandemic world - Speaker: Sujan Shah, CEO, Rocaba Group

12:05 - 12:45

Panel Discussion – Is e-commerce packaging, and the supply chain, rising to the challenge?

Chair - Philip Chadwick, Packaging News; Panellists: Katie de Foubert (pictured), business development manager, Carlton Packaging; Sujan Shah, CEO Rocaba Group; Gavin Mounce, DS Smith

12:45 - 13:45

Lunch and Networking

Session 3: The Government's role

13:45 - 14:00

The Environment Bill – EPR, DRS and other key issues

Speaker: Jane Bevis, executive chair & director OPRL

14:00 - 14:15

Reform opportunities should not go to waste - Speaker: Paul Vanston, chief executive, INCPEN

14:15 - 15:00

Panel Discussion – How well is the government handling the situation?

  Chair: Martin Kersh, executive director, Foodservice Packaging Association 

Panellists - Charlotte Briggs (pictured), policy and engagement lead at leading compliance scheme, Clarity Environmental; Jane Bevis, OPRL; Paul Vanston, INCPEN

15:00 - 15:20

Coffee and Networking

Session 4: Communicating with the public

15:20 - 16:00

Panel Discussion – Are advancements in pack sustainability being communicated to the public?

Chair - Philip Chadwick; Panellists: Katrina Curl, head of marketing and communications, Xampla; Neil Farmer, founder/owner, Neil Farmer Associates; Margaret Bates, executive director, OPRL



Day two ends

*Please note, as we are in the process of confirming speakers the Agenda for this event is subject to change