The event was hosted by Mohammed Chahim MEP, Co-chair of the Circular Economy Working Group of the European Parliament Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development.
This webinar reviewed the latest scientific evidence on the biodegradability of plastics from SAPEA and discuss the policy recommendations made by the European Commission’s independent Group of Chief Scientific Advisors — recommendations which will inform the forthcoming Commission’s policy framework related to bio-based, biodegradable and compostable plastics, and help to define the main challenges and policy actions needed in this area. In doing so, this European Parliament Intergroup event, co-organised with SAPEA, brings together EU policymakers and representatives from both the private sector and NGO communities, to openly discuss and explore the opportunities and challenges ahead in relation to biodegradable plastics.
13:00 – 13:10 Welcome remarks by MEP Mohammed Chahim
13:10 – 13:20 Introductory remarks by Professor Ole Petersen, Vice-President, Academia Europaea
13:20 – 13:40 Keynote intervention by European Commission
- Patrick Child, Deputy Director General, DG RTD
- Kestutis Sadauskas, Director of Circular Economy & Green Growth, DG ENV
13:40 – 13:50 Professor Nicole Grobert, Chair of the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors to the European Commission
13:50 – 14:00 Dr. Miriam Weber, Managing Director of HYDRA Marine Sciences and Member of the SAPEA expert working group on the biodegradability of plastics in the open environment, & Dr. Michael Sander, Senior Scientist, Research Group Leader and Lecturer in Environmental Chemistry at ETH Zurich & Member of the SAPEA expert working group on the biodegradability of plastics in the open environment
14:00 – 14:10 Jean-Marc Nony, Director of Sustainable Development, SPHERE group
14:10 – 14:20 Ioana Popescu, Senior Programme Manager, Environmental Coalition on Standards (ECOS)
14:20 – 14:35 Reactions from MEPs
- MEP Delara Burkhardt
- MEP Stéphane Bijoux
14:35 – 14:50 Q&As discussion with the audience
14:50 – 15:00 Closing remarks by MEP Mohammed Chahim