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The VinylPlus Sustainability Forum 2022

25 May 2022

08:30 - 13:30 (UTC/GMT +02:00 - Europe / Brussels)

Registrations are closed


Focused on the theme Embracing EU Green Deal Ambitions, the VinylPlus Sustainability Forum 2022 will feature keynote speeches, presentations and interactive Q&A sessions that you will be able to participate in from anywhere in the world. The VSF2022 will be held virtually as a single day event on 25 May and will bring together sustainability experts and speakers from academia and the industry.

For over 20 years, VinylPlus® has been a frontrunner that has focused on sustainability and the circular economy. As an industry, we have achieved a lot, but we know that there is still more to do.  In June 2021, the entire European PVC value chain officially launched VinylPlus 2030, our next 10-year commitment to sustainable development.

With VinylPlus 2030, the European PVC industry opens the next stage of its journey to accelerate the transition towards a more sustainable and circular future with even more ambitious goals. In alignment with the current and dynamic policy landscape covering the EU Green Deal, the European PVC industry continues to work jointly to tackle the challenges of circularity, foster sustainable innovation and advance towards carbon neutrality.

The VSF2022 will also recognise companies that deliver the highest sustainability performance of PVC products through the VinylPlus® Product Label during the Awards Ceremony. The Product Label is VinylPlus’ sustainability certification scheme for PVC products in the building and construction sector.

The VSF2022 will be preceded by the VinylPlus General Assembly, for VinylPlus partners only.

Main topics at #VSF2022: 

  • VinylPlus General Assembly: key highlights and current policies impacting the PVC business
  • Towards 2030: Embracing the European Green Deal ambitions
  • Addressing the upcoming European initiatives on plastics
  • Driving innovation towards carbon neutrality
  • Accelerating circularity: Enabling new recycling schemes
  • The VinylPlus® Product Label: Rewarding and Recognising Sustainability

Virtual VSF2022 will be free of charge! Online registration is required.


Contact Noelle Tracey for any additional information.

IMPORTANT: Please note that each registrant will receive a personalised link to join the VSF2022. This link is not shareable and will not function when used by anyone other than the registrant.


Start: 25 May 2022
08:30 (UTC/GMT +02:00 - Europe / Brussels)
End: 25 May 2022
13:30 (UTC/GMT +02:00 - Europe / Brussels)

Online event


Brigitte Dero

Managing Director
  • Brigitte Dero

    Brigitte is Managing Director of VinylPlus since 2014 and Managing Director of the European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers (ECVM) since 2011.
    Before moving to the metals industry to work on occupational health, safety, and environment arenas, and subsequently on waste management and recycling, she has worked in a World Health Organisation programme on tropical diseases.
    In 1999 she joined the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) to manage the plastic additives sector groups, PVC stabilisers, plasticisers, flame retardants, antioxidants, and food contact additives and then becameDirector of the Plastic Additives Departmentin 2001.Her main interests are in science and sustainability, women in sports and education. She supports the ‘Women in Green industry chapter’ of UNIDO/UNEP.

    Brigitte holds a PhD in Sciences (Molecular Biology) from the University of Brussels (ULB).

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Inge Dewitte

  • Inge Dewitte

    Inge is a plastic recycling consultant at the Belgian industry association Denuo, representing the private waste management and recycling companies. Inge is a Certified EuCertPlast Auditor for plastic recycling companies with a demonstrated history of working in the Environmental Services industry. As a plastic recycler consultant she handles and follows all topics related to plastic recycling and inspire and advise stakeholders of the plastic value chain to take the right steps towards a circular economy for plastics. Inge also acts as an advisor to VinylPlus® Med, the programme aimed at accelerating sustainability in lealthcare across Europe through the recycling of discarded single-use PVC medical devices. 

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André P.C. Faaij

Distinguished Professor Energy System Analysis
University of Groningen
  • André P.C. Faaij

    André P.C. Faaij (1969) is appointed as Director of Science of TNO Energy Transition. He combines this position with a part time chairs as Distinguished Professor Energy System Analysis at the University of Groningen (RUG) and Utrecht University (UU). Ongoing research covers energy system integration questions and modelling, industrial transformation, transition processes towards low carbon energy systems and related innovation and policy questions. Being part of IPCC, he was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Furthermore, he was appointed Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and in 2015 he received The Linneborn Prize; established in 1994 for outstanding contributions to the development of energy from biomass. He published over 600 titles in scientific journals, reports, books and proceedings, qualifies as ‘highly cited researcher’ (top 1% of research field) by criteria of Clarivate Web of Science and is frequently lecturing across the globe.

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Zdenek Hruska

Public Affairs Director
  • Zdenek Hruska

    Zdenek has joined the European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers (ECVM) as Public Affairs Senior Manager in 2016. He started his career at Solvay where he held various management positions in Germany and France. He then moved to Brussels in 2013, to work first at SolVin and later at Inovyn as an Advocacy Manager. Prior to that, Zdenek had been responsible for the PVC Promotion and Environmental Affairs, first at SolVin France and later at SolVin GmbH & Co.; before, he was Development Manager for Alkor Kunststoffe GmbH in Munich, Germany.

    Zdenek holds an Engineering Diploma in Plastics Technology from the Prague Institute of Chemical Technology, and a PhD in Polymer Chemistry from IMC in Prague.

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Frédéric Simon

Journalist & Senior Editor, Environment and Energy
  • Frédéric Simon

    Frédéric Simon is the publisher and editor of EurActiv, the leading specialised EU media. He joined EurActiv in 2003 as a reporter to cover some of the EU’s most heated policy debates such as the REACH regulation on chemicals, energy liberalisation, and the emissions trading scheme. In his current position, he oversees the editorial and IT departments of EurActiv in Brussels, Paris and Berlin while continuing to write about EU affairs with a particular focus on economic and environmental issues.

    Frédéric is also Brussels correspondent for France 24, the 24/7 international TV channel. He graduated in journalism from Brussels University (ULB) in 1998 and holds a Master’s degree in EU politics from the Institut d’Etudes Européennes (IEE) in Brussels.

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Stefan Sommer

  • Stefan Sommer

    Stefan Sommer has over 30 years of consulting, business development and general management experience gained at various leading chemical companies. Having served as CEO of Ticona Engineering Plastics, CEO of ASK Chemicals and President of DSM China, Mr. Sommer brings abundant industry and executive expertise to the management team.

    Stefan is the chairman of the European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers (ECVM) and of VinylPlus®, the European PVC industry’s voluntary commitment programme for sustainable development. In addition, he serves on the board of PlasticsEurope Germany.
    Stefan has a degree in Business Economics from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in München (Germany).
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Vincent Stone

Technical & Environmental Affairs Senior Manager
  • Vincent Stone

    Vincent Stone graduated in Plastics Engineering at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, where he also earned a PhD. He later earned a part-time MBA degree from the Solvay Brussels School Economics & Management. He joined UCB Group (later Cytec Industries) in 1998, where he led several resin and additive development projects for coatings, inks and adhesives applications. He joined in 2010 ArcelorMittal, where he developed and managed a portfolio of pipe coating technology development and testing services for a range of clients along the oil and gas value chain. He then joined in 2015 the Ferro’s Polymer Additives business (later Synegis) where he led the customer and manufacturing support activities, as well as the global product stewardship activities for the benzoate and polyadipate plasticizers portfolios. Since May 2018, he has joined the European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers (ECVM). ECVM delivers a broad range of technical, sustainability, advocacy and communication services to the leading European PVC resin manufacturers. As Technical and Environmental Affairs Senior Manager, he is mainly in charge to develop the activities of the PVC4Pipes platform. He is also actively involved in the Additives and Sustainable Product Label activities of VinylPlus®, the association managing the European PVC industry's commitment to sustainable development.

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Myriam Tryjefaczka

Director Sustainability and Public Affairs EMEA
  • Myriam Tryjefaczka

    Myriam Tryjefaczka joined the Tarkett Group in 2015 where she holds the position of Director Sustainability and Public Affairs  for the EMEA division. In her role, Myriam participates in the activities of European industry associations  and think tanks in the field of circular economy and construction sector. She chairs the AFNOR X30M Circular Economy standardization Commission, mirror group to the ISO TC 323. Prior to Tarkett, Myriam has developed thorough expertise on sustainability and public affairs at Camfil, a leading manufacturer of clean air solutions, where she participated in the development of EPBD  (Energy performance of buildings directive) harmonised standards on indoor environment quality and CEN and ISO related standards.

    Myriam holds a Master's degree in Biochemistry and Enzymology, completed by a Master of Business Administration. She developed her professional carrier in different industrial sectors (packaging, electronics, air filtration and flooring, in quality, environment, international project management) and has been focusing on sustainable development and public affairs for the last 15 years.

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Michael Ulbrich

Managing Director
  • Michael Ulbrich

    Michael is a strategy consulting executive with broad experience in business strategy, commercial and operational excellence. He focuses on chemicals and natural resources. He is very passionate about taking the chemical Industry into the circular economy. He also focuses on deploying analytics aIl across various enterprise functions within chemicals and natural resources. He is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

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Caroline Van der Perre

Co-Owner and Manager
Raff Plastics
  • Caroline Van der Perre

    Carolina Van de Perre is co-owner and Manager at Raff Plastics. Being ISO 9001 and EucertPlast certified, Raff Plastics has pioneered high-quality recycling of PVC in Belgium since 1981. As a specialist in plastics, Raff Plastics collects industrial plastic waste and purified post-consumer waste for reuse. Raff Plastics recycles and processes these plastics into new ready-to-use raw materials in polypropylene (PP), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), polystyrene (PS) or polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Raff Plastics produces 50,000 tonnes of plastic recyclate every year.

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