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VSF2024: PROGRAMME

Thursday, 23 May 2024

Moderated by Siân Hughes, Senior Communications Leader

09:00 - 09:10

Opening | Charlotte Röber, Managing Director, VinylPlus®, and Siân Hughes - Moderator

09:10 - 09:15

Welcome Speech (video) | Svenja Schulze, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, General Federal Government

09:15 - 09:25

Opening Speech (video) | Mona Neubaur, Deputy Premier and Minister for Economic Affairs, Industry, Climate Action and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

09:25 - 09:40

What is the PVC industry up to? Trends, Challenges and Achievements | Karl-Martin Schellerer, Chairman, VinylPlus®

09:40 - 10:00

Innovate the Future: Defining and Achieving Sustainability Goals | Tina Teucher, Expert for Future Competency and Sustainable Business

SESSION 1: TOWARDS MEETING EU AND GLOBAL AMBITIONS

10:00 - 10:25

Keynote Speech: EU's Vision for Circularity and Sustainability in Europe and Globally | European Commission - TBC

10:25 - 11:10

Keynote Panel: Acting Together: How Can Industry Help Meet EU Ambitions, and How Can EU Policies Enable the Industry's Transition?

Members of the European Parliament (TBC)

Heribert Decher, General Manager Corporate Sustainability, Renolit SE

Charlotte Röber, Managing Director, VinylPlus®

Facilitated by Tina Teucher, Expert for Future Competency and Sustainable Business

11:10 – 11:40

Coffee Break

SESSION 2: TOWARDS ADVANCING CIRCULARITY AMBITIONS

11:40 - 11:50

Interactive Introduction | Moderator

11:50 – 12:00

A Snapshot of VinylPlus Recycling Ambitions | Vincent Stone, Technical & Environmental Affairs Senior Manager, VinylPlus®

12:00 – 12:15

Modelling PVC Cycles in Building and Construction: Gaps and Opportunities | Sarah Schmidt, Scientific Associate, University of Kassel

12:15 – 12:30

Advanced Recycling Technologies: Chemical Recycling | Noam Steinman, Lead Chemist, Plastic Back

12:30 - 12:40

Collaborative Research on Microplastics | Patrick de Kort, Advisor, Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE)

12:40 – 13:10

Panel Discussion | Facilitated by Siân Hughes

Vincent Stone, Technical & Environmental Affairs Senior Manager, VinylPlus®

Sarah Schmidt, Scientific Associate, University of Kassel

Noam Steinman, Lead Chemist, Plastic Back

Patrick de Kort, Advisor, Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE)

13:10 - 14:10

Lunch Break & Networking Opportunities

SESSION 3: TOWARDS MINIMIZING THE ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT OF PVC PRODUCTS

14:10 - 14:20

Lifecycle Environmental Impact of the Production of PVC in Europe | Oskar Vögler, Project Manager, Carbon Minds

14:20 - 14:30

Advancing Towards Carbon Neutrality in the PVC Value Chain | Raoul Meys, Managing Director and Co-Founder, Carbon Minds

14:30 - 14:40

Reducing Lifecycle Environmental Impact: A Window Manufacturer Perspective Céline De Waele, Sustainability Director, Deceuninck

14:40 - 14:50

Reducing Lifecycle Environmental Impact: A Flooring Manufacturer Perspective Arnaud Marquis, Chief Sustainability and Innovation Officer, Tarkett

14:50 - 15:20

Panel Discussion | Facilitated by Siân Hughes

Oskar Vögler, Project Manager, Carbon Minds

Raoul Meys, Managing Director and Co-Founder, Carbon Minds

Céline De Waele, Sustainability Director, Deceuninck

Arnaud Marquis, Chief Sustainability and Innovation Officer, Tarkett

SESSION 4: TOWARDS CERTIFIED AND TRACEABLE PVC PRODUCTS

15:20 - 15:40

The Role and Importance of Sustainability Certifications | TBC

15:40 - 15:50

Having the VinylPlus® Product Label: A Company Experience | A VinylPlus Partner

15:50 - 15:55

Discover Who has the VinylPlus® Product Label and VinylPlus® Supplier Certificate | Video

15:55 - 16:15

The VinylPlus® Product Label and the VinylPlus® Supplier Certificates Award Ceremony | Moderated by Magdalena Garczynska and Siân Hughes

16:15 - 16:25

Closing speech | Karl-Martin Schellerer, Chairman, VinylPlus®

16:25 - 16:30

Wrap-Up and Closure | Siân Hughes - Moderator, Senior Communications Leader

At 16h30

Extended Coffee Break

At 19:00

Cruise Dinner

Meeting point in the hotel lobby at 18h45 - 10 min walk to the boat

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