Innovation Ecosystems for Plastics in a Circular Economy
12th December 2019 in Guimarães (Portugal)
organized by PIEP with the participation of ECP4
According to the global challenges, Europe and Portugal initiated a transition process from a linear to a circular society, more efficient in terms of resources, in which plastics, with its unique properties and characteristics, will largely contribute to this social transformation.
PIEP - Innovation in Polymer Engineering Centre and ECP4 - European, Composites, Plastics and Polymer Processing Platform, promoted, on the 12th December 2019 in Guimarães, Portugal, the conference, “Innovation Ecosystems for Plastics in a Circular Economy”.
In this event different players from the plastics value chain were present, including companies, like Logoplaste, Jerónimo Martins, Veolia and Plastic Energy, sectorial associations, highlighting APIP- Portuguese Association for the Plastic Industry and Representatives from the Government. The European Commission and the European Platform Suschem were attending the conference, where the goals of the Circular Plastics Alliance and the Strategic European Agenda for Research and Innovation of Plastics in the Circular Economy were discussed.
During the afternoon topics as the plastic circularity by design, recycling and alternative raw materials, key to boost the materialization of a more circular plastic economy, in Portugal, and in Europe were discussed.
According to Bruno Pereira da Silva, Director of the project of PIEP, "Innovation is a global framework that will play a key role in these initiatives and go hand-in-hand with cooperation between and along the whole plastics value chain. The complexity of the plastic value chain, due to the large number of stakeholders (producers of plastics and chemical raw materials, converters, brand-owners, retailers, actors in waste management and recyclers, etc.) makes the creation of Innovation Ecosystems necessary to face the Circular Economy challenges that lie ahead."