Innovation Forum 4 Plastics 2024

Bringing together innovative solutions for the circular economy  

Innovation Forum 4 Plastics aims to showcase the innovative solutions of EU-funded projects to boost plastic recycling and circularity, reduce plastic pollution and thus, contributing to the EU Plastics Strategy,  the EU Circular Economy Action Plan and related regulatory frameworks.

The 2024 edition of this event is organised as a side event to the World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF) in Brussels.

The event will feature presentations by different EU research and innovation projects of their solutions, panel discussions on the plastic waste challenges as well as clustering opportunities to maximize the sustainable and circular management and use of natural resources.

When? Friday 19 April 2024, from 9:00 to 13:00

Where? COMET Meetings – Louise Brussels (Pl. Stéphanie 20, 1050 Brussels) 

Agenda & Registration


Registration & Welcome Coffee


Opening and welcome to participants

  • Sophie Sicard, President of EuRIC’s European Plastic Recycling Branch (EPRB)
  • Evdokia AchilleosHead of the Sector “Circular and bio-based economy and zero pollution”, REA, European Commission


Circular Plastics Cluster initiative: boosting plastics recycling and circularity.

·        CIMPA – A CIrcular Multilayer Plastic Approach for value retention of end-of-life multilayer films | Céline Chevallier (IPC)

·        SOL-REC2 – Innovative digital watermarks and green solvents for the recovery and recycling of multi-layer materials | Pascal Negré (iPM2) & George Theodosopoulos (TWI)

·        CIRCULAR FoodPack – Circular Packaging for Direct Food Contact Applications | Esra Kucukpinar (Fraunhofer IVV)

·        MERLIN – Increasing the quality and rate of MultilayER packaging recycLINg waste | Marianne Gravendeel (Ioniqa)


Coffee break


Innovative solutions to design and manage sustainable food plastic packaging

·        STOPP – Strategies to prevent and reduce plastic packaging pollution from the food system | Sarianna Palola (VTT)

·        MAGNO – Conquering new strategies to prevent and reduce packaging pollution | Ignacio Fernández-Pacheco Ruiz (IDENER)

·        VISS – Viable, safe and sustainable PHBV value chain for food packaging applications | Carmen Fenández Ayuso (CETEC)

·        REBIOLUTION – Novel biodegradable, REcyclable, BIO-based and safe plastic polymers with enhanced circuLar properties for food packaging and agricUltural applicaTIONs | Kai Oliver Siegenthaler (BASF) 


Innovative solutions for circular technical/engineering plastics

·        PRIMUS – Reforming secondary plastics to become the primary raw material choice for added-value products | Carolina Mejías (Mondragon)

·        Green3D – Transforming plastic waste into High End Bespoke Furniture| Rocco Lagioia (ITRB)

·        Circular Flooring – New products from waste PVC flooring and safe end-of-life treatment of plasticisers |Martin Schlummer (Fraunhofer IVV)

·        PLAST2BCLEANED – PLASTtics to be CLEANED by sorting and separation of plastics and subsequent recycling of polymers, bromine flame retardants and antimony trioxide |Dr. Esther van den Beuken (TNO)


Panel discussion: the role of R&I projects in the EU policy agenda.

Discussions on how the project results contribute to achieving the EU Green Deal and CEAP objectives. 

·        Pierre Fiasse (Groupe Comet)

·        Katharina Schlegel (Plastics Europe)

·        Wolfgang Trunk (European Commission, DG ENV)

·        Silvia Maltagliati (European Commission, DG RTD)

·        Olga Pozlevic (European Commission, DG GROW)


Lunch break

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