The future
has begun

Embark on the packaging revolution and join us for a glimpse into the future of EPR schemes for commercial & industrial packaging!

24 April 2024

EPR-schemes for C&I packaging: The future has begun !

In adherence to the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive, all Member States must establish producer responsibility schemes for all packaging by the end of 2024, including commercial and industrial packaging.

With limited Member States having systems in place for commercial and industrial packaging, it’s time to spotlight existing initiatives and share best practices. Valipac, EXPRA, and EPRO are thrilled to extend an invitation to the first seminar dedicated to commercial and industrial packaging.

Are you ready to explore the future with us? Don’t miss our event, “EPR-schemes for C&I Packaging: The Future Has Begun” taking place on April 24 in Brussels.


Secure your place now!


Each session is interactive and gives you the opportunity to ask questions to the various speakers.

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Discover the programme

Moderator: Jean-Paul Judson



Registration and Welcome Coffee

10:00 – 10:15

Introduction by Francis Huysman, Managing Director Valipac and Joachim Quoden, Managing Director EXPRA

10:15 – 10:30

EPR schemes as drivers of a circular economy – Vanessa Biebel, COO FEB

10:30 – 10:45

An overview of C&I EPR systems in Europe – Mike Jefferson, Manager EPRO

10:45 - 11:15

Coffee break

11:15 – 12:00

Session 1 : What is the best operational model for a C&I packaging EPR system? : free market, PRO organised or a hybrid system?

  • Xavier Lhoir, Director Operations and Circularity Valipac - BE
  • Karl Johan Ingvaldsen, Managing Director Plastretur - NO
  • Jan Bauer, General Manager RIGK – GE

12:00 – 13:30


13:30 – 14:15

Session 2 : How to cover the cost of collection, sorting and recycling of C&I packaging in a free market system?

  • Andy Huvaere, Manager Operations Valipac – BE
  • Isabel Goyena, Managing Director Envalora - SP
  • Zbyněk Kozel, General Manager EKO-KOM - CZ

14:15 – 15:00

Session 3 : How to ensure traceability and effective recycling of C&I packaging?

  • Jens Poelaert, Manager Operations Valipac – BE
  • Tom McBeth, Policy & Infrastructure Manager Recoup – UK
  • Marchel van de Grift, Director Chain management Verpact – NL

15:00 – 15:30

Coffee break

15:30 – 16:15

Session 4 : Commercial packaging: the grey zone between household and industrial packaging

  • Luc Van de Vondel, CFO Valipac – BE
  • Mik Van Gaever, COO Fost Plus – BE
  • Romina Giovannetti, Head of EU Public Affairs Ecoembes – SP

16:15 – 16:30

Closing remarks by Francis Huysman and Mike Jefferson

16:30 – 18:00

Drinks and networking

Practical information
& registration

24 April 2024

Thon Hotel Bristol Stephanie
Avenue Louise 91-93
Brussels Belgium

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If you are travelling by car, there is a pay car park in the Rue de Livourne with direct access to the hotel.

Participation is free of charge but in case of no show, a fee of €100 will be charged.

The registrations have ended