New EuPC President Elected
Renato Zelcher Leads the Plastics Converting Industry through Upcoming Challenges
On the 25th May in Milan, Italy, during General Assembly of the European Plastics Converters (EuPC) trade association, Renato Zelcher, CEO of Crocco S.p.A., has been elected as the new President for the period 2018-2020, replacing Micheal Kundel after four years of great leadership. The event has taken place during the annual Conference that has been organized this year in collaboration with Unionplast (Federazione Gomma Plastica), the Italian plastics converting association.
More than 260 attendees have gathered in Italy, participating in EuPC Divisions’ session and during the main conference. "The plastics processing sector is mainly made up of family-owned companies that rely on industry associations to identify the strategic lines to pursue," said Renato Zelcher.
Enable Circular Economy for All
The main theme of the conference was the impact of plastics on the environment, highlighting the role of politics, voluntary commitments and disposable plastic. The European plastics industry has already outlined a platform of Voluntary commitments, with the aim of achieving 70% recycling or reuse of plastic packaging waste and 50% recycling or reuse of all plastic waste in 2040. Rethinking the design and production of products to facilitate post-consumer reuse and recycling certainly is according to the trade association a first step in this direction but the collaboration of institutions on the regulatory level and a greater education of the consumer on a correct and careful management of plastics, in particular mono-use plastics, play a crucial role.
The European Commissioner for Growth Elżbieta Bieńkowska has also participated during the main conference sharing the following thoughts: "The EU demand for plastics stands at about 49 million tons per year, yet only 2-3 million tons of plastic waste is currently recycled. This is both environmentally damaging and economically wasteful. The Commission's aim is to ensure 10 million tons of recycled plastics are annually incorporated into new products by 2025. This is an ambitious target, but by working together with EU industry, I believe we can make it happen – for the benefit of all. This is what the circular economy is all about"
The two-day conference, promoted by EuPC and Unionplast, have shown the industry’s willingness to become part of the solution, not only contributing to the quantitative growth of recycling, but also helping to improve the quality of recyclates, identifying technical and technological solutions to reduce energy consumption and above all working to find the right balance between the functional needs that plastic products must perform (especially in sensitive sectors such as food packaging) and reduction of their environmental impact.
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