Plastics and the Circular Economy Conference 2023

The Plastics and the Circular Economy Conference 2023 (PCEC 2023) will run from 9-12 October, with two half days of international sessions online and two days of in-person debates at the Rydges CBD hotel in Melbourne.

This conference is an ideal event for people and organisations involved in packaging and plastics wanting to contribute to a sustainable and low-emissions future.

Given the race to attain circularity and reduce emissions has become more crucial than ever, PCEC 2023 is a source of encouragement and action. With a focus on practical solutions and plenty of time for interaction, the conference is attracting thought leaders, decision-makers, designers, regulators, investors and organisers from Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe, and the USA.

Organised by the Australia-New Zealand section of the international Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE ANZ), this event’s mission is to enable professional, informed discussion on real steps underway and required for a brighter, more sustainable future for Australasia and the world.

The structured program and selected speakers will spark conversations and inspire decisions and actions.

“Our distinguished local and international speakers will propose solutions for better finance, investment, regulations, designs, technology and targets for viable reuse, recyclability and recycling and low emissions” said Helen Millicer, Conference Curator.

“There is a great deal of change that has to occur, we all have a part to play and some big structural changes are required.

“Our expert speakers include influential leaders such as Hugo-Maria Schally, founder of Circular Economy strategies for Europe that has resulted in sweeping global changes in plastics and products and who is now EU Negotiator on the Global Plastics Treaty, plus Sandra Martinez, Chief Executive Officer Nestle Oceania, and Tony Wood, AM, Director Energy and Climate Change for Grattan Institute, just to name a few.”

Millicer said some solution options canvassed will be controversial, such as levies, bans and mandated targets, but discussions are needed on pressing issues that have to be resolved. From laws and regulations, stewardships, trade bans, to economic incentives, investments, and infrastructure, each circularity gap will be tackled at the conference.

In addition, the Circular Plastics Expo will showcase product innovations, designs, technologies, and services that contribute to a sustainable future. This, coupled with insights into the best innovations and solutions from both Australia and abroad, will equip attendees with knowledge, facts and networks.

“It is a must-attend event for anyone involved in the circular economy, plastics, packaging, design, production, waste management and recycling,” said Hamed Ghajarnia, President of the SPE ANZ.

“We are pleased to bring together global and local leaders and audiences in business, governments, industry to discuss practical pathways for a circular and low-emissions future. This conference is a purposeful platform for networking, energising, proposing solutions, and charting a definitive course toward a resilient and sustainable future.”