Glass packaging plays a crucial role in the ongoing transition towards sustainable packaging systems. Reusable glass bottles produce 75% fewer carbon emissions than single-use PET bottles and 57% fewer than aluminium cans. Glass also makes for a safe choice for food and beverage packaging.
However, single-use glass has the highest environmental footprint compared to other single-use materials, as highlighted in the recent study commissioned to Eunomia Research & Consulting by Zero Waste Europe, Decarbonisation of Single Use Beverage Packaging.Could the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR) reduce the impact of packaging on the environment by favouring reusable glass over single-use options?
Our webinar on 10 October 2023 discussed single-use and reusable glass packaging with our panellists:
The webinar will be facilitated by Joan Marc Simon, Director Founder at Zero Waste Europe.
Simon Hann is a Principal Consultant at environmental consultancy Eunomia. He is, deeply committed to sustainable practices, specialising in environmental assessments, covering a wide spectrum from local recycling systems to product evaluations. His work plays a vital role in guiding our society toward sustainable, Circular Economy ideals but always with, unbiased, science-based life cycle thinking at its heart.
Simon’s extensive experience includes leading projects on microplastics, plastics pollution, and chemical recycling for various organisations including the European Commission. He’s passionate about quantifying environmental impacts, aiding policy development, and supporting businesses in navigating sustainability issues. Simon’s practical solutions help companies address environmental concerns, mindful of the complexities in different waste systems worlwide.
Adeline Farrelly is the Secretary-General of FEVE, the EU Federation for Glass Packaging. Adeline has spent over 30 years in Brussels working for various private and institutional organisations including the EU Commission, EU Parliament, Deloitte, and EuropaBio – the EU association for biotechnology industries.
Adeline holds a degree in politics from University College Dublin (UCD). She is Member of the Board of CETIE the European inter-professional organisation of customers and producers; as well as Glass Alliance Europe (GAE), and holds the post of GAE Secretary General on a rotating basis.
Paul Gabie is a spirits industry veteran and accomplished entrepreneur. In addition to leading ecoSPIRITS, he is also a co-founder and director of Proof & Company, one of Asia Pacific’s leading independent spirits companies. During his tenure as Proof & Company CEO from 2014 to 2021, Proof & Company was ranked as one of the 500 Fastest Growing Companies in Asia Pacific by the Financial Times, and developed to encompass eight offices across the region, a portfolio of leading independent spirits, and the world’s most awarded drinks consultancy. An authority on cocktail and spirits culture, Paul is regularly called upon to comment on developments in the industry.
Paul has been named to the Bar 100 list of the industry’s most influential figures by Drinks International, one of the 100 most influential people in the industry by Drinks Retailing, and one Asia’s Most Influential figures and a member of Generation T (leading entrepreneurs and creatives shaping Asia’s future) by Tatler Magazine Asia. He is also a founding board member of the Singapore Cocktail Bar Association.
An experienced entrepreneur and venture capital investor, Paul has a background beyond spirits and cocktails that spans the business, legal and engineering disciplines. He holds an MBA with Honours and a Distinction in Leadership from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland and a Juris Doctor with Honours from the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada. Paul also earned his BASc in Engineering from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He is a qualified attorney and was previously a member of the New York State Bar.
Joan Marc Simon is a serial social entrepreneur and author based in Brussels where he co-directs the work of Zero Waste Europe. He has been a leading voice for Zero Waste in Europe since 2007 and he is a regular speaker in many industry and NGO meetings in Brussels but also at local level as well as internationally. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Break Free from Plastic movement. With a background in Economics, he has decades of experience working with governmental and non-governmental organisations in the field of good governance, new economics, social justice, and environment.