Announcing Full Agenda – Chemical Recycling Europe Forum 2023

CRE Forum 2023

Come join us in Brussels, the heart of Europe, for the Chemical Recycling Europe Forum 2023. Here is the chance to come together and discuss the opportunities, challenges and latest developments of the present and future of chemical recycling with experts from the industry, the plastics value chain, European and national authorities, academia, NGOs, research institutes and more.


Thursday, 21 September 2023

9.00 – 10.30 Chemical Recycling Europe General Assembly – for members only

10.30 – 11.00 Registration & welcome coffee

11.00 – 11.10 Welcome & Introduction

Host: John Sewell (Secretary General, Chemical Recycling Europe)

11.10 – 12.40 Session 1 – Perspectives on the industry: current state of play, growing to scale, challenges and opportunities

Moderator: Dr. Geoff Brighty (Head of Sustainability, Mura)

  • Carlos Monreal (President Chemical Recycling Europe, Plastic Energy)
  • Egor Dementev (Senior Analyst Plastics Recycling ICIS)
  • Aurel Ciobanu-Dordea (Director Circular Economy, DG ENV, European Commission)
  • Annick Meerschman (Innovation Director, CEFIC)

Panel discussion

12.40 – 13.40 Networking lunch

13.40 – 15.10 Session 2 – Recycled Content: importance for value chain and role of chemical recycling in providing recycled content

Moderator: Damir Andrasek (Communications Officer, EUROPUR & EURO-MOULDERS)

  • Michael Carus (Executive Manager, Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI) & Managing Director, nova-Institute)
  • Caroline Ploux (Senior Manager Public Affairs Europe, Mars)
  • Thomas Nuyts (Head of Sales, Circularise)
  • Tony Nawar (Vice President Sustainability, Innovation & Strategy, Berry)

Panel discussion

15.10 – 15.40 Coffee break

15.40 – 17.10 Session 3 – Feedstock for circularity

Moderator: Jasper Munier (Business Development Director North & West Europe, Clariter)

  • Mike Jefferson (Chair of Technical Working Group, EXPRA)
  • Graham Houlder (Managing Director, CEFLEX)
  • Innovation driving the industry of chemical recycling – part I.
  • Carsten Larsen (CCO, Agilyx)/10 min
  • Geoff Smith (COO/CTO, Itero)/10 min

Panel discussion

17.10 – 18.10 Networking cocktails ​

Friday, 22 September 2023

8.30 – 9.00 Welcome coffee and registration

9.00 – 9.10 Welcome & Introduction

Host: John Sewell (Secretary General, Chemical Recycling Europe)

9.10 – 10.30 Session 4 – ‘Building a favorable policy framework for chemical recycling in the EU and beyond’

Moderator: Adela Putinelu (Chairwoman: Chemical Recycling Europe Policy Working Group & Head of Policy and Sustainability, Plastic Energy)

  • Update by CRE Policy Working Group
  • David Carroll (Director of External Affairs, Plastics Europe)
  • Luciano Proto Cassina (Scientist, nova-Institute)
  • Steven De Meester (Associate Professor, University of Ghent)

Panel discussion

10.30 – 11.00 Innovation driving the industry of chemical recycling – part II.

  • Virginie Bussiéres (Vice-President, Communications, Marketing and Government Relations, Pyrowave)
  • Klaus Lederer (Business Development Manager Chemical Recycling, EREMA Group)
  • Felix Dreher (Process Engineer, Coperion)

11.00 – 11.20 Coffee break

11.20 – 12.40 Session 5 – The Landscape of Life Cycle Assessments and data’

Moderator: Dr. Daria Fraczak (Chemical Recycling Europe Technical Working Group & Scientific Director, Clariter)

  • Dr. Christian Krueger (Head of Advocacy Chemical Recycling, BASF)
  • Dr. Konrad Witczak (Senior Consultant BA Climate Change, Energy & Decarbonization, KPMG)
  • Dr. Stuart Coles (Associate Professor, University of Warwick)
  • CRE Technical Working Group: update on chemical recycling guidelines

Panel discussion

12.40 – 13.00 Closing & Moving forward

  • Carlos Monreal (President Chemical Recycling Europe, Plastic Energy)

Date: 21 – 22 September 2023

Location: In the heart of Brussels, in the heart of Europe – Renaissance Brussels Hotel (Rue du Parnasse 19, 1000 Brussels, Belgium)

Registration: Registration is required.

  • General Admission: 950€ + VAT
  • Free admission to CRE members (2 tickets/member). For registration please send an email to

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