Connecting, Nurturing, Creating for Sustainable Environment

EU Plastic Waste Reduction Workshop
Event Date: 21 Mar 2019
Event Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Venue: BEC Auditorium, G/F, 77 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong
Fee: Free   ( By Invitation only )
Contact: Mr Simon Ng


  • Promote environmentally responsible policies and actionable change: The central objective is to reduce plastic waste by promoting environmental policies and encouraging people to change their attitude towards single-use plastic. The workshop also aims to encourage the government to adopt more environmentally-friendly policies and for the general public to take action that reduces plastic waste.
  • Position the EU as a leader in environmental issues: The workshop aims to raise the profile of the EU and position it as a global leader in environmental protection in general, and the fight against single-use plastic in particular.
  • Promote exchanges and best practices between the EU and HK: The workshop will bring together businesses and experts from the EU and HK to share best practices in the area of the circular economy and plastic waste reduction. The objective is to partner with industry leaders and stakeholders to highlight the benefits of sustainable CSR.
  • Showcase European solutions to plastic waste: Showcase innovative solutions for plastic waste such as using recycled plastic as raw material.
  • Promote EU environmental standards: The EU Office will seek to promote EU policies and best practices to raise the environmental standards of local businesses as well as to positively influence official policies on waste reduction.
  • Enable civil society to push for change: Encourage civil society and NGOs in particular to launch campaigns to reduce plastic waste. This could come in the form of pledges or separate communication campaigns.

Target audience:

Up to 70 business and industry leaders, government officials, opinion leaders, NGOs, green groups, academics, social entrepreneurs. Priority will be given to those who can and will stay for the entire workshop. This event is by invitation only.

Programme: (as of 13 March 2019)



08:30 – 09:00


09:00 – 09:05

 Opening Remarks

 Ambassador Carmen Cano, Head, EU Office to Hong Kong and Macao

09:05 – 09:10

 Welcome Remarks

 Mr Adam Koo, CEO, Business Environment Council

09:10 – 09:25

 Keynote Speech

 Mr Wong Kam-sing, GBS, JP, Secretary for the Environment, HKSAR Government

 Plenary 1: Setting the scene

 Moderator: Mr Simon Ng, Director – Policy & Research, Business Environment Council

09:25 – 09:35

 Plastic waste challenge in Hong Kong

 Mrs Vicki Kwok, Deputy Director of Environmental Protection, HKSAR Government

09:35 – 09:45

 Plastic waste challenge in Europe

 Mr Jack O’Sullivan, Director, Zero Waste Alliance Ireland

 Plenary 2: Business solutions

 Moderator: Mr C.W. Cheung, Director – Development, Business Environment Council

09:45 – 09:55

 Integrated plastic waste solutions

 Mr Nigel Mattravers, ALBA Integrated Waste Solutions (Hong Kong) Limited

09:55 – 10:05

 Plastic bottled water

 Mr Sébastien Pivet, A.S. Watson Group

10:05 – 10:15

 Materials to replace plastic

 Mr Anders Bergkvist, Stora Enso

10:15 – 11:10

 Panel discussion:

 Mr Nigel Mattravers, ALBA Integrated Waste Solutions (Hong Kong) Limited

 Mr Sébastien Pivet, A.S. Watson Group

 Mr Anders Bergkvist, Stora Enso

 Mr Kevin Tam, Grander Water

 Mr Harold Yip, SSID

11:10 – 11:30

 Morning Networking Break

 Plenary 3: Cross-sector initiatives

 Moderator: Ms Eva Valle Lagares, Head of Trade Section, EU Office to Hong Kong and Macao

11:30 – 11:40

 Ten Tonne Challenge

 Mr Eric Swinton, V Cycle

11:40 – 11:50

 Drink Without Waste Initiative

 Mr Paul Zimmerman, Drink Without Waste Working Group

11:50 – 12:00

 Alliance to End Plastic Waste

 Ms Genevieve Hilton, BASF

12:00 – 13:00

 Panel discussion:

 Mr Eric Swinton, V Cycle

 Mr Paul Zimmerman, Drink Without Waste Working Group

 Ms Genevieve Hilton, BASF

 Mr Mark Harper, John Swire & Son (HK) Limited

 Ms Hanna Hallin, H&M (TBC)

13:00 – 14:00

 Networking Lunch

 Parallel Breakout Sessions: Building partnerships for new actions

14:00 – 14:10


14:10 – 15:40

 Moderated breakout sessions on (a) Redesign, (b) Reduce, (c) Recover/Reuse, and (d) Recycle

15:40 – 16:00

 Afternoon Networking Break

 Plenary 4: Moving forward together

 Moderator: Mr Simon Ng, Director – Policy & Research, Business Environment Council

16:00 – 16:50

 What needs to change:

 Sharing from leader of the four break-out groups

 Response from EU representative and HKSAR government representative

16:50 – 17:00

 Closing Remarks

 Ambassador Carmen Cano, Head, EU Office to Hong Kong and Macao


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