The Polyolefin Circular Economy Platform (PCEP), established in February as an international forum for the polyolefin value chain to meet and work to promote the circular economy, has elected a new steering board during its first-ever AGM.
The new PCEP steering board Chair is Mark Vester, a founding PCEP board member, who serves as Global Leader, Circular Economy at chemical giant SABIC. Vester is also a member of SABIC’s executive management team in Europe and a board member of NRK Packaging. Ton van der Giessen, CEO of the recycling services firm Van Werven, was elected as Vice-Chair and Harald Biederbick, CEO of the plastic film manufacturer RKW, was elected as Treasurer.
David Baker of Berry Global, the outgoing chair of what was the founding steering board, pointed out that while outgoing board succeeded in getting PCEP up and running, the incoming board has 'the challenge to keep moving PCEP forward and ensure it delivers on its commitments'.
"It is not an exaggeration to say that PCEP is fundamentally important to the future of the polyolefin industry," he said.
During the AGM, the outgoing Board adopted PCEP’s budget on condition it is reviewed by the new board, in particular in the light of the current Covid-19 crisis. They also adopted the 2020 work programme on the understanding it would be amended by members and reviewed by the incoming board.
PCEP is committed to transforming from a linear to a circular economy based on three principles: designing out waste; keeping products and materials in use; and recycling into high-quality new raw materials. Its full board is composed of Mark Vester (SABIC), Ton van der Giessen (Van Werven), Harald Biederbick (RKW), Eugenio Longo (Borealis), Jacques Breulet (INEOS) and Tanguy Kervyn (Total). In addition, Christoph Hoffmann (Alpla) and Gat Ramon (Cabka) are Board observers.