The Polyolefin Circular Economy Platform (PCEP), launched in 2019 to promote the transition to a more circular system within the polyolefin industry, last month held its second annual general meeting online. The business concluded at the meeting included the election of five new steering board members, expanding the number to ten and reflecting the Platform’s commitment to achieving a more balanced and diverse representation of the polyolefin value chain.
Among the new members are the PCEP’s first female board member and a representative from a global brand owner.
- Tim Litjens (CEO of CABKA Group). Tim is based in Germany and, prior to joining CABKA Group in 2016, he held various senior management positions with strong focus on performance materials at health, nutrition and materials conglomerate Royal DSM.
- Pedro Lopez (Product Director LDPE EMEA of Dow) Based in Horgen, Switzerland, Pedro has worked for Dow for 20 years in various product development and technical sales roles. In 2017 he was promoted to Product Director LDPE for Dow’s Packaging and Specialty Plastics Division and holds a seat on TDESA Board of Directors.
- Rüdiger Klein (Vice President, Polyolefins Sales Europe of LyondellBasell). Rüdiger has over 35 years of experience in the plastics industry through various commercial roles in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He is based in the Netherlands and chair of the polyolefin group of PlasticsEurope.
- Ornella Cosomati (EU Public Policy, Government Affairs and Communications Manager of PepsiCo). Operating from Brussels and a member of PepsiCo’s Public Policy team, Ornella has been working in EU regulatory affairs since 2013, before which she spent time working in the UK parliament.
- Pablo Giner (Polyethylene Business Director of Repsol). Pablo is based in Spain and has spent more than 20 years at Repsol, working in a variety of roles in the US and Europe. After leading the Polyolefins Technical Support and Product Development Team at the firm’s Tech Lab, he was appointed Polyethylene Director in 2017.
The expanded board, said Venetia Spencer, PCEP Secretary General, reflects the strengths of the organisation, which has come a long way since the first AGM last spring, she observed.
“Our membership continues to expand and, as an industry, we are starting to deliver on our voluntary commitments. I hope to see representatives of the retail and waste management industries join us in the near future.”
At the AGM in May, PCEP adopted a work programme and operational budget, as well as 2020 financial statements and updated articles of association. The expanded PCEP board now has representatives from five producers (Borealis, Dow, LyondellBasell, Repsol and SABIC), two converters (ALPLA and RKW), two recyclers (CABKA and Van Werven) and one brand owner (PepsiCo).