Ecomondo 2022
  • Tuesday, November 8, 2022
  • 14:00 - 16:30
  • Memo
  • Ravezzi 1 Room South Hall
  • English
  • Italian

Organized by: European Research Executive Agency (REA)

On 16 January 2018, the EU adopted its European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy. The strategy is part of the EU Action Plan for Circular Economy, and builds on existing measures to reduce plastic waste. The EU Plastics Strategy is a key element of Europe’s transition towards a carbon neutral and circular economy as set out in the EU Green Deal and Research&Innovation actions are paramount to ensure such transition. Since 2018, Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe (EU’s research and innovation framework programmes) have funded projects which develop innovative solutions to boost the circular economy for plastics. The meeting wants to showcase the contribution of Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe projects to the EU Plastics Strategy and therefore to the EU Green Deal. The meeting will see the participation of around 20 ongoing Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe projects contributing to the EU Plastics Strategy and EU Action Plan for Circular Economy from different angles: from improving the sorting separation and recycling of multi-layers materials, to removing hazardous substances in plastics, from better understanding and monitoring the impact of plastics in the environment (including pollution) to tacking specific plastics challenges in agriculture.

The Horizon 2020 projects involved in the meeting have already taken part in other clustering events, where some cluster representatives / ambassadors have been appointed. This cluster meeting wants to be also a follow-up of previous clustering meetings, with the additional contribution of recently-signed Horizon Europe projects. Relevant project activities and solutions that have the potential to contribute to EU policy developments in the area of circular and sustainable plastics will be presented and further clustering opportunities will be identified.

Session chairs

REA representative (TBC)
Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe cluster representatives (TBC)


14.00-14.05 Opening
Arnoldas Milukas, Head of Unit, REA.B3 Biodiversity, Circular Economy and Environment

14.05-14.15 The Revision of the Packaging Legislation and the EU Plastic Strategy 
Mattia Pellegrini, Head of Unit, ENV.B3 From Waste To Resources

14.15-14.30 Overview of EU’s funding opportunities and relevant initiatives in support of the EU’s plastics strategy
Stefania Rocca, Project Adviser, REA.B3

14.30-14.40 Green Innovation with EIC Accelerator
Speaker from EISMEA (TBC)

14.40-16.00 Brief presentations of H2020 and HE projects, with a special focus on their contribution to the EU Plastics Strategy and opportunities for projects clustering
Presentations by project representatives
Moderator: Giulio Pattanaro, Research Programme Administrator, REA.B3

16.00-16.10 Addressing challenges to unlock bio-plastics potential: the contribution of EU-funded projects 
Susanna Albertini, FVA New Media Research, European Bioeconomy Network, Glaukos

16.10-16.25 Q&As, discussions and next steps for clustering
Moderators: Giulio Pattanaro and Stefania Rocca, REA.B3

16.25-16.30 Closing
Arnoldas MILUKAS, REA.B3