TEPPFA Forum 2016 - Celebrating 25 years of TEPPFA
This year's TEPPFA Forum was a very special occasion as it marked the association's 25th anniversary. Held on the 4th & 5th April at the prestigious Steigenberger Hotel in the centre of Brussels, the packed agenda included top level presentations and panel debates on key issues for our industry with contributions from EU policymakers, including MEP's and senior European Commission officials.
The opening session explored the EC’s Circular Economy proposals with contributions from Aurore Maillet, Member of the Cabinet of Commissioner Carmenu Vella, Niels Rune Solgaard-Nielsen, CEO Pipelife, Ruben Dekker, Environment Attaché Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the EU, and Riccardo Viaggi, Secretary General, European Builders Confederation.
This was followed by a debate looking into global challenges and opportunities for the plastic pipes sector. Panelists included industry representatives from various international markets: Robert Lawrence, Gulf Plastic Pipes Association, Alexandre Dangis, EuPC, Robert G. Spekreijse, Rollepaal, Saurabh Dhanorkar, Finolex India.
The second day kicked off with a review of the Policy objectives of PEF, moderated by Gwenole Cozigou, EU Commission DG GROW. Michele Galatola, EU Commission DG ENV, provided a summary of the status quo, while Mark Goedkoop, CEO PRé, shared an expert’s perspective, Paolo Masoni, Research Director, ENEA, presented highlights of new Italian PEF based legislation, Frédéric Midy, CEO EMEA, Aliaxis and Christophe Sykes, Construction Products Europe provided valuable input from the indutry’s perspective.
The focus then went back to the Circular Economy package and what it means for industry. With a keynote speech from MEP Giovanni La Via, President of ENVI Committee and contributions from Karl Foerster, Plastics Europe, Fulvia Raffaelli, EU Commission, DG GROW, Ferran Rosa, Zero Waste Europe, Gabriel Spruijt, Tessenderlo and Cees Luttikhuizen, Dutch Ministry for Infrastructure and Environment.
Another session tackled the issues and challenges related to approval of products in contact with drinking water. Speakers included Tobias Biermann, EU Commission DG ENV, Iain Naismith, The Water Bureau, Markus Bohl, Uponor and a contribution from Manfred Fuchs, EU Commission DG GROW.
The final session covered research into the lifetime and quality of plastic pipes with presentation of case studies by Reinhold Lang, Linz University and Zoran Davidovski, Pipelife.
TEPPFA would like to once again express its gratitude to the sponsors, exhibitors, speakers and participants who, despite travelling difficulties, joined us and contributed to a hugely successful event.
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