In 2019 the European Commission announced the European Green Deal, incorporating initiatives such as the European Climate Law, Circular Economy Action Plan, the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability, the Farm to Fork Strategy, amongst others. This represents huge regulatory challenges and opportunities for the European Steel for Packaging sector. Materials must be able to demonstrate true circularity, giving steel – a circular material by its very nature – a key role to play in helping Europe transition from a linear to a more circular economy.

In order to address these challenges head-on and deliver a material fit for the 21st century, APEAL and its members have been actively moving forward in a range of topics related to sustainable production; from the promotion of recycling; to the aspiration of zero steel for packaging to landfill; as well as the cooperative development of a chromium free passivation alternative (CFPA) for electrolytic tinplate.

APEAL is committed to sharing a range of initiatives and good practices from across Europe to advance circularity, increase recycling while also providing concrete input to the EU institutions for legislation on various policies that positively contribute to a greener future for all of Europe.

Delegates will learn:
1. Essentials of latest Circular Economy legislation
2. APEAL’s key positions on recyclability and recycled content
3. APEAL’s vision for 2025
4. The latest (2020) figures for steel packaging recycling in Europe
5. An update on the Chromium Free Passivation Alternative (CFPA)

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Alexis Van Mercke
Secretary General - APEAL
Before joining APEAL in 2016, Alexis Van Maercke was policy officer at the European Commission, Directorate General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. Prior to this he spent five years in the European Parliament as political advisor to Marianne Thyssen, former Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs. He holds a Master's degree in Law from the University of Leuven in Belgium as well as a Master's in European Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Europe in Warsaw, Poland.