In January, WWF and The Circulate Initiative simultaneously issued white papers on the topic of plastics credits which they describe as a “promising - but not yet proven – way companies can help fix a broken piece of the plastic value chain”. These landmark papers provide insights into best practices as well as the need to mitigate potential risks associated with credit trading systems. In this panel, you’ll get to hear from both organizations as well as from a global environmental commodity trader who has been following the development of GreenBlue’s version of plastic credits, known as Attributes of Recycled Content or simply ARCs.
Project Manager, GreenBlue
Elizabeth Ritch joined GreenBlue in May 2016 as a Project Associate focusing on the CleanGredients program, where she works with manufacturers of chemical products to find, use, and market greener chemistries. Prior to joining GreenBlue, she worked with Ramboll Environ as an environmental consultant helping companies evaluate environmental risks in the context of business transactions, providing litigation support related to soil and groundwater contamination issues, and assessing compliance with environmental regulations. Elizabeth holds a BA in Environmental Thought and Practice and Physics from the University of Virginia. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys spending time outside and experimenting in the kitchen.
Director of Programs and Impact, The Circulate Initiative
In her role, Ellen is responsible for driving impact and insights for The Circulate Initiative, its flagship program The Incubation Network, and our other strategic partnerships.
Ellen ensures TCI and its partners connect with the data and learning they need to inform strategies that prevent plastic leakage and advance an inclusive, circular economy. Ellen also chairs TCI’s Impact Metrics Working Group and serves as Chief Impact Officer at Circulate Capital.
Previously, Ellen led impact and research at Closed Loop Partners. As a member of Closed Loop Fund's investment team, she managed the Fund's due diligence process and investment portfolio as it grew to $50M in project financing deployed across North America. While at Closed Loop, Ellen also directed research, including studies on advanced recycling technologies for plastics, the economics of PET recycling, and strategies to increase the supply of post-consumer resins.
Ellen has also worked as a strategy consultant at social impact consulting firm FSG. She holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA from Yale University.
Deputy Director Plastic & Material Science, World Wildlife Fund
Alix Grabowski’s work with WWF covers all aspects of packaging and material sustainability concerns, including biobased materials, plastic pollution, and circular systems. She endorses using a systems approach to packaging and material decisions, balancing all impacts and tradeoffs to achieve real environmental benefits.
Alix leads the Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance (BFA), a coalition convened by WWF that seeks to advance knowledge on responsible sourcing of feedstocks for biobased plastics in order to encourage a more sustainable flow of materials, helping to create lasting value for present and future generations. And ReSource: Plastic, WWF’s activation hub for companies tackling the plastic waste crisis. ReSource turns commitments to action by filling the ‘how’ gap.
Other aspects of her work include tackling such issues as ocean waste and cascading value, using LCA as a tool to drive improvement of environmental performance across a supply chain, and advising the private sector to set smart, impactful goals.
Alix holds a BS and MS in Packaging from Michigan State University, where her graduate studies focused on Life Cycle Inventory Data Quality for Bioplastic Feedstocks.
Strategy & Development, ACT Commodities
Dylan Lubbe is part of ACT Commodities global Strategy & Development team. He focuses predominantly on green finance, product development and market expansion within the energy and environmental commodities industry. Dylan works closely with ACT Commodities traders and consultants in order to assist clients achieve both compliance and voluntary sustainability goals through various environmental products such as Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), Power Purchase Agreements and Carbon Offsets with a specific mandate on new environmental commodities. Dylan believes that credible environmental commodities play a crucial role in attacking significant environmental issues because of the financial incentive they offer to investors and project developers as well the optionality they provide to both compliance and voluntary buyers.