Sustainable packaging is becoming a critical concern in Asia with more than half of plastic leakage waste occurring in Asia driven by rising urbanisation and inadequate collection facilities. In a recent study (with the focus on Indonesia and the Philippines), commissioned by FIA, a total of 31 potential levers have been identified to support sustainable packaging in 4 areas. 
 
 

Levers across 4 areas identified in the FIA Report on  Tackling Plastic Waste in Indonesia and the Philippines

 
A cross sector panel discussion with the UN Environment, The Coca-Cola Company, Tetra Pak and the Pollution Control Department  (Thailand) will also provide perspectives and insights on what can and needs to be done to keep the region’s waters free of marine litter and to embrace a Circular Economy. 

Join us on 14 June in Bangkok, Thailand, as FIA will share key findings, and solutions from its study on 'Tackling Plastic Waste in Indonesia and the Philippines'.

For more information, please visit our website here and please feel free to share this invitation with your in-country colleagues and register your interest with info@foodindustry.asia
 

A preview of the report can be found here


PANELLISTS

 

Janet Salem

Programme Officer
Resource Efficiency and Sustainable Consumption and Production
United Nations Environment, Asia and the Pacific Office

Janet Salem has been working on Sustainable Consumption and Production with the United Nations Environment Programme for the past ten years.  She currently coordinates policy support on resource efficiency and sustainable consumption and production in the Asia Pacific region.  She has led a broad spectrum of national and region initiatives such as Sustainable Consumption and Production National Action Plans and Tertiary Curriculum in Pakistan, Green Hotel guidelines in Bhutan, Green Building Guidelines in Pakistan, Sustainable Food Systems campaigns in Thailand and Vietnam, and most recently the Asia Pacific Low Carbon Lifestyles Startup Challenge, which challenges startups to develop low carbon and low plastic waste products and services.

Previously she worked with UN Environment’s International Resource Panel, a global science policy interface on resource issues.  Before joining UN Environment, Janet working with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation on development and implementation in renewable energy and energy efficiency in the industrial sector and global forum activities. 

Prior to working with the United Nations, Janet worked in environmental assessment consulting in the area of Life Cycle Assessment and Material Flow Accounting.  Janet holds a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Engineering and a Master's degree in Engineering Science.


Stuart Hawkins

Director, Public Affairs and Sustainability, ASEAN
The Coca-Cola Company


Stuart Hawkins has been with The Coca-Cola Company since 1998. He joined Coca-Cola in the company’s Middle and Far East Group public affairs team in Hong Kong, working with colleagues in over 60 countries. In 2005, he was seconded from Coca-Cola to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Centre in Bangkok in a unique one-year assignment to lead and manage a partnership with UNDP and the UN Foundation focused on water and sanitation reconstruction activities in tsunami-impacted countries. After this assignment, he headed up Public Affairs & Communications for Coca-Cola Thailand during which time he developed and launched a number of flagship sustainability programs with government and civil society partners such as the RAKNAM (Love Water) initiative that continues to reach communities nationwide. He currently leads the company’s sustainability and social impact strategy, programs and partnerships across Southeast Asia.

Stuart holds a Master of Arts degree in Modern History from Oxford University, England.


 

Edwin Seah

Head, Sustainability and Communications
Food Industry Asia (FIA)


Edwin leads and drives FIA's communications and sustainability agenda. His career, which spans over 20 years and covers the private, public and non-profit sectors, has seen him take on roles in policy development, corporate communications, advocacy, and stakeholder engagement. 

Prior to joining FIA, and with industry experience in tourism, urban & environmental sustainability, energy, and manufacturing, he was head of an environmental NGO at the forefront of fighting the regional haze, while working with government agencies, schools and corporations to promote eco-labelling, recycling and other environmental issues. Before this, he was their Director of Communications; he also served in a senior corporate communications role with the Energy Market Authority in Singapore.

Edwin was nominated for Singaporean of the Year in 2016 by the media, for his role in leading the fight against the haze that engulfed Singapore and several Southeast Asian countries in 2015; shortly before that, he became the first Southeast Asian elected to the Board of the Global Eco-labelling Network, an international network of national eco-labelling organisations. Edwin is a Singaporean, and read Economics at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) in the USA.


Teera Puxsupachat

Environment Manager
Tetra Pak 


Graduated with an MBA and B.Eng., Teera’s passion is not only to help entrepreneur build a profitable business but also to grow business that creates value to the society.  He has a unique fifteen-year background in energy and environment management. Currently he is on a mission to collaborate with a wide variety of stakeholders, including investors, waste dealers and government agencies, to develop a successful used beverage carton recycling industry. Working with Tetra Pak, he has been committed to deploying beverage carton strategies toward Thailand circular economy, primarily through packaging sustainability and recycling.




Please register your interest with info@foodindustry.asia.