Sustainability is a hugely complex issue involving a diverse range of issues and considerations. There is still no standardised or universally accepted system or methodology for measuring broader sustainability impacts or the related environmental aspects. This presentation explores the extent to which current environmental impact studies represent a meaningful and valid basis for decision making with regards to packaging solutions. In so doing, some potentially significant elements are highlighted as being hidden by current approaches. Ardagh proposes taking a stronger focus on packaging impacts as opposed to focusing only on process and material flows.
Group Head of Sustainability
Steffen holds a Masters Degree in Environmental and Chemical Process Engineering from the University of Applied Science, Wismar and a post graduate study in Occupational Health & Safety from Beuth University Berlin.
He started his career as an environmental process engineer at Nienburg Glass in 1999.. In 2002 he became the company’s EHS Manager covering 4 manufacturing plants and in 2004, was appointed Risk Manager for Rexam PLC’s Glass division. Since 2002 Steffen has represented the company within various European trade associations where he has been actively involved in lobbying and and legislation and policy consultations.
Steffen joined the Ardagh Group in 2007 through the acquisition of Rexam Glass and since April 2011 has been responsible for the Group’s sustainable development in both the Metal and Glass divisions.
Consultant for Innventia Edge
Michael Sturges has over fifteen years of experience in delivering environmental and sustainability consultancy projects. Michael is a consultant with the leading research and development company Innventia Edge (part of the Innventia Group), a specialist research and development company servicing the packaging, printing & publishing, and paper supply chains. His experience includes life cycle assessment studies, eco-label evaluations, environmental best practice and GRI sustainability reporting. Michael has been the project leader on a number of high profile environment studies in these sectors. Clients have included a wide range of stakeholders. As well as working for government agencies (the European Commission, UK Department of Trade and Industry, Japan Economic Planning Agency; WRAP) Michael has worked with many major multi-national corporations in the packaging and paper supply chains (for example, Mondi Packaging, Kraft Foods, Georgia Pacific, Tetra Pak, GlaxoSmithkline, Smith & Nephew, Ardagh Group). Most recently, Michael has been applying his environmental skills to help a number of organizations to understand the magnitude and implications of their carbon footprint. He has calculated the carbon footprint of a diverse range of products and packaging systems, including for example: glass, plastic and fibre based packaging systems; traditional and digital media; distribution and logistics operations; and medical waste management systems
Starts 9:00 am in New York | 6:00 am in Los Angeles | 3:00 pm in Paris
March 08th, 2012