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What is happening in the world of packaging?



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How can the global wine trade reduce GHG emissions and close the loop?

Packaging and distribution represent approximately 50% of Wine’s carbon footprint. Wine packaging is an integral part of wine having an aesthetic as well as a functional role in protecting wine quality. Following on from last year’s IMW sustainability webinar on packaging, we will build on what sustainable packaging means. Our expert panel includes speakers from Encirc360, pioneers in switching from fossil fuel to hydrogen and alternative renewable fuels for glass production, Accolade’s Park experienced in packing wine into a wide range of formats, Enval innovators of a process to recycle composite and flexible plastic packaging and The BiB Wine Company who sell wines from small independent growers in Bag in Box.

Applying the three principles of the circular economy – to reduce waste and pollution, reuse and recycle the panel will discuss the pros and cons of different packaging materials, collection and recycle schemes.   Are there opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to close the packaging loop?

Jane Masters MW (Moderator)
Oliver Lea – Founder, The BIB Wine Company
Richard Lloyd – General Manager, European Supply Chain and Operations – Accolade
Dr. Carlos Ludlow-Palafox – Founder & CEO, Enval
Fiacre O’Donnell – Sustainability Director Encirc360

About the panellists:

Oliver Lea
Oliver is the Managing Director of The BIB Wine Company and a co-founder of Wine Traders for Alternative Formats. An Ex-Royal Navy submariner, Oliver also worked as strategy and business development lead for a fast growth tech company in Paris before turning to wine.

Richard Lloyd
Richard Lloyd has been with Accolade Wines for over 15 years and, since inception, has been the driving force behind the award-winning wine bottling site, The Park. Leading the end-to-end European Supply Chain and Operations, Richard has created a dynamic operational platform that supplies a diverse customer base and is responsible for over 20% of wine drunk in the UK. Recently voted one of the Top 25 most influential leaders in UK Manufacturing for Transformational Leadership, Richard is recognised in the FMCG industry for his knowledge and deployment of the Lean methodology, transcending the entirety of the supply chain from customer to supplier.

Fiacre O’Donnell
Fiacre joined Encirc 1998. He was appointed Sustainability Director of Encirc’s Spanish based parent company, Vidrala in 2020. An alumni of the Timoney Institute, he holds an MBA from the Ulster Business school, and a PG Certificate in Sustainable Business from the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). He is a past winner of the Drink Business ‘Green personality of the year’ for the work undertaken to decarbonise the UK beverage industry. He is a member of both the BITC NI environmental leadership and climate champions teams, and is a member of the NI Chamber of Commerce Council and Infrastructure committees.

Dr. Carlos Ludlow-Palafox
Carlos graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City and came to the UK to do his PhD at the University of Cambridge. He specialised in microwave induced pyrolysis and how it could be used to recycle complex waste streams. After his PhD, he continued to develop the process, obtaining a patent for the recycling of laminated packaging before founding Enval in 2006.