FEATURE SESSION – Hosted by UK Circular Plastics Network (UKCPN)

FEATURE SESSION: Deconstructing waste polymers: a future source of chemical feedstocks

Time & Location

Thursday: 11.00 to 12.00, Stage 1

Session Host

Session Host: Dr Sally BekenUK Circular Plastics Network (UKCPN)

About this Session

Following an introduction short insight presentation from each speaker, the following panel debate will I ask what the future of polymer deconstruction would look like and what chemical starting materials are possible and how it will impact on the chemical industry.

Session Host:

Dr Sally Beken, Founder and Lead of UK Circular Plastics Network, Innovate UK KTN

Guest Panellists

  • Nick Cliffe, Deputy challenge director, Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge, UKRI
  • Dr Geoff Brighty, Senior Advisor (Science Policy and Regulation), Mura Technology and ReNew ELP
  • Dr Josephin Holstein, CTO, Evoralis Ltd

Guest Speakers:

Nick Cliffe

Nick Cliffe

Deputy Challenge Director SSPP UKRI - Innovate UK KTN

Dr. Geoff Brighty

Dr. Geoff Brighty

Senior Advisor (Science Policy and Regulation), Mura Technology and ReNew ELP

Dr Geoff Brighty is science, policy and regulation lead for Mura Technology, which is developing a number of chemical recycling plants in the UK, US and EU.

He is a published research scientist, and has had a career spanning over 30 years in the environmental protection and regulation sector with the Environment Agency on waste strategy, environmental toxicology and chemical standards, as well as operational regulation of major process industry and waste management.

From 2014 to 2020, he was Technical Director at the UKs first plastic pollution charity, Plastic Oceans, and was special advisor to its film A Plastic Ocean. Geoff is a member of the UK Plastics Pact Advisory Group and chairs the Pact’s Non-Mechanical Recycling Collaborative Action Group

Dr Josephin Holstein

Dr Josephin Holstein

CTO Evoralis Ltd