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October 2020

Packaging waste: A circular future, or talking in circles?

Virtual event

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Packaging has made life more convenient for billions of people worldwide, including in Singapore. It has lengthened the shelf life of food, enabled time-strapped urbanites to eat and drink on the go, and enabled many products to be shipped worldwide.

But packaging, especially single-use plastics, has had a huge impact on the environment. Packaging waste is choking landfills, polluting rivers and oceans, and harming wildlife. Even humans are ingesting plastic.

In Singapore, packaging makes up about one-third of all household waste and the majority consists of packaging for food and drinks.

Solutions to curb this growing source of waste are needed. How can businesses, consumers and policymakers step up to the challenge?

On 19 October 2020, experts from industries including food and manufacturing, policy makers and civil society will convene for a live-streamed webinar to discuss and debate the challenges, opportunities and latest developments related to packaging waste.

Organised by Eco-Business and supported by FairPrice Group, participants will hear from industry leaders on the role that various stakeholders can play.

Guest of Honour

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Speakers

Minister Grace Fu

Ministry for Sustainability and the Environment, Republic of Singapore

Hai Lin Pek

Executive Director, Zero Waste SG

Jacob Duer

President and Chief Executive Officer, Alliance to End Plastic Waste

Mohit Grover

Executive Director, Deloitte Singapore

Seah Kian Peng

Group Chief Executive Officer, FairPrice Group

Hosts and moderators

Augustine Anthuvan

Moderator-at-Large, Eco-Business

Jessica Cheam

Founder and Managing Director, Eco-Business

Agenda

3:00 pm

Welcome remarks

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Jessica Cheam

Founder and Managing Director, Eco-Business

3:05 pm

Keynote speech

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Minister Grace Fu

Ministry for Sustainability and the Environment, Republic of Singapore

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3:15 pm

Opening address

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Seah Kian Peng

Group Chief Executive Officer, FairPrice Group

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3:25 pm

Broadcast of Eco-Business packaging waste video commissioned by FairPrice Group

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3:30 pm

Debate on packaging waste

Motion: Industry’s excessive packaging problem is the result of consumers’ expectations.

Speakers for the motion: 

  • Seah Kian Peng, Group Chief Executive Officer, FairPrice Group
  • Mohit Grover, Executive Director, Deloitte Singapore

Speakers against the motion: 

  • Hai Lin Pek, Executive Director, Zero Waste SG
  • Jacob Duer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Alliance to End Plastic Waste

Moderator: Augustine Anthuvan, Moderator-at-Large, Eco-Business

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Seah Kian Peng

Group Chief Executive Officer, FairPrice Group

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Mohit Grover

Executive Director, Deloitte Singapore

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Hai Lin Pek

Executive Director, Zero Waste SG

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Jacob Duer

President and Chief Executive Officer, Alliance to End Plastic Waste

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Augustine Anthuvan

Moderator-at-Large, Eco-Business

4:10 pm

Debate verdict and closing remarks

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4:30 pm

End of event

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