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Date: Friday 5 May 2017
Time: 10am – 12 noon
Venue: Old Mutual House (Bishopscourt, Cape Town)

PETCO, in collaboration with GreenCape is pleased to announce the second of its workshops for 2017, focussing on Transitioning to a Circular Economy in South Africa.

A circular economy is one that builds economic, natural and social capital as opposed to the current “take, make and dispose” extractive industrial model that we know cannot continue infinitum. It is restorative and regenerative by design, relying on system-wide innovation.

But what does this mean for South Africa?

As the industry body responsible for the end of life solutions for PET plastic in South Africa, PETCO is driving recycling, design for recyclability, training for collection as well as education and awareness programmes on a collective basis on behalf of all the players in the PET value chain.

GreenCape is a non-profit organisation that drives the widespread adoption of economically viable green economy solutions from the Western Cape. Working closely with businesses, investors, academia and government to help unlock the investment and employment potential of green technologies and services, GreenCape is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2010 by the Western Cape Government as a Special Purpose Vehicle to support the development of the green economy in the region.
Founded in 2013, (EXPRA) the Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance is the umbrella organisation for packaging and packaging waste recovery and recycling systems which are owned by the obliged industry and work on a not-for-profit basis throughout Europe. The aim is to ensure the recovery and recycling of packaging waste in the most economically efficient and ecologically sound manner. Producer Responsibility has evolved into a proven concept in many countries as implementation of the European and other national policy goals. Industry in more than 30 countries all over the world are using producer responsibility as one economic tool to ensure the collection and recycling / recovery of used (household) packaging.

Join us at our second workshop session for 2017 on Friday, 05 May 2017, Old Mutual House, at 10am.
Tickets are R450 for non-PETCO-members.
There is limited seating available so book your ticket today!
Please note, PETCO members receive preferential entry into the workshop and special discounts. If you are a PETCO Member, please contact Roxanne at [email protected] for your promo code, which entitles you to two complimentary tickets and a 50% discount on any additional tickets purchased.
10:00 – 10:10am                   Welcome and Introductions
10:10 – 10:40                         Joachim Quoden – Managing Director of EXPRA:

Towards a Circular Economy in the Plastics Industry

10:40 – 11:00                         Break
11:00 – 11:20                         Sarah O'Carroll - GreenCape/Africa Circular Economy Network:

The Importance of a Value Chain Approach

11:20 – 11:40                         Dr Phillipa Notten – Director of The Green House:

Using Life Cycle Assessment to support the Circular Economy: A South Africa Case Study

11:40 – 12:00                         Panel discussion facilitated by GreenCape
12:00 – 13:00pm                   Wrap-up followed by lunch & networking
More about our speakers:
Joachim Quoden:
Joachim Quoden studied law at the “Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität” in Bonn between 1987 and 1992 and served his legal internship in Bonn and Cologne from 1993 until 1995. In between these placements, he spent 4 months within the German Federal Ministry of Environment where he was working on packaging issues including the German Packaging Ordinance.

From February 1993 until June 2006 Mr Quoden worked for Der Grüne Punkt - Duales System Deutschland GmbH (DSD) in various capacities. From January 2001, he served as Head of International Affairs of DSD and was vested with general commercial power of representation in 2003.

In January 2001 he also became Secretary General of PRO EUROPE, the umbrella organisation of 35 packaging recovery organisations seated in 33 European countries and in Canada and Israel. Between April 2005 and February 2013, he was appointed as managing director of this organisation. Since April 2013 he is appointed as managing director of EXPRA – Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance – Inspiring Packaging Recycling, a new alliance of packaging recovery organisations currently from more than 17 countries.

Besides this, he is working since June 1995 as independent German Lawyer specialized on international extended producer responsibility legislation. Since October 2013 he is appointed as chairperson of the legal working group of ISWA; he was also an expert of the ISO global standardisation project SIS/TK 165/AG 10 Packaging and Environment that has developed between 2009 and 2012 global standards on packaging optimisation, recycling, reuse and energy recovery. He is a member of the German lawyers association,, and the association of lawyers in Bonn,, the Product Stewardship Institute in Boston, US,, the Global Product Stewardship Council,, the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), as well as PRO BASKETS, which is an association to support the youth work of the professional basketball team of TELEKOM BASKETS BONN; Further details can be found here:
Sam Smout:
Sam completed his degree in environmental management at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2012. From 2012 to 2014, he worked as an environmental consultant at Jeffares and Green (now JG Afrika), a South African engineering and environmental consulting company. In 2014, Sam joined GreenCape's Western Cape Industrial Symbiosis Programme (WISP) as a facilitator. The role of the WISP facilitator was to assists businesses in identifying potential opportunities in exchanging unused resources with other companies. Thus turning waste streams into secondary materials, and subsequently returning them into the economy rather than being lost to landfill. At the End of 2016, Sam left WISP and took up the role of GreenCape's waste sector desk analyst. His primary role is to engage with various stakeholders (business, government, academia, and NPOs) in the waste and secondary materials industries. This to understand the opportunities for, and barriers to, investment in green technologies, systems or processes that contribute to beneficiating waste in the Western Cape. The overall goal being to support GreenCape’s vision for a green economy.

Dr Phillipa Notten:
Phillipa Notten is a principal consultant at The Green House, has an undergraduate and PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Since completing her PhD in 2001, Phillipa has worked as a consultant in the USA, Denmark and South Africa. During this time she contributed to a number of industry, EU- and UNEP-funded research projects in the broad areas of process technology assessment, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology development and environmental decision-making.
Phillipa is an expert LCA practitioner with over 15 years of experience, primarily relating to life cycle assessment and product carbon footprinting in the food, retail, and consumer good sectors, and in the primary industries (mining and power generation). Phillipa is an experienced peer reviewer, having conducted critical reviews of LCA studies conducted by or on behalf of leading global companies.
Her past research work has centred on developing LCA methodology, notably the development of a rigorous approach to the quantification of uncertainty in the information needed to support LCA. Her current academic interests include the development and promotion of life cycle management, and she is instrumental in an initiative to set up a South African Life Cycle Centre and a national life cycle inventory database, as well as in the development of life cycle impact assessment indicators relevant to South Africa (water and biodiversity).
Phillipa is LCA subject editor for the Journal of Industrial Ecology, a member of the ecoinvent International Advisory Council, a subject editor (coal) of the ecoinvent database, and a member of the SETAC LCA Global Coordinating Group. Phillipa takes an active role in the promotion and development of LCA, notably through membership activities of the International Society of Industrial Ecology (ISIE), the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), the African LCA Network, and UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative, as well as through participation in international workshops and conferences.

When and where?

Old Mutual House
33 Klaasens Road
Cape Town
South Africa

Fri 05 May 2017 at 10:00 AM (SAST)
Fri 05 May 2017 at 1:00 PM (SAST)

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