Plastics: How should tech respond?

No environmental issue has captured the public imagination like Single Use Plastics. With increasing demands from customers, employees, the community and the law, it is becoming ever more important for businesses to reduce and remove plastics from their operations.

This event, the latest in a series on how tech firms are implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, looks at how leading tech firms and others have identified where plastics are, designed strategies for removing and looked at the practicalities of delivering a zero-plastic strategy. We also have breakout sessions and presentations on the case for action, case studies and driving change at the corporate level. Full information is below.


  • 10:00 – 10:10 Welcome and introductory speech
    • Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, techUK
  • 10:10 – 10:30 The scale of marine plastics
    • Mike Webster, CEO, WasteAid
  • 10:30 – 10:45 Rightweighting: choosing the best materials for the job
    • Owain Griffiths & Nia Bell, Oakdene Hollins
  • 10:45 – 11:00 The evolving UK and EU legal landscape
    • Anita Lloyd, Director, Squire Patton Boggs
  • 11:00 - 11:15 USELESS.LONDON presentation
    • Lisa Merrick-Lawless, Strategy Director, Nice and Serious 
  • 11:15 – 12:15 Panel: How firms are removing plastics from their operations
    • Susanne Baker, Head of Environment and Compliance, techUK (Chair)
    • Henry le Fleming, Assistant Director, Plastics & Circular Economy Lead, PWC 
    • Alex Hilton, Head of Sustainability, Foreign & Commonwealth Office
    • Nick Townsend, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Sky
    • Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor, IEMA
    • Martin Gettings, Group Head of Sustainability, Canary Wharf
  • 12:15 – 13:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 - 13:15 Presentation: The WasteShark drone - Greig Wibberley,
  • 13:15 – 14:15 Panel: Innovation in plastics
    • Daniel Quelch, CSR Manager, Epson (Chair)
    • Kristine Kearney, Marketing Manager, Sims Recycling Solutions
    • Evan Michaels, Co-founder and CEO, HELPFUL
    • Sangeeta Parmar, Associate, Business Mix
    • Nick Cliffe, Deputy Director, UK Research and Innovation / InnovateUK
  • 14:15 – 15:15 Breakouts (2x 30 mins)
    • Communicating what you’re doing - Will Campbell, Sr Account Director Brands2Life
    • Generating behaviour change in plastics - Gavin Ellis, Director, Hubbub
    • Partnership working with NGOs - Jo Goddard, Director, Green & Good Consulting
    • How to avoid regrettable substitutions - Nia Bell, Senior Consultant, Oakdene Hollins
  • 15:15 – 17:00 Networking reception

There are speaking opportunities throughout the day and if you are interested in taking up this offer please email 

  • Lucas Banach

    Lucas Banach

    PROGRAMME ASSISTANT | Financial Services & Payments, Electronics, Environment & Compliance, Data Centres, Digital Devices and Services and Membership team
    T 020 7331 2006
  • Craig Melson

    Craig Melson

    Programme Manager | Digital Devices, Consumer Electronics, Export Controls and Environment and Compliance
    T 020 7331 2172

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