Throughout the world, and particularly in Europe, there are several associations and interest groups bringing together organisations with a vested interest in the packaging sector. As part of its mission to disseminate information on preventing packaging waste by reducing packaging at source, the CNE builds relationships with such bodies in order to create a professional network and discuss good practice in the area.
In this newsletter, we regularly provide information on some of the bodies, which operate in the packaging market.
Today we are focusing on EUROPEN, the European Organization for Packaging and the Environment based in Belgium, which has some fifty members, primarily industrial packaging companies: packagers (L’Oreal, Chanel, Danone, Nestlé, etc.) and manufacturers in the packaging market (Arcelor Mittal, DuPont de Nemours, etc.).
EUROPEN’s positioning and purpose enable it to conduct large-scale studies, examine major market trends and anticipate future changes. One of its aims is to highlight the functions of packaging (protecting the product, preventing environmental impacts, providing information, satisfying consumer needs, etc.). To meet these objectives, it plays a proactive role in monitoring European regulations. It intervenes in discussions as early as possible to promote the interests of the packaging industry. It also urges its members to take responsibility for waste reduction at source by prevention and ecodesign. It champions sustainable development through innovation by encouraging its members to steer their research towards packaging optimisation. “Successful packaging policies will be those which are environmentally, economically and scientifically sound, as well as socially and politically acceptable” reads the EUROPEN website.
In October 2010, representatives of the CNE travelled to Brussels to meet their EUROPEN counterparts. The purpose of this type of meeting is to exchange information and share roadmaps. EUROPEN’s senior members are eager for information on the effects of the Environment Roundtable laws in France and the resulting action plans for packaging professionals. EUROPEN is attentive to the consistency between existing European directives and national law.
The CNE dialogues with all industry representatives and distributors, as well as associations and institutions, in order to consider “the best of packaging” with all stakeholders in the packaging chain. It is interested in EUROPEN’s initiative and the quality of the studies and investigations that it undertakes. Sharing information and collective intelligence is central to the CNE’s initiative in order to foster discussions between partners in its working groups. This is why the bridges that have been built between the two organisations are set to enrich the content of future working groups.
For more information on EUROPEN: http://www.europen.be/index.php