Berry studied Mechanical Engineering at Windesheim in Zwolle. He joined the recycling industry in 2003 at VAR as a business unit manager, responsible for soil cleaning activity.
In 2008 he switched within VAR into the production of secondary fuels for cement and lime kilns, during this time he also worked on the building of a sorting line for plastic packaging materials.
In 2013 he became responsible for all plastics activities of Attero, starting with the sorting of plastics from Municipal Solid Waste into mono streams such as HDPE bottles, PET bottles, PP and films.
With the realisation of the Polymer Recycling Plant of Attero in Wijster, a recycling line for post-consumer household packaging waste was opened, after which Berry transfered to sales and business development.
Berry has extensive, operational knowledge of separating, sorting and recycling processes within Attero, bringing value to business development opportunities and use of recycled products.
Marvine joined Recycling Technologies Ltd. (RT) a few years after the company was founded, bringing a broad base of leadership, technical skills and knowledge. Marvine now heads the Engineering and R&D Departments at RT and is responsible for enhancing RT’s specialist capabilities and providing the vision and pathway to develop RT's core technology as it enters the commercial / mature phase.
Marvine has spent nearly a decade in process design, detailed engineering, plant operation, troubleshooting and optimisation and has spent five years leading the development of RT's core technology. He was central in specifying, detailing and delivering RT’s fully operational 1st and 2nd generation demonstration scale plants for converting Residual Plastic Waste into a versatile hydrocarbon product termed “Plaxx®” with uses in the wax, petrochemical and fuel markets, and he is now leading the development of RT’s 3rd generation demonstration scale plant and RT’s first commercial scale plant to be installed in Scotland in 2020. Marvine has an MSc degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nottingham and is a member of the IChemE.
Bandera Luigi Costruzioni Meccaniche SPA
In 2014 Mr. Matteo Calloni graduated in chemical engineering as “specialist for chemical process engineering” at Politecnico in Milan.
He joined Bandera in 2015 working in R&D Department and supporting Technical and Sales Departments for foil and sheet extrusion technology.
Packaging Ecodesign Project Manager
Vincent holds a degree in Law and Economics, with a MSc in sustainability. He started his career as the Environmental Project Manager at the French Plastic Packaging and Flexible Packaging Association. In 2016, he joined the eco-design Citeo team.
His expertise covers: packaging ecodesign, design for recycling (including COTREP), sustainable raw materials, collection, sorting and recovery operations, consumer awareness in environmental issues, project management and legal affairs.
He is based in Paris.
Research & Development Manager
Joao received his Chemist diploma cum laude from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ, Brazil) in 2001 and his MSc in Inorganic Chemistry in 2003. He obtained his PhD degree on Polymer Science and Technology by the same university in 2007, after a research period in the Laboratoire de Chimie des Polymeres Organiques (LCPO, France).
He held different positions as polymer researcher and lab manager in different European research institutes and industrial companies, taking part in several EU-funded research projects, promoting public-private partnerships and also acting as a member of CEN and ASTM standardization committees.
Joao joined Ampacet Europe S.A. in April 2018 as R&D Manager. Working from Ampacet HQ in Dudelange, Luxembourg, he supervises the mid- and long-term research and new product development projects for the EMEA region. Among the main focus of Joao’s work are masterbatches to support plastics circular economy and renewable/biodegradable masterbatches.
Head of Sales
Interseroh Dienstleistungs GmbH
Valerie studied Business Administration and languages in Nürtingen, Germany. She started her recycling career at Klöckner Rohstoff Recycling as a management trainee for European Recycling of metal scrap.
In 1995 she started working for Interseroh Dienstleistungs GmbH and established the recycling ways for tin and aluminium packaging.
In 2003 the metal department became part of Interseroh ERC GmbH. There she enlarged the business field and started trading ferrous and non-ferrous metals. The highlight here was the recirculation of European currency due to the launch of the Euro.
In 2011 she moved on to RDB plastics GmbH – also part of the ALBA Group – and additionally took over the trading of secondary plastics material that came out of the light waste packaging of the ALBA sorting plants.
Since 2015 Valerie is back to Interseroh Dienstleistungs GmbH, where she took over as head of sales all post-consumer material sales. The ALBA Group operates 4 of Europe’s most modern sorting plants.
In addition she provides the material that is used in ALBA’s own PE / PP recycling plant in Eisenhüttenstadt. She also started new activities down the supply chain line for LDPE, PP and ferrous metals. With over 25 years of experience, she truly can be called a specialist for sorting and recycling of post-consumer materials.
Gian De Belder
Procter & Gamble
Gian is a principal scientist and packaging technologist at Procter & Gamble (P&G), one of the largest consumer packaged goods companies in the world. In his 20+ year career at P&G, Gian has helped drive R&D into sustainable packaging across the company. With experience in upstream technologies, sustainable resins and EU funding projects, Gian has been involved in developing key partnerships across the value chain and managing open innovation through P&G’s Connect & Develop Programme.
To help drive cross-sector collaboration, Gian is a board member of Petcore Europe and the Chair of the RecyClass Platform Advisory Board. Gian is also active in other industry associations such as the Ceflex, Consumer Goods Forum and others.
Most recently, Gian has been leading the 3-year pioneering project “HolyGrail” on the standardisation of markers/ watermarks in packaging to increase efficiencies in high-quality sorting and to strive for higher recycling rates, as part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative. This project received 2 awards in Packaging Europe’s 2019 Sustainability Awards: category winner ‘Driving the Circular Economy” and “Overall Winner”.
Gian has been the official juror for multiple packaging awards: PackTheFuture 2018, Dow DuPont Packaging Innovation Awards 2018 and Packaging Europe’s Sustainability Awards (2019).
He has been elected a finalist for the 2018 & 2019 Plastics Recycling Ambassador, and a 2019 winner in the same category of Plastics Recycling Awards Europe.
Responsible for Recycling Development
Thomas is a materials engineer in charge of recycling development for CITEO.
He has 6 years of experience in the R&D department at Valorplast and 2 years at Danone as manager of the end of life of plastic packaging, Thomas joined CITEO and its technical teams in 2018, focusing on eco-design, monitoring and support of innovations related to sorting and recycling,
CITEO employees’ missions are to develop the recovery of packaging, in particular by extending sorting instructions to all plastic packaging.
Responsible for Sustainability and Values Innovation
Chiara has an Industrial Chemistry degree from the University of Bologna.
From 1999 until 2002 she held the position of the Quality Assurance and Site Quality Manager at The Lorenz Bahlsen Snack-World, a company processing and packing dried fruit. Her responsibilities included the development of the new products and the international audit of the suppliers.
She joined Coop italia in 2002. Over the years her responsibilities included: quality inspectors for PL products and suppliers, R&D and R&D coordinator, manager in product labelling and manager for PL drugs.
From April 2015 she has been working as Responsible for Sustainability and Values Innovation. She is responsible for environmental and social sustainability for Coop Italia and for values innovation for PL products that must be safe, ethical, eco-friendly, tasty, transparent and have value. She is also responsible for Coop Italia lab (chemical, sensoric and molecular biology) that primarily deals with emergent risks and innovative analysis (for food and non-food products), as well as sensoric analysis.
Global Innovations Director
Ana holds a PhD in chemistry and has over 30 years of experience in the food packaging sector.
She has practically developed her entire career in the food packaging multinational company, LINPAC Packaging, as Technical and Operations Director of the Pravia plant in Spain and as Global Innovation Director.
Currently, since the acquisition of LINPAC by Klöckner Pentaplast in July 2017, she is the Innovation Director of the Food Products division.
Senior Vice President Group R&D
Constantia Flexibles GmbH
Achim studied mechanical engineering at the technical university of Aachen (Germany) where he finished his Ph.D. in the area of plastics processing in 1994 and became qualified as a lecturer during his post-doc time until 1996. Until today, he teaches the subject “Plastics Compounding and Recycling” at the RWTH Aachen.
Between 1996 and 2004 he worked at BASF SE in Ludwigshafen (Germany) as an application engineer, marketing manager and subsequently as the team leader and group-wide project coordinator in the different departments of BASF.
From February 2004 until June 2013 he has been working as the Director Corporate R&D for RKW SE, being responsible for the R&D activities of the RKW group worldwide including the patents/licenses and the market introduction of newly developed products. From 2010 until 2013 he was also product manager for label films.
Since July 2013 he is Senior Vice President Group R&D at Constantia Flexibles GmbH, being responsible for all R&D departments for Food and Pharma flexible packaging worldwide and the Group Patents and Regulatory Affairs.
For the German Plastics Packaging Association (IK) he is since 2016 chair of the working group “Bioplastics".
L'École de design Nantes Atlantique
Christian joined the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Nantes (France) in 1987 at the Institute of Commercial Practice. During this time, he presided over the “Business and Trade Schools” network from 1993 to 1994. In 1994, he started working at the Development and Organization section in charge of professional training for the Chamber of Commerce of Nantes St-Nazaire. He has been the Executive Director of L'École de design Nantes Atlantique since 1997.
Alongside this function, Christian has regularly taught courses and given academic lectures. He has written numerous articles about design and education.
He was President of Cumulus, the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media from 2007 to 2013. The objective of this association is to exchange best practices concerning design education, creation and innovation. During his mandate, Christian signed in 2008 in Japan the "Kyoto Design Declaration" which reflects the new responsibilities of designers towards the challenges of sustainable development. He was re-elected in 2010 for a second term, which ended in 2013, he is now Honorary President. Since July 2018, Guellerin is the Honorary President of the Chinese French designer's association. Christian is also the Honorary Consul of Estonia in France. In November 2016, Guellerin was appointed Knight of the National Order of Merit.
Head of Global Sustainability
Anders Kärrberg holds a MSc degree from Chalmers University in Göteborg Sweden. After shortly working for BMW AG and the Swedish Embassy in USA,
Anders has held several positions within Volvo. This includes Corporate strategy, environmental engineering and government affairs.
Since 6 months Anders is Head for Global Sustainability for Volvo Car Corporation.
Packaging Innovation - Sustainability Coordinator
Pavel has worked in the packaging sector since 1996.
His experience covers various packaging developments, print management and packaging food safety positions in Bestfood, Unilever, Danone and other consumer branded goods companies.
Pavel joined Orkla in 2013 as a part of Group procurement organization. Currently his work focuses on Packaging sustainability and coordination of packaging innovations.
His responsibilities include searching, monitoring, mentoring and consultations in the organisation as a service within the Orkla Group Procurement.
CSO / co-manager to CEO
Michael Heitzinger was born on 18 September 1967. He attended the University of Graz where he graduated in chemical process engineering.
From 2011 until 2018 he held the position of CTO (Chief Technology Officer) at EREMA where he was also a member of the managing board, responsible for technical implementation and development in the field of mechanical, electrical and chemical engineering and programming. Since April 2018 he is responsible for the heading of the sales, customer service and project engineering departments with the overall responsibility for sales figures and targets.
He currently holds the position of CSO (Chief Sales Officer) and of co-manager to the CEO.
Business Development Manager,
Application Post Consumer
Clemens graduated from a Textil high school in Haslach, completing the course in 1995.
Clemens worked as a production manager in a textile company in Vienna. From 1999-2003 he attended a technical high school (HTL) for automation.
In 1999 he started at Erema as a process engineer. From 2009 - 2014 he was responsible for post-consumer materials and filtration in the process engineering department. Since 2014 he is the business development manager for Post-Consumer Applications.
Environmental Sustainability and Packaging Lead
Franz holds a masters degree in Food Process Engineering from KTI (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), as well as a PhD in Engineering Sciences (properties of paper) from Munich Technical University.
He works as a scientist at the University department of Brewing Plants and Food Packaging Technology.
Since 1992 Franz has worked for Nestlé in the area of packaging, both in R&D and operations, being involved in the development and application of innovative packaging solutions for brands like Maggi, Purina, Nescafé, Nespresso, Cailler, Nestlé and others.
Franz is currently responsible for Environmental Sustainability and Packaging for Nestlé`s Operations for Europe, Middle-East and North-Africa.
He is active in EU Industry Associations around packaging topics.
Larry enjoys more than 30 years’ success in marketing and creativity, repeatedly developing brands that become industry leaders. He is currently the Chief Evangelist at Digimarc Corporation, the inventor of the imperceptible Digimarc Barcode identifier for all types of media.
In that role, Larry is leading the company’s efforts to create a new standard for the automatic identification of plastics, through a form of technology often referred to as digital watermarking. This effort has received acclaim through the HolyGrail initiative, recipient of Packaging Europe magazine’s overall winner of its 2019 Sustainability Awards. By giving each plastic object its own unique identity that can be discovered by scanning equipment in a recycling facility, industry will seek to achieve increased quality and quantity of yields of recyclates to meet the sustainability targets of manufacturers, dual system and facility operators, and government agencies.
Among his industry awards and recognition, The World Brand Congress has named Larry among the 100 Most Influential Global Marketing Leaders. In his previous career in Hollywood, he is the recipient of over 75 Gold and Platinum records in entertainment industry marketing campaigns.
Berry bpi recycled products
Gerry McGarry is Business Director for Berry bpi recycled products, one of the leading recyclers of polyethylene film in Europe, as well as being a long established prominent manufacturer of recycled products across many B2B market sectors.
Gerry joined bpi group in 1994, holding a variety of management positions during this period and is currently a member of the Berry bpi’s Management Board.
Gerry has specialist knowledge, not only in the field of polyethylene recycling but also in creating innovative end use markets for recyclate material.
Gerry believes that successful organisations are built upon creating talented teams, supported by a strategy of innovation and excellence in customer service.
Lead Analyst, Petrochemicals
SP Global Platts
Hetain is a Lead analyst for petrochemicals for S&P Global Platts Analytics. He is responsible for the global short and long term market analysis and weekly, monthly and quarterly polyolefin and aromatics publications. He also contributes to various NGL publications on a regular basis as well as other S&P Global Platts products.
Hetain has close to 15 years' experience within the oil, NGL and petrochemical consulting and analytics industry, working on various multi-client and single client market studies across refinery and various petrochemical value chains for all regions.
Prior to Platts, Hetain worked within consulting and market advisory for oil, gas and petrochemicals in London and in Singapore.
Executive Director, Polyolefins EMEA
Kaushik joined IHS Markit as the Executive Director of Polyolefins EMEA. In this role he is steering the Polyolefin Insight business for Europe, Middle East & Africa. He is also leading Recycling & Sustainability practice in IHS Markit for Europe Region shaping domain insight.
Kaushik has more than twenty-five years of experience in the Petrochemicals business, working in top Global companies like Reliance and SABIC leading various functions like Business Management, Market Development, Market Intelligence and Strategy in leadership roles.
In his last job with Petrochemicals giant SABIC he was leading the Global Strategy team for the Polymers business, shaping long term ambitions in terms of growth, business improvement, innovation, pricing and creating a framework for Strategy execution and deploying performance metrics.
Carlos has significant experience as a CEO Engineer by training. He has been a serial entrepreneur for more than 30 years and was the founder and CEO of Inlandgeo, a company supplying high tech electronic instruments and turnkey solutions in multiple industries for 24 years, and later President of Abasol for seven years. This company offered consultancy and EPC solutions on renewable energy and efficiency.
Carlos is also founder and CEO of Greenland Capital, a company with the vision to identify and develop disruptive technologies that provide sustainable and economical solutions to the growing challenges of waste and water management and alternative energy management.
Head of SUEZ.circpack®
European Federation of Bottled Water
Ermis holds a bachelor's degree (BSc) in Water Management and Agriculture Engineering (Greece), a master’s degree (MSc) in Environmental Science from Wageningen University (Netherlands) and an MA in International Politics (Brussels).
Ermis has been living and working in Brussels since 2006. He has worked in NGOs, European Commission and industry associations. He is currently the Sustainability Director of the European Federation of Bottled Waters.
His expertise is diverse and includes issues such as agriculture, water, waste and circular economy.
Vincent is head of SUEZ.circpack® within SUEZ, a world leader in smart and sustainable resource management. Vincent has over 10-years’ experience in innovation in the recycling industry. He established multiple new recycling propositions and set up partnerships. With an extensive background in marketing, product innovation and sustainability, Vincent combines strong customer focus with a clear understanding of technological challenges.
As the head of SUEZ.circpack®, he offers consultancy-services to retailers, packagers and brand owners with the aim to increase the recyclability of packaging. The operational knowledge of SUEZ in the field of collection, sorting and recycling of packaging material, provides additional credibility to the expertise of the circpack-team. On top of that, his department provides certification on recyclability for different types of packaging.
Flor Peña Herron
Sustainability Project Manager Europe
Avery Dennison Label and Graphics Materials
Flor holds a Masters in Sciences Biology with a major in Ecology and Microbiology.
She has been working in different departments of Avery Dennison since 2005. Those included: Customer Service, Logistics, Research & Development as well as Marketing for 3 different businesses units - Reflective, Graphics and Labels.
Since September 2017 she is working as a Sustainability Project Manager. Flor is responsible for the implementation of ClearIntent with the European marketing team. She engages with the global sustainability team to share best practices as well as establishes and strengthens sustainability awareness via internal and external training. Flor is also the leader of the External Waste Goal.
Director for Consumer, Environmental and Health Technologies
Carlo holds a University degree in Economy and Business Administration and is qualified as a Chartered Accountant, Certified Professional Auditor and Certified Forensic Auditor.
After some years of professional experience in the private sector in Italy and abroad, he joined the European Court of Auditors in 1994.
In 1998 he moved to the European Commission where he worked as a director in the Directorate-General for Competition, Audit, Education & Culture and Employment & Social Affairs.
Carlo joined Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs in February 2011, taking over the responsibility for several industrial sectors policies.
Since 2015 he is in charge of the "Consumer, Environmental and Health Technologies" Directorate, which is responsible for the Chemical Industry –including the European Strategy for Plastics, certain aspects of biotechnologies, Food Supply Chain, Health Technologies and Cosmetics, as well as of the REACH Regulation.
He is also member of the Management Board of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), as well as the Innovative Medicines Initiatives 2 (IMI2) and Bio Based Industry (BBI) Joint Undertakings.
Division Director Plastics
Rudolf Pfaendner studied chemistry at the University of Bayreuth in Germany and received his PhD in 1985 with a thesis on electrically conductive polymers.
During 25 years he held different positions in R&D at the specialty chemicals company “Ciba” inter alia as Global Head of Research for the business segment “Plastic Additives” and as Senior Research Fellow.
Rudolf is now Division Director Plastics of the Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF and Honorary Professor at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany.
He has over thirty years of experience in polymer synthesis, plastics and coatings additives, stabilizers, recycling, reactive extrusion, nanocomposites, flame retardants and innovation management including numerous patents and publications.
University of Ghent
A material scientist and polymer processing engineer by background, Kim is an associate professor at Ghent University. Her research domain is ‘Sustainable Use and Recycling of Polymers and Composites’ at the Department of Materials Textiles and Chemical Engineering.
Her dynamic research team is made up of a dozen researchers from the disciplines of mechanical engineering, chemistry and materials science. They work to develop the necessary scientific tools to enable the improved mechanical recycling of polymer-based materials. Specific research topics include the quality modelling of (contaminated) recycled polymers, upcycling of mixed solid plastic waste, polymer degradation and multiple recycling, Design for and from Recycling, WEEE plastics and recycling of multilayer packaging materials. She leads and participates in several (inter)national recycling projects, alongside a variety of industrial partners, policymakers and other academia.
Kim is the chair of the Plastics to Resource pipeline within CAPTURE, Ghent University’s overarching Resource Recovery platform, wherein she creates synergies with colleagues active in thermochemical recycling, polymer design for recyclability, food packaging, sorting/decontamination and LCA.
European External Affairs Manager
Fatma joined Unilever’s European External Affairs team in 2017. She is responsible for the Home and Beauty & Personal Care Portfolio, and Packaging.
She obtained her law degree from the University of Maastricht, with a specialisation in EU Law.
Fatma is a seasoned EU public affairs expert, with previous experience of over 10 years in amongst others representing the retailers’ interests in Brussels.
Vice President Sustainability
Inspiring great work through eco-friendly design! Atle is head of Sustainability at Flokk, the market leader in Europe when it comes to design, engineering and production of working place furniture.
After a long track record of developing award-winning products for multi-national corporates in Telecom industry, Atle has built up a passion to drive eco-design development of long-lasting products. He is now dedicated to take Flokk to highest position regarding use of recycled plastics in furniture, with a true passion to battle our time’s challenges of plastic waste and climate change. Flokk pioneered the use of recycled plastics already in 1995, and since then been recognized with several green awards – including the EPRO award 2015 for Best Recycled Plastic Product in Europe with its best seller HÅG Capisco. Flokk was also shortlisted as a Finalist in the Plastics Recycling Awards Europe 2019 in Amsterdam, April 2019, with their office chair BMA Axia Vision 24/7.
Atle holds a master’s degree in Design Engineering, Mechanics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
Bruno Van Gompel
Technical & Supply Chain Director
Bruno is an experienced business leader combining high-level vision and big ideas with the technical and executive skills to get that vision to market. Currently, he is Technical and Supply Chain Director for Coca-Cola across Western Europe and leads a team of experts in Innovation & Commercialization, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Quality, Safety and Environment.
Prior to this role, he was Marketing Director Still Beverages for Coca-Cola in France and Benelux and prior to that he was responsible for R&D in Eastern Europe and Africa.
He joined The Coca-Cola Company in 1993 from BP where he was production manager. In his career at Coca-Cola, he has held positions with increasing international responsibilities in Supply Chain, Commercialization, Quality, R&D and Marketing.
He graduated in 1987 from the University of Ghent as Masters of Science in Chemistry and Food Industry. He is member of several boards, such as the European Fruit Juice Association.
Business Development Manager, Application Bottle
Christoph graduated from the Secondary College for Electronic & Communications- Engineering in Leonding, Austria in 1999.
At the beginning of his career, he worked exclusively in the automotive industry as an automation engineer. In 2001 he joined EREMA in the software/electrical department and was responsible for the visualization and automation of large plants at EREMA.
All along more and more PET recycling sparks his interests and so he assumed the control of the PET recycling plants in the EREMA group, the so-called VACUREMA in 2007. Since then he was responsible for product development, technical sales and customer care in this division. He is also a member of PETCORE Europe since 2007 and represents the recycler‘s interests in the Board of PETCORE since 2011.
In 2014, EREMA introduced the new Business Development Department where Christoph is now responsible for bottle applications.
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Sustainability and Public Affairs Director EMEA
Myriam started her career as a Quality and Environment manager in different industry sectors such as packaging, electronics and air filtration. In 2015, Myriam joined the Tarkett Group where she holds the position of Sustainability and Public affairs director for the EMEA division.
Being committed to sustainability and circular economy, Tarkett has developed an ecodesign approach based on Cradle to Cradle principles to close the loop for floorcoverings. This includes the development of ReStart®
take back programmes, recycling technologies and new business models. Collaboration and Transparency are key elements supporting Tarkett's sustainability strategy.
Since 2015, Myriam participates in the activities of European associations for flooring (ERFMI), plastics (EuPC) and Vinyl (Recovinyl). She chairs the EuPC Building and Construction Division, as well as the AFNOR X30M mirror Commission to new ISO TC323 on Circular Economy. Furthermore, she co-chaired the CE100 co-project Mass Balance, leading to the report “Enabling a circular economy for chemicals with the mass balance approach” publication by the Ellen McArthur Foundation.
Karen van de Stadt
Sustainable Packaging Expert
The Netherlands Institute for Sustainable Packaging (KIDV)
Karen van de Stadt has been a packaging expert at the Netherlands Institute for Sustainable Packaging (KIDV) since 2013. Before that, she was leader of the prevention department of the Dutch producer responsibility organisation Nedvang. She started her career as a packaging developer and worked on packaging development and design for several brands. Karen van de Stadt has studied packaging design (The Hague) and packaging management (Gouda). At KIDV, she supports producers and importers of packaging materials to keep up with latest developments and to make their packaging portfolio more sustainable. Therefore, she provides them with practical tools, factsheets and knowledge based on applied scientific research.
The Netherlands Institute for Sustainable Packaging (KIDV) is founded in order to establish a circular economy for packaging, by developing and sharing fact-based knowledge with all partners in the packaging chain. This is vital while ‘closing the loop’ asks for cooperation by all parties, leading to new business opportunities, less dependency on raw materials and environmental gains.