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Fundamentals of Plastics for a More Sustainable World

A workshop for plastic industry and material sustainability professionals

Nexant SPE

Created by Nexant Training with support from SPE

Take advantage of our EarlyBird offer | $425 until February 8th, $495 thereafter

When registering use Discount Code: Plastics2019 

Workshop Description:

Versatile, durable and affordable, plastic materials are inescapably embedded into every aspect of our daily activities.  Yet the impact of end-of use waste and evolving expectations across the plastics value chain are putting pressure on the industry for change.

This workshop explores the fundamentals of the plastics industry and the possible actions to achieve a more sustainable model for the future.


  • Understand the fundamentals of the plastics industry and how its feedstocks relate to the energy world.
  • Explore the short and long term impact of plastics on global sustainability and review the portfolio of actions required to achieve a circular model.
  • Acquire the knowledge that professionals in the plastic industry need to transform the plastic value chain and applications into a source of sustainability solutions and a future of guilt free growth.
  • Be inspired by examples of current best practices


  • Plastic value chain, its sustainability solutions and challenges
  • Hydrocarbon feedstocks and chemical streams, cost, regional supply implications
  • Industry profitability, major players and growth forecasts
  • Linear vs a circular economy model for plastics
  • Historical perspective on plastic industry: volume, applications, fate at end of use.
  • The “Re“ triad: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle; what works?
  • Other essential “Re’s”: Recovery, Redesign, Remediation, Renewables and Regulation
  • Role of public policy, Extended Producer Responsibility, consumer trends
  • Actions of the major brands and producers across the plastic value chain
  • A total system approach to plastics sustainability

Click here to download the full agenda

Who should attend?

  • Professionals in plastic industry activities: supply chain, purchasing, manufacturing, material and application design, plastic recycling/recovery, business leaders.
  • Professionals in material sustainability roles
  • Policy makers, NGOs, educators
  • Other stakeholders interested in understanding the plastics industry and its future prospects

The Venue

THE EITELJORG MUSEUM Website | Free parking is available at the Museum.

White River State Park
500 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Hotels nearby

JW Marriott Indianapolis 10 S West Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 USA +1 317-635-2000

The Westin Indianapolis 241 W. Washington St. Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Courtyard Indianapolis Downtown 601 West Washington Street Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Plastics for a Sustainable World

The Global Petrochemical Industry

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The Global Petrochemical Industry

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The Global Petrochemical Industry

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Business Management & Economics

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"Collaboration was the key for getting this course right. Participants like the mix of topics and activities."