Together for a Sustainable Future
Sustainable Packaging – What's cooking in the EU?
[Tuesday, 26th Mar 2024]
Sustainable Packaging – What's cooking in the EU?
Francesco Montanari
Arcadia International

Since the adoption of the Green Deal in 2019, the European Union (EU) has stepped up its sustainability ambitions for the agri-food chain. This also applies to food packaging and other food contact materials for which there are currently various legislative proposals under discussion at EU level. As a result, in the next few years ahead there might be a raft of new sustainability requirements in place impacting packaging design, packaging waste management and environmental claims.  

To help enterprises better understand their obligations and the current situation, ChemLinked invited Mr Francesco Montanari to share his insights on the current state of Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR) and other relevant pending dossiers, such as UCPD, the Green Claims Directive, and ESPR.


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  • An overview of the current state of play of the proposal on Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR) 

  • Other relevant pending dossiers:

        Unfair Commercial Practices Directive (UCPD)

        Green Claims Directive

        Eco-design for Sustainable Products Regulation (ESPR)

*The final outline may be subjected to subtle revision.

Francesco Montanari
Food lawyer, Head of Legal & Regulatory Affairs practice of Arcadia International
Francesco Montanari is a food lawyer with over 20 years of experience in the field. He holds a LL.M. (2000) and a PhD in EU law (2006) from the University of Bologna as well as a MSc in Food Consumer Science from the Open University in Portugal (2020). For almost a decade, he taught food law in training programs organized by the European Commission for national authorities. At present he is teaching and researching food law at Wageningen University, in the Netherlands, and at Nova School of Law, in Portugal. His main areas of research and professional interest are food innovation, food labelling, import requirements, and the sustainability of the food chain. Francesco is a regular speaker in international conferences and has authored several articles and books on food law. He is also a recognised legal and policy expert at EU level, having taken part in over 25 studies, evaluations, and impact assessments for the European institutions. Since 2013 he is based in Lisbon where he heads the Legal & Regulatory Affairs practice of Arcadia International.
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