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Monitoring Program to track packaging progress

During the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) 2020 Conference which opened today, the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) released the program that maps the framework for measuring progress towards the 2025 National Packaging Targets.

The program was revealed online during the keynote panel discussion to launch the new 2025 National Packaging Targets Monitoring Program. The Program identifies the seven strategic intervention points that are essential to manage to ensure the successful delivery of the 2025 Targets.

Leading figures from industry and government joined the panel session to discuss the impact of the new program, including:

  • Margaret Stuart, Head of Corporate and External Relations at Nestlé Oceania
  • Jeff Maguire, Group Head of CDS Development & Implementation at Coca-Cola Amatil
  • Terence Jeyaretnam, Climate Change & Sustainability at EY
  • Kylie Hughes, Director Waste Policy and Legislation at the Department of Environment and Science QLD
  • Cameron Colebatch, Director-Plastics, Packaging and Food Waste Section at the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
  • Paul Klymenko, CEO at Planet Ark
  • Phil Preston, Facilitator of the Collective Action Group
  • Helen Lewis, Helen Lewis Research
  • Fiona Baxter, General Manager Sustainability, Aseleo Care.

 APCO CEO, Brooke Donnelly said, “The new monitoring program will provide insight at regular intervals into how well Australia is progressing towards achieving the 2025 Targets, ensuring change is sufficient to achieve critical milestones. The program also highlights early intervention points to enable the system to pivot to alternative approaches if required to ensure successful outcomes.”

SUEZ Australia and New Zealand, Chief Sustainability and Communications Officer, Justin Frank added, “Monitoring data and turning it into information and insights, is critical to make informed decisions on where interventions are needed to progress more circular economy focused outcomes including; eliminating single use plastic, recovering more recycled materials, reusing those recycled materials and importantly stimulating those domestic offtake markets”.

Collective Action Group Chair, Phil Preston added: “To have so many stakeholders in a project is challenging and therefore a transparent and effective monitoring process reduces delivery risk. The framework ensures we have this clear view and that we can proactively make adjustments if or when they are needed.”

Planet Ark, CEO Paul Klymenko concluded, “Having the monitoring program provide transparent evidence-based reporting regularly will build confidence amongst all stakeholders, most importantly consumers. This will encourage them to play their vital role in the recycling process and drive positive environmental outcomes for all.”

The 2025 National Packaging Targets Monitoring Program document is available on the APCO website.