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The EDANA Sustainability Forum provides valuable insights and solutions for a more sustainable nonwovens industry.

The EDANA Sustainability Forum evolved out of our Circular Nonwovens Forum. It covers all relevant sustainability topics for the nonwovens industry, including natural raw materials, consumer expectations, circularity, bioeconomy, and more.

The Forum includes keynote speeches, panel discussions, round tables, and Q&A sessions. It is the opportunity to learn, share, and network on sustainability, and aims to overcome challenges and collectively find opportunities to accelerate the industry’s net-positive impact.

Enjoy the EDANA Sustainability week

 Visit this page for more info as well as registration.

 

Who are the speakers of the Forum? 

The EDANA Sustainability Forum will host different stakeholders, such as NGOs, companies across all nonwovens applications from across the value chain, European regulators, and legislators. They will provide their perspectives and research on how to make the nonwovens industry sustainable, as well as motivate participants by initiating conversations on the sustainability challenges and opportunities that our industry faces. 

Who is attending?

Professionals working in the nonwovens or related industries, with a focus on or interest in sustainability. For example: General Managers / Chief Engineers / Research Leads / Senior Managers / Department Managers / Deputy Managers / Supervisors / Senior Engineers / Senior Specialists working in:

  • sustainability & environment
  • branding of nonwoven-based products
  • R&D
  • packaging
  • retailers & distributors
  • health & environment related NGOs
  • corporate social responsibility
  • raw materials producing companies.

They loved it!

“The Forum was really insightful and achieved great insights in the challenges and the possibilities we face when we talk about sustainability. I gained a lot of insights into how we should move forward and start collaborating. That’s one of the key points I take from today because we cannot do this alone, sustainability is an industry initiative”
Lasse Taidal, R&D Project Manager at Fibertex Personal Care.

“This is an excellent opportunity to be able to see an overview of what’s going on in sustainability, especially when we have these discussions about plastics, their future, and which direction we are going to take as an industry. Very fascinating. I was also able to meet customers, stakeholders, and old colleagues. It’s a great event, I like it a lot"
Tommi Bjornman, President & CEO of Suominen

“The sustainability topic is so important that it’s very good that EDANA is bringing us together and discussing it across the whole value chain.”
Jörg Schöner, Senior Manager Global Business Creation Textile Fibers at Kemira

Day 1
05 November 2024
08.30 - 17.30
Registration desk open
09.00 - 10.00
Opening Keynote Speech
10.00 - 12.30
Session 1 - Navigating Corporate Sustainability and Social Responsibility in the Nonwovens Industry

In this session, we will explore the intricate landscape of corporate sustainability and social responsibility within the nonwovens industry, focusing on the challenges posed by the European Union’s Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) and the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD). Understanding these legislations' current status and significance is crucial for industry stakeholders.

We will delve into best practices for assessing double materiality and examine how third-party platforms are evolving their requirements to align with these regulatory changes.

Join us to gain insights on navigating these complex frameworks and discuss strategic approaches in the nonwovens sector. 

14.00 - 15.15
Session 2 - Fit for a Circular Economy: Challenges and Opportunities for the Medical Nonwovens Industry

This session aims to provide comprehensive insights into the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for achieving sustainability in the medical nonwovens industry. It will explore the evolving landscape of the medical nonwovens industry and its journey towards fitting into a circular economy.

We will examine the latest updates on the EU’s Waste Framework Directive and its implications for the medical nonwovens sector. The discussion will explore the viability of business models for recycling medical nonwovens and how EDANA is spearheading initiatives in this area.

Additionally, we will address the primary challenges hospitals face in managing waste effectively.

16.00 - 17.15
Session 3 - Unveiling the Future: Advancements in Durable Nonwovens for Sustainable Solutions

In this session, we will investigate the advancements in durable nonwovens for sustainable solutions, with a focus on geosynthetics. We will highlight the innovative technologies and materials driving nonwovens' future, enhancing their durability and sustainability.

Participants will gain insights into the latest developments and best practices for integrating durable nonwovens into various applications, emphasizing their role in sustainable infrastructure and environmental protection.

By the end of this session, attendees will have a comprehensive understanding of how these advancements can be leveraged to promote sustainability in both current and future projects. 

Day 2
06 November 2024
09.00 - 17.00
Registration desk open
09.30 - 10.00
Keynote speech
10.00 - 12.30
Session 4 - How to Measure Your Sustainability Performance

This session focuses on how to measure your sustainability performance. We will delve into the critical topic of ensuring the credibility of sustainability performance and addressing any potential lack of trust. We will explore whether companies have sufficient resources to measure their sustainability impact accurately and how we can support them, including options like LCA software.

Additionally, we will discuss strategies to improve the measurement of sustainability performance.

We will also tackle the ambitious goal of reaching net zero by 2050, examining feasibility and highlighting EDANA actions to attain this goal.

14.00 - 16.40
Session 5 - How to Make Trustworthy Environmental Claims

Making trustworthy environmental claims necessitates clarity, transparency, and comprehensibility. This session will examine the tools available to measure and communicate the sustainability profile of nonwoven materials and products. It will review the status of the Green Claims Directive and how the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) aligns with its requirements.

The discussion will highlight best practices, outlining the dos and don’ts of making green claims, and will evaluate whether eco-labels serve as practical tools for the industry in substantiating their claims. 

Day 3
07 November 2024
09.00 - 13.00
Day 3
09.00 - 13.00
Visit to the European Commission

We will wrap up the forum with a visit to the European Commission, where discussions will continue to address sustainability policies. Attendees will be able to learn firsthand how environmental policies are developed in the EU and hear about the latest developments in EU sustainability legislation.

The morning will conclude with a wrap-up session encouraging participants to openly discuss key takeaways from the forum, as well as challenges and opportunities for the nonwovens industry. 

Practical info

Location

The first two days will take place at the KBR - The Royal Library of Belgium - which is the national scientific library. 

Mont des Arts 28
1000 Brussels
Belgium

The third day will include a visit to the European Commission. Transportation will be provided. 

 

Fees

Delegate fees: Fees include entrance to the conference, lunches, coffee breaks, 1 evening cocktail, a networking drink, a visit to the European Commission, as well as the conference presentations in digital format. Fees exclude 21% Belgian VAT.

EDANA MemberNon-member
1.320€1.760€

Discount: Benefit from a 10% discount by registering a minimum of 3 delegates. Registrations must be done simultaneously to benefit from the discount.  

 

Sponsorship

Become an official sponsor of the second edition of the EDANA Sustainability Forum and enhance your company's visibility. This is a prime opportunity to keep your brand at the forefront of attendees' minds.

Sponsorship opportunities include:

  • Gold sponsor: Dinner reception
  • Coffee breaks
  • Closing drink

Check our sponsorship brochure for details and price.

 

Conference venue & Hotels

The Forum takes place at the KBR, The Royal Library of Belgium, located in the center of Brussels. Please note there is a paying parking available. 

To facilitate your stay, we have secured rooms in 4 hotels. We strongly recommend you book your room as soon as possible, since they will be released closer to the date. Then, it will be subject to availabilities. Click here for hotels presentation and booking links

 

Sustainability week

EDANA has packed 4 days with in-depth content on sustainability combining the Forum as well as 2 training courses on sustainabiliy. You can chose to attend just the EDANA Forum or a training course, or make the most of your time in Brussels to attend everything and come back to the office with valuable insights and actionable plans to implement. Visit this page for more info as well as registration.

Programme overview:

Previous edition

In November 2023, EDANA organized the first edition of the EDANA Sustainability Forum. Established in Brussels, Belgium, this new event gathered just under 150 nonwovens professionals to address issues from the future of value chain transparency to bioeconomy innovations.

Being held in the heart of the European Union offered participants the unique opportunity to meet with EU officials. The three-day event included presentations from European Commission staff and culminated with a tour of the European Parliament. It was also an opportunity to unveil EDANA’s recently revised sustainability vision. Available on the EDANA website, it is split into three pillars addressing climate action, circular solutions, and a sustainable value chain. Read more. 

2023 Programme

2023 Company list 

Download EDANA Sustainability Vision

Participants of the 2023 Forum at the European Parliament:

EDANA European Parliament