Sustainability Insights 02: The European Sustainable Products Initiative

10may(may 10)1:00 pm11(may 11)5:30 pmSustainability Insights 02: The European Sustainable Products Initiative


10 (Wednesday) 1:00 pm - 11 (Thursday) 5:30 pm(GMT+02:00) View in my time


Ahoy Berlin

Wattstraße 11, 13355 Berlin

Speakers for this event

  • Antoine Durand

    Antoine Durand

    Project Manager

    Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI

    Antoine Durand is project manager at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI (Energy Efficiency business unit). He has over 12 years of experience in the field of Ecodesign, providing technical support to the European Commission in various projects. He was involved in the preparatory studies for batteries and mobile phones, smartphones & tablets. Recently, for the impact assessment of the Sustainable Product Initiative, he was in charge of elaborating the outline of a methodology for the ESPR implementation.



    Project Manager

  • Dr. Michael Jakob

    Dr. Michael Jakob

    Senior Researcher

    Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change

    Dr. Michael Jakob is a Senior Fellow at the Ecologic Institute in Berlin and a Senior Researcher at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change  (MCC) in Berlin. He holds a PhD in economics from the Technical University of Berlin and has obtained degrees in physics, economics, and international relations from universities in Munich, St. Gallen, and Geneva. His research interests include climate change mitigation in developing countries, the political economy of climate policy as well as the interlinkages between environmental policy and human well-being. Michael has advised governments, international organizations as well as NGOs and served as contributing author to the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report.


    Senior Researcher

  • Dr. Rana Pant

    Dr. Rana Pant

    Senior Policy Officer

    European Commission, DG Environment

    Dr. Rana Pant, born 1964 in Essen, Germany, is an environmental engineer by training (Technical University Berlin) with a focus on solid waste management. He holds a PhD in engineering from the Darmstadt University of Technology with a thesis in the area of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in Design for Environment (DfE). Before joining the European Commission at the Joint Research Centre (JRC, Ispra, Italy) in 2008, he worked over 8 years with a multinational consumer goods company on topics related to integrated waste management and LCA. At the JRC Rana was applying Life Cycle Thinking to solid waste management and as team leader he guided the technical/scientific development of the Environmental Footprint and the JRC work on plastics LCA. In December 2019, he moved to the Directorate General for the Environment (DG ENV) of the Commission in Brussels, mainly dealing with the Single-Use Plastics (SUP) Directive. Since November 2021 he is working in the Environmental Footprint team of DG ENV in the Circular Economy, Sustainable Production and Consumption Unit, the unit that has led the development of the proposed Green Claims Directive


    Senior Policy Officer

  • Giulia Zilla

    Giulia Zilla

    Policy Manager, Energy and Environment

    Home Appliance Europe (APPLiA)

    Giulia Zilla is APPLiA’s Energy & Environment Policy Manager. She is dealing mostly with the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Regulation for energy-related products. Before joining APPLiA, Giulia developed experience in policy analysis and advocacy while working for a European Trade Association and for an Italian confederation representing Small Middle Enterprises at the European level. She has been focusing her professional career on European energy and environmental policies and on relevant themes such as Circular Economy, Clean Energy and Low-carbon society. Giulia holds a BA in International Relations and European Studies from the University of Milan (Italy) and a MA in Energy and Environmental Change from the University of Westminster (London, UK). She also studied in Norway as an exchange student at the Arctic University of Tromsø. Giulia is Italian, speaks fluently English, has a basic knowledge of French and she is learning German; during her stay abroad, she also studied Norwegian. Her great passion for politics started early as she was involved in different young political organisations during her youth. Giulia is a climber and skier, who loves nature and mountains.



    Policy Manager, Energy and Environment

  • Mark Hoff

    Mark Hoff

    European Head of ESG and Finance Sector Lead

    SLR Consulting, CIRPASS

    Mark has been working with industry since 2001 to improve their strategic and operational performance across the value chain by developing leadership capabilities and implementing the business value of sustainability. He is the lead for SLR’s ESG consulting services for Europe and is heading up the operations in Germany. Since 2014, Mark has been involved in responsible sourcing, traceability and digitalisation to support industry in developing resilient business models. At CIRPASS, Mark is closely involved in stakeholder outreach to support the development of prototypes for Digital Product Passports (DPP).Mark has degrees in Environmental Engineering and Law & Management and an Executive MBA. Since 2021 he works for SLR, where he is co-leading the CIRPASS consortium.


    European Head of ESG and Finance Sector Lead

  • Michele Galatola

    Michele Galatola

    Senior Policy Officer

    European Commission, DG Grow

    Michele has a degree in Environmental Sciences and a PhD in Life Cycle Assessment. Since 2005 he works for the European Commission, first in DG Research, then in DG ENV and since 2019 in DG GROW. After having lead at European level the EU Ecolabel, in the period 2010-2019 Michele initiated and led the development of the Environmental Footprint life cycle assessment methods. Since 2019, Michele has been leading the Commission work towards integration of sustainability approaches into European industrial policies and strategies, including the recently adopted new legislation on the ecodesign of sustainable products (ESPR). In this context, Michele has led for the Commission the conceptual development first and now the full scale deployment of the Digital Product Passport (DPP).


    Senior Policy Officer

  • Yuki Hamilton Onda Kabe

    Yuki Hamilton Onda Kabe

    Technical Advocacy Specialist

    Braskem Netherlands B.V.

    Yuki is a Chemical Engineer by training and a sustainability professional by choice who worked as the in-house LCM expert at Braskem, the largest petrochemical company in Latin America with headquarters in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Since 2023, he works as a Technical Advocacy Specialist at Braskem Netherlands B.V.. Yuki studied chemical engineering at the University of Sao Paolo, Brazil with a specialization in environmental impact of fertilizer and life cycle assessment.


    Technical Advocacy Specialist

Event Details

We are thrilled to host our 2nd Edition of Sustainability Insights on “European Sustainable Products Initiative” on May 10-11, 2023 in Berlin, Germany, focusing on the new EcoDesign for Sustainable Products Regulation (ESPR) and the upcoming Green Claims Directive.

Due to increasing material consumption and waste generation, it is crucial to keep resource consumption within planetary limits and to address biodiversity issues arising from resource extraction and processing. Accordingly, in the new Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP) 2020, the European Commission has proposed a plan to implement binding requirements and principles for products on the EU market in the form of a legislative initiative for sustainable products. 

This plan includes, among others, two directives on which we will focus during our event: The new EcoDesign for Sustainable Products Regulation (ESPR) along with its Digital Products Passport tool, on which you can expect exciting insights on the first day of the event, and the Draft Green Claims Directive, which we seek to discuss and review throughout the second day to develop recommendations for the forthcoming legislative implementation process. Further insights will be provided in a special session on the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM).

Having successfully organized the 1st Edition of our Sustainability Insights entirely virtually, we are pleased to host this year’s event in hybrid form. We are looking forward to not only welcoming you on-site in Berlin but also virtually those of you who prefer remote participation. Much like with our hybrid Life Cycle Innovation Conference, we will provide a dedicated virtual space for the group workshops to complement the inputs received during the physical discussions. Still, we recommend joining us physically in Berlin to benefit from a more immersive and engaging experience and exchange throughout the event.

Either way, you can look forward to an insightful and inspiring mix of keynote presentations, panel discussions, and interactive workshops with a wide range of stakeholders to ensure a broad and in-depth exchange of knowledge and ideas, and to expand your connections and networks.

Please note: In response to various requests, we have now also added an option to purchase day tickets for our event for physical participants to allow for more flexible participation.

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    • Day 1
    • Day 2
    • may 10, 2023
    • 1:00pm Registration1:00pm- 1:30pm
    • 1:30pm Welcome and Agenda Overview1:30pm- 2:00pm
    • 2:00pm Keynote on the new EcoDesign for Sustainable Products Regulation (ESPR)2:00pm- 2:30pm
      Speakers: Michele Galatola
    • 2:30pm Panel Discussion “Implications of the ESPR in supporting the transition to a Circular Economy”2:30pm- 3:30pm
      Speakers: Antoine Durand, Giulia Zilla, Mark Hoff, Michele Galatola
    • 3:30pm Coffee Break3:30pm- 4pm
    • 4pm Workshop “Fostering Life Cycle Innovation through EcoDesign and the role of the Digital Product Passport”4pm- 5:30pm
    • 5:30pm Special Session “Challenges & Opportunities of the CBAM”5:30pm- 6:30pm
      Speakers: Dr. Michael Jakob
    • 6:30pm End of Day
    • may 11, 2023
    • 8:30am Welcome and Agenda Overview8:30am- 9am
    • 9am Keynote on the Green Claims Directive9am- 9:30am
      Speakers: Dr. Rana Pant
    • 9:30am Panel Discussion “Making Green Claims trustworthy”9:30am- 10:30am
      Speakers: Dr. Rana Pant, Yuki Hamilton Onda Kabe
    • 10:30am Coffee Break10:30am- 11am
    • 11:00am Group Workshop Part 1 “The role of standardization and harmonization initiatives in substantiating Green Claims across the EU and beyond”11:00am- 1:00pm
    • 1:00pm Lunch1:00pm- 2:00pm
    • 2:00pm Group Workshop Part 2 “The role of standardization and harmonization initiatives substantiating Green Claims across the EU and beyond”2:00pm- 3:30pm
    • 3:30pm Coffee Break3:30pm- 4pm
    • 4pm Plenary Discussion on Proposed Amendments & Key Take Aways4pm- 5:30pm
    • 5:30pm End of Day

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Physical: 05.05.2023 | Virtual: 10.05.2023

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