The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) has released the June schedule for its Weekly Community Webinar series.

Launched in March, the webinars are designed to bring together professionals across the business, government and environmental communities and help the sustainable packaging community stay connected during the Covid-19 lockdown.

To date, the sessions have been attended by more than 1800 professionals to discuss topics ranging from sustainable packaging design and green communications, through to compostable packaging best practice and the importance of a packaging sustainability strategy and action plan.

Brooke Donnelly, APCO CEO, said lockdown is presenting some serious challenges for many businesses.

“But despite these issues, progress is still happening – and the willingness of thousands of industry professionals to come together every week and collaborate and learn is a powerful demonstration of that,” Donnelly said.

“It has been so rewarding to be joined by hundreds of professionals every week who are equally as engaged and passionate about this space. We look forward to seeing even more of you in June and July".

Webinar schedules will be released monthly on the APCO website:

The schedule of webinars for June, including links to register, is available below:

10 June: Topic Deep Dive: Soft Plastics

This week we are discussing one of the biggest challenges – and opportunities – for our recycling system: getting Australia’s approach to soft plastics right.

Topics for discussion include practical actions brands can take around soft plastics, challenges and opportunities for meeting the 2025 National Packaging Targets, the critical role of closing the loop by buying back the end product, and the vision for soft plastics recycling in Australia.

Register here:

17 June: Science Based Targets

As companies worldwide strive to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in line with commitments made under the 2015 Paris agreement, Science Based Targets (SBTs) are emerging as an effective benchmark by which to plan and review progress towards a low-carbon business model.

A growing number of APCO members have made public commitments to SBTs, establishing a whole-of-business agenda for delivering emissions reductions.

This week we are pleased to bring you some of the leading practitioners of SBTs, including Jonas Bengtsson, CEO of Edge Environment.

Topics for discussion include challenges and opportunities for packaging to reduce the carbon footprint of a business, and how businesses can use SBTs in partnership with other APCO tools and resources.

Register here:

24 June: Launching APCO’s FY21 Priority Projects

This week we are delighted to unveil APCO’s new Priority Projects schedule. In 2021 FY APCO will facilitate 23 new projects which were developed to drive targeted and tangible progress on Australia’s 2025 National Packaging Targets. The program was developed in consultation with, and will be overseen by, APCO’s 2020 Working Groups – a community of more than 160 participants, representing the entire packaging supply chain.

Topics for discussion include an overview of this year’s priority projects, and how each project connects to Our Packaging Future – the strategic framework for how Australia will deliver the 2025 Targets. The session will also cover insights for how organisations can contribute to and participate in this work.

Register here:

If you're interested in catching up on the webinars delivered to date, all sessions are recorded and available online:

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