The linear economy of making, using, then disposing of products is losing ground with today’s generation of waste conscious individuals and companies. In global markets consumers are growing more and more aware of the world’s depleting resources. Many countries are pushing forward their measures to realize a Circular Economy. In Thailand, the government considers Circular Economy as one of the country’s sustainable growth engines to bolster the economy.
AMCHAM invites you to the Sustainability and Plastics Committee event on Circular Economy Introduction and Plastic Waste Situation in Thailand. Richard Jones, SVP, Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited, will speak on the Circular Economy and how it impacts a wide range of businesses. Kongsak Dokbua, VP of Plastics Institute of Thailand, will share the plastics material flow database analysis, which is the first ever database conducted in the country. He will also talk on the plastic waste situation in Thailand and how the Circular Economy has played a role in tackling this issue. At the end of the session, we will discuss the AMCHAM Sustainability and Plastics Committee’s 2021 activity plan and brainstorm how AMCHAM can take it forward.
1. Richard Jones, Senior Vice President, Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited. Richard has worked for Indorama Ventures since 2009. He established the first investor relations departments at Thaicom, ThaiBev and Indorama Ventures. At Indorama Ventures, he also founded the corporate communications, corporate governance and sustainability departments. His passion is better waste management, especially related to recycling, and established a long-term initiative, called the “30-year Project”, which aims to teach a generation of Thai children to be aware of the need to dispose of waste correctly. Richard was born in the UK and has lived in Thailand for over 33 years.
2. Kongsak Dokbua, Vice President, Plastics Institute of Thailand. Kongsak has worked for the Plastics Institute of Thailand since 2012. He is an expert in the Plastics Industry. He has developed many useful projects for the industry such as the Plastics Intelligent Unit, Plastics Product Development Project and Material Flow Analysis of Plastics Waste Database Project. Recently, he has focused on Circular Economy issues, mainly on recycling technology, law and regulation development and Plastics Waste Database development. He aims to improve sustainable waste management in Thailand.