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AFSP Monthly WS Meetings 
WS1: Calculation methods
26 September, 10:00 to 12:00 (CET)
10 November, 10:00 to 12:00 (CET)
12 December, 14:00 to 16:00 (CET)
WS2: Waste management
19 September, 10:00 to 12:00 (CET)
3 November, 10:00 to 12:00 (CET)
7 December, 14:00 to 16:00 (CET)
WS3: Advocacy 
5 September, 14:00 to 16:00 (CET)
27 October, 10:00 to 12:00 (CET)
28 November, 10:00 to 12:00 (CET)
AFSP PCF Tool Workshop Series
Workshop #2: Scoping
21 September, 10:00 to 15:00 (CET)
Workshop #3: Adhesive Tools
6 November, 10:00 to 17:00 (CET)
Workshop #4: Tape Tool
7 November, 10:00 to 17:00 (CET)
Afera 66th Annual Conference 
4-6 October 2023
AFSP Meet-up
3 October 2023, 9:00 to 12:00 (CET)
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ISSUE 4, 6 july 2023
Hello and welcome to the quarterly sustainability edition with the latest updates from AFSP.
Project progress highlights

Here’s a wrap-up of the discussions that took place in each of the workstreams in Q1 2023: 


WS1 – Calculation Methods

This quarter saw significant progress with respect to kick-starting the process to develop harmonised PCF calculation methodology and tool. As part of the collaboration between Afera, IVK, and Sphera, the first of the four planned workshops, was held online in June. More than 165 participants from 90+ companies and organizations within the adhesives and adhesive tapes industry attended the introductory webinar. During the online session, the objectives, concept, calculation bases, industry standards, and basics of the online tool were presented to all Members of both associations. The online session spanned 2 hours and included a detailed Q&A session.

After the summer, 3 face-to-face workshops will be held in Düsseldorf, which will focus on scoping and detailing the specific implementation of the PCF calculation tool according to the needs of the industry. The tool, aimed at Tape Manufacturers, is expected to be ready early next year.  The common goal is to ensure that Member Companies are soon able to determine PCF values for adhesives and tapes in a straightforward, harmonised, affordable manner. 

In the next quarter, the workstream will also evaluate the next steps to be taken regarding Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), and Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) calculations for tapes.    


WS2 – Waste Management

Having curated a database of waste collectors and recyclers, the workstream participants are currently conducting interviews with shortlisted collectors and recyclers. The aim is to gather information regarding current practices (type and volume of waste collected, pre-requisites for acceptance of waste material, geographical regions covered, etc.) and assess compatibility with waste generated by tape manufacturers and converters. 

WS2 participants have also finalised a position paper on release liner strategy for Afera members, which provides information on the consequences of having a light- or a dark-coloured release liner and the possible steps forward. 

In the next quarter, the workstream plans to contact tape converters, end-users, and third-party waste management platforms to tackle the issue of fragmented availability of tape waste. In addition, WS2 is also looking to explore advanced recycling technologies for other tape waste. 


WS3 – Advocacy

While the legislative developments (PPWR, PFAS restriction, Green Claims Directive, etc.) are being evaluated in detail by the Regulatory Affairs Working Group, WS3 continues to monitor their impact and anticipate the preparation of guidelines for Afera members. 

Following recent discussions, WS3 is focusing on preparing guidance documents on the impact of Spanish Plastic Packaging Tax and the UK Plastic Packaging Tax. In addition, the following documents are under development: 
(1) ‘Design for recycling’ (DfR) guidelines for packaging tapes, aimed at tape manufacturers and converters. 
(2) Sustainable use of tapes in packaging applications, aimed at brand owners, end-users, tape manufacturers, and converters
(3) Position paper on Mass Balance Approach

Upcoming milestones
WS Project Milestones - 2022  Timelime 
WS1 Formalise calculation method of carbon footprint data for all adhesives tapes   Q4 2023
WS1 Make a sector-wide tool for the adhesive tapes industry available    2024
WS2  Define Afera strategy for release liner recycling    DONE
WS2 Prepare database of collectors and recyclers of release liners and tape waste DONE
WS2 Gather data on release liner waste generation, collection and recycling from tape users Q4 2023
WS3              Release guidelines for sustainable use of tapes for packaging applications Q4 2023
WS3 Release design for recycling (D4R) guidelines for packaging tapes Q4 2023
WS3 Release position paper on impact of the UK PPT for tape industry Q4 2023
WS3 Release position paper on impact of the Spanish Plastic Packaging Tax for tape industry Q3 2023
WS3 Release position paper on Mass Balance Approach Q3 2023
Sustainability stories and latest industry updates 
1. Sustainable Pathways for Adhesive Tapes: Interview with Evert Smit 
In this interview, Dr. Evert Smit, President of the European Adhesive Tape Association, Afera shares his insights on the current legislative environment, its impact on the tapes industry, and the actions needed for compliance. He talks about the importance of adhesive tapes as key enablers of sustainability and shares his reasons for why he believes that collaboration across the value chain – or as he terms it, “Value-Circle” – is key in the path towards sustainability and circularity in Europe and beyond...read more        

2. More than 165 participants attend Afera and IVK Webinar on new PCF calculation tool 
4 July 2023: More than 165 participants from 90+ companies and organizations within the adhesives and adhesive tapes industry attended the first in the series of 4 workshops on Product Carbon Footprint (PCF). The webinar kicked off a series of workshops that have been planned as part of collaboration between Afera, IVK, and Sphera to develop the sector-wide tool for harmonized PCF calculation of adhesives and adhesive tapes. The 3 following workshops will be held face-to-face and will take place after the summer holidays...read more   

3. Afera releases New Position Paper: Impact of Release Paper Liner Colour on Material Circularity 
22 June 2023: Afera has released a new position paper “Colour of paper release liner of adhesive tapes: Impact on material circularity” as part of the work undertaken by the Waste Management Workstream of Afera’s Flagship Sustainability Project (AFSP). The document aims to help members understand the consequences of having a dark or a light release liner and support both tape manufacturers and tape users in their discussions with customers...read more  
From the Project Coordinators' Desk

We have recently managed to kick-off the development of a PCF tool with our external consultant, agree on an Afera position on the colour of paper release liner, give feedback to EU legislators on the PPWR and develop a guidance on ISCC Plus certified products. We look forward to our hybrid AFSP General Meeting on 3 October, where our three workstreams will jointly share their progress, reflect on bottlenecks and collectively plan future work for the next year.

If you would also like to participate in the AFSP Workstreams, please register your interest with us.

For any further questions, contact us at: AFSP@afera.com  




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