Sustainability Director, Amcor Flexibles Europe, Middle East & America
As Director Sustainability, Gerald Rebitzer is head of Sustainability at Amcor Flexibles Europe, Middle East and Africa and Amcor Flexibles Americas. This role encompasses both environmental management and social responsibility from an operations perspective as well as working with customers and suppliers to enhance the performance of the packaging products Amcor provides to the food, home-, medical- and personal care, and pharmaceutical industries. From 2007 to 2009 he was head of product-related sustainability at Alcan Packaging. Prior to this, he had several roles related to EHS and sustainability within Alcan. Gerald has over 20 years of experience in implementing sustainability initiatives and life cycle approaches in several sectors. He holds a Ph.D. in Life Cycle Management from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne and a Masters in Environmental Engineering from the Technical University Berlin. He is editor for The International Journal of LCA and was member of the Executive Committee of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition for six years. Among other leadership roles in industry groups, Gerald is currently chairman of the steering committee of the CEFLEX project (Circular Economy for Flexible Packaging) and leads a standardization effort for recycling of flexible packaging within the New Plastics Economy Initiative of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. He has published more than 120 papers in the areas of life cycle thinking and sustainability.