The theme of this year’s’ Annual Meeting – “Petrochemicals and the Low-Carbon Economy: Versatile Solutions for Greater Sustainability” – will look at how the petrochemical industry contributes to the transition towards a low-carbon economy providing innovative and sustainable solutions in cooperation with its suppliers, customers and other stakeholders that support smart cities, smart mobility and climate-resilient society at large.
One of this year’s highlights is the European Youth Debating Competition (EYDC). The aim is to promote the importance of science, technology, sustainability and diversity. This European wide debate is organised jointly by the European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) and PlasticsEurope, one of the leading European trade associations.
The theme of this year’s EYDC competition is: “Living, Learning, working and moving in Smart Cities of the future: with or without plastics and petrochemicals?” Young people between 16 and 19 years, secondary school pupils and first year university students, are invited to participate and have qualified through national competitions held between April to September 2018. In each of the 9 European countries that these qualifications took place in, the three top winners will attend the EPCA Annual Meeting in Vienna and compete in the EU Finals. The jury of the EU Finals will consist of representatives of industry, media, NGO’s lecturers, experts, members of the EPCA Board of Directors and of PlasticsEurope – with winners chosen based on their knowledge, their ability to express themselves and to interact with one another.