Sustainability Director, NMWE (Natural Mineral Waters Europe)

Ermis Panagiotopoulos

A dual Greek – Belgian citizen, Ermis Panagiotopoulos holds a bachelor’s degree (BSc) in Water Management and Agriculture Engineering (Greece), a master’s degree (MSc) in Environmental Science from Wageningen University (Netherlands) and an MA in International Politics (Brussels).

Ermis has been living and working in Brussels since 2006. He has worked in NGOs, European Commission and industry associations. He is currently the Sustainability Director of the European Federation of Bottled Waters.

His expertise is diverse and includes issues such as agriculture, water, waste and circular economy.


The European Union is moving fast. Started in December 2015, the European Commission’s effort to end the current take-make-waste model and close the material loop. In January 2018, the European Commission published its European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy where, inter alia, the users of plastics should come forward with voluntary pledges on higher use of recycled plastics. The European Federation of Bottled Waters was the first sector in the food and drink industry to come forward with voluntary pledges. Then, on 3 July 2019, the EU Single Use Plastics (SUP) Directive was adopted where beverage producers will face product requirements (tethered caps and lids), mandatory rPET targets and increased EPR fees to financially contribute for the litter clean-up costs. Also, for the first time there will be a separate collection target for beverage bottles.

Bottled water producers require consistent supply of high-quality recycled materials. For that reason, efficient collection and sorting systems must be in place, whether Extended Producer Responsibility schemes or Deposit Refund Systems. The presentation will focus on the challenges but also on the opportunities for EU bottled water producers when operating a circular model.


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