Plastics and Sustainability: A Valuation of Environmental Benefits, Costs and Opportunities for Continuous Improvement

Plastics and Sustainability: A Valuation of Environmental Benefits, Costs and Opportunities for Continuous Improvement

Rick Wagner
Sustainability Manager Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP

A recent study by Trucost finds plastics reduces environmental costs by four times compared to alternative materials, debunking a common misperception around plastics. This session will highlight the natural capitol cost of plastics in packaging and opportunities to further lower these environmental costs.

Bio: Rick Wagner has over 25 years of experience in the petrochemical industry for Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP. Currently, he is Chevron Phillips Chemical’s Sustainability Manager. Prior roles have been in polyethylene sales, application development, and product development and as a refinery chemist. Most recently Rick has spoken at conferences examining the business case for Sustainability, stakeholder engagement and “a vision for plastics recovery”. He serves as the Team Leader for the Plastics Energy Recovery Team and a member of the Value Chain Outreach Committee, Plastics Packaging Team and Flexible Films Recycling group of the American Chemistry Council. He also represents the World Plastic Council in the Trash Free Seas Alliance. As an Honored Service Member of the Society of Plastics Engineers, Rick was a founding member of the Flexible Packaging Division and has served as a leader in various International, Divisional and Local roles. Rick received his Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from San Diego State University.