DAY 1 - 27 JUNE


Panel 1: Circular economy

-Dr Shardul Agrawala, Head of Environment and Economy Integration Division, Environment Directorate, OECD 

Trade and circular economy linkages see presentation in EN

-Antoine Oger, Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) co-author with the Chatham house of the report 

Trade for an inclusive circular economy - A framework for collective action see presentation in EN

-Stephan Freismuth , Director EU-Trade, Tax and Finance Policy, Governmental Affairs and External Relations Europe (AK-43-EU) BMW Group.

How can value chain transparency foster the Circular Economy see presentation in EN

-Ross Bartley, Trade & Environment Director, Bureau of International Recycling. 

A circular economy for used goods and recyclable materials see presentation in EN

Side event: Global deforestation and sustainable supply chain: the role of Customs 

-Anke Schulmeister-Oldenhove, Senior Forest Policy Officer, WWF European Policy Office 

Trends about global deforestation and trade, the role of soft commodities and traceability see presentation in EN

-Michael Rice  , Lawyer, Forest-risk Commodities, Client Earth 

Comparison of emerging legislation to control deforestation associated with soft commodity supply chains see presentation in EN

Panel 2: Cross-border movement of waste: Case Studies 

-Soma Baskoro , Enforcement and Investigation Division - Indonesia Customs

National Experience from the WCO Asia Pacific Plastic Waste Project Implementation see presentation in EN

-Martina Kavanagh, Executive Program Manager, Import Compliance Office - EMEA IBM 

Challenges with Cross Border trading of Remanufactured Goods see presentation in EN

-Tom Gammage , Ocean Campaigner, Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA)  

Cross-border movement of waste: a focus on plastic waste trade see presentation in EN

-Dave Serneels, Risk Analyst, Belgian Customs and Excise  

Role of Belgian Customs in Demeter operations see presentation in EN

DAY 2 - 28 JUNE


Panel 3: From policy to implementation: the HS and other Customs Trade Measures   

-Ronald Steenblik, Senior Fellow, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

Trade in environmental goods: Attempts to define an Environmental Goods Agreement and the HS connection see presentation in EN

-Dr. Carolyn Deere Birkbeck, Director, Forum on Trade, Environment & the SDGs (TESS)

HS classifications and trade data as vital tools for environmentally sustainable trade: Priorities and options for future work see presentation in EN

-Melisa Lim, Programme management officer, Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions 

Making the HS work for regulating the trade in hazardous chemicals and wastes see presentation in EN

-Konstantinos Kaiopoulos, WCO Director of Tariff and Trade Affairs 

Beyond HS 2022

Panel 4: Paving the way to Green Customs: what can Customs do or will have to do?

-Jean-Marie Paugam, WTO Deputy Director-General

New WTO Environmental Initiatives: what future challenges and opportunities for green customs

-Ian Saunders, Deputy Assistant Secretary, US Department of Commerce  

Other agency partnerships with the private sector and to CBP’s Green Customs Initiative see presentation in EN

-Francesca Poggiali , Chief Public Policy Officer, Europe GS1

The impact of digital product passport on green custom form a standardisation perspective; main regional trends. see presentation in EN

-Dr. Boriana Rukanova, Senior Researcher, Delft University of Technology

and Frank Heijmann, Head of Trade Relations, Customs Administration of The Netherlands 

Green Customs Framework and Cases (PEN-CP Annual study) and Extended Data Pipeline for Circular Economy Monitoring see presentation in EN

-Jackline Wanjiru, Associate Legal Officer, United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) 

Green Customs Initiative: Way forward for MEAs and expectations on Customs   see presentation in EN


Become Inspired


Learn & Be Inspired

 Innovation, environmental standards, competiveness, investment in digital infrastructures and data exchanging are some of the conference topics.


WCO headquarters in Brussels 

Share & Network

Perfect place to look for answers, to be inspired and to build sustainable relationships. Attend our inspirational talks with professionals from different fields, and engage in conversations with like-minded souls, or simply enjoy a wholesome dose of useful knowledge sharing.


The Conference will be held in-person at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels.  An online link will also be provided allowing the possibility for some participants who are unable to travel to observe the Conference remotely via an online platform (no active participation will be possible remotely). 



The Conference is a multi-stakeholder event bringing together not only Customs administrations but also representatives of other international organizations, academia, the private sector, civil society and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including environmental policy-makers and international experts. 

Free of charge, open to all.



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