Petcore Executive Director Christian Crepet to assume an Ambassador Role and becoming a honorary member of the Board

Brussels, 22 December 2022     

Petcore Europe is pleased to announce that Christian Crepet, who has served as Executive Director of the association since 2017, will be moving into an Ambassador role as of 1 January 2023. 

“We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Christian for the incomparable work he has done in making Petcore a highly successful value chain initiative and the go-to organisation for PET circularity,” said the Petcore Europe Board of Directors.

Christian Crepet has spent his career within the industry and has a deep knowledge of PET collection and recycling. During his tenure, Petcore has grown to comprise 140 members which has enabled the association to adapt its working groups to the EU regulatory priorities. Petcore’s public and regulatory objectives are to drive towards more collection, safety, recycling and circularity, and to position PET as the packaging that is made to be remade and designed to be reused. During his time as Executive Director Christian also held a series of high-profile annual conferences gathering stakeholders from across the industry and the EU institutions.

As of  January 1st 2023, Ermis Panagiotopoulos will take on the role of interim Executive Director for the next few months, while the association has started an executive search to appoint a permanent replacement. Ermis comes with more than 15 years of experience in European public affairs, having worked for industry associations, NGOs and the European Commission. He joined Indorama Ventures PCL as Head of Sustainability Advocacy EMEA in September 2022 after 6 years as Sustainability Director of Natural Mineral Waters Europe (NMWE).


PET is the world’s most recycled plastic. PET food and drink packaging is made to be remade and designed to be reused as new packaging.

Maria Trofimova

Digital Communications Officer, Petcore Europe

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About Petcore Europe

Petcore Europe is the association representing the complete PET value chain in Europe since 1993.

Its mission is to ensure that the entire PET industry is well aligned to enhance its value and sustainable growth, to represent the PET industry before the European institutions and other stakeholders, to ensure that PET is positioned as an outstanding packaging material and recognised as environmentally sound, to support and validate innovative packaging solutions from a recycling perspective, and to work with all interested parties to ensure a continuous increase of PET post-consumer collection and recycling.

PET (PolyEthylene Terephthalate) is a strong but lightweight form of polyester. It is used to make containers for soft drinks, juices, drinks, water, edible oil, fresh food and dairy as well as household cleaners and other non-food applications. PET bottles and food containers, such as sheets and trays are perfectly recyclable while they help to reduce CO2 emissions and food waste.


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