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Beer’s zero pollution ambition: creating memories not mess | The Brewers of Europe Forum

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From policy to practice: Zero-Pollution Brewing

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4th of June, from 09:30 to 10:45 C.E.T

Session description

The sustainability ambitions of Europe’s beer sector are aligned with those of the EU’s Green Deal and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. 

This session explores how brewing has adapted to being a leader in sustainability, and as a partner of EU Green Week, what zero pollution means for the whole beer value chain. It also looks at how the European Union can shape its rules and set global standards to enable the brewing sector to bounce back sustainably post-COVID.

In collaboration with the young MEP network EU40 and the European Parliament’s Beer Club.

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Speakers information

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NAME: Drahomira Mandikova

TITLE: Chair of Sustainability, The Brewers of Europe

BIOGRAPHY: Chair of the Sustainability Expert Group at the Brewers of Europe and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Asahi Breweries Europe & International. In her company role, she leads teams responsible for external and internal communications, public affairs and sustainability.

Drahomíra graduated in economics and spent the first ten years of her professional career as an economist in the banking sector. For the last twenty one years, she has worked in brewing.

Drahomíra Mandíková has engaged in corporate social responsibility and sustainable development for a number of years now, proactively driving the entrepreneurial sector towards greater sustainability, with a focus on supporting diversity in business and female leadership.

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NAME: Erik Novaes

TITLE: VP Sustainability & Procurement Europe, AB InBev

BIOGRAPHY: Erik Novaes is an experienced Supply Chain professional, currently leading Procurement and Sustainability for AB InBev’s European Zone. With robust and varied professional experience across Latin American and Eurasian markets, Erik has spent the last 17 years dedicated to delivering value on the ground at AB InBev, having held roles in Logistics and Manufacturing through Procurement, Procurement Performance and Sustainability. Erik was appointed to Vice President for Procurement and Sustainability Europe in January 2020, managing the purchase of goods and services that go into brewing great beers for more than 50 million European, Russian and Ukrainian consumers every day. Erik graduated with a Bachelors in Business with an MSc in Transportation Engineering from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro – UFRJ.

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NAME: Tsvetelina Penkova


BIOGRAPHY: Tsvetelina Penkova has been an MEP since 2019 from the Bulgarian Socialist Party, in the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament.

She is a Member of the Committee on Budgetary Control, the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, the Committee on Regional Development and the Delegation to the EU-Serbia Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee. She is also a Substitute for the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection.

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NAME: Nicolae Stefanuta


BIOGRAPHY: Nicolae Stefanuta has been a Member of the European Parliament since 2019 from the Uniunea Salvați România (Save Romania Union), of which he is Vice-President, in the Renew Europe Group.

Within the European Parliament he is Vice-Chair of the Delegation for relations with the United States and a member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, the Committee on Budgets and the Special Committee on Beating Cancer.


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NAME: Alessandro Da Rold

TITLE: Managing Director, EU40

BIOGRAPHY: Alessandro Da Rold is the Managing Director of EU40, the Network of Young Members of the European Parliament and the Co-Founder of the Cortina Digital Forum. He has experience in politics, advocacy and European affairs, and before joining EU40, he worked for a Joint Undertaking of the European Commission focused on green energy and transport.

Alessandro holds a Master’s degree in Diplomatic Studies from the University of Economics of Prague, with a minor specialization from the North Carolina State University in the United States. He is passionate about politics, digital issues and youth empowerment. He worked as coordinator in-loco in different voluntary missions (India, Thailand and South Africa), he has been a Youth Ambassador for the ONE Campaign on ending poverty and in 2020 he represented the European Union at the G20 Youth Engagement Group (Y20).