Alexis Van Maercke
Secretary General


European Green Deal: How steel for packaging fits Europe’s transition to a more efficient and circular economy.

Legislation and public debate are pushing more material circularity in packaging. As FMCG brands look for alternatives to plastic, the environmental footprint of all materials has come under much scrutiny.

Recycling is no longer enough. Materials must be able to demonstrate true circularity, giving steel a key role to play in helping Europe transition from a linear to a more circular economy.

As steel for packaging benefits from some of the highest recycling rates in Europe, APEAL is committed to sharing a range of initiatives, good practices and recommendations from across the EU to advance circularity, increase recycling and contribute to a greener future for Europe.


Alexis Van Maercke is secretary general of APEAL, The Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging.

Before joining APEAL, Alexis was policy officer at the European Commission, Directorate General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. Prior to this he spent five years in the European Parliament as a political advisor to Marianne Thyssen, former Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, in charge of legislative files related to food safety, environment and consumer protection.

He holds a Master's degree in Law from the University of Leuven in Belgium as well as a Master's in European Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Europe in Warsaw, Poland