Speakers March 7 2018

The list of speakers is being continuously updated.

The Role of the of the Circular Economy in the Emerging Material Resource Challenge

Janez Potočnik

Former EU Commissioner for Science and Research and for the Environment. Currently a Co-Chair of UNEP International Resource Panel – IRP

Dr Janez Potočnik (1958) graduated from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (Ph.D. degree 1993) . He was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Science by London Imperial College and by Ghent University in 2008 and 2009 respectively, and Doctor of Science in Economics and Business Administration by Aalto University in Finland in 2016. After a successful career starting in 1989 in Slovenia as a researcher at the Institute of Economic Research, Director of the Institute of Macroeconomic Analysis and Development (1994), he was appointed Head of the Negotiating Team for Accession of Slovenia to the EU (1998). He was also Director of the Government Office for European Affairs (2000), Minister Councillor at the Office of the Prime Minister (2001) and Minister responsible for European Affairs (2002). In 2004 he joined the European Commission, first as ”Shadow Commissioner for Enlargement and then as Commissioner responsible for Science and Research. In 2010 Dr Potočnik became Commissioner for Environment. His term ended on 1 November 2014. In November 2014 he was appointed for a three-year term as a member and Co-Chair of International Resource Panel hosted by United Nations Environment Programme. In the same month he was also appointed as Chair of The Forum for the Future of Agriculture and RISE Foundation and a Member of the European Policy Centre’s Advisory Council.

Circular IKEA and future materials

The IKEA history and company culture is intended to be cost-conscious in everything it does. We dare to think differently and see waste of resources as one of the greatest diseases of mankind. Today, our corporate direction is a circular company in all aspects: from how we develop products, source materials, develop our supply chain, and set up logistics, to how and where we meet our customers. We truly believe the journey toward a circular economy requires a daring and innovative mind-set, working together with many stakeholders.

Malin Nordin

Head of the Circular IKEA Direction, IKEA of Sweden AB

Malin Nordin, Head of the Circular IKEA Direction at IKEA of Sweden AB, Inter IKEA Group; passionate leader for sustainable business development, 15 years within IKEA working as a global business leader and various leading positions within product development and supply chains.

The Circular Economy Action Plan continues to shape the EU Commission’s agenda

The third package of EU measures to transform our economy into a circular model has been delivered. It contains the landmark strategy for plastics, a monitoring framework, new rules for the reuse of water, a report on Critical Raw Materials and the analysis of options to improve the interface between Waste, Products and Chemicals legislation. These actions are just another step on our policy path set up in the Action Plan adopted in 2015. This year, we will focus on product policy and stepping up efforts at the international level. We actively engage with stakeholders in this process through the Stakeholder Platform, Financing Platform and numerous representatives for product policy, resource efficiency and raw materials. These provide an important input to shape our future agenda – in particular for the next Multiannual Financial Framework and the 9th Framework Programme for research and development.

Michał Kubicki

Policy Officer, European Commission

Michał Kubicki – member of the EU civil services since 2005. At present works at the European Commission where he is a policy officer responsible for sustainable industrial policy at the Directorate General for Internal market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. He coordinated the development of the Circular Economy Action Plan and the contributed to the waste legislative proposal of 2015. Earlier he coordinated the review of the chemicals safety legislation REACH of 2012 and was delegated a Commission observer to the Socio-Economic Assessment Committee in the European Chemicals Agency.

He graduated in Public Administration from the Grand Valle State University and the Faculty of Management at the University of Gdansk. Before joining the European civil service, he worked for regional authorities and development agencies in the Pomerania Region in Poland and in the USA.

How can we improve the recycling of WEEE? Are we prepared to take our responsibility?

Waste of Electronic Electrical Equipment is the worlds growing waste stream based on our consumer behaviour. The WEEE directive stipulates the collection rates of WEEE in the European Union but unfortunatly, the collection rates into the official collection system have a major gap to reach their targets. Why is it like this, what can be done to improve the situation and what consequences can there be if we do not reach the targets?

Plastic is increasing in all WEEE, the plastic market has changed during 2017 based on the Chinese Government decision with the National Sword. How quickly can European stakeholders adapt to the changes influencing the business and how can the changes improve the recycling industry in Europe?

With the increased speed of new products in the market an increase of functional products are found in the collection cages. The reuse of products and components is in line with the WEEE directive and will increase, and it should increase. How is the monitoring of correct recycling of products or components?

Rasmus Bergström

Managing Director Stena Technoworld, Head of Business Area Technoworld at Stena Metall

Rasmus Bergström has been working with WEEE at Stena since 2007. Since 2014 he has been responsible for the European operation at Stena Metall for all WEEE. Stena Technoworld is one of the leading WEEE recyclers in Europe with over 16 recycling plants.
Stena Technoworld was one of the founders of the European Electronic Recycling Association EERA, today Rasmus is President of the EERA board.

Driving circular design through business model innovation

Product designs are a compromise between many factors that are largely driven by the value proposition of the product and the business models that is used. As such current product designs are often optimized for linear business models and making a change towards circular designs can be complicated. Longer life parts often come at a higher cost and introducing elements like modular design or design for remanufacturing means that investments in the architecture of the products are required. The question that arises is why would a consumer pay a higher price for a circular product if the value that is created and the business model that is used remain the same? This means that if a company wants to introduce Circular Product design it needs to go beyond the product itself and also needs to redesign the value proposition and the business model in which it operates.

Eelco Smit

Director Sustainability, Philips

Eelco Smit is Director of the Philips Group Sustainability team where he is responsible for the overall sustainability performance of the Personal Health Business Groups in Philips. In this role he works with innovation teams and factories on developing and managing their sustainability programmes. In recent years he has actively worked on the implementation of the Circular Economy programme at Philips with a specific focus on business model innovation, Circular product design and increasing the use of recycled plastics.

In this role Eelco represents Philips at Industry Associations CECED and DIGITALEUROPE where he is actively involved in lobby work on waste legislation in Europe.

After completing a master’s degree in Industrial Design Engineering at Delft University of Technology in 2003 he has held several positions in Environmental Affairs at LG Electronics and Epson Europe before joining Philips in January 2011.

Smart metal components – a key enabler for higher value material loops

A new innovation platform is shaped by the merging of metal castings and digization. This is done by on the one hand enabling integration of sensors into cast metal, and on the other hand enabling individual traceability of cast metal components. The metal casting research institute Swerea SWECAST is together with industry opening up for entirely new roles for cast metal components. The intention is that cast metal will transcend beyond merely serving as structural materials, but will also function as embedded digitally enabled elements that provide monitoring data for control and other service innovations. In itself the enabling of individual traceability of cast metal components will both enable life cycle quality control, facilitate circular business models of components, as well as support closing the loops for particularly valuable alloys. Smart metal castings are intended to serve as a platform for new innovations, and as inspiration for what can be achieved by smart metals.

Raul Carlsson

Research Engineer, Process and Demonstration, Swerea SWECAST

Raul Carlsson is Research Engineer at Swerea SWECAST in Jönköping, Sweden. He has over twenty years of experience from different research roles where he combines digization with industrial sustainability challenges. Raul has an interdisciplinary background with a Master in Physics, and a PhD in Environmental Science.

Future adaptivity of material use – and some first steps

Axel Edh

Senior Strategic Advisor Environment at Research and Development, Volvo Car Group

Axel Edh has since 2009 held the position of Senior Strategic Advisor Environment at Research and Development, Volvo Car Group. In that position he recommends a pre-development product portfolio for the entire environmental attribute area.
Axel has been at Volvo Cars since 1996 and has wide-ranging experience from developing environmental product performance, balancing customer needs and financial prerequisites with technical solutions.
Since 2014, Axel has been a board member of the Swedish Lifecycle Centre, an example of the way Volvo Cars is striving towards a more holistic environmental approach.

All circles start somewhere – raw material choice is key

When discussing the circular economy and circular materials we frequently focus the discussion on recycling and recycled materials. We need to move away from a uni-focused end-of-life discussion and ensure a full life cycle perspective, including where the raw materials originate from and the full life cycle impact. Tetra Pak has pioneered the use of plant-based plastics in the industry and this has added value on the market very rapidly. For example, in 2017 more than 50% of all plastic caps sold in Sweden were made from plant-based plastics. In parallel, innovation in recycling is driving towards better use of recycled materials. This requires innovation of commercial models as well as technical recycling solutions. A full life-cycle approach is a prerequisite for circular models in reality.

Erik Lindroth

Environment Director, Tetra Pak

Erik Lindroth is Tetra Pak’s Environment Director in Northern Europe and has previously worked with the environment in Tetra Pak both on a regional and global level since 2008. Erik has a marketing and commercial background, as Marketing Director and Commercial Director for one of Tetra Pak’s product systems as well as an MSc in Economics and Business Administration from Lund University.
As of 2017 he also holds a part-time position at Lund University School of Economics and Management as a PhD student. His research is focused on creating environmental value in the sales process.
Erik is firmly convinced that good environment performance is an excellent basis for creating competitiveness today, and even more so in the future.

Remanufacturing in Europe – Opportunities and State of the Art

David Peck

Senior Research Fellow, Circular Built Environment and Critical Materials

As a TU Delft Senior Research Fellow, David Peck, researches and teaches in the field of circular built environment and critical materials. David works in the faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Department of Architectural Engineering and Technology. His research objective is the development of a knowledge framework for a circular materials economy that enables the circular design of future cities and buildings.

David is also a visiting Professor with Coventry University and an adjunct Professor at MIP Politecnico di Milano, Graduate School of Business, both roles on circular cities and critical materials. David is the TU Delft leader for the pioneer university status with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation for a circular economy. He is the TU Delft lead manager for a Horizons 2020 project, ProSUM – Prospecting Secondary raw materials (Critical Materials) in the Urban Mine and mining waste and the recently completed H2020 project, ERN – European Remanufacturing Network. David is the TU Delft representative for the EU KIC EIT Raw Materials (sustainable exploration, extraction, processing, recycling and substitution). He leads a number of projects in this 2 bn Euro programme that has a focus on circular end materials.

How to step up reuse and remanufacturing: This is what entrepreneurs need to know more about

Reuse and remanufacturing offer a significant economic and environmental potential for Europe which so far is widely untapped – especially with regard to knowledge gaps and services to overcome them. Knowing the knowledge gaps that prevent linear businesses from becoming circular is a crucial precondition for the establishment of reuse and remanufacturing activities, because analyses have shown that there is a myriad of numerous and varying barriers out there, being multidimensional and interconnected, and altogether preventing the step-up of more circular practices.

Susanne Fischer

Research Fellow, Research Unit Circular Economy, Wuppertal Institute

Since 2010, Susanne Fischer has been working as a research fellow in the ”Circular Economy” research unit of the Wuppertal Institute. Her field of activity comprises the analysis of eco-innovations that could support the realization of a circular economy in Europe.

Talking from experience: Bringing reuse networks to life

Besides knowledge gaps it is also and especially institutional-organizational issues that prevent the reuse culture from becoming reality. Reuse networks and connected product brands are needed that help to set quality standards, generate trust and reputation and reduce transaction costs in buying and selling decisions. However, the way from the idea to set up such a reuse brand to bring it into life is marked with interesting to challenging milestones.

Markus Meissner

Senior Consultant, Pulswerk GmbH

Markus Meissner holds a Degree in Civil Engineering and Water Management from BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. Since 2003 he works for the Austrian Institute of Ecology and for pulswerk GmbH in the field of resource management. He focuses on consultancy regarding waste management actions on local and regional level, especially in the issues prevention, re-use and building and construction waste.

How can a producer responsibility organization support reuse?

NORSIRK is a Norwegian EPR company, which safeguards producer responsibility for EE products, batteries and packaging. The company has stated that their goal for 2020 is to have a reuse percentage of the amount of WEEE collected at a level of 10%. Based on the numbers they are to collect in 2017, that means 6-7000 metric tonnes of WEEE to be reused.

How NORSIRK is working to reach these numbers, is to be presented by the CCO in NORSIRK, Mrs. Guro Kjørsvik Husby

Guro Kjørsvik Husby

CCO, Norsirk

Guro has been an important part of the exciting journey NORSIRK has been for the last 13 years. From the EE-take back scheme Elretur – until today – to the full scope and far most forward leaning EPR company in Norway. Her responsibilities throughout the years have been managing the customers, the marketing, the sales, the web, the social media strategy and all other communication. Guro is well known as an engaging speaker, indeed passionate about her work.

Valtra Remanufacturing – machinery production as environmentally friendly and profitable business

Circular economy aims to maximize the use and value of products, materials and components as long as possible. For us, it means components remanufacturing and also bringing the profitable business model for the company. With this activity we conserve resources and energy. At the same time, materials which are no longer re-usable can be recycled efficiently.

Jari Luoma-Aho

Marketing Manager, Valtra Aftersales

Second-generation Valmet / Valtra man, with 20 years’ experience of tractor parts and service business on Valtra / AGCO organization.

Reuse of interior building materials in office premises – experiences from ongoing case studies

Before a new tenant moves into an office, it is adapted by the real estate owner to meet the requests and requirements of the new tenant. As a consequence, functional furnishings such as inner walls, inner doors, ceilings, etc. become waste to an unnecessarily large extent today instead of being reused. In order to achieve reuse on a large scale, a change of approach and mindset is required by all stakeholders from tenants, real estate owners, architects and contractors, etc. An ongoing research project conducted by IVL analyses and evaluates the economic, environmental as well as the practical impact of an increased reuse of interior building materials through a number of case studies. The project is financed by Vinnova, Sweden’s innovation agency and eleven project partners.

Carl Jensen

Senior project manager, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute

Carl Jensen, MSc in chemical engineering, is senior project manager in the waste group of IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute and has worked in the field of waste management for 15 years. One area Carl has worked extensively with is improving today´s waste handling both in terms of increased material recycling but also increased reuse of construction and demolition waste. Before joining the IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institutes Carl worked as a development engineer and project manager at Renova, a waste and recycling company in western Sweden.

Reuse and Remanufacturing – Chair and moderator

Mona Arnold

Tech Lic., MBA, VTT – Technical Research Centre of Finland

Mona Arnold acts currently as principal investigator in water management and technologies at VTT. She has over 20 years of professional experience and project management in a multitude of environmental processes starting from air pollution prevention to water, waste and climate-related processes, lately with a strong emphasis on circular economy, recovery and valorisation of resources.

Modelling recycling in Product Environmental Footprints

Tomas Ekvall

PhD, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute

Tomas Ekvall, PhD, has more than 20 years of experience from systems analysis, particularly life cycle assessment (LCA), energy systems analysis, waste-management, and futures studies. As an internationally recognized expert on LCA and related tools, his many publications are frequently cited. A former associate professor at Chalmers university of Technology, he has been involved in policy assessments since 2006.

The crucial role of optical sorting in bottle-to-bottle recycling

Thomas Neureiter

Segment Sales Manager for Plastics, Bühler

Thomas Neureiter is the Segment Sales Manager for Plastics at Bühler, with his main focus being on the European plastics segment. Thomas looks after an extensive client base in Europe to provide comprehensive optical sorting solutions in the packaging, construction, electronic waste and petrochemical recycling industries.

Since joining Bühler, Thomas has worked very closely with product specialists to supply customers with complete solutions for plastic flake sorting with the Optical Sorting Stations. He also works closely with US-based National Recovery Technologies (NRT) following the Bühler and NRT partnership, to provide complete optical sorting solutions from bottle to flakes in Europe, the CIS and North America.

How do we reach the vision of Buildings as Material Banks?

How do we fulfil the vision of the EU-funded project Buildings As Material Banks? What systemic changes are needed, what tools are developed and how does it open the door to a wide range of circular business models? Considering Buildings as “Material Banks” is seeing them as repositories or stockpiles of valuable, high quality materials that can easily be taken apart and recovered. By harvesting materials and parts during deconstruction and renovation of buildings, these materials can be reused in the construction, operation or refurbishment of other buildings, thus reducing the need for primary resource mining. Moreover, the term ‘Buildings as Material Banks’ also refers to a materialized investment. It is more than investing money in property funds. In this vision, the building itself is considered as a materialized savings account for material resources, through which building materials, products and components are temporarily ‘deposited’ into a functional element or part of the building.

Lisa Elfström

COO, SundaHus i Linköping AB

Lisa Elfström is COO at SundaHus working with the development of systems and services for building material information. SundaHus is one of the 15 partners in the BAMB project, focusing primarily on development of Materials Passports and decision making tools.

Circular recycling of cotton fibers recovered from polyester/cotton textile blends

Textiles that contain blends of polyester and cotton, so called polycotton, are among the most common textile materials. These are e.g. used in the service sector in towels and sheets. To accomplish circular recycling of textile fibers, separation of blended materials must be accomplished. The here presented innovation is a developed separation process for polycotton, with a yield above 97%, where polyester is degraded to its monomers, ethylene glycol (EG) and terephthalic acid (TPA), and cotton is maintained.
Furthermore, viscose filaments of same quality as filaments produced from a regular dissolving pulp were produced from the cotton residue. The separation process has been developed within the Mistra Future Fashion program by Chalmers, RISE and Södra, and with standing industries in mind. The vision is to integrate the cotton stream with existing forest or biomass industries, or recycling initiatives, and the separated polyester residues, the monomers EG and TPA, with existing chemical processes.
Analysis of the resulting streams showed high purity which is promising when considering the importance of a future circular economy of textiles.

Hanna de la Motte

Research Scientist, RISE

Dr Hanna de la Motte is graduated from Lund University (M.Sc. degree in chemistry 2007) and Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg (Ph.D. degree in chemistry 2012). Since 2013 she is working as a research scientist at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, at the division of Bioeconomy, as well as a guest researcher at Chalmers University of Technology supervising a Ph.D. student. Her research fields are cellulose science, textile recycling and forest products.

Investigation of REE separation and simultaneous Ni based powder production from NiMH battery waste by spray pyrolysis

NiMH battery technology has an established position in the battery market due to its specific applications. The main valuable parts of the NiMH batteries are the electrode materials, which are hydrogen storage alloy (nickel based alloys AB2 or AB5) as anode, and NiOH as cathode. The electrode materials contain high amount of nickel and lower amounts of cobalt, aluminum, manganese and REE elements. In this research, we propose an alternative method to separate REEs and Ni depending on high temperature decomposition characteristics of their salts. In the proposed process, nickel based powders can be produce in a single step by spray pyrolysis method from leaching solution of NiMH battery waste. The thermodynamic modeling of the method was studied by HSC 9 Chemistry software. High temperature decomposition/reduction characteristics of the metal salts were investigated by thermal gravimetric analysis under air and hydrogen atmospheres. Results showed that nanostuctured nickel based particles were successfully prepared and REEs were simultaneously separated during the process.

Burçak Ebin

Researcher, PhD, Chalmers University of Technology

Burçak Ebin studied his bachelor on Metallurgical and Material Engineering at Istanbul Technical University in Turkey (2006), where he received M.Sc. with a thesis entitled “Production of iron nanoparticles via ultrasonic spray pyrolysis and hydrogen reduction method (USP-HR)” and Ph.D. degrees with thesis about production of nanostructured cathode materials for Li-ion batteries, in 2014. As an entrepreneur, he is one of the cofounder of Nanokomp Advanced Materials Co. Ltd. in Istanbul, Turkey, 2013 and Mat4green Tech AB in Gothenburg, Sweden, 2017. He has been working as a researcher at Chalmers University of Technology, Nuclear Chemistry and Industrial Materials Recycling Group in Gothenburg, Sweden since 2014. His research fields are inorganic chemistry, recycling, pyrolysis and high temperature reactions, synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials, electrochemistry and battery technologies.

Novel chemical recycling method for valuable metals in batteries – experiences from the Colabats project

While it is commonly thought that pure research leads to applied research which in turn brings a product or process to the marketplace, in my case the reverse was true. I took part in an applied project on battery recycling using a deep eutectic solvent. After the observation of several apparent abnormalities in solvent extraction results, it was realized that a need existed to conduct a fundamental study of the properties of deep eutectic solvents and solvent extraction from them. In this talk some of these results will be presented.

Mark Foreman

Associate Professor, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Nuclear Chemistry/Industrial Materials Recycling, Chalmers University of Technology

Mark R.StJ. Foreman is an associate professor in Industrial Materials Recyling who went to Imperial College with the sincere wish to become an organic chemist, he specalised in organic chemistry in his final year at Imperial. However during his final year (1993-1994) he became interested in organophosphorus chemistry and joined the research group of J. Derek Woollins. Thus started his life on the borderline between organic and inorganic chemistry. After three years working in Derek’s lab on sulfur phosphorus chemistry he went north to Aberdeen where he spent almost three years in M. John Plater’s group doing coordination chemistry. Around 1999 Mark started to develop an interest in both solvent extraction and the chemistry of radioactive materials. After having spent a year doing organometallic chemistry in Anthony F. Hill’s group at Imperial College, Mark moved to the University of Reading where he worked both on porous solids and new reagents for advanced nuclear reprocessing. In 2007 in the early days of the Industrial Materials Recycling section he came to Sweden. Since arriving in Sweden, his interests have included serious nuclear accident chemistry, solvent extraction, ionic liquids and application of chemistry to problems in recycling and waste disposal. Mark has published over 110 papers and has a h index of 33.

The Role of Metallurgy for Circular Material based Society and Economy

Extractive metallurgy provides the chemical principles and tools for metal and material processing and separation and thereby has a central role in a circular material based society and economy.
This paper will describe characteristics of various fractions of materials in the waste streams and show how the metallurgical principles could be applied to separate the different fractions and make pure products out of these. The metallurgical concepts will be illustrated by highlighting some of the open research projects on recovery of metals and valorization of wastes and residues. This paper will focus on recent projects on recovery of critical materials including:
– Recovery of valuables from Li-ion batteries
– Recovery of vanadium from steel slag
– Recovery of fluorspar from pickling sludge from the stainless steel industry
Metallurgical processes are often capital-intensive and therefore need pilot testing prior to commercialization of the developed processes. This paper will also highlight the pilot test possibilities for high temperature processes in Sweden and the EU.

Guozhu Ye

Swerea Mefos

– MSc and PhD in Extractive Metallurgy from NTNU, Trondheim
– Since 1989 senior researcher at Swerea MEFOS, adj. Professor
– Has extensive experience in large-scale National, EU and International metallurgical projects, in recent years focusing on recycling and secondary resources
– Member of the Scientific Board for PROMETIA responsible for Pyrometallurgy
– Winner of the “Inspiration Prize” awarded by the Swedish Recycling Industries Association 2011 for the innovative works and leadership in the MISTRA VILD-project

Extended Producer Responsibility for Solar Photovoltaic Panels: Practices and Challenges from Collective vs. Individual Producer Responsibility Cases

Eco-design is one of the three intended goals of an extended producer responsibility (EPR) system, along with improving collection and recycling and closing material loops. Theoretically, if producers are responsible for their own brand of products (either physically or financially), individual producer responsibility (IPR) systems should be a sufficient incentive for promoting eco-design in products. In this research, a comparative evaluation of EPR systems for Collective vs. IPR cases for Solar photovoltaic (PV) will be carried out using the intervention theory and a general EPR performance framework based on past evaluative literature in the EPR field of research. The findings of the research indicate that while the EPR legislation is a definite motivation, it is one of many. Other key motivators include economic considerations, customer satisfaction, overall environmental impact and securing sustainable supply of certain key materials, among others.

Sunanda Mehta

Manager – EPR, Karo Sambhav Pvt. Ltd

Sunanda Mehta has a Masters’ Degree in Environmental Science, Policy and Management (MESPOM) an Erasmus Mundus Programme jointly awarded by some of the leading European and North American Universities; the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics, Lund and Central European University, Budapest, being amongst this list.

She is currently working with Karo Sambhav Pvt. Ltd. – an E-waste Produced Responsibility Organization operating out of India, where her role involves facilitating memberships of producers such as Apple, Lenovo, Dell, HP, etc. and researching on E-waste management challenges in the country.

Educating Society for a Circular Economy: Potential and Challenges

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have the potential for educating a broader society about Circular Economy concepts. Aiming to harness this potential, CE MOOC is a project supported by EIT Raw Materials and has involved several universities, research institutes and businesses in developing educational material, raising societal awareness, and encouraging learners to think critically and apply circular economy concepts and tools. The project’s conceptualization of the circular economy and approach is presented, as well as the challenges, with the aim of encouraging discussion of how to further engage broader society with circular economy concepts and goals.

Jessika Luth Richter

Research Associate, International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE), Lund University

Jessika Luth Richter is a PhD Candidate and Research Associate at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) at Lund University and holds an MSc in Environmental Management and Policy and a Graduate Diploma in Education. She has been involved with the development of MOOCs at Lund University since 2013 and is currently the Assistant Project Manager and Curriculum Coordinator for CE MOOC. In addition to education and teaching, Jessika’s research mainly focuses on extended producer responsibility and ecodesign policies as part of transitioning to a more circular economy.

The ”chemical recycling” of residual waste: an industrial-scale case study of transition to a Circular Economy

The world’s very first industrial-scale bio-refinery to use non-recyclable municipal solid waste (MSW) as a feedstock reached a pivotal milestone when initiating bio-methanol production in 2016 followed by bioethanol production in 2017. Using innovative waste conversion processes can help communities meet recycling targets whilst decarbonizing manufacturing and transportation sectors in a transition to a more circular economy.

This presentation will talk about how advanced bio-refineries are creating value from non-recyclable residual waste by converting it into sustainable chemicals and renewable fuels. These facilities offer an alternative to linear waste management processes such as incineration (and landfilling) and complement mechanical recycling by targeting residual waste from these facilities that cannot be economically recycled.

Enerkem’s proprietary thermochemical process converts solid waste materials into advanced low-carbon renewable chemical intermediates or biofuels. The technology has been implemented in Edmonton, Alberta at the world’s first full-scale waste-to-chemicals facility to help the City meet its objective to increase its household waste diversion rate from above 50% today to 90%, and to help Canada meet its federal biofuels mandate. The Enerkem Alberta Biofuels facility is also the world’s first major collaboration between a large city and a renewable chemicals producer to address waste disposal challenges.

Enerkem’s modular technology and scalable manufacturing approach allows for efficient deployment as turnkey projects or as joint ventures with partners. The company will shortly begin the construction of a second facility in Canada. It is also developing its first European project with a consortium of leading industrial partners in the Netherlands.

Alex Miles

Director, Commercial Development, Europe, Enerkem

Alex Miles has been developing projects in the renewable energy-from-waste sector for the past 10 years across a range of disciplines and is currently leading Enerkem’s business development plans for Europe. He has worked alongside Enerkem in various capacities since 2006 and has followed closely the development of the company’s proprietary waste-to-liquid biofuels technology from the pilot stage through to full-scale, commercial development.

Alex holds a degree in Engineering, Economics and Management from Oxford University and began his career in investment banking. He moved into the renewable energy sector in 2006 when he joined Novera Energy and has since worked on landfill gas, onshore wind, solar and waste gasification projects.

Refinery for feedstock recycling of plastics

Hållbar Kemi 2030 is a collaboration project within which five chemical companies located in Stenungsund (AGA, AkzoNobel, Borealis, Inovyn and Perstorp) are striving towards a common sustainability vision. The vision is to make Stenungsund the hub for production of sustainable chemical products and to have a production based on renewable and recycled feedstock in 2030. As Project Manager, Elin is coordinating the work and was recently appointed as Project Manager of the year by COWI. Elin has a M.Sc in Biotechnology and a background from Borealis.

The split between material recycling and energy recycling for plastic waste in Sweden is today 30/70. This means there is a large volume of plastic material that could be levelled up in the waste hierarchy. Available method for material recycling of plastics are today only mechanical recycling with drawbacks such as quality loss and material restrictions. A new way of plastic material recycling is feedstock recycling, a method that produces recycled material with the same quality as virgin feedstock. Feedstock recycling of plastics in a Plastic Recycling Refinery could be the large-scale solution that closes the plastic loop, aiming to achieve 100 % material recycling.

Elin Hermansson

Elin Hermansson, Project Manager, Chemical Industries Stenungsund

Taking the European Chemical Industry into the Circular Economy

Ann Dierckx

Sustainable Development Manager

Ann Dierckx graduated as an engineer in chemistry and agricultural sciences in 1990 at the Catholic University of Leuven. She holds a PhD in engineering in chemistry and agricultural sciences from the same university (1995).
Prior to joining Cefic in 2008, she worked in the field of disposal of radioactive waste, first at the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre in Mol, Belgium, later at the Belgian Agency for Radioactive Waste and Enriched Fissile Materials (NIRAS/ONDRAF) in Brussels where she held several coordinating positions.
In 2008, she joined Cefic as environmental policy manager, dealing with policy matters in the field of industrial emissions, air, water, soil and biodiversity as well as occupational health related issues. In 2014, she was appointed Sustainable Development Manager.

50/50 – the effect of chemical industry as downstream industries go circular

Philipp Buddemeier

Principal Director, Accenture Strategy

  • Philipp is a Principal Director at Accenture Strategy – Sustainability in Berlin. He leads Accenture’s work on Circular Economy in Germany, Switzerland & Austria
  • Philipp supports companies and public sector organizations to realize the benefits from moving into a more resource effective economy based on a deep understanding of business model innovation and the enabling role of digitalization
  • In addition to over a decade in top management consulting Philipp has hands-on entrepreneurial experience demonstrating the power of Circular Economy at work as a Managing Partner of Blue Economy Solutions GmbH and CEO of Oppidum Underground Farming GmbH
  • He holds an MBA from INSEAD and a Master from University of Hamburg

Thermal recycling of plastic – disrupting the downcycle

The shortfall of current recycling schemes for plastic wastes asks for a novel approach to disrupt the ongoing downcycling. Understanding the decomposition schemes of different solid materials opens up to considering plastic waste streams as raw material for the production of new plastic materials of the highest quality.

Martin Seemann

Department of Space Earth and Environment – Associate Professor in Energy Conversion, Chalmers University of Technology

Martin has been working with solid fuel conversion together with various industrial partners for over a decade, covering both biomass, plastics and different waste streams. Understanding the thermal decomposition of fuels and the governing forces has been a key to his research.

Sustainable plastics material

Knowledge about how plastic impacts the environment must increase and more measures must be taken to address the problems. The government is now setting up a committee to review the possibility of reducing the negative environmental effects of plastic.

Åsa Stenmarck

Climate and sustainable cities – Waste, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute

Åsa Stenmarck has worked with waste related issues for the last 16 years. She has over the years worked broadly with waste management issues, often on a systems level but with particular focus on circular economy and recycling. She has worked with waste flows from WEEE, food, plastics and textiles. During more recent years, her focus has been on circular flows and sustainable consumption.


Nils Hannerz

Head Circular Economy & Industrial Bioeconomy, IKEM – Innovation and Chemical Industries in Sweden

RE:Source – advancing innovative solutions for the circular transition

Being a national strategic innovation programme, RE:Source has taken the responsibility to gather the stakeholders in Sweden for developing and implementing innovative solutions for a circular transition. RE:Source has during its first two years of existence initiated 100+ research and innovation projects aiming at solving societal challenges as well as increasing the competitiveness of Swedish stakeholders. Moreover, RE:Source is supporting activities related to business development, policy analysis, international collaboration and transfer of good-practice solutions. A selection of inspiring and innovative projects will be presented. RE:Source is financed by the Swedish Energy Agency, Vinnova, and Formas, the Swedish Environmental Research Council.

Johan Felix

Innovation Manager, Strategic Innovation Programme, RE:Source

Johan Felix, employed as Director Materials Technology at Chalmers Industriteknik, holds a PhD in Polymer Technology and have several years of industrial experience of materials and product development at e.g. ABB. During the last ten years, Johan has worked at the interfaces between academia, industry and public sector to develop solutions for enabling circular use of materials. Within RE:Source, Johan is responsible for activities related to research and innovation.

Investing in innovation & early stage startups

Chalmers Ventures is one of the highest ranked university linked business incubators in the world. They have been part of screening & developing thousands of ideas & innovations and the present portfolio includes some 70 companies including almost 20 #greenUps (green tech startups). Louise Brudö, Head of Startup Acceleration will introduce you to their unique program and philosophy.

Louise Brudö

Head of Startup Acceleration, Chalmers Ventures

Louise Brudö is Business Coach & Head of the Accelerator program at Chalmers Ventures. Previously, she co-founded and sold travel deal site Destly, that pioneered flash sales for the Swedish travel industry. In addition, Louise has held managerial roles for different B2B SaaS providers and served as digital mentor.


Christian Ekberg

Christian Ekberg, Professor, department of Chemical and Biological Engineering Nuclear Chemistry and Industrial Materials Recycling, Chalmers University of Technology

Christian Ekberg completed his PhD in 1999 where the main topic was statistical uncertainty and sensitivity analysis of chemical modelling. Later the focus shifted to experimental methods to determine thermodynamic properties in solutions for the heaviest elements. Returning from a post doc in Australia, he headed the separation and transmutation activities dealing with the reuse of used nuclear fuel into new fuel for sustainable nuclear power. From 2003 he was the main research leader in Nuclear Chemistry at Chalmers. In 2007 he became the first holder of Stenas chair in Industrial Materials Recycling which was then joined by the Nuclear Chemistry Department. It may seem strange but one of the pioneers of metals recycling from waste fractions was Professor Jan Rydberg who was the first professor in Nuclear Chemistry at Chalmers. In 2007. Ekberg founded the competence centre Recycling (CCR) which is a nation-wide centre dealing with all aspects of materials recycling. He is one of the founding members of the European PROMETIA network. In 2012, he also became a full professor in Nuclear Chemistry. Since 2013, he has been an elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy for Engineering Sciences. Since 2016, he is an elected member of The Royal Society for Arts and Science.

Cosima Dannoritzer

Documentary filmmaker

Cosima Dannoritzer is a documentary filmmaker with a special interest in history, technology and ecology. She has worked for broadcasters in several European countries, including the BBC and Arte. Her film about the history of planned obsolescence, THE LIGHT BULB CONSPIRACY (2010), was broadcast in 40+ countries, won 12 international festival awards, and inspired a new law in France. For THE E-WASTE TRAGEDY (2014), she travelled to Africa, the US, China and all around Europe to investigate the illegal trafficking of electronic waste.

Jan Vlak

Chairman, WEEE Forum

Jan Vlak (1966) has been working in the field of waste policy and management for 25 years.
He holds an MSc in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam, he was as a civil servant responsible for the Dutch National Landfill Plan and the privatization of the waste sector. In 2008 he became Managing Director of Wecycle, the Dutch compliance scheme; he is Board member of WEEE Europe AG and President of the WEEE Forum, the international associating speaking for 34 PRO’s.

Peter Woodward

Facilitator, Quest Associates Ltd

Peter Woodward is in high demand across Europe and internationally for his skills as an
independent facilitator. His engaging personality and twenty years of experience combine to lift the normal conference or workshop experience to new levels of energy and value.
He enables both clients and participants to achieve outcomes beyond their expectations in a
relaxed yet purposeful manner.

Based near Bath in the UK, Peter has a particular passion and expertise in designing and
running participative processes on issues related to the sustainable development agenda.

As Co-founder and Director of Quest Associates, his clients include the European
Commission and national governments, public agencies, businesses, universities and civil
society organisations. His interventions range in scale from small group internal strategy sessions to major conferences of up to 2,000 participants. Peter also runs training courses on process design and facilitation skills.

Peter trained in urban planning, He has worked in the social sector and for a multinational company and gained wide experience of helping to bridge differing perspectives on issues.