Speakers March 7 2018

The list of speakers is being continuously updated.

Key factors to the transistion towards the circular economy

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 Findland Aalto University 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 Negotiating Team for Accession of Slovenia to the EU (1998). He was also Director of 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 November the 1st 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 a Chairman of The Forum for the Future of Agriculture and RISE Foundation and a Member of the European Policy Centre’s Advisory Council.

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

The third package of the EU measures to transform our economy into a circular model has been delivered. It contains the landmark strategy for plastics, a monitoring framework, a new rules for the reuse of water, a report on Critical Raw Materials and the analysis of options to improve the interface between the 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 for a 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 the 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 a delegated 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 USA.

Circular IKEA and future materials

The IKEA history and company culture is to be cost conscious in everything we do. We dare to think differently and see waste of resources as one of the greatest diseases of mankind.Today, our corporate direction is to be 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 chain.

Rasmus Bergström

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

Eelco Smit

Director Sustainability, Philips

Mr. Smit holds a M.Sc. in Industrial Design Engineering from Delft University of Technology.

Axel Edh

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

Axel Edh holds since 2009 the position 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 a wide experience from developing environmental product performance, balancing customer needs and financial prerequisites with technical solutions.
Since 2014 Axel is a board member in Swedish Lifecycle center, an example of the strive towards the more holistic environmental approach of Volvo Cars.

Circular materials need a full life cycle perspective

When discussing the circular economy and circular materials we frequently focus the discussion on recycling and recycled materials. These perspectives are important, but far from the full story. 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. In this way we can secure informed decisions with the best results for society in mind.

Erik Lindroth

Environment Director, Tetra Pak

Erik Lindroth is Tetra Pak’s Environment Director in North Europe and has previously worked with 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 environment 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 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 lead 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 and materials.

Producer responsibility and 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 on the amount of WEEE collected, on 10%. Based on the numbers they are to collect in 2017, that means 6-7 000 metric tons of WEEE to be reused.

How NORSIRK works to reach these numbers, are 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 travel NORSIRK has had 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 has been managing the customers, the marketing, the sales, the web, the social media strategy and all other communication. Guro is well known as a engaging speaker, indeed passionate about her work.

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 analyzes 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 IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institutes Carl worked as a development engineer and project manager at Renova, a waste and recycling company in western Sweden.

Scrap tire rubber for new tires: Tires are meant to go round and round

Another billion scrap tires will leave the road this year. We pay a fee for their disposal. Devulcanization offers an option to change the disposal mindset in scrap tire management. Tyromer will present its experience in devulcanizing scrap tire rubber to produce TDP (Tire-Derived Polymer) for reuse in tires, its current initiatives, and a roadmap to broader use of TDP in tires as one socially responsible and environmentally sustainable option for scrap tire management.

Sam Visaisouk

CEO, Tyromer Inc

Sam is the CEO of Tyromer Inc., a company he founded with Professor Costas Tzoganakis to commercialize Costas’ rubber devulcanization invention. Sam specializes in startup operation, open innovation and strategic collaboration to bring innovation into traditional industries affected by inertia and legacy.

Modeling 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.

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. Together, these outcomes are integral towards creating a more circular economy. Theoretically, if producers are responsible for their own brand of products (either physically or financially), individual producer responsibility (IPR) systems should be sufficient incentive for promoting eco-design in products. Evaluation of the EPR practices in collective vs. IPR systems can further the understanding of the main motivating factors and accordingly, to what extent does EPR play a role in incentivizing eco-design, as well as the remaining EPR goals. Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels are particularly important and suited for this research as there are examples of both collective and IPR schemes as well as significant motivating factors for design improvement, given the critical materials they contain and the hazardous nature of this waste. In addition to evaluating EPR practices from case countries (cases of collective EPR systems), this research assesses the performance of an operational, industrial – scale IPR case. This comparative evaluation of EPR systems for solar PV waste utilizes intervention theory and a general EPR performance framework based on past evaluative literature in the EPR field of research. Data gathering and verification is facilitated through triangulation, namely, primary and secondary literature, stakeholder interviews and statistical data. The research evaluates the performance of the systems on the basis of the EPR goals to understand the factors behind the various performances. The findings 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. While there is evidence of the EPR principle incentivizing eco-design in the panels in case of an IPR system, it is one of a myriad of different factors that led to that outcome. In terms of performance of both collective and individual EPR systems, the motivating factors (or lack of) as well as the challenges behind the different performances are discussed and recommendations are made that can be used to enhance system performances.

Sunanda Mehta

Sunanda Mehta has a Masters’ Degree in Environmental Science, Policy and Management (MESPOM) an Erasmus Mundus Program 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.

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 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 of Extractive Metallurgy from NTNU, Trondheim
– Since 1989 senior researcher at Swerea MEFOS, adj. Professor
– Have extensive experiences in large scale National, the EU and International metallurgical projects, in the recent years with focus 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

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

Alex Miles

Director, Commercial Development, Europe, Enerkem

Alex Miles has been developing projects in the renewable energy-from-waste sector for the past 7 years across a range of disciplines and is currently working with Enerkem on their business development plans for the 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 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.

Taking the European Chemical Industry Into the Circular Economy

Ann Dierckx

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 Center 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.

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 consider plastic waste streams as raw material for the production of new plastic materials of 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 different 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 in his research.

Sustainable plastics material

The 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 an 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 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. The later years focus has been on circular flows and sustainable consumption.

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 against 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 big volume of plastic material that could be levelled up in the waste hierarchy. Available method for material recycling of plastics is 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 produce 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

Project Manager Hållbar Kemi 2030

Maximizing recoveries through world class technology

Ing-Marie Andersson Drugge

Director Strategy and Technology, Boliden

Markus Reuter

Director, Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology

2006-2015 Outotec & Ausmelt: Director Technology Management at Outotec Finland since 2010, after being Chief Executive Technologist of Ausmelt Australia (2006 up to 2010) when Outotec acquired Ausmelt
1994-1996 Mintek: South Africa (managing furnace control group)
1984-1985 Anglo American Corporation: South Africa (process metallurgist)

2015: Honorary Doctorate (Dr. h.c.) Université de Liège (Belgium)
2006: Doctorate in Engineering (D.Eng.), Stellenbosch University (South Africa)
1995: Dr. habil., RWTH Aachen (Germany)
1991: PhD, Stellenbosch University (South Africa)

>400 publications in books, encyclopaedias, journals and conference proceedings

Increase the recovery of critical raw materials (CRM) from WEEE. Ecodom Italian Trial: From innovative collection to innovative treatments

Luca Campadello

Projects, researches & data mining Manager, ECODOM

He is the Project manager responsible for research activity and data mining. He earned his Mechanical MSc from Politecnico di Milano University. He coordinates projects and researches (PolyCE, ProSUM, CRM Closed Loop Recovery, SCRREEN, WEEELABEX) that involves the Consortium and the management of the company data.

Since 2008 he worked in ECODOM managing the supplier, performing WEEELABEX audits and actively participating to European technical tables for the development of CENELEC Standards focused on the recycling of WEEE.

Mine tailings valorization potential as raw materials for reaction-sintered mullite based ceramics

Marjaana Karhu

Research Scientist, VTT – Technical Research Centre of Finland

Marjaana Karhu works as research scientist in the field of materials science at VTT. She received her Master of Science degree in 2006 from Tampere University of Technology on Materials science. She has over 10 years’ experience on powder technology, material synthesis (including critical raw materials), material modelling and performance related research. In recent years, the emphasis has been more on powder based material solutions towards circular economy including alternative raw materials based solutions, utilization of secondary raw materials and development of novel sustainable processing routes and synthesis routes for enabling secondary raw materials valorization.

Smart metal castings – new innovation platforms for circular business models

A new innovation platform is shaped by the merging of metal castings and digitalization. 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 is intended to serve as 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 experiences from different research roles where he combines digitalization with industry’s sustainability challenges. Raul has an interdisciplinary background with a Master in physics, and a PhD in environmental science.

Jamie Butterworth

Partner, Circularity Capital LLP

Jamie Is The Former CEO Of The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, A Global Hub For Circular Economy Innovation.
Jamie has developed a deep understanding of how the circular economy drives value, working with a number of the world’s leading brands to support them in successfully deploying circular business models. Jamie has also been instrumental in developing and launching the Circular Economy 100, a platform for multinationals, SMEs, academic institutions and municipalities to capture the commercial opportunities of the circular economy. Jamie has a proven track-record in building and growing European SMEs both in his role at the Foundation and prior to this at B&G, a leading UK SME and manufacturer of instrumentation and navigation systems. Jamie is a business fellow of Oxford University’s Smith School and has contributed to a number of forums on the circular economy including at the World Economic Forum and the European Commission Resource Efficiency Platform.

Cosima Dannoritzer

Documentary filmmaker

Cosima Dannoritzer is a documentary filmmaker specializing in history, ecology and the relationship between technology and society. She has been making films for broadcasters in the UK, Germany and Spain since 1992. The E-Waste Tragedyis her latest work. Her previous documentary, The Light Bulb Conspiracy, about the history and impact of planned obsolescence was distributed to more than thirty territories and has won ten international festival awards. Previous productions include If Rubbish Could Speak, winner of several awards at environmental film festivals; Germany Inside Out, a series produced for BBC & YLE, which is still widely distributed; Rebuilding Berlin winner of the Journalism Prize of the Anglo-German Society. She is also the co-writer of a book about the history of planned obsolescence.

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 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.