Speakers March 8 2018

The list of speakers is being continuously updated.

Anders Geertsen

Head of Department, Nordic Council of Ministers

Anders Geertsen has previously served with the Danish Ministry of Culture, and subsequently from 2008 to 2012 with the Danish Ministry for Research and Higher Education. In 2012, he joined the Nordic Council of Ministers as Head of Department, where he has been responsible for a number of policy areas: Social & Health, Labour Market Affairs, Education & Research, Environment & Climate, Regional planning, Digitization, and Industry, Business & Financial affairs.

Anders Geertsen graduated from Copenhagen University with Master a Degree in Modern Languages (French) and Economics, and later from Paris-based INSEAD in Management.

Preserving material value for a circular economy

While recycling volumes are steadily improving, key materials still lose as much as 85% of their value in one use cycle. The reasons for this value leakage, and what can be done to prevent it, are key to any circular economy agenda. This talk will present the results of a project investigating the options to preserve material value across plastics, steel, aluminium, and other key material flows in Sweden. Jointly, these present an opportunity to lift the conversation about a circular economy from chiefly an environmental agenda, to one grounded in economic and industrial opportunity.

Per Klevnäs

Partner, Material Economics AB

Per Klevnäs is a Partner at Material Economics. With a background as an Economist, he was a core member of McKinsey’s sustainability practice, and also worked at the Stockholm Environment Institute and the New Climate Economy project.

Circular Manufacturing Systems – an emerging paradigm in the context of circular economy

The circular economy paradigm is considered as one of the most feasible approaches to dealing with challenges such as pollution, waste generation, resource scarcity and sustaining future businesses. The circular approach entails a system where reuse of resources (e.g. materials and energy) can be perpetuated through ingenious design of socio-technical systems and nifty use of information. If quality of virgin materials is considered as a good reference for continued use, the quality of materials from secondary sources such as recycling must match this and with no loss of material content in the recycling processes. This is obviously a gigantic technical challenge which, besides clever innovations in recycling or recovery technologies, needs support from the system that exploits the value of these materials converting them into useful products. “Circular manufacturing systems” is one of the emerging approaches where the materials’ value is exploited in the best possible way through systemic thinking of developing value proposition models, products, supply chains and information management to ensure that products can be kept in the use cycle as long as is feasible from the environmental and economic perspective. In this manufacturing paradigm, the manufacturing system is designed for reusing and remanufacturing and finally material recovery through recycling, however ensuring that the recycling stage can be delayed as long as possible. This presentation will look at the practical challenges of developing circular manufacturing systems and their implementation in the manufacturing industry.

Amir Rashid

Assistant Professor, Head of Manufacturing and Metrology Systems, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

Amir Rashid is Associate Professor and Head of the Manufacturing and Metrology Systems Division at the Department of Production Engineering in the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm. He has a PhD in Production Engineering and more than 15 years of experience in manufacturing industry. His initial research had a focus on productivity improvements in the manufacturing processes and lately shifted more to sustainability in manufacturing systems. His innovative ideas and concepts in the area of closed loop manufacturing were acknowledged at the European level by having received a special award for the R&D project named ResCoM. Under his leadership, this four-year endeavour, in a consortium of 12 RTD and industrial partners from around Europe, has succeeded in developing tools, methods and a decision support platform for facilitating the manufacturing industry in its transition from linear to circular systems. Amir Rashid is also leading a Circular Economy initiative by KTH (CE@KTH) where four larger schools from Sweden’s largest technical university are collaborating to develop research and education in circular economy. This initiative also aims to provide a vibrant platform to enable collaboration between Swedish industry, policy-makers and the research and academic community in the field of circular economy.

Development and application of a circular economy analysis framework

We describe a holistic analysis framework that combines technical process simulation, environmental analyses (such as MFA, LCA), optimization and socio-economic input-output analysis. The framework will ease the analysis of emerging circular economy business models and circular value chain structures with respect to environmental, economic and social sustainability, flexibility and robustness. We demonstrate the framework on the application of an example case.

Vibeke Stærkebye Nørstebø

Research Manager of Operation Research Group, SINTEF Technology and Society

Vibeke Stærkebye Nørstebø is Research Manager of the Operation Research Group in SINTEF Technology and Society. She has a PhD in Energy and Process Engineering from NTNU, Norway (2008), and an Msc in Industrial Economics from NTNU (2004). Her main research fields are value chain optimisation, location facility problems and multi-criteria analyses. Her research interests include circular economy, bio economy and decision support tools for sustainability.

Thermolysis in material recycling – system solutions for converting wastes into chemicals, fuels, materials and energy

The recycling and waste management industry has a common problem relating to business development: all the easily recyclable waste is already being recycled and prices of recycled raw materials are low compared to primary materials. Thus, there is a high demand for new methods to utilize new side streams and sources of waste. We do not have to recycle only from material to material but also from material to elements and then back to completely different materials. This way we could take composite ingredients, break them apart, and recycle everything, not just the organic or inorganic material as we do today. These solutions include thermolysis (pyrolysis), which involves decomposing materials with heat in the absence of oxygen, and other thermochemical conversions, such as gasification.

Anja Oasmaa

Principal Investigator and Principal Scientist, VTT – Technical Research Centre of Finland

Dr. Anja Oasmaa is Principal Investigator and Principal Scientist at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. She has over 30 years expertise in thermal conversion processes, especially in fast pyrolysis and hydrothermal liquefaction and has a wide global network. She has developed analytical methods, norms and standards for bio-oils and been active in EN and ASTM standardisation and REACH work. More recently she has been actively involved in circular economy work at VTT and aims to develop conversion processes for waste-derived fuels and chemicals. She has 55 reference papers and an H-index of 27.

Tomas Haglund-Flemström

Director Sustainability Services Sweden, Accenture Strategy

Tomas is a leader in Circular Economy for Accenture Europe, Africa and Latin America He has been part of the global group developing the Circular Advantage concepts that serve as a foundation for the top-selling book Waste to Wealth: The Circular Economy Advantage. He has more than 5 years’ experience of working with circular business models and how to implement them across organizations.
Tomas’s background is within corporate strategic transformation journeys and advising companies on how to achieve value creation through sustainability. He is a lecturer at top Swedish Universities with Masters level degrees in engineering (from Chalmers School of Technology) and in economics. He is an experienced speaker both within the Nordic countries and internationally as well as a recurring lecturer at top Swedish universities. Tomas is part of the Nordic Business strategy leadership and the Director for Sustainability Services in Sweden, leading the practice since 2007.

Upcycling of electrical and electronic waste – save the functionality!

The global mega trend of ”digitization” and increasing consumption is contributing to rapidly increasing amounts of WEEE. When the products reach the end of their life and are no longer demanded as a product, the recycling industry takes over and recovers as much material and energy as possible. In Sweden, we are generally good at this but what about all the lost functionality of the products’ constituent components? Is there a way to find a ”new” demand for the components and reuse them in a second life? Yes!

Kristoffer Gramnaes

Project Manager Circular Economy, Chalmers Industriteknik

Kristoffer Gramnaes is part of the Circular Economy group at Chalmers Industriteknik. A few climbing adventures in the Alps and business trips to China made him painfully aware of the impact our current way of life has on the planet. Now at Chalmers Industriteknik he has the opportunity to use his experiences from the manufacturing industry to do his part in changing the way we use our natural resources. At Chalmers Industriteknik Kristoffer works with various topics related to digitalization and automation of recycling operations.

Maximizing recoveries through world-class technology

Boliden as a company contributes to the circular economy as one of the world’s most efficient copper smelter and a world leader in electronic scrap recycling.
Boliden has developed an efficient process for handling of secondary raw material and electronic scrap.
This speech will focus on challenges regarding extracting metals from e-scrap, such as lower grades and illegal trading from Europe to countries outside of the EU.
Why we still need to feed the process with primary raw material is also a question that will be answered.
The discussion will also circle around how we may improve the recovery rate for the future.

Ing-Marie Andersson Drugge

Director Strategy and Technology, Boliden

Responsible for Technology, Strategy and Environment within Boliden Smelters. Ing-Marie has a background as a Metallurgist and has been working within the Metal business for more than 20 years.
She has also as a previous production manager competence within producing different metals.

Digitalizing the Circular Economy – Fairphone as an example

This presentation will discuss the state-of-the-art of digitizing the circular economy and more specifically Design for Recycling.

Markus Reuter

Director, Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology


Industry:
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)

Academica:
2017: Honorary Doctorate in Engineering (D.Eng. h.c.) University of Stellenbosch (South Africa)
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)

Increasing 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 research (PolyCE, ProSUM, CRM Closed Loop Recovery, SCRREEN, WEEELABEX) that involves the Consortium and the management of company data.

Since 2008 he has worked in ECODOM managing suppliers, performing WEEELABEX audits and actively participating in 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 a research scientist in the field of materials science at VTT. She received her Master of Science degree in 2006 from Tampere University of Technology in Materials Science. She has over 10 years’ experience in 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.

Material design strategies for secondary raw materials and residues

Material production and recovery generates various, currently unutilized, residues. Material design out of residues and utilization differ from primary or recycled materials, e.g. in terms of cost, environmental aspects, locality, traceability, chemical composition, possible hazardous substances and processing technology. Taking into consideration the framework of residues and specific secondary raw materials utilization possibilities, the potential design strategies have been mapped, and demonstrated with three case examples.

Päivi Kivikytö-Reponen

Research Team Leader, Machine Health, VTT – Technical Research Centre of Finland

Dr. Päivi Kivikytö-Reponen, is working at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland as a Research Team Leader on the Machine Health Team. She has previous work experience in the field of materials science and materials and product performance, especially in severe operational environments. Research and development for supporting circular economy transition is one of her priorities.

Circular Economy of Li-ion batteries recycling

E-mobility and significant need of the energy storage are one of the most challenging demands put on the battery industry nowadays. Limited sources of cobalt, lithium and graphite call for necessity to keep battery productions and recycling in closed loop, to avoid the source losses. Since car producers announced in some cases exclusive production of electric vehicles, the metal industry will be heavily affected by the demands coming from such decisions. This contribution will give a prospective on amount of the sources used for battery production in recent years, predicted development in future battery chemistry and effects of this development on the future prices of cobalt and lithium.

Martina Petranikova

Assistant professor, Chalmers University of Technology

Martina has received her PhD in 2012. Her work deals with the development of processes to recover valuable metals from primary sources (ores, concentrates) and secondary sources (spent batteries, steel making dust, mining waste, WEEE, etc.). Her research spans over a broad range, from material pre-treatment all the way to industrial scale-up. She has vast experience with processing of batteries, having ten years experience in this field.

Chair

Lennart Gustavsson

Georange

Lennart Gustavsson has extensive experience of working in politics. He has been involved in Swedish politics at the local, regional and national level for almost 25 years. He was a member of parliament from 1998 to 2006, during which time he was also a member of the Nordic Council.

Economics of WEEE treatment in Europe

EERA commanded a study with United Nations University to investigate among the EERA member companies the economic impact of non-compliant recycling of WEEE. The study covered 2 aspects: 1) non-reported and scavenging practices in the EU and 2) the economic benefits of non-compliant treatment of WEEE in the EU. During the conference EERA will present the results of this study.

Norbert Zonneveld

Executive Secretary, European Electronics Recycling Association (EERA)

Mr. Norbert Zonneveld is currently the Executive Secretary of the European Electronics Recycling Association (EERA) since 2004. Among other things, he has worked as the CEO of MIREC, part of the waste services division of SUEZ, the French-quoted conglomerate. Mr. Zonneveld holds an M.Sc. in Biology and Business Administration, from the Wageningen University and Erasmus University. His organization is based in the Netherlands.
EERA is a non-profit organization which represents and promotes the interests of recycling companies that are treating waste from electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). Its membership includes 38 specialist recycling companies across 23 countries in Europe.

Increased collection and reuse of electronics

The ELAN project is aimed at increasing collection and re-use of electronic and electrical devices in Sweden. Focus is on the following products; TVs, laptops, computer screens, fridge/freezers, mobile phones and washing machines.
First, a survey was conducted to map the current status on re-use activities and what can be done to improve and increase re-use. Then, a number of measures were selected and tested in order to determine their potential to increase either the collection or/and the re-use of WEEE.

Hanna Ljungkvist

Senior Project Manager, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute

Hanna Ljungkvist, MSc, is Senior Project Manager in the Waste Group of IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute. With a background in the automotive industry, she has worked extensively with different producer responsibility schemes such as the ELV and WEEE directives and their implementation in industry and society. Hanna enjoys working in the interface between industry and science, always trying to adapt a holistic systems perspective to challenges within waste management including issues from collection, sorting and recycling methods to policy development and economic boundary conditions.

GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation – How do I prepare my organization?

What is the GDPR, which will replace the Personal Data Act (PUL) in May 2018? What are the biggest differences between PUL and the GDPR?
Who is internally affected by the change, or is it just an IT issue?
How to? Current status -> GAP –> Action list
What can you gain from doing this well? More than following the law?

Johan Hagelin

Management Consultant, Agima

Background:
Management Consultant- Agima
CIO – Swedish Forestry Agency
Development Manager – Swedish Forestry Agency


Current assignment:
Digitization
Information Security (ISO 27 001)
GDPR
Organization Development

Chemical regulation for EEE – what are the challenges for producers when it comes to compliance?

There are many rules that apply to the chemical content of EEE and before producers put a product on the market they need to make sure that the product complies with the EU regulation. This presentation is about regulations like RoHS, Reach and POPs, that a producer need to be aware of and what the biggest challenges are. The Swedish chemical tax on EEE will also be presented.

Magdalena Salomonsson

Compliance Manager, Recipo

Magdalena Salomonsson is Compliance Manager at Recipo, a producer responsibility organization in Sweden, Denmark and Norway. Recipo offers solutions for managing producer responsibility, financial guarantees, collection and recycling as well as consultancy within the area of producer responsibility and chemical regulations. Magdalena is a former technical officer at the Swedish Chemicals Agency and has experience of chemical legislation for articles such as EEE.

Environmentally differentiated producer responsibility fees – a way of promoting resource-efficient electronics?

Producers of EEE commonly join producer responsibility organizations to fulfil their producer responsibility obligations, and are charged fees depending on the kind of products they put on the market. The fees are commonly not differentiated based on the products’ environmental impact, which is why producer responsibility obligations do not give incentives to the producers to develop more environmentally sound products. The aim of the presented project is to evaluate the possible impact of implementing environmentally differentiated fees for electronics.

Anna Fråne

Waste Engineer and Project Leader, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute

Anna Fråne is part of the waste group at IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute. She works with the entire waste hierarchy, but with a particular focus on recycling issues, waste statistics and systems analysis. Waste flows of specific interest includes packaging waste, plastic waste, WEEE, and C&D waste. Anna is also member of the SMED (Svenska MiljöEmissionsData) consortium producing national waste statistics on behalf of the Swedish EPA.

100% Circular – towards a sustainable fashion future

The H&M Group has a strong history in sustainability. Ultimately, we want to make sure that fashion continues to be enjoyed today and for generations to come. But to create a truly sustainable fashion industry that is good for people, communities and the planet, we need to take our work to the next level.
Our vision is therefore to use our size and scale to lead the change towards circular and renewable fashion while being a fair and equitable company.

Felicia Reuterswärd

Sustainability Manager, H&M Hennes & Mauritz Sweden AB

As Sustainability Manager for H&M Sweden, Felicia is part of the management team and leads, in line with H&Ms global sustainability strategy, H&M’s sustainability work at the local level.
Felicia focuses both on driving internal processes and coordinating with relevant departments to set annual goals for the country, as well as developing & managing local stakeholder relationships.

She has had the opportunity to promote the importance of circularity on the Swedish market together with different stakeholders such as the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket), the Government’s Coordination Group for a Circular and Bio-based Economy (Regeringens samverkansgrupp för cirkulär och biobaserad ekonomi), MFF and the Swedish Trade Federation (Svensk handel).

Textile recycling – challenges and potential

A general background to material recycling of textiles is given, including the complexity of this waste stream and technologies under intense research. The need for effective sorting systems and the importance of controlling chemical content is discussed with a brief description of a number of ongoing research projects.

Lisa Schwarz Bour

Researcher/Project Manager Textiles, Swerea IVF

Lisa Schwarz Bour is Textile Recycling Area Manager at Swerea IVF, a Swedish Research Institute located in Mölndal. Lisa graduated from Chalmers in 2001, where she received an M.Sc in Chemical Engineering. For many years Lisa worked with concept development and project management of large European projects financed under the framework programmes of the EU. Since 2015 Lisa has been working full-time with different aspects of textile recycling; recycling technologies, applications for recycled material and sorting of textiles for material recycling.

Conditional Design – the power of design to synthesize

How can design/construction dramatically affect the outcome and create conditions for a positive synthesis?
Conditional design is a concept that involves defining systematically the design elements that can be relevantly applied in the design process for both of the above conditions, i.e. both longevity and recyclability. Conditional design intends to enable circularity, having also in mind to maintain or increase the attractiveness of products.

Adrian Zethraeus

Project Manager, Re:textile

Adrian Zethraeus is the Project Manager for Re:textile at Science Park Borås/the Swedish School of Textiles. The project aims to enable circular flows in the textile industry and involves both researchers and industry partners. Adrian holds a degree in Business Management and has long experience from working with sustainable fashion companies as well as entrepreneurship and business innovation.

Collection of textiles in multi-family buildings – a pilot project in Gothenburg

In Sweden we find that only 20% of used textiles are collected for reuse or material recovery.
In order to investigate whether a more convenient collectionsystem of used textiles would have a positive effect, a pilot project was conducted in Gothenburg in 2014-2015.
The project members were the City of Gothenburg, Renova, Human Bridges and Posseidon.

David Dalek

Business development Manager, Renova

Focus on new product development in the wastemanagement sector. Working with business cases, new product development and project management.

Solving complex textile recycling – from ideas to piloting

The industrial utilisation of discarded textiles requires that an extensive sorting and collection network is established for the different fibres – from cotton to polyester and viscose. Companies that wish to become involved in developing a business from circular economy must also be found. After Relooping fashion initiative in the Telaketju project developing circular economy for textiles, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland coordinates a project component that received EUR 2.3 million of funding from Tekes. The purpose of the Telaketju project is to establish an ecosystem formed by companies and other actors that would raise the circular economy for textiles to a whole different level in Finland and develop it into a profitable business. Product demonstrators will be created during the project, with fibres utilised diversely through various technologies in plastic composites or nonwoven fabric products. The suitability of recycled fibre for different applications is also studied. As a early bird Infinited Fiber company has started its production Espoo, Finland.

Ali Harlin

Professor, VTT – Technical Research Centre of Finland

Working in the area of Bio-based materials and has previously acted as Professor at Tampere University of Technology and adjunct Professor at Lappeenranta University of Technology. He has led several large programs, e.g., DWoC as well as the spearhead programs for Bioeconomy Transformation and Industrial Biomaterials. His target has been new, sustainable value industrial value chains for materials produced from renewable raw materials to reduce dependency on oil and the carbon footprint. He was tutor of the CoE White Biochemistry and Green Chemistry, in the field of biomass-based monomers and polymers. He has previously worked in industry, and is inventor of several patents e.g. Borstar technology, and has been involved with several start-ups, recently Infinited Fiber Company Ltd.

Sustainable collection, aftermarket and recycling of lithium-based vehicle batteries

Electrification of vehicles is currently seeing a steep development curve and the number of electrified cars put on the market is increasing rapidly. Every battery put in a car will, just like the car itself, one day become obsolete and in need of efficient end-of-life-treatment. With the intention to act proactively, the applied research project ‘SCAR’ was initiated in 2015. Together with important industrial actors, it explored how sustainable collection, aftermarket and recycling of lithium-based vehicle batteries could be realized in Sweden. Although Sweden is a small country with only around 300,000 – 400 000 cars put on the market each year the batteries’ size, weight and complexity really pose a challenge to the current reverse logistics system.

Max Björkman

Project Manager, Chalmers Industriteknik

Max Björkman is part of the Circular Economy Group at Chalmers Industriteknik. Working as a garbage collector in his twenties got him motivated to further explore the field of waste and recycling management. As an engineer with a Master’s Degree in Industrial Ecology he now has the opportunity to fulfil this ambition. At Chalmers Industriteknik, Max is working with various topics related to recycling and re-use of mainly WEEE, ELV, batteries and construction and demolition waste.

The Electric Car, as it should be?

Welcome to a presentation of Uniti. A Swedish start-up developing an electric city car, optimized for high performance and agility in urban environments. Utilizing electrification and redefining the future of transportation with environmental sustainability in focus.

Pavel Calderon

Innovation Manager, Abtery

Pavel Calderon, Innovation Manager at Abtery. More than 10 years of working with different electrification projects, he is a passionate engineer helping to develop a more sustainable future.

How will a high utilization of electric vehicles in fleets affect the life cycle of batteries and provide new opportunities for material circularity?

For NEVS, high utilization means a fleet of cars that run 24/7, and also transportation of many persons per km. This combination will decrease the amount of vehicles per capita, make transportation more efficient but put a lot more stress on the battery pack and other components of the car. With control of a whole fleet of cars, how can we get the best out of material circularity of batteries?

Jenny Lang

Lead Engineer Energy Storage, NEVS – National Electric Vehicle Sweden

Worked as a researcher at SP (currently RISE) within vehicle batteries and fuel cells.
Is today lead engineer and responsible for battery modules for future car models from NEVS – National Electric Vehicle Sweden, who are planning the production of their first EV in 2018.

How can knowledge of life cycle emissions of EV batteries help us achieve circularity?

Electrified vehicles not only provide us with an opportunity to decrease CO2 emissions in the use phase, but they also introduce a shift in the distribution of impact between life cycle stages. Whereas the use phase was previously the dominating stage, the production and end-of-life stages are now increasing in importance, and we must understand what we can do to reduce the impact.
This presentation will present the currently available life cycle assessments on battery production and discuss potential hot-spots and how we can work to close the loop around them.

Mia Romare

Project Manager, IVL – Swedish Environmental Research Institute

Mia Romare has an MSc in Engineering Physics and a background in the automotive industry. Her work has been focused on life cycle assessments of vehicles, including both conventional and electric propulsion. Currently, Mia works as Project Manager at IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, to a large extent with projects related to life cycle assessment and the automotive industry.

Business (models) for circularity

Closing the Loop (CTL) sets up practical waste collection projects in collaboration with informal industry, in Asia and Africa. This has resulted in two million scrap phones being saved from local dumps. The concept leads to less waste and less pollution, while creating clean jobs in poor countries. CTL has grown considerably in recent years, also thanks to its European partners and customers. CTL developed innovative circular services and propositions for these stakeholders, such as ‘material offsetting’, services that allow those that work with CTL to co-own – and expand – the positive impact of urban mining.

Joost de Kluijver

Director, Closing the Loop

As the founder of the social enterprise Closing the Loop (CTL), Joost de Kluijver has been bringing urban mining to Asia and Africa since 2012. His organization buys broken mobile phones (e-waste) in emerging markets, enabling their proper recycling. Joost also worked for several years in the electronics re-use industry, co-owning a company with activities in Holland, Italy and Indonesia. He now uses his experience to “make mobile phone usage sustainable”.


Joost has also worked for Accenture and the Global Reporting Initiative.

Scrap tyre rubber for new tyres: Tyres are meant to go round and round

Another billion scrap tyres will leave the road this year. We pay a fee for their disposal. Devulcanization offers an option to change the disposal mindset in scrap tyre management. Tyromer will present its experience in devulcanizing scrap tyre rubber to produce TDP (Tyre-Derived Polymer) for reuse in tyres, its current initiatives, and a roadmap to the broader use of TDP in tyres as one socially responsible and environmentally sustainable option for scrap tyre 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 star-tup operations, open innovation and strategic collaboration to bring innovation into traditional industries affected by inertia and an non-innovative legacy.

Using machine learning to empower automation within reverse logistics

The manufacturing industry of today is so efficient that repairing a used electronic device is often more expensive than buying a new device. This lack of cost balance creates sub-optimizations and waste, and makes the world scream for a more circular economy, or a more balanced business. Refind develops technology used to enhance the material handling after end-of-first-use by introducing artificial intelligence for recognition and sorting, where the work is too dangerous, difficult or dreary for humans. This is a step to ramp up the level of automation on the reverse logistics side of the industry. But along the journey, the identification technology has proved to be useful for many other industries such as the fishing industry.

Johanna Reimers

CEO Refind Technologies AB

The Co-founder and CEO of Refind Technologies has a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management from Chalmers University of Technology. She worked as a project manager of business systems implementations in the IT sector for 10 years before she started as a project manager in Optisort AB in early 2013 and was part of the co-founding team when this was re-founded as Refind in 2014. Refind Technologies AB is a tech company developing software and building machines using AI for recognition and sorting, mainly for the recycling industry, but also for the fishing industry.

Circular Materials – real-life examples and challenges

Textile floor coverings made from purified water? Vinyl floors made from the waste of old installations? Tarkett – one of the world’s largest producers of flooring materials – is a real example of how recycled materials can be used as raw materials. But closing the loop by recycling is not always easy due to technical, environmental (!) and legal reasons. Dag Duberg, Nordic Sustainability Manager at Tarkett will present some good and bad examples – and some major challenges for the future.

Dag Duberg

Nordic Sustainability Manager, Tarkett

M.Sc in Mechanical Engineering/Industrial Economics & Organization (KTH).

Working with Technical/Environmental issues in the Swedish/Nordic flooring industry for 25 years.

Circular Materials at work

Scandinavian Enviro Systems AB (Enviro), a Swedish world leader in the field of material recovery from End of Life Tyres. More than 30 million rubber components have been installed in new Volvo Cars where Enviro´s recovered material has replaced virgin carbon black by 100%. This is an example of Circular Materials at work as a result of long-term engagement in innovation and strategic cooperation. Lately, several of the leading tyre producers have approved the material for use in rubber for new tyres. When these tyres start running on our roads, the industry has really proven its ambition and dedication to take the producer responsibility to the next level. The patented technology of Enviro is leading the way to ensuring that reliable and consistent quality material is being supplied to the market, meeting the performance criteria demanded by the rubber industry for certain applications. Together with other stakeholders, Enviro is pursuing the development of a global ASTM-standard for recovered Carbon Black material testing in order to provide the market with a consistent framework.

Thomas Sörensson

CEO, Scandinavian Enviro Systems AB

Thomas Sörensson, CEO at Scandinavian Enviro Systems AB (Enviro), has a background in several executive positions such as General Manager at B&B Tools in Shanghai where he was also a Director of the Main Board of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in China. He studied Strategy Execution at Harvard Executive Business School and has experience from Vehicle Emission Testing as Export Manager at Opus Equipment.

How much critical raw material is there in the European urban mine?

Aiming to support Europe’s position in raw material supply, the Urban Mine Platform (UMP) is an open-access database that quantifies flows of critical raw materials (CRM) in products and waste at national levels across Europe. This presentation will demonstrate the UMP and provide examples of quantities and sources of CRMs in EEE, vehicles and batteries, covering historic data from 2005 to extrapolated trends until 2020. The UMP was developed by the ProSUM project, financed by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, and released to the public in January 2018.

Pascal Leroy

Secretary General, WEEE Forum

Pascal Leroy was the first to be appointed Secretary General of the Brussels-based WEEE Forum in May 2007. The WEEE Forum is a platform for 36 electronic waste producer responsibility organisations to exchange best practices and know-how. Over the years, I managed to turn the WEEE Forum into a centre of excellence for electrical and electronic waste collection and management matters. Professionals and authorities alike see the WEEE Forum as one of the world’s main go-to organisations for e-waste matters.

Investing in the circular economy

Jamie Butterworth, Partner at Circularity Capital a specialist investor in businesses operating in the circular economy and former CEO of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation will share his insight into what is causing businesses to adopt circular business models and how this is creating new opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors.

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 the World Economic Forum and the European Commission Resource Efficiency Platform.

Materials Economics – the Solution for the Society and the Climate Challenge?

Anders Wijkman

Chairman, The Swedish Recycling Industries’ Association

Anders Wijkman is an opinionmaker and author. He is Co-president of the Club of Rome and Chair of the Governing Board of Climate-KIC. He is a senior advisor to the Stockholm Environment Institute. Anders was a Member of the European Parliament from 1999-2009, where his focus was on issues related to the environment, energy and climate, development cooperation and humanitarian affairs. He received several awards during his years in Parliament, notably for his work on energy efficiency and renewable energy.