Speakers March 8 2018

The list of speakers is being continuously updated.

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

Per Klevnäs is a Partner at Material Economics. An economist by background, 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 feasible approaches to deal 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, energy) can be perpetuated through ingenious design of socio-technical systems and nifty use of information. If quality of virgin materials is considered as 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 is use cycle as long as 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 feasible. 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 the 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 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 through award of a R&D project named ResCoM. In 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 of 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 collaborate with Swedish industry, policy makers, 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), optimisation 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 Operation Research group in SINTEF Technology and Society. PhD in Energy and Process Engineering from NTNU, Norway (2008), Msc in Industrial Economics from NTNU (2004). Main research fields are value chain optimisation, location facility problems, multi-criteria analyses. Her research interests include circular economy, bio economy and decision support tool for sustainable.

Role of 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 utilise 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 like 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.

Mona Arnold

Mona Arnold, Tech Lic., MBA, VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland ltd)

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.

Tomas Haglund-Flemström

Director Sustainability Services Sweden, Accenture Strategy

Tomas is Circular Economy lead for Accenture Europe, Africa and Latin America He has been part of the global group developing the Circular Advantage concepts that lie as 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 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 Nordics 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.

Business (models) for circularity

Closing the Loop (CTL) sets up practical waste collection projects in collaboration with the 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 social enterprise Closing the Loop (CTL), Joost de Kluijver is 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.

Ucycling of electrical and electronic waste – save the functionality!

The global mega trend ‘digitalization’ and increasing consumption are contributing to rapidly increasing amounts of WEEE. When the products reach their end of life and are no longer demanded as a product the recycling industry takes over and recover 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 are way to find a ”new” demand for the components and reusing them in a second life? Yes!

Klas Cullbrand

Group Director circular Economy, Chalmers Industriteknik

Klas Cullbrand is the director Chalmers Industriteknik group working focused towards the vision of a circular economy and one of the creators of the initiative Swedish Upcycling, SVUP. Swedish Upcycling is a joint initiative between Chalmers Industriteknik and its subsidiary Boid, a product design studio.

Ramping up the automation balance through AI

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-optimisations 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 during 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 floorcoverings from purified water? Vinyl floors from old installers waste? Tarkett – on of the world’s largest producers of flooring materials – have real example on 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 Mechanical Engineering/Industrial Economics & Organisation (KTH).

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

Circular Materials @Work

Scandinavian Enviro Systems AB (Enviro), a Swedish world leading company 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 to 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 those tyres starts running on our roads the industry has really proven the ambition and dedication to take the producer responsibility to the next level. The patented technology of Enviro is leading the way to ensure reliable and consistent quality material to the market meeting the performance 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 comfort the market of 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 also was 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.

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; TV, 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 on challenges within waste management including issues from collection, sorting and recycling methods to policy development and economic boundary conditions.

Chemical regulation for EEE – what are the challenges for producers to comply?

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 like EEE.

Environmentally differentiated producer responsibility fees– a way to promote resource-efficient electronics?

Producers of EEE commonly join producer responsibility organisations to fulfill 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 why the 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 the national waste statistics on behalf of the Swedish EPA.

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

What is GDPR, that will replace PUL in may 2018? What are the biggest differences between PUL and GDPR?
Who is internally affected by the change, or is it just an IT issue?
How-to? Current state -> GAP –> Action list
What can you earn to do this good?, more than following the law?

Johan Hagelin

Management Consultant, Agima

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

Current assingnment:
Information security (ISO 27 001)
Organization Development

A general background to material recycling of textile 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 I 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 a M.Sc degree 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 works full-time with different aspects of textile recycling; recycling technologies, applications for recycled material and sorting of textiles for material recycling.

Conditional Design – Design’s power to synthesise

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 are relevant to apply 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 the used textiles are collected for reuse or material recovery.
In order to investigate if a more convenient collectionsystem of used textiles would have a possitive effect a pilot project were conducted in Gothenburg in 2014-2015.
The projectmembers 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 case, new product development and project management.

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 realised 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 challenges 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 masters degree in industrial ecology he now have 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.

Electric Car, as it should be?

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

Pavel Calderon

Director of Energy Storage, Uniti Sweden AB

Pavel Calderon, Director of Energy Storage at Uniti Sweden AB. More than 10 years of working with different electrification projects, passionate engineer contributing to develop a more sustainable future.

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

For NEVS a 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 make the best out of material circularity of batteries.

Jenny Frodelius Lang

Lead Engineer, Energy Storage Advanced Battery Technology, NEVS – National Electric Vehicle Sweden

Worked as a researcher at SP (current 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 plans the production of its first EV 2018.

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

Electrified vehicles not only provide us with an opportunity to decrease the CO2 emissions in the use phase, they also introduce a shift in the distribution of impact between life cycle stages. Where the use phase was previously the dominating stage, production and end of life increase in importance, and we must understand what we can do to decrease the impact.
This presentation will present the currently available life cycle assessments on battery production and discuss the 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 a MSc in engineering physics and a background in the automotive industry. Her work has been focused 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.

Educating Society for a Circular Economy: Potential and Challenges

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have potential for educating a wider 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 to develop educational material, raise societal awareness, and encourage 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 an aim to encourage discussion of how to further engage wider 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 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.

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

Anders Wijkman

Co-president Club of Rome, Chair, Governing Board of Climate-KIC

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 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.

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 others, he has worked as the CEO of MIREC, part of the waste services division of SUEZ, the French-quoted conglomerate. Mr. Zonneveld holds a M.Sc., Biology and Business Administration, from the Wageningen University and Erasmus University. His organization is based in The Netherlands.
EERA is a non-profit organisation which represents and promotes the interest 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.