Speakers Day 1 - March 17 2020


Peter Woodward


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.

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.


“The Nordic Approach” – The Nordic region as the most sustainable and integrated region in the world 2030

The importance of awareness-raising, piloting and cross-border cooperation to achieve the transformation.

Marthe Haugland
Senior Innovation Advisor at Nordic Innovation

Her primary focus is on the transition to circular economy in the Nordics, through initiating projects that can spur innovation and entrepreneurship in Nordic companies. The main areas are circular cities, new solutions and the use of circular business models. Nordic Innovation is part of the Nordic Council of Ministers, who’s vision is that the Nordics should be the most integrated and sustainable region in the world in 2030.


Research for the future of recycling

In order to put the recycling efforts where the give the best results it is important to see the whole picture of the recycling itself. In some cases it may not be the researchers which hold the key but the industry and in some other cases the opposite. It is the same with selection of techniques. There is no “one size fits all”. It is all a part of a larger picture.

Christian Ekberg
Prof Ekberg is the leader of the joint group of Nuclear Chemistry and Industrial Materials Recyclingp and founder (2011) and director of the competence centre Sustainable Nuclear Energy Centre (SNEC) since 2013. He is also the founder and first director of the Competence Centre Recycling (CCR) which was founded in 2007, since 2013 he is an elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy for Engineering Sciences and since 2016 an elected member of the Royal Society for Arts and Sciences.. 2015-2016 he was  also a visiting professor at University College London in Adelaide, Australia. His main research areas are solution chemistry, separation science and statistical analysis together with heavy element chemistry. He has published more than 220 journal papers and supervised 20 PhD students to completion.

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Creating a global impact with local circular economies

Precious Plastic is a community of people tackling the plastic waste problem. It's a free open source, with members all around the world. They have developed machinery, educational material and digital tools to make recycling accessible to people without waste management facilities in their local area.

Filip Sjögren
Filmmaker and music producer

Filip Sjögren is a filmmaker, music producer and activist. He will tell the story behind Precious Plastic and how they are working towards tackling the plastic waste problem and researching on new innovative ways to consume.


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

Rasmus Bergström
Managing Director, Stena Technoworld

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

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Transforming the future with Circular Economy at Volvo Car Group

Volvo Car Group are heading towards climate neutrality in 2040 with high ambitions within Circular economy. It is one of the cornerstones of a new strategy and will, together with extensive plans on electrification of their fleet of cars, fundamentally transform the company in the years to come.

Karin André
Director of Circular Economy, Volvo Car Corporation

Karin has a background from various areas, from Research & Development to Strategy & Planning, Corporate Innovation and now within the Global Sustainability group at Volvo Car Group with responsibility for Circular Economy.

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AI as an enabler for the circular economy

During the conference, Klas will present an assignment carried out for Vinnova and the strategic innovation program Re:Source with the aim of investigating and prioritizing AI efforts for circular economy in Sweden.

Klas will also be involved in conference workshops and looks forward to fruitful discussions in the Chalmers Industriteknik stand in the exhibition area.

Klas Cullbrand
Director of Circular Economy group, Chalmers Industriteknik

Klas is leading the circular economy efforts at Chalmers Industriteknik. With many years of experience helping recyclers, manufacturers, NGOs, agencies, industry organisation etc. in their efforts to become more circular Klas leads the group with focus on circular logistics, circular business models, circular technology and circular design.

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Bengt Eliasson
Bengt has a background as intrapreneur / entrepreneur and often act as the "catalyst" that connect the dots between Strategy, Tactics, Technology, Data and Operations. With 20+ years’ experience from the Retail and Technology sector ( IBM - Unilever - ICA etc ) he now spends more of his time supporting the circular movement of consumption and production, enabled by AI.


Planet positive starts with a low carbon circular economy

Imagine a world where the sum of what everything that a business does makes a positive impact on our planet. ​We call it Planet Positive. We don't have all the answers for how to get there but we know our efforts to contribute to a low carbon circular economy (LCCE) will be one important step.

Benefiting of a foundation of sustainably sourced renewable materials with low climate impact, whilst stepping up innovations and collaborations to increase renewability and recyclability further and to develop recycling solutions we are confident we will create the package for the future.

Gustav Askman
Circular Economy Expert, Tetra Pak

Per Carlborg

Organizing for circular economy – an ecosystem perspective

Abstract: Revealing circular practices and interaction patterns in order to increase the understanding of resource utilization and efficiency is a highly prioritized issue in industry and for policy level analyses. This research builds on an ongoing research project where boundary-spanning collaborative initiatives in the Swedish paper- and pulp industry is in focus. The study shows how circular economy practices can be shaped by a close inter-organizational collaboration with actors in the ecosystem. We identified several key factors in the collaboration: Knowledge integration, Scalability, Network innovation and Ecosystem catalysts.

Per Carlborg
Senior lecturer at Örebro University.

His research is focused on service innovation, networks & ecosystems, sustainability, and circular economy.

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Environmental services by a multipurpose biorefinery

Large volumes of water are needed when producing pulp and paper generating significant amounts of process effluent. In this work, we wish to address the potential of utilizing effluent streams to develop a novel multipurpose biorefinery cascade concept. The biorefinery concept produces four products in a cascade process:
1) biohydrogen, 2) biopolymers, 3) sustainable feed ingredients for aquaculture and 4) clean water. The cascade concept aims to exploit the ability of microorganisms to valorise wastewater and biosludge, to turn low-value waste into high-value resource within or outside the mill.

Lina Lindahl
Researcher at RISE, Research Institutes of Sweden

Lina has a PhD in Industrial Biotechnology from Chalmers University of technology and works in the Bioprocesses and Environmental services group at RISE. Her main research focus is to use bioprocesses to turn waste streams into value-added products.

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What could be reasonable business applications for recycled regenerated cellulose fibers?

Of the global fiber production for clothing, 53 million tonnes, 87% are combusted or landfilled at the end of the life cycle. The textile value chain must turn circular and recycling of its material contribute to the global demand on raw materials.

While recycling of the most common textile fibers cotton and polyester is developing, the understanding of the circularity of regenerated fibers, such as viscose and lyocell, is far from being satisfactory, and central process issues remain rather unclear.

Hanna de la Motte
Researcher and Project Leader, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Graduated from Lund University (M.Sc. degree in chemistry 2007) and Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg (Ph.D. degree in chemistry 2012). Since 2013 she is working as a research scientist and project manager at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, at the division of Materials and Production (Fiber development), as well as a research fellow at Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg and BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna. Her research fields are cellulose science, derivatization and modification of fibers, chemical textile recycling processes and polymeric separations (polyester/cellulose-based fibers).

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Reuse of consumer electronics: what are the real environmental benefits?

The topic of product reuse in the consumer electronics sector is investigated. Reuse and recycling are more complex and multi-faceted issues than is often recognised in environmental analysis. The study goes some way to dismantling existing assumptions which compromise these analyses. The tacit understanding that reuse is beneficial appears at odds with the calculations. In fact, product reuse does not deliver reduced environmental impacts over the life cycle of the product. The key is to recognise that reuse has an effect over the whole life cycle and the reuse operation cannot be considered in isolation. The main effect of reuse is rather to dilute the fixed elements over a longer period of function. The appropriate basis for comparison is the provision of function for a given time period and an appropriate metric is the average environmental impact per unit time over that period. This study explores these issues for a range of consumer electronic products.

Irmeline de Sadeleer
Ostfold forskning

Irmeline has a Master's degree in Industrial Ecology from NTNU from 2018. She has been working with LCA's in a range of different areas. A key interest lies within waste - she has been working with different kinds of materials such as plastics and electronics, food and packaging issues.

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The Future Challenges of a sustainable electrification

Pavel Calderon will lead an in-depth session about our future challenges of our sustainable future. How is our transport and power segment developing, what future challenges need to be met? How do we meet the the urgent need for actions against climate change, while keeping a responsible and just battery value chain?

Pavel Calderon
CCO, EVLedger AB

EVLedger is developing a software tool for understanding degradation of battery performance and battery value degradation.

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The Fate of Lithium-ion batteries for Vehicles in the Nordic Countries

This study used statistics and literature data and found that the large volumes of lithium-ion batteries in vehicles will start to reach their end-of-life by 2030 in the Nordic countries, and if second-life will become common, even later. Therefore only very small amounts of recycled metals can currently be used for battery production in Europe and also the recycling techniques need to be improved in order to become resource efficient. The study was financed by the Nordic Waste Group under the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Lisbeth Dahllöf
A senior project leader and researcher at IVL Swedish Environmental Institute.

She has a licentiate degree in Environmental Technology and her area of competence is mainly within LCA, environmental aspects of electromobility and recycling, eco-design in the automotive industry and circular economy.

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Boosting the Circular Economy of Li-ion batteries via development of sustainable recycling

Martina Petranik's presentation will give a perspective on the sources expected for battery production in upcoming years, current development in future battery chemistry and effects of this development on the material supply and recycling needs. The presentation will highlight the information on current recycling activities in the academia and industry with respect to their contribution to circular economy. Moreover, Industrial Materials Recycling group research activities and achievements in this field will be presented.

Martina Petranik
Assistant Professor, Nuclear Chemistry and Industrial Materials Recycling, Chalmers University of Technology

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Circular Business Model: Recycling Service within Lithium-ion Battery Manufacturing Industry

The growth of the Lithium-ion Battery (LiB) industry has raised concerns over raw material stocks. As a net importer of raw material for LiB, battery manufacturers in the EU are exposed to materials availability risk. The EU believes that recycling LiB needs to be increased. However, recycling LiB still encounters some issues, such as a low collection of LiB waste, high cost of recycling, logistical issues, and lack of regulations. Battery manufacturers need to establish a robust and efficient system to recover materials from batteries once they reach the end of their life. One way is to incorporate battery recycling services within the battery manufacturing companies. The research aims to investigate how recycling service could be developed within the LiB manufacturer to secure the raw material and reduce the environmental impact.

Banne Matutu
Master's student in Environmental Management and Policy at Lund University.

Interested in circular material, recycling, and green manufacturing strategy. Currently working on a thesis project about circular material within Lithium-ion battery manufacturing company.

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Innovative technological solutions to improve materials traceability

WEEE management systems currently suffers relevant shortcomings. Only about 35% of domestic WEEE in Europe is collected through official schemes. A similar problem arises within the professional WEEE system context. The instrument that can help in improving the amount of WEEE properly managed is identified in traceability solutions. This paper presents the results achieved by two research projects: BlockWEEE and InnoWEEE that, aiming to improve future WEEE management, verify the effectiveness of innovative tracking technologies and approaches by combining blockchain, digital technologies and on-field activities.

Luca Campadello
Projects & Researches Manager at ECODOM

He is the Project manager responsible for research activities on circular economy. He earned his Mechanical MSc from Politecnico di Milano University. He coordinates projects and researches (H2020, EIT raw materials, Climate-KIC) that involves the Consortium.
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 and eco-design.

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How can information about reuse and recycling follow each and every e-product until it is waste?

Kristina Liljestrand
PhD Chalmers Industriteknik

Kristina is working with logistics solutions and business models to create circular systems in Swedish companies.

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Obstacles and promoters for use of secondary materials

Millions of tons of solid waste with technical properties suitable for use in building and construction, are still disposed of in landfills or used for low grade recycling. Challenges posed by logistics, business models, discrepancies in policies and regulation, technical standards per se, as well as environmental risks are strongly contributing factors to meegre high-grade recycling rates. For the Swedish innovation platform RE:Source, we designed, developed and conducted a strategic project with focus on potential promoters and obstacles within these factors, for recycling of secondary raw materials in bulding and construction (focus ashes and concrete).

The project resulted in suggestions for strategic steps to be taken to increase efficient use of secondary materials, with the following topics: “Way forward to End-of-Waste”, “Business models for (heavy) secondary raw materials”, “A national strategy for resource efficiency”, and “Utilize technical guidelines and norms”.

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Martijn van Praagh
R&D manager at ÅF Infrastructure, Environment, Malmö, Sweden

He is a part-time lecturer at CEC, Centre for Climate and Environmental Research at Lund University. Martijn’s focus in research, teaching and consulting is environmental impact of solid waste and material management, especially reuse of secondary materials. He has a degree in Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering from Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) and a PhD in Water Resources Engineering from Lund University.

Linus Brander
Senior Scientist and Project leader at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Borås, southwestern Sweden.

His background includes one year as geology lecturer at University of Gothenburg, several years as field (mapping) geologist for the Swedish Geological Survey (SGU), and commission concerning development of XRF-technique in metal exploration. Mr Branders present focus in research and consulting is (chemical, mineralogical, physical and mechanical) material properties of primary and secondary mineral resources, in relation to application as aggregate, dimension stone, concrete, cement and other industrial uses. He has degrees in Chemistry (BSc) and Geology (MSc), and a PhD in Mineralogy & Petrology, all from the University of Gothenburg. From 2019 and onward, he is the Swedish expert in CEN/TC 104 Task Group on recycled aggregates, appointed by the Swedish Mirror committee TK190.

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The pyrolysis process to enhance Phosphorous recovery from sewage sludge

Phosphorous is an essential elements for the vital chain. However, it is a non-renewable resource and by 2050, the demand for phosphorous will grow up to 70%, overall. The utilization of phosphorous from secondary raw materials such as sewage sludge can solve the shortage of phosphorous resources in the world. However, it is limited by the high level of contained toxic organic compounds and heavy metals. The presentation is focusing on the pyrolysis of sewage sludge to reduce waste volume, decompose organic contaminations, recover energy stored in the sludge, produce valuable byproduct, volatilize heavy metals and enrich phosphorous in the sludge ash residue.

Naeimeh Vali
PhD Student at Swedish Centre for Resource Recovery (SCRR), University of Borås

Naeimeh has an educational background in material science and a short but valuable practical experience in the energy industry. She carried out her Masters study in Energy and Resource Recovery at the University of Borås. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in the field of Energy engineering. She has started experimental research combined with thermodynamics computational modeling on the pyrolysis process to enhance Phosphorous recovery from sewage sludge.

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Agro Residue waste to Natural Fibers: True Circular Material

Navin Singhania's primary focus areas are biomass fractionation and natural fibers, along with development of downstream applications from cellulose and lignin, CNC/CNF in the sectors like pulp and paper, biofuel, adhesives, coatings and packaging solutions and composite materials.

Navin Singhania
Founder at Barracuda Technologies Inc.

Navin Singhania is a renowned Agronomist and one of the leading sustainability experts in the world. He has worked extensively on various biomasses around the globe with a special focus on sugarcane and Paddy straw and palm EFB.


Destruction and refining of deposited asbestos materials into sellable recycled materials

Although the health hazard of asbestos is widely known and the use and production of it has been banned in many countries, it is still happening. It is estimated that about 400 000 tons of asbestos is still present in houses, schools, floors and walls in Sweden, resulting in 12 000 tons of asbestos cement ending up in landfills.

Lars Kraft will present his findings within a study aiming to produce saleable materials from a conversion process of asbestos cement. Topics include the burning process, the analysis of the residue materials and its composition.

Lars Kraft
Researcher and consultant, RISE CBI Concrete Institute

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Cirular Flooring- Obstacles and promoters for use of secondary materials

The EU-funded project Circular Flooring aims to enable circular use of plasticized PVC from post-consumer floor coverings by further developing recycling processes that eliminate legacy phthalic acid esters, such as DEHP. The project results will be demonstrated via the production of high quality recycled PVC at TRL 5-6, reprocessing of eliminated plasticizers to new phthalate-free plasticizers and re-use of recycled polymers and additives in new flooring applications. Waste flooring will be subjected to the patented CreaSolv® Process, which dissolves plasticised PVC from the material mix and eliminates undissolved matter as well as co-dissolved plasticizers in an extractive purification step.

Melanie Schulte
Bavarian Research Alliance GmbH

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Cement mortars with recycled tire rubber: the effects of different treatments of the interface rubber-hydrated cement

In Chile 134,000 tons of tire rubber waste are produced annually, and only 15% of them are recycled. The accumulation of these waste produces environmental and social problems. Concrete, on the other hand, is one of the most used worldwide materials, and certainly the most used in Chile. Hence, it results very attractive to analyse the possibility of incorporating recycling rubber waste into the concrete, especially considering potential benefits as better isolation, energy absorption, and ductility, between others. However, there are still challenges related with the interface rubber-hydrated cement that can reduce the concrete strength. The objective of the present contribution is to evaluate the effects of different treatments of the interface rubber-hydrated cement over the strength and workability of concrete with recycled tire rubber. The present contribution corresponds to the first phase of a research project under development in Chile. In this first phase, a comprehensive laboratory program at micro and macro level was developed. The results allow to select cost-effective treatments that can improve the interface rubber-hydrated cement resulting in better strength of the composite material.

Mauricio Pradena
Assistant Professor and Head of Concrete Laboratory of the Civil Engineering Department at the Universidad de Concepción, Chile.

Mr. Pradena obtained his doctorate degree from Delft University of Technology at 2017, working in the Engineering Structures Department.
Since then Dr. Pradena is guest researcher at the same department of TU Delft. The research interests of Dr. Pradena includes the incorporation of different waste into the concrete material, self-healing concrete, and bio-based concrete, between other alternatives related with the production of sustainable and circular materials.

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Recycling of Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium from Cities to Agriculture

EasyMining Sweden, a company in the Ragn-Sells group, has developed several processes for recovery of phosphorus, nitrogen and potassium from urban wastes. The presentation will include a short description of the processes as well as the work that is ongoing for the establishment of the first full-scale plants for phosphorus recovery from sludge ash, salt recovery from waste incineration fly ash and nitrogen recovery from wastewater.

Yariv Cohen
Since 2007 R&D Manager at EasyMining and also a part-time researcher at SLU University in Sweden.

Yariv is a specialist in chemical separation technologies and has a long experience in phosphorus chemistry. Obtained his Doctoral Degree from SLU University in Sweden with the title “Phosphorus recovery from urban wastes and ashes”. Was awarded the 2008 Science Technology and Environment Scholarship from the King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf, for research regarding recovery of phosphorus from municipal wastes, ashes and iron ore mine wastes.

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Bio-Based Construction Materials during Service- and End-of-Life in a Circular Economy

The construction industry has a strong responsibility to contribute to a more efficient use of natural resources. Nowadays it is by far the most resource intense industry sector, approximately 40-50% of all primary raw materials are used. In this context and as a result of the Paris Climate agreement the Dutch government defined the program “Nederland Circulair in 2050”, which states the ambition to use 50% less primary materials in 2030 and to have a full circular economy in 2050. Based on that the research on natural fiber reinforced composites has got a lot of progress in recent years and promise interesting application in the construction industry.

Patrick Teuffel
Professor Innovative Structural Design, Eindhoven University of Technology

Patrick has a background as a structural engineer and he practices with his Berlin-based consultancy in various construction projects and he is a professor for Innovative Structural Design at Eindhoven University of Technology. The focus of his research is on the development of innovative materials, such as bio-based composites for architectural and structural engineering applications.

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Renewable materials and circularity

Daniel Badman will share perspectives and concrete examples on how Stora Enso work with circular solutions. He will explain how we can create even more value by recycling products that have been made of recycled material, such as used paper cups.

Another important topic will be the role of partnerships and co-operation in enabling change and innovation in the circular materials industry.

Daniel Badman
Head of Public Affairs and Sustainability Communications, Stora Enso.

Stora Enso is a leading provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper on global markets.

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What requirements is circular economy putting on packaging?

Per Stoltz
Resource and Waste Manager, IKEA Group

Per Stoltz connects retail business knowledge with circular economy. He started working as IKEA's purchasing manager in Italy, then moved to Sweden to work with global strategic purchasing and product development in the IKEA headquarters. He has been engaged in sustainability issues, and for the past three years has led the transition for the world's largest furniture retailer to become a truly circular company.

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Closed Loop Recycling through Depolymerization of PET and Polyester Waste

Production waste was successfully depolymerized with high yield using an inorganic catalyst. Carbon black pigments and other contaminations could be separated from the monomer in the process. Analyses show high purity of the obtained white monomer. Re-polymerization results in PET suitable for melt spinning of new polyester fibers.

Karin Lindqvist
Project Manager-Research Engineer, RISE

With background in chemical engineering Karin Lindqvist has worked in the field of Materials Science and Chemical processes for more than 30 years.
Environmentally sustainable processes and recycling has been of increasingly importance in her work for more than 10 years.
Plastics, Textile and Nonwoven Recycling through depolymerization is a topic of growing interest which also has become Karins specialization.
Scientific studies in this field with development of the processes has recently led to demonstrations of new applications based on recycled nonwoven as raw material.


Circular Economy Business Models for electronics – Results of international survey

C-SERVEES seeks to boost a resource-efficient circular economy in the electrical and electronic (E&E) sector through the development, testing, validation and transfer of new circular economic business models (CEBM) based on systemic eco-innovative services that include: eco-leasing of EEE, product customization, improved WEEE management, and ICT services to support the other eco-services. ICT tools (relying on QR codes) will be developed as the driver of the proposed eco-innovative services to take full advantage of the potential and synergies of two major revolutions of our time: the circular economy and the Industry 4.0. The project will thus contribute to transform the E&E sector into circular and 4.0, raising new opportunities for end-users (such as their involvement in design or the access to a product as a service) and for social and solidarity economy. The techno-economic, environmental and social viability of the new CEBMs will be validated through demonstrations dealing with four target products belonging to different EEE categories: large household appliances, IT equipment, telecommunications equipment, and consumer equipment. Pascal Leroy will present the findings of an international survey underscoring the CEBM.

Pascal Leroy

Director General of the WEEE Forum since 2007, oversees the general management of the association and has been in the WEEE business for almost twenty years. Formerly he was Government Affairs Manager on WEEE at APPLiA, the European home appliance manufacturing industry.

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Circularity for beginners: serving the unbelievers

Since its commercial start in 2014, Closing the Loop has been a pioneer in circularity for mobile phones. Its efforts to close loops in an industry struggling with a less sustainable image - serving customers that are reluctant to choose sustainability over usability -  resulted in the creation of pragmatic circular services. Closing the Loop's circular offsetting services are now creating customer value and positive impact for consumers, some of the world's largest companies as well as the telecom industry itself.

Joost de Kluijver
CEO and founder, Closing the Loop

Joost started a company that won the Dutch Circular Award in 2018. He works with companies, municipalities, governments and the technology sector in turning circular ambitions into appealing results. His company is known for its work in emerging markets, for its customer centric approach towards circularity and the fact that it got some of the leading telecom brands on board for the path towards a closed loop industry. Joost has been an entrepreneur for 10 years and worked for Accenture and the Global Reporting Initiative in the past.