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.

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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.


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

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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 Lead, 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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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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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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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.


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.


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.