Transforming territories:
what the circular economy means for precincts, cities and regions



10.30-12.00 NOON

This session will explore territorial approaches to implementing circular economy principles.

Focussing on what the circular economy means for business or along supply chains is critical, but beyond this how does a ‘systems’ approach apply to cities or even a street? What are the benefits for the local economy and how can this support community?

Ashleigh and Jaine Morris founded ‘The Circular Experiment’ this year to assist small businesses in the CBD of the Sunshine Coast to implement circular economy principles from resource efficiency and reverse logistics, to servitisation and incentivised return. They will share their experience of working with businesses along Ocean Street, through which, in conjunction with government, community and academia, they have created a unique dynamic while implementing tangible outcomes for all involved.

Justin Frank from Suez will share how collaboration and smart cities approaches can help achieve more circular cities. Suez is part of a consortium that has won a ground breaking 12-year contract in the French city of Dijon to manage public facilities across 24 municipalities. This performance contract includes ongoing assessment based on objective result criteria such as 65% energy savings on public lighting.

Spyros Kouvelis will share how Greece and the Mediterranean region are investing in the circular economy. Spyros has been a critical contributor in developing the ‘Mediterranean strategy for sustainable Development 2016-2025’ and the ‘Regional action plan on sustainable consumption and production in the Mediterranean’, both of which draw upon the circular economy paradigm to achieve sustainability while growing a healthy economy.

Stuart Ferguson will share London’s journey of integrating the circular economy. Their ‘Circular Economy Routemap’, launched in June 2017, sets out how the London Waste and Recycling Board and the Greater London Authority plan to work with higher education, community, businesses, social enterprise and London’s thriving finance sector to achieve projected benefits of at least £7bn every year and 12,000 new jobs by 2036.