Precious metals: ‘urban mining’ and discovering wealth in waste

8.30-10.00AM BREAKFAST SESSION
drill core reference library

Can we truly slow down linear approaches for mined resources?

We were thrilled to have key researchers joining our panel to present outcomes from the Wealth from Waste Cluster.

The cluster focussed on 'mining' above ground resources, which are the metals contained in collections of discarded manufacturing products and consumer goods. It explored the quantification of global and local stocks and flows of metals available for urban mining, enablers for e-waste collection, and the potential for business models to foster the transition.

This session was held over breakfast at the South Australian Drill Core Reference Library, a state-of-the-art centre where geological samples from over 130 years of exploration for mining and energy resources can be viewed.


Terry Burgess, CHAIR, TONSLEY PROJECT STEERING COMMITTEE; MEMBER, SOUTH AUSTRALIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD; PRESIDENT SACOME, SOUTH AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER OF MINES & ENERGY

BILL WATT, MANAGER - PROJECTS & TECHNOLOGY, NYRSTAR (SOUTH AUSTRALIA)

Jad Oseyran, Lead - Global Centre of Competence - circular economy, IBM (NETHERLANDS)

MODERATOR:
Prof Damien Giurco, Director (Innovation), Institute For Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney (NEW SOUTH WALES)

 

 

HARVESTING THE BIOECONOMY - BREAKFAST SESSION


8.30-10.00AM BREAKFAST SESSION
room 5.29 (level 5)

The bioeconomy – making the most out of our resources from land and sea such as crops, forests, fish, animals and micro-organisms – is set to become a $1 billion export-oriented industry in Queensland alone over the next decade. The global trend to shift from fossil-based to renewable feedstocks in industries such as chemicals, health, energy and construction represents an enormous opportunity for Australian businesses.

This session explored what Australia's new bioeconomy could look like, how it will strengthen our existing agricultural, forestry and fishery sectors, and how we might just get there.


Tim Grant, Director, LIFECYCLES (VICTORIA)

Dr Bronwyn Laycock, Senior Lecturer, School of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology, UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND (QUEENSLAND)

Dr John Kettle, Vice President at VTT TECHNICAL RESEARCH CENTRE (FINLAND)

Matt Arthur, Manager Biofutures, DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND HERITAGE PROTECTION (QUEENSLAND)

Dr. Alex Yuen Senior Research Fellow, THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY (NEW SOUTH WALES)

MODERATOR:
Dr Bronwyn Laycock, Senior Lecturer, School of Chemical Engineering and Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND


BREAK

10.00-10.30AM


PARALLEL SESSIONS

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

10.30-12.00NOON
theatre 1

This session explored 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?


Stuart Ferguson, Head of Investment, London Waste and Recycling Board (UNITED KINGDOM)

Ashleigh and Jaine Morris, Co-Founders, The Circular Experiment (QUEENSLAND)

Justin Frank, Director Marketing, Communications and Corporate Affairs, SUEZ (NEW SOUTH WALES)

MODERATOR:
VAUGHAN LEVITZKE PSM, chief executive, green industries sa
 

Catching up to demand: accelerating circular solutions for electronics

10.30-12.00NOON
room 5.29 (level 5)

With our seemingly endless appetite for the latest electronic devices and their cocktail of batteries, precious metals and low value materials,  identifying and exploring workable circular solutions is an urgent challenge for the electronics industry.

Our panel of experts has been engaged in the industry for decades and are in the ideal position to plot the path ahead. They shared a vision of what electronics could look like in Australia, along with suggestions for how we could get there.


Carmel Dollisson, CEO, AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND RECYCLING PLATFORM (ANZRP) (VICTORIA)

Glen Winkler, ‎State General Manager, Sa & NT, Telstra Enterprise, Telstra (vicTORIA)

Peter Brisbane, Director, Stewardship and Waste, DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT & ENERGY (AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY)

Monique Retamal, Research Principal, Institute for Sustainable Futures, uts (NEW SOUTH WALES)

MODERATORS:
John Gertsakis Director, Communications, EQUILIBRIUM (VICTORIA)

Rose Read, Chief Executive Officer, MRI PSO PTY LTD (NEW SOUTH WALES)

 

TOO GOOD TO WASTE:
CIRCULAR FOOD SYSTEMS

10.30-12.00NOON
theatre 2

Food waste is one of the great challenges of our time.

Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted. Australian households throw away around $8 billion of food annually. Most of this still ends up in landfills, where it breaks down into the potent greenhouse gas methane.

This session explored best practice in reducing food waste globally, and Australian initiatives to get organic material out of landfill to where it can create economic and environmental value.


Kat Heinrich
Senior Consultant (Waste & Resources Management) RAWTEC
Chair, INTERNATIONAL SOLID WASTE ASSOCIATION YOUNG PROFESSIONALS group (south australia)

Dylan Gower, Project Convenor, CLEAN COWRA INC (new south wales)

Preet Brar, Group General Manager - SA & NT, VEOLIA (SOUTH AUSTRALIA & NT)

Peter Wadewitz, Managing Director, PEATS SOIL AND GARDEN SUPPLIES (SOUTH AUSTRALIA)

Dr Michael Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, PRIMORDIA MUSHROOMS (SOUTH AUSTRALIA)

MODERATOR:
TIM GRANT, DIRECTOR, LIFECYCLES (VICTORIA)


LUNCH

12.00-1.00PM


Participants continued the discussion at the second of our two COG sessions - a collaborative session, in which conference participants connected on a challenge or project idea, to unpack and potentially tackle solutions together.

COG SESSIONS

1.00-2.00PM


PARALLEL SESSIONS

Advancing manufacturing: Industry 4.0 and the circular economy

2.00-3.30PM
theatre 1

We are on the cusp of vast shifts in manufacturing with the rise in the availability of data, emerging expertise in analytics and business intelligence capabilities, new forms of human machine-interaction, and advances such as robotics and 3D printing.

Our panel discussion considered what this means for circular economy approaches.


Jad Oseyran, Lead - Global Centre of Competence - circular economy, IBM (NETHERLANDS)

Prof John Spoehr, Director, Australian Industrial Transformation Institute, Flinders University (SOUTH AUSTRALIA)

MARK FUSCO, MANAGING DIRECTOR, ADVANCED FOCUS (SOUTH AUSTRALIA)

MODERATOR:
MELISSA MILLER, CO-FOUNDER, LOOP CIRCULAR ECONOMY PLATFORM

Getting more value out of our water: circular approaches to water management

2.00-3.30PM
theatre 2

How could a circular economy conference in the driest state on the driest continent not consider water?

Most people think of waste and materials when they think of a circular economy, but the water cycle is a key area for generating value: not only from the water itself, but also resources such as organic matter, phosphorus, nitrogen, heavy metals and thermal energy, that can particularly be found in waste water.


Kathryn Bellette, Director, Strategy and Assessment, Environment Protection Authority (SOUTH AUSTRALIA)


Matthew Mulliss, Engineer – Resources, Queensland Urban Utilities (QUEENSLAND)

Dr Michael Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, PRIMORDIA MUSHROOMS)

 

Evaluation and metrics: navigating a brave new world

2.00-3.30PM
room 5.29 (level 5)

The ability to develop a clear business case, to make objective decisions about how and where to invest and to measure results, enables organisations to reap the benefits of the circular economy.

From business KPIs to investment metrics to environmental performance evaluation, the circular economy is a tricky concept to measure – and no-one has nailed it (yet). This session explored how different organisations are grappling with evaluating the circular economy, and provided guidance on forging ahead.


Casper Jorna, CE100 Program Lead, Ellen Macarthur Foundation (UNITED KINGDOM)

Tim Grant, Director, LIFECYCLES (VICTORIA)

Amélie Rouvin, Environment and Circular Economy Manager, VEOLIA (FRANCE)


BREAK

3.30-4.00PM


At the end of two days of interaction between business, government and academia, this closing plenary not only wrapped up key learnings of the conference, but examined how to move forward as a community to shift Australia’s economy.

CLOSING PLENARY - where to from here?

4.00-5.30PM
theatre 1

 

 

Amélie Rouvin, Environment and Circular Economy Manager, VEOLIA (FRANCE)

Vaughan Levitzke PSM, Chief Executive, GREEN INDUSTRIES SA (SOUTH AUSTRALIA)

MODERATOR: Jodie Bricout, Co-founder Loop Circular Economy Platform (SOUTH AUSTRALIA)


CLOSE

5.30PM