CONFERENCE DAY TWO - THURSDAY 16 NOVEMBER 2017
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’re 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 will be 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)
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 will explore 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.
Dr Bronwyn Laycock, Senior Lecturer, School of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology, UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND (QUEENSLAND)
Dr. Alex Yuen Senior Research Fellow, THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY (NEW SOUTH WALES)
what the circular economy means for precincts, cities AND regions
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?
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)
Catching up to demand: accelerating circular solutions for electronics
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’ll share a vision of what electronics could look like in Australia, along with suggestions for how we could get there.
Peter Brisbane, Director, Stewardship and Waste, DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT & ENERGY (AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY)
TOO GOOD TO WASTE:
CIRCULAR FOOD SYSTEMS
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 will explore 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.
Senior Consultant (Waste & Resources Management) RAWTEC
Chair, INTERNATIONAL SOLID WASTE ASSOCIATION YOUNG PROFESSIONALS group (south australia)
TIM GRANT, DIRECTOR, LIFECYCLES (VICTORIA)
Continue the discussion at the second of our two COG sessions - a collaborative session, in which conference participants connect on a challenge or project idea, to unpack and potentially tackle solutions together. More details to be provided to registered conference participants.
Advancing manufacturing: Industry 4.0 and the circular economy
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 considers what this will mean for circular economy approaches.
Prof John Spoehr, Director, Australian Industrial Transformation Institute, Flinders University (SOUTH AUSTRALIA)
MARK FUSCO, MANAGING DIRECTOR, ADVANCED FOCUS (SOUTH AUSTRALIA)
MELISSA MILLER, CO-FOUNDER, LOOP CIRCULAR ECONOMY PLATFORM
Getting more value out of our water: circular approaches to water management
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)
Evaluation and metrics: navigating a brave new world
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 will explore how different organisations are grappling with evaluating the circular economy, and provide guidance on forging ahead.
At the end of two days of interaction between business, government and academia, this closing plenary will not only wrap up key learnings of the conference, but examine how to move forward as a community to shift Australia’s economy.
CLOSING PLENARY - where to from here?
MODERATOR: Jodie Bricout, Co-founder Loop Circular Economy Platform (SOUTH AUSTRALIA)
* This program is subject to change and will be updated in the lead-up to the conference.