CONFERENCE DAY TWO - THURSDAY 16 NOVEMBER 2017

TONSLEY INNOVATION DISTRICT, ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA

REGISTRATION OPEN

8.00AM


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.

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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.

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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 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?

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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’ll share a vision of what electronics could look like in Australia, along with suggestions for how we could get there.

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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 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.

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LUNCH

12.00-1.00PM


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.

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 considers what this will mean for circular economy approaches.

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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.

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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 will explore how different organisations are grappling with evaluating the circular economy, and provide guidance on forging ahead.

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BREAK

3.30-4.00PM


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.

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CLOSING PLENARY - where to from here?

4.00-5.30PM
theatre 1

 


CLOSE

5.30PM


* This program is subject to change and will be updated in the lead-up to the conference.