We thank our valued partners and sponsors for their support of Australia's first conference dedicated to the circular economy.


GOVERNMENT PARTNER

GREEN INDUSTRIES SA

Green Industries SA has a vision for South Australia to be internationally recognised as a leader in green industry development, the Circular Economy and recycling and resource recovery. Green Industries SA helps develop the green economy and champions the efficient use of resources, and the conservation and recovery of scarce materials. It promotes waste management practices that eliminate waste to landfill, and promotes innovation and business activity in the waste management, resource recovery and green industry sectors, recognising that these areas present a valuable opportunity to contribute to the State's economic growth.

Vaughan Levitzke PSM, Chief Executive, Green Industries SA will speak at Powering the change on the key areas and linkages that need to be developed further to enable a transition to a circular economy.

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PLATINUM SPONSOR

VEOLIA

Veolia are committed to a future where end-of-life resources are transformed into products that enrich our lives and power homes and businesses.  A future where production and consumption go hand in hand – and nothing goes to waste. It’s the reason they’re committed to helping customers embrace the circular economy.

By throwing things away without a second thought, we are missing opportunities to create new productsand low-carbon energy. Veolia support closed-loop models that reuse and re-manufacture materials as standard, design products to last longer and integrate sustainability seamlessly into our lives. Everything that we buy, use or consume should be recycled or converted into energy.

Veolia are working hard to make this circular vision a reality for their customers.


COMMUNICATIONS PARTNER

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KOMMS-HAUS DESIGN AND COMMUNICATIONS

Komms-Haus helps leaders to reach their key markets and stakeholders with well-crafted and powerful communications.

Based at Tonsley Innovation District and in the Adelaide CBD, they work with clients in complex markets (in the research, technical, scientific and legal sectors, to name a few).

Komms-Haus brings over 30 years of experience to delivering for organisations large and small and specialises in strategic communications, information design and data visualisation and corporate identity design.


GOLD SPONSORS

ARUP

Arup is one of the world’s leading design and engineering firms, working across every aspect of today’s built environment.  Arup is a firm that embraces change – living by Ove Arup’s goal of doing our work 'as well as it can be done,' to push boundaries and find a better way.
 
The application of the Circular Economy to the Built Environment is less than straightforward.  Arup is pursuing tangible initiatives to embed circular economy principles in the built environment around the world, by considering new ways of designing and delivering projects. The firm’s strong relationships with governments, cities and corporates positions it well to provide leadership, guidance and knowledge sharing across the sector.
 
Since 2016, Arup has been the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Knowledge Partner for the Built Environment, working together to analyse and develop circular economy principles as they apply to four critical broad global markets: cities, transport, energy and water.

Carol Lemmens, Director, Global Management Consulting Business Leader from the Netherlands will be joining to present Arup's latest work on developing new circular business models in the built environment.


LIFECYCLES

Lifecycles is recognised as Australia’s most experienced specialised consultancy in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), and has more recently gained unique experience in the circular economy.

They use life cycle approaches to enable businesses and policy makers to understand the full impact of their activities and improve their sustainability performance.

Lifecycles’ team has undertaken over 50 complete LCAs for diverse clients across all sectors of the economy and they develop much of Australia’s Life Cycle Inventory data (including carbon) used around the world by LCA professionals and researchers. Part of their mission is to enable all decision makers to use life cycle information themselves, by providing training in LCA and management, and streamlined software for the packaging industry called PIQET which is used by leaders in fast moving consumer goods across the world and provides organisations a quick and hands-on way to assess a range of key impacts as they develop their packaging.

In 2016 Lifecycles undertook the first study to quantify the benefits of a circular economy in Australia 'Creating value: the potential benefits of a circular economy in South Australia', in collaboration with EconSearch, Colby Industries and the University of Queensland.

They have actively supported the development of Loop Circular Economy Platform Australia, and will continue to be a key partner in developing effective evaluation tools for circular economy projects – making sure that activities are actually making positive environmental impact.

At Powering the change, Tim Grant, Director, Lifecycles, will be drawing on his extensive experience working with companies, governments and not-for-profits in life cycle assessment, to speak about practical and effective forms of measurement that apply to the circular economy.


institute for sustainable futures, UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY SYDNEY (UTS)

The Institute for Sustainable Futures is a UTS research institute that has been creating change towards sustainable futures by conducting independent project based research since 1997.

UTS has a bold vision to be a world-leading university of technology. They are known for their industry focus, practice-based teaching and learning, real world research and location. With state-of-the-art campuses and facilities, UTS is preparing students to become global thinkers, leaders and innovators.

Prof Damien Giurco, Director (Innovation), Institute for Sustainable Futures will be sharing outcomes at Powering the change from the Wealth from Waste Cluster at an engaging breakfast session at the South Australian Drill Core Reference Library.

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SUEZ

With 90,000 employees across five continents, SUEZ* intends to play a leading role in the resource revolution. The group will achieve this ambition by pursuing two major policies. Transforming its business by focusing on the circular economy and digital technology. Becoming the benchmark partner for cities and industry in the design and implementation of solutions that optimize the management of their resources.

Their 2,600 employees and contractors across Australia and New Zealand provide seamless solutions across the water and waste sectors, leveraging our global expertise and knowledge to explore opportunities to bring new innovations and technologies to Australia.

Today SUEZ supplies over 7 million Australians with drinking water, demonstrating our expertise and commitment to meet the unique water challenges facing Australia.

*Degrémont, SITA Australia, Process Group, GE Water and 40 other water and waste companies across the globe are now under one brand: SUEZ.


VENUE PARTNERS

AUSTRALIAN INDUSTRIAL TRANSFORMATION INSTITUTE, FLINDERS UNIVERSITY

The Australian Industrial Transformation Institute (AITI) at Flinders University undertakes trans-disciplinary industry and workplace research in support of industrial and workplace transformation. 

AITI provides high level industry, economic and workforce research in response to major change and the exploration of the industries and jobs of the future.

They undertake foresighting, demand mapping, value chain analysis and cluster development and their work seeks to deepen understanding of the human and institutional dimensions of change, inform strategy, policy and program development.

For over 50 years, Flinders University has been a centre of inspiring achievement: from pioneering research and excellence in teaching to positive impact in the community.

Prof John Spoehr, Director, Australian Industrial Transformation Institute will join us to speak on the intersection between Industry 4.0, billed in some circles as 'the next industrial revolution', and circular economy


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The New Venture Institute (NVI) is the centre of innovation and entrepreneurship at Flinders. Through their programs and activities they inspire, connect and educate future generations of entrepreneurs and innovators.
 
NVI supports students and the broader community to create new businesses and to challenge business models. They also nurture entrepreneurs with an active innovation community, and add value to businesses with student driven, professional grade consulting.
 
They provide 3D printing and rapid prototyping services to industry, start-ups, individuals, schools and universities through the Flinders Innovation Centre, a node of the South Australian Government’s Manufacturing Technology Centre.
 
By linking business, government and the community sector to all the university has to offer, they showcase the R&D innovations of the future and ensure robust industry–university linkages.


BRONZE SPONSORS

 

AUSTRALIA POST

Australia's oldest continually operating organisation, Australia Post, is a self-funded government business enterprise employing more than 36,000 people across their integrated delivery, logistics, retail and eCommerce solutions markets. The organisation has more than 7,000 'posties' who deliver mail across Australia, and 11.5 million delivery points.

 


PEATS SOIL AND GARDEN SUPPLIES

Peats Soil and Garden Supplies is a second-generation, wholly South Australian company focused on receiving, processing and marketing recyclable organic resources in bulk and bag forms.

Their vision is to be a world leader in sustainable and innovative organics recycling. With a 45 year heritage, a passion for organics recycling and the creation of valuable landscaping, garden and horticultural products, Peats has a reputation as a true environmental and carbon friendly company.


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The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is South Australia’s independent environmental regulator, responsible for protecting, restoring and improving the environment through the risk-based regulation of pollution, waste, noise and radiation.

Through its compliance efforts and reform processes, the EPA is committed to establishing a robust regulatory environment that supports the Circular Economy, helping realise the economic potential from innovation in waste and resource recovery technologies while at the same time protecting our environment.

The EPA is pursuing an extensive waste reform program to achieve sound regulation that supports fair and equitable competition, stability, growth and innovation in the sector, to support prosperity and wellbeing for all South Australians.


ACADEMIC PARTNERS