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The outline agenda can be found below. If you would be interested in speaking opportunities at a future edition of this conference, please contact Rose Maloney at or on +44 (0) 2920 783 070.


Tuesday 16 February, 2016


08:30 – 09:30

Welcome Coffee and Registration

09:30 – 11:10

Session 1 - Keynote Session

Moderator: Paul Adamson, Chairman, Forum Europe

09:30 – 09:50

Keynote Speech

Jyrki Katainen, Vice President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, European Commission

09:50 – 10:10

Keynote Speech

Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy MEP, European Parliament

10:10 – 10:30

Keynote Speech

Thierry Mallet, Executive Vice President, Innovation and Business Performance, SUEZ

10:30 – 10:50

Keynote Speech

Eva Kjer Hansen, Minister, Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark

10:50 – 11:10


Ruben Dekker, Environment Attaché, Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the EU

11:10 – 11:30

Morning Coffee Break

11:30 – 13:00

Session 2 - Bringing Eco-Design Into The Mainstream

Designing out waste at the manufacturing or build stage is a key component of the European Commission's revised circular economy package. Recent reports have found current EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) guidelines to be inadequate in the drive to make eco-design commonplace and the focus is now turning to modernising design protocol as well as looking at alternative manufacturing processes such as 3D printing to ensure products are economically and environmentally viable in their production and performance.

This session reflected on the design elements covered by the newly released package and discussed how companies will need to incorporate current and future design directives into sustainable and market-orientated business models as well as reducing the carbon footprint of the production of key materials such as aluminium.

Moderator: David Peck, Senior Research Fellow, Critical Materials and Circular Design, Delft University of Technology

Robert Nuij, Head of Sector, Energy Efficient Products, DG ENER, European Commission
Joanna Drake, Principal Adviser, Task Force: Collaborative Economy, New Business Models and SMEs, DG GROW, European Commission
Stéphane Arditi, Policy Manager: Products & Waste, European Environmental Bureau
Hasso von Pogrell, Managing Director, European Bioplastics
James Pennington, Project Specialist, Circular Economy, World Economic Forum


13:00 – 14:30

Networking Lunch

14:30 – 16:00

Session 3 - Case Studies: SMEs, Emerging Innovators and Disruptors

Start-ups and SMEs offer up significant innovation potential for the circular economy, as by their nature, they are often more nimble and less restricted by factors which may hinder larger corporations. This session asked to what extent the new circular economy package can drive disruption among traditional sectors, while boosting economic activity at the SME level.

Moderator: Paul Adamson, Chairman, Forum Europe

14:30 – 14:45


Peter Svensson, Co-founder & CCO, VIGGA

14:45 – 15:00


Irene Paredes Díaz, R&I Project Manager, Ecolup
Maya Hernando Calvo, R&I Project Consultant, Ecolup

15:00 – 15:15


Michal Len, Director, RREUSE

15:15 – 16:00

Panel Discussion

16:00 – 16:20

Keynote Speech

Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP, Rapporteur for the Circular Economy, European Parliament

16:20 – 16:40

Afternoon Coffee Break

16:40 – 18:30

Afternoon Parallel Sessions

Delegates will have the opportunity to attend one of the following parallel sessions:

Breakout 1 – Creating a viable European market for secondary raw materials
Breakout 2 – Preventing food waste across the supply chain

16:40 – 18:30

Breakout 1 – Creating a viable European market for secondary raw materials

Long term assurances play an important role for stakeholders looking to invest in a profitable and predictable secondary raw materials market in Europe. There have been calls for clear and functional guidelines for the use of resources previously regarded as waste and for accurate ways of tracking these resources and recording their contribution to recycling targets.

More intelligent targets, better regulation for landfill sites, separate collection schemes and the ethical global trade of materials such as aluminium and steel, all featured in this discussion about the effect of circular secondary markets on the European economy.

Kęstutis Sadauskas, Director for Green Economy, DG ENV, European Commission
Davor Škrlec MEP, European Parliament
Françoise Bonnet, Secretary General, ACR+
Magdalena Garczyńska, Recycling Director, European Aluminium
Nadine De Greef, Secretary General, FEAD

16:40 – 18:30

Breakout 2 – Preventing food waste across the supply chain

It is currently estimated that 100 million tonnes of food is wasted each year in the EU. Without urgent action, this figure is expected to rise to 120 million tonnes by 2020 and a new EU action plan on food waste is predicted to be a vital non-legislative element of the new circular economy package.
In July, Parliament called for the implementation of EU wide targets on food waste and measures to monitor and control the issue, such as food donation guidelines and improved ‘best-before’ and ‘use-by’ labelling are likely to form part of the package released in December. Individual member states, however, have voiced their concerns on legally binding targets.
Looking broadly at new aims and targets to minimise the amount of food thrown away and safely deal with inevitable waste, this session discussed the significance of the new circular economy package for the agricultural and food industries.

Moderator: Julie Mandrille, Manager, Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Grayling

Alexandra Nikolakopoulou, Head of Unit, DG SANTE, European Commission
Robert van Otterdijk, Agro-Industry Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Tim Fox, Chair of Food & Drink Engineering Committee, Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Sigrid Pauwelyn, Board member, European Former Foodstuff Processors Association




Tuesday 16 February, 2016
08.30 to 18.00




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