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Economy, Energy

FT Circular Economy Summit

Accelerating a business model revolution

London |
Speakers include:
Karmenu Vella

Karmenu Vella

European Commission

Nitin Paranjpe

Nitin Paranjpe


Dr Jenifer Baxter

Dr Jenifer Baxter

Institution of Mechanical Engineers


The circular economy is taking business sustainability to a whole new level. The re-use and recycling of resources is nothing new, but with more cross-industry collaboration and increasingly advanced enabling technologies, a truly waste-free economy is achievable

The Financial Times Circular Economy Summit will examine how businesses are transforming product lifecycles and organisational infrastructure to become more sustainable, with a dual focus on environmental responsibility and commercial value.     

Join an audience of leading innovators, sustainability experts, corporate decision makers, policy makers and investors to explore an economic landscape where environmental responsibility and commercial reward go hand-in-hand.

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Speakers (21)

Karmenu Vella

Karmenu Vella

Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
European Commission
Nitin Paranjpe

Nitin Paranjpe

President of Homecare

Nitin Paranjpe was appointed President of Unilever's Home Care business on 1st Oct 2013. Nitin joined Hindustan Lever Limited, India in 1987 and worked though various roles including Product Manager for Detergents and Sales head for Southern Region. In 1999 he was appointed as a member of the Project Millennium Team. In 2000, he moved to Unilever London, and was involved in a review of the organization structure. During 2001, he worked as Executive Assistant to the Chairman and Unilever Executive Committee. On his return to India in 2002, Nitin became the Category Head - Fabric Wash and Regional Brand Director (Asia) for Laundry and Household Cleaning (HHC). In 2004, he became Vice President for Home Care, India. He was appointed as the Executive Director for the Home & Personal Care, India in March 2006. In April 2008 he was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Hindustan Unilever Limited, India and Executive Vice President for South Asia cluster. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Engineering (Mechanical) and MBA in Marketing from JBIMS, Mumbai. Nitin is married with 2 children and enjoys a game of golf in his leisure time.

Dr Jenifer Baxter

Dr Jenifer Baxter

Head of Energy and Environment
Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Jenifer Baxter joined the Institution of Mechanical Engineers as Head of Energy and the Environment in May 2015 and is responsible for providing expert technical and policy guidance and support on all mechanical engineering aspects of energy and the environment. She has written a number of reports for IMechE as well as academic papers covering subjects as diverse as engineering out food waste to the electricity supply gap, to perceptions of hydrogen futures.

Previously, Dr Baxter has been Head of Enterprise and Innovation at the University of East London, Research Project Manager and Lecturer on Research Methods in the Engineering Department at South Wales; and before undertaking her PhD, she spent six years working for the Welsh Government as a Waste Strategy Advisor. 

Dr Baxter has a PhD from Cardiff University in technological innovation systems examining hydrogen from waste technologies, an MSc in Sustainability, Planning and Environmental Policy and a BEng in Environmental Engineering also from Cardiff University.

In addition to being a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Dr Baxter is a member of the Energy Institute and a Chartered Engineer and Scientist.   

Andrew Morlet

Andrew Morlet

Chief Executive
Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Andrew Morlet joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in 2013 to define and launch its business programmes and became Chief Executive in 2014. Previously, he was the Global Managing Director for information and technology strategy at Accenture and a partner with McKinsey & Company, developing corporate and business unit strategy, working at the board level of leading global companies across multiple sectors in the USA, UK/Europe and Asia. Prior to entering consulting, Mr Morlet worked in the not-for-profit sector as a clinical epidemiology and healthcare research scientist.

Dr Liz Goodwin OBE

Dr Liz Goodwin OBE

Senior Fellow And Director, Food Loss And Waste
World Resources Institute

Liz Goodwin is a chemist by background. After an early career at ICI she began to move towards the environmental sector at Zeneca and subsequently Syngenta. Realising the vital role that care for the environment was likely to have in the future she joined, at its inception in 2001, the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) as its first Director of Manufacturing and subsequently added the role of Director of Construction. In 2007 Dr Goodwin took on the role of CEO at WRAP which position she held until June 2016. During her period at WRAP, UK recycling rates increased from 9% to 43% and food waste was reduced by 21% in 4 years. Ground-breaking collaborative agreements and schemes such as the Courtauld Initiative, Halving Waste to Landfill by the construction sector and Love Food Hate Waste campaigns were born and flourished.

Dr Goodwin joined the World Resources Institute (WRI) in 2016 as Senior Fellow and Director, Food Loss and Waste. She is also a Champion of the UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 whose aim is to halve food waste around the globe by 2030. Her role at WRI is to help drive the various initiatives that are required around the world to achieve this goal.

Dr Goodwin is a Trustee of the Building Research Establishment where she is also chair of the Research Committee. In 2015, she was awarded and OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the Business Resource Efficiency and the Environment.

Steve Creed

Steve Creed

Director, Business Programmes

Steve Creed is an engineer by background having completed an engineering degree in his native country Canada. He went on to complete an MBA as his interest turned more towards business issues. Prior to joining the Waste and Resources Action Programme, Mr Creed’s roles included Director of the Environment at Carillion plc. and Managing Director of Stanger Science and Environment, where his main focus was helping businesses to integrate sustainable development into their business strategy.

Mr Creed joined WRAP in early 2002 as Director of Business and Procurement with the remit to stimulate private and public sector procurement of recycled materials and products while overseeing WRAP’s business development service.  Following a re-organisation in 2005, he became Director of Business Growth, focusing on building markets and creating market knowledge for recovered materials. During 2009/10 he led WRAP through the Delivery Landscape Review and implementation which resulted in WRAP being asked by Defra to lead on resource efficiency issues in England. He is now focused on working with businesses across the food and drink, textiles and electrical sectors to embed a systems-thinking approach to sustainability through sector-wide voluntary agreements.  

Mr Creed’s areas of expertise include business strategy, sustainable development, resource efficiency, circular economy, finance and fundraising and change management.

Nick Cliffe

Nick Cliffe

Innovation Lead, Manufacturing and Materials
Innovate UK

Nick Cliffe is an Innovation Lead in the Manufacturing and Materials team of Innovate UK, the UK’s national innovation agency. He has a particular focus on resource efficiency, circular economy, sustainability and water - embedding these themes across Innovate UK strategy and competitions, helping innovators consider the wider environmental and societal drivers of their markets and supporting UK businesses in exploring new manufacturing methods and business models.

Before joining Innovate UK, Mr Cliffe worked for Closed Loop Recycling, a large plastic bottle recycling business based in Dagenham, East London, where he managed various projects, including: regulatory approval for the food-contact status of recycled plastics; EU Framework 7 funded projects to develop a marker system to enable automatic identification of plastics by use; a joint project with Ecover and various other partners to create the first plastic commercial plastic bottle made from recovered marine plastic waste. He also worked for a spin-off consultancy business, Closed Loop Environmental Solutions, managing projects such as launching a range of on-site food composting machines in the UK, and a large waste auditing program for Heathrow Airport and various airlines to develop recycling options for both terminal and cabin waste. 

Cecilia Brännsten

Cecilia Brännsten

Sustainability Business Expert

Cecilia Strömblad Brännsten is Circular Lead at H&M. As a Sustainability Business Expert on the circular economy and sustainable materials, she is responsible for H&M’s 100% circular strategy and efforts to close the loop on textiles as well as the global project manager for the Garment Collecting Initiative. Mr Brännsten has worked at H&M since 2004.

David Palmer-Jones

David Palmer-Jones

Chief Executive Officer
SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK

David Palmer-Jones was Chief Executive Officer of SITA Scandinavia from 2003 to 2006 before taking up the position of Operations Director for the Industrial and Commercial Division back in the UK. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of SITA UK, now known as SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, in September 2008.

Since re-joining SUEZ, Mr Palmer-Jones has transformed the way the company views the management of waste for its customers, moving towards a resource efficiency and recycling-led approach. He is also the President of the European Federation of Waste Management (FEAD).

Jeremy Wates

Jeremy Wates

Secretary General
European Environmental Bureau

Jeremy Wates is the Secretary General of the European Environmental Bureau, Europe’s largest federation of environmental organisations comprising over 150 member organizations from more than 30 European countries with a combined membership of around fifteen million environmentally concerned citizens.

Prior to taking up his present post in May 2011, Mr Wates served for more than a decade as Secretary to the Aarhus Convention with the Geneva-based United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. The Aarhus Convention is the world’s most far-reaching international treaty on access to information, public participation in decision-making, and access to justice in environmental matters.

During the 1990s, Mr Wates led the campaign by the European ECO Forum, an NGO coalition, to persuade governments to start work on a treaty on environmental democracy and then coordinated the input from civil society organisations into the official negotiations over the text of what was to become the Aarhus Convention.

In the 1980s, Mr Wates founded the Irish environmental organisation Earthwatch, the Irish member of Friends of the Earth International, and led it for more than a decade. 

Jeremy holds an MA Honours Degree in Philosophy and Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University. In 2011, he was awarded the David Brower Lifetime Achievement Award.

Egbert Lox

Egbert Lox

Senior Vice President, Government Affairs

Egbert Lox joined the central research laboratories of Degussa AG (Germany) in 1987, where he built up the R&D group for automotive emission control catalysts and assumed consecutive management levels in that area till 2006. From 2006 to 2012 he took care of the management of the corporate research and development team of Umicore, which deploys its activities in Belgium and in Germany. In 2013, he assumed the position of Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, based in Umicore’s headquarters in Brussels (Belgium).

Dr Lox is chairman of the board of directors of Innotek and represents Umicore in the Board or Executive Committee of several industry associations. He lectures on automotive emission control catalysts amongst others at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany. In 2015 he was granted the honorary professorship at this university. He is member of several university advisory councils and has served on a jury for PhD theses at universities across the EU. Furthermore he interacts with various RTO’s by being member of the advisory board and/or strategic evaluation and audit teams.

Dr Lox is author and co-author of about 130 technical papers. He is also co-inventor of more than 90 patents in the field of heterogeneous catalysis and is the co-recipient of the 1998 A.T. Colwell Merit Award of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). He is a permanent member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and Arts (KVAB). Dr Lox earned his MSc (1982) and PhD (1987) in Chemical Engineering at the University of Ghent (Belgium). 

Martin Stuchtey

Martin Stuchtey

Professor of Resource Strategies and Management
Innsbruck University

Martin R. Stuchtey is a Professor of Resource Strategies and Management at Innsbruck University. He is the founder and managing partner of SYSTEMIQ Ltd, a specialist firm for innovation and investment in new landuse, energy and circular industrial systems.

Before founding SYSTEMIQ Prof. Stuchtey worked for the McKinsey & Co for twenty years. There he served clients in a range of sectors, from transportation to energy and infrastructure, especially for water management. In 2006, Martin co-founded McKinsey's Sustainability Practice, working with numerous corporate, government and social sector clients on the challenges of climate change, water scarcity, ocean degradation and resource depletion at large.

Much of Prof. Stuchtey’s work has been dedicated to circular industrial systems. He initiated – together with Ellen MacArthur – the Circular Economy Initiative at the World Economic Forum. He has been a strategic advisor to the World Economic Forum and has created many reports, articles, TV and radio broadcasts on resource management.

Prof. Stuchtey is co- author of the book “A Good Disruption – Redefining Growth in the Twenty-first Century” which outlines a completely new industrial paradigm based on net positive thinking, disruptive technology and new business models.

Prior to joining McKinsey, Prof. Stuchtey served as a company commander in the German Alpine forces and worked as geologist on mining projects in Southern Africa. He holds a BSc (Hons) in economic geology/mineralogy from Rhodes University (South Africa), a MA in business economics from the Coblence School of Management “WHU” (Germany), an MBA from Lancaster University (UK) and a PhD in regional economics from the Technical University of Dresden.     

Paul Crewe

Paul Crewe

Head of Sustainability, Engineering, Energy and Environment

Paul Crewe leads the business unit that is accountable for the “Sustainability, Energy, Environmental and Engineering” strategic and operational agenda for Sainsbury’s. This includes the built environment (existing and new properties), incorporating both embodied and operational carbon through design and selection of construction and engineering solutions through to waste/energy management, recycling and setting energy and carbon reduction targets to 2030. He is a member of Sainsbury’s Climate Change Board and a member of numerous external bodies relating to sustainability, carbon and climate change including: CBI, UKGBC, BRC, ETG, Prince’s Mayday Network and Imperial College/Grantham Institute Carbon reduction partnership. In addition, he works in partnership with Sainsbury’s Corporate Affairs Division in support of driving improvements in Environmental, Sustainability and Carbon legislation, working collaboratively with key Government departments and NGOs. Paul is also a non-executive Board Director of Tamar Energy.

Martijn Lopes Cardozo

Martijn Lopes Cardozo

Chief Executive Officer
Black Bear

Martijn Lopes Cardozo is the Chief Executive Officer of Black Bear, a circular economy company that retrieves high value materials from end-of-life tires. He is a serial entrepreneur from the US West Coast who has built a number of successful companies in software, mobile and digital media. After he came back to the Netherlands he decided to focus his energy on transitioning the world from a “take, make, dispose” linear economy to a circular economy in which materials can be upcycled and reused.

Mr Lopes Cardozo is a frequent speaker at events including TEDex and Startup Fest Europe. Most recently, Black Bear was runner-up for the Circulars, the Circular Economy prize of the World Economic Forum. He is also a board member of Circle Economy, a cooperative with a goal to accelerate the transition to the circular economy by finding practical and scalable solutions.

Mr Lopes Cardozo has an MSc in Applied Physics from Delft University of Technology and an MBA from Harvard Business School.  

Antonis Mavropoulos

Antonis Mavropoulos

Chair, Scientific and Technical Committee
International Solid Waste Association

Antonis Mavropoulos is the President of the International Solid Waste Association as well as the founder and CEO of D-Waste. He has been involved in solid waste management projects for 20 years, in 20 countries and he has completed more than 150 projects. He strongly believes that a wasteless future is realistic, by combining technical and social innovation.

Mr Mavropoulos’s recent research deals with the fourth industrial revolution and its impact on waste management and recycling. Before that, his work has focused on globalisation, megacities and solid waste management, as well as the use of mobile apps for better waste management. He is the inventor of Waste Atlas, a global interactive map developed in cooperation with GIZ SWEEPNET, ISWA, WTERT, SWAPI and Leeds University.

Mr Mavropoulos has published and participated in the writing of several books and scientific publications, and his articles have been translated into multiple languages. For more about him you can visit his blog at

Adrian Tautscher

Adrian Tautscher

Group Leader for Sustainable Aluminium Strategies
Jaguar Land Rover

Adrian Tautscher has worked at Jaguar Land Rover for 15 years and is responsible for Sustainable Aluminium Strategies. His role is leading circular economy initiatives with a focus on aluminium and a number of research projects pioneering new closed-loop and recycling approaches. He is also a member of the RWM Ambassadors programme that seeks to build a community for a resource-efficient future.

Mr Tautscher has led the long term strategic ‘REALCAR’ (REcycled ALuminium CAR) project that has developed greater recycling from closed-loop sources. REALCAR and further projects have investigated opportunities to exploit additional recycled aluminium from post-consumer and End-of-Life vehicles and potential for re-use and re-manufacture. These projects are developing strategies for use in the next generation Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles.  

Mr Tautscher ‘s previous responsibility within Jaguar Land Rover was as Group Leader for the Materials Engineering Body-in-White/Corrosion Teams that led the introduction of new materials into the current generation of lightweight aluminium body architectures. Mr Tautscher has previously held positions at Lotus Engineering and British Steel. He holds a Degree in Mechanical Engineering.  

Kari Herlevi

Kari Herlevi

Project Director, Circular Economy

Kari is Herlevi is leading the circular economy project at Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund. The circular economy is one of the four focus areas of Sitra under the Carbon Neutral and Resource Wise Society.

Mr Herlevi was previously responsible for the resource efficient economy area in Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation. He managed the “Green Growth – Towards a sustainable future” program in Tekes, which aimed to identify potential new growth areas for the sustainable economy business, essentially based on lower energy consumption and sustainable use of natural resources. The program’s focus areas were energy and material efficient products and services, bioeconomy and biomaterials, recycling, recovery of raw materials, waste treatment, business models, service concepts and comprehensive solutions. Total funding of the program was over 100 million euros.

Previously, Mr Herlevi led the Vigo accelerator program in Tekes and supported Tekes management. He has also worked at the Tekes Silicon Valley office. His special interests include the circular economy and fast growing cleantech firms in developing countries.

Ian Nolan

Ian Nolan

Circularity Capital

Ian Nolan is a founding partner of Circularity Capital, and will chair the Investment Committee. Circularity Capital is a new £50m fund, launched this year, to invest in northern European SME’s who operate in the circular economy.

A Cambridge economist by academic training, Mr Nolan built his career in private equity with 3i, where he worked for 24 years, becoming Chief Investment Officer in 2009. In 2011, he left to help the UK Government launch the £3bn UK Green Investment Bank, heading up the team which set the strategy for the bank, secured its State Aid approval, built a team and made the initial £750m of investment commitments. He served as the Bank’s Chief Investment Officer from its formal launch in 2012 until 2014.

Mr Nolan is a private investor in a number of companies operating in the fields of renewable energy and sustainability, and has various non-executive roles in the field.  

Jacob Hayler

Jacob Hayler

Executive Director
Environmental Services Association

Jacob Hayler is the Executive Director at the Environmental Services Association – the UK’s sectoral trade association for managers of waste and secondary resources. Mr Hayler joined ESA from the City in 2005 as an Economist focused on helping to develop market-focused policies that combine environmental and economic sustainability. At various points during his time at ESA, he retained responsibility for policy relating to finance, tax, carbon management, contracts and energy from waste. 

Christopher Steane

Christopher Steane

Global Head of Lending
ING Bank

Christopher Steane is a Managing Director at ING Wholesale Banking, based in Amsterdam, and the Global Head of Lending.

Mr Steane graduated with first class degrees in Mathematics and Law from Cambridge University and joined Barings in 1978. He began in the Credit department, analysing corporate credit and assisting in the bank’s leasing business. His experience at Barings included debt capital markets, corporate finance advisory, and responsibility for establishing a joint venture in interest rate and currency derivatives.

Following the purchase of Barings Mr Steane acted as Head of UK Lending until 1997. He then became both Head of UK Corporate Banking and Head of Acquisition Finance. In 2001 he took responsibility for Acquisition Finance Europe. In 2005 he became Global Head of Structured Finance. He was appointed to his current position in 2010, responsible for real estate finance, structured finance, corporate and FI lending and syndications.

Mr Steane has served as a trustee of the Baring Foundation, a grant giving charity, and a member of the Alco of Christ’s Hospital, a 450 year old educational charity, and a trustee of The Baring Archive.

Luis Cilimingras

Luis Cilimingras

Managing Director
IDEO London

Luis Cilimingras is IDEO London's Managing Director. He is passionate about how organisations embrace creativity to feel more confident about their growth/impact/future.

Since joining IDEO, Mr Cilimingras has led relationships in diverse sectors including mobility, retail, healthcare or pharmaceutical. Before returning to London, he spent a year in Peru, starting an innovation studio for Intercorp, a large national conglomerate, called La Victoria Lab. Its mission: to create new products, services and experiences for the country's emerging middle class. 

An engineer by training, Mr Cilimingras was Fiat's brand manager before coming to IDEO, helping to launch the iconic Fiat 500 in Europe. He then led digital innovation at Fiat Group, overseeing the development and launch of Fiat eco:Drive, the first mass-market connected car app.

Mr Cilimingras has received numerous awards for innovation, communications and technology, including the Grand Prix at the Cannes Lions creativity festival.


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Clive Cookson

Clive Cookson

Science Editor
Financial Times

Clive Cookson has worked in science journalism for the whole of his professional life. He graduated with a First Class degree in chemistry from Oxford University in 1974.  After journalism training on the Luton Evening Post, he became science correspondent of the Times Higher Education Supplement in London and then spent four years in Washington as American Editor of THES. He returned to London in 1981 as technology correspondent of the Times and moved to BBC Radio as science correspondent in 1983. He joined the Financial Times as technology editor in 1987 and has been Science Editor of the FT since 1991. He is an honorary member of the British Science Association and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Ed Crooks

Ed Crooks

US Industry and Energy Editor
Financial Times

Ed Crooks was appointed US industry and Energy Editor in August 2010. Prior to that, he was Energy editor at the FT, based in London. Mr Crooks joined the FT in 1999 as Economics Editor, and then went on to become UK News Editor. Previously, Mr Crooks was an Economics Correspondent for the BBC, reporting on both television and radio. He started at the BBC as a researcher and producer and worked across several news programmes. He has also been a reporter and Editor for the Investors Chronicle as well as an Economic Analyst for the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Mr Crooks graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He regularly appears on national and international TV and radio.

Why Attend

  • Explore the evolving landscape of the circular economy within your industry
  • Hear about the implications of the circular economy for financial planning and investment
  • Learn about technologies being used to recover materials and create value from waste streams
  • Discuss how supply chains are being modified using CE principles to make better use of resources
  • Connect with circular economy thought leaders and get their perspective on what the future holds

Who Attends

FT Live has a reputation for delivering very senior board level audiences to attend a wide range of world class thought-leadership events across the globe for nearly 40 years.

The FT Circular Economy Summit will be attended by senior decision-makers from the following sectors:

  • Green Technology
  • Waste Management and Recycling
  • Energy
  • Manufacturing and Materials
  • Water Management
  • ICT and Telecoms
  • Consumer Goods
  • Agriculture
  • Chemicals
  • Pharma-biotech and Healthcare
  • Retail
  • Automotive
  • Banks and Finance
  • Transport and Logistics

Agenda - 25th May

  • 8:00am
    Registration and refreshments
  • 9:00am
    Opening remarks

    Ed Crooks, US Industry and Energy Editor, Financial Times

    Clive Cookson, Science Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:05am
    Welcome address

    Andrew Morlet, Chief Executive, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

  • 9:20am
    Keynote address

    A C-level perspective on the opportunities and challenges for businesses aspiring to become less dependent on linear consumption. 

    Nitin Paranjpe, President of Homecare, Unilever

  • 9:50am
    Panel: Leadership in the circular economy

    Society, government and business all have a role to play in facilitating the shift from linear to circular.

    • How compatible is the circular economy with a free market?
    • Which industries are leading the way?
    • What new types of company have arisen in the circular economy?
    • How could industrial policy evolve to support the circular economy?
    • What can the government do in terms of regulation and market incentives?
    • How important it industry symbiosis in making the circular economy work?
    • What are the prospects for the circular economy in emerging markets? 

    Steve Creed, Director, Business Programmes, WRAP

    Johan Holmqvist, Director, Sony Mobile Communications

    David Palmer-Jones, Chief Executive Officer, SUEZ recycling and recovery UK

    Moderator: Ed Crooks, US Industry and Energy Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:40am
    Morning refreshments
  • 11:00am
    Our circular future: Setting standards to create new opportunities around the globe

    Hear about the thinking behind the European Commission's Circular Economy Package, and the EU's strategy for policies that bring jobs, growth and a more sustainable economy.

    Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

  • 11:30am
    Panel: Embracing a new era of circular product design

    In order to move away from linear consumption, it will be necessary to fundamentally change the way many products are designed.

    • How are materials being developed for re-manufacturing?
    • What is the future for plastics in a circular economy?
    • How can materials be adapted to cascade across multiple user cycles?
    • Is modular design really better for a circular economy?
    • What happens to product lifecycle strategies in a circular economy?
    • How could circularity lead to higher or lower product specifications?
    • How will businesses become more agile to meet customer demands for upgrades?

    Cecilia Brännsten, Sustainability Business Expert, H&M

    Luis Cilimingras, Managing Director, IDEO London

    Egbert Lox, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Umicore

    Moderator: Ed Crooks, US Industry and Energy Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:15pm
    Panel: The semi-circular approach – Closing loops in supply chains

    In order become truly circular, a company might be required to make fundamental changes to its business model, but if that is a step too far, supply chains can still be modified.

    • What are the new business streams for waste being created in supply chains across different industries?
    • How advanced is technology for processing waste in order to create new material streams?  
    • What are the administrative challenges of reverse logistics, particularly the redistribution of materials?
    • What new standards are businesses setting for their suppliers to facilitate circular models?  

    Dr Jenifer Baxter, Head of Energy and Environment, Institution of Mechanical Engineers

    Nick Cliffe, Innovation Lead, Manufacturing and Material, Innovate UK

    Paul Crewe, Head of Sustainability, Sainsbury’s

    Adrian Tautscher, Group Leader for Sustainable Aluminium Strategies, Jaguar Land Rover

    Moderator: Ed Crooks, US Industry and Energy Editor, Financial Times

  • 1:00pm
    Networking lunch
  • 2:00pm
    The fourth industrial revolution and the circular economy

    The fourth industrial revolution and circular economy can be complementary forces for industry disruption. This session will assess their potential for reshaping waste management and recycling.

    Antonis Mavropoulos, Chair, Scientific and Technical Committee, International Solid Waste Association  

  • 2:30pm
    Panel: Redefining business-consumer relationships

    Mainstreaming the circular economy will be the ultimate challenge. Consumers are used to discarding products so it will be necessary to change how they think and act. 

    • How are some businesses eliminating secondary markets and developing more direct consumer relationships?
    • What are the risks and benefits of moving from B2B to B2C in order to become circular?
    • How challenging will it be to get consumers to forego ownership in a circular economy?
    • Where is the value for consumers in engaging with circular economy?
    • Is it feasible to remove the right of consumers to throw away products?
    • What would new models of ownership in a circular economy mean for warranties? 

    Dr Liz Goodwin OBE, Director, Food Loss and Waste, World Resources Institute

    Prof. Martin Stuchtey, Professor of Resource Strategies and Management, Innsbruck University

    Peter Svensson, Co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer, VIGGA

    Jeremy Wates, Secretary General, European Environmental Bureau

    Moderator: Clive Cookson, Science Editor, Financial Times

  • 3:20pm
    Afternoon refreshments
  • 3:40pm
    Investing in circular businesses

    Hear from one of the new wave of asset managers investing in rapid-growth businesses within the circular economy.  

    Ian Nolan, Partner, Circularity Capital

  • 4:10pm
    Panel: Financing the circular economy

    Traditional ways of analysing risk and setting objectives for return on investment may not show the true value of investing in businesses with a circular model.

    • How are capital flows different in the circular economy?
    • What are the potential challenges around collateral in circular business models?
    • Should capital providers have different criteria for credit analysis of circular business models?
    • What are the biggest costs of transition from a linear to a circular business model?
    • Who should pay for new infrastructure in the circular economy? 
    • What will happen to secondary markets in a circular economy?

    Jacob Hayler, Executive Director, Environmental Services Association

    Kari Herlevi, Project Director, Circular Economy, Sitra

    Martijn Lopes Cardozo, CEO, Black Bear

    Christopher Steane, Global Head of Lending, ING Bank

    Moderator: Clive Cookson, Science Editor, Financial Times

  • 4:50pm
    Closing remarks and close of summit

    Clive Cookson, Science Editor, Financial Times

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