09:00 Opening Address and Day 1 Highlights by Chairperson 
Visionary Keynote: The UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – Transforming Our World with Sustainable Impact and Innovations
Kate-Wilson-roundedDR KATE WILSON
Executive Director
Communities and Greater Sydney Division
Communities and Greater Sydney Division
09:45 Fighting Single Use Plastic: How Globelet Will Track All Plastics to End Waste
Single Use Packaging is all around us. We all benefit from them. Yet globally they are proving to be an issue. Globally, 1.4 billion single-use coffee cups are thrown away each day. There is now a global problem with single-use packaging that is ruining the environment, unsettling communities and depleting our fish stock. In 40 years of plastic history only 14% of global plastic packaging was recycled. All the rest worth 80-120 billion is lost after only one single use. And nearly ⅓ of all plastic packaging leaks into eco-system where it can stay around for 100’s of years. By 2050 this means there could be more plastic than fish in the sea. Technology in the next 5 years will transform how packaging is used. Globelet is now tracking all plastics to end waste with QR codes.
10:15 Morning Refreshments & Networking Session
10:30 Amcor’s 2025 Pledge : Transitioning to a Circular Economy for Plastic Packaging
Packaging is vital – and plastic packaging is often superior – for assuring the safety and performance of thousands of consumer and other products. It can significantly limit the waste-related environmental consequences of the products it protects. But plastic pollution is an obvious problem. It is primarily a result of poor waste management and recycling, and, with better systems, much plastic packaging today could be recycled or reused.

Amcor, the world’s leading global packaging company, is making progress to using significantly more recycled materials, driving greater recycling of packaging, and helping to diminish plastic waste overall. As an industry leader, Amcor was the first global packaging company pledging to develop all our packaging to be recyclable or reusable by 2025.

Richard-Smith-roundedRICHARD SMITH
Director Safety, Quality & Sustainability
11:00 Coca Cola’s Zero Waste Ambition and Commitment to Sustainability By Phasing Out Plastic Straws 

Coca-Cola today an industry-first goal to collect and recycle the equivalent of every bottle or can it sells globally by 2030. The Company announced in 2016 that it was the first Fortune 500 company to give back to nature and communities an estimated 115 percent of the water used to make its drinks. The company and its bottling partners achieved the target five years ahead of schedule.

Straws made up nearly 11 per cent of all plastic rubbish reported to Clean Up Australia. In a commitment to its sustainability practices, the company has announced it will phase out plastic drinking straws and stirrers in Australia over the next two months and replace them with fully recyclable and biodegradable paper straws.

APCO’s  2025 Commitment: The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) aims to reduce the harmful impact of packaging in Australian communities, this is delivered through the 13 reporting criteria and 5 performance levels of sustainable packaging
Brooke-Donnelly-roundedBROOKE DONNELLY
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation
Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation
12:00 Lessons on laying the first building blocks of a Circular Economy: Australia’s first Circular Economy pilot project 
  • How circular economy principles are implemented into 45 small business on one street to create over 25 projects and systems level change.
  • Working with Lendlease to create Australia’s first Circular Economy master-planned community
  • Working with Brisbane Airport Corporation to create precinct-wide circular economies with their resource flows
12:30 Networking Luncheon
14:00 Interactive Roundtable Discussion
  • Global Innovations in Sustainability Best Practices
  • Sustainable Reporting and Disclosure
  • New Circular Economies Business Models
  • Climate change and our Economy: The Tipping Point
  • Governance & Measurement Framework to Support sustainability
Institute for the Development of Environmental-Economic Accounting (IDEEA Group)
Institute for the Development of Environmental-Economic Accounting (IDEEA Group)
Director ,Biofuel & Hydroge, Investment
Department of State Development (DSD)
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Rebecca-Giling-roundedREBECCA GILLING
Deputy CEO
Planet Ark Environmenta Foundations
Planet Ark Environmental Foundation
Susan-Mizrah-roundedSUSAN MIZRAHI
Head of Corporate Responsibility Community Relations Team, Chief Customer Officer
Australia Post
Australia post
Global Urban Forest
Global Urban Forest
14:30 DyeCoo: Delivering Sustainable Apparels By Eliminating Toxic and Reducing Water Wastage Associated with Textile Manufacturing 
The textiles industry uses vast quantities of water and chemicals and produces huge amounts of toxic waste, which is a major problem in countries like China, India, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Thailand. But Dutch company DyeCoo has developed a process of dyeing cloth that uses no water at all, and no chemicals other than the dyes themselves. It uses highly pressurised “supercritical” carbon dioxide, halfway between a liquid and a gas that dissolves the dye and carries it deep into the fabric. The carbon dioxide then evaporates, and is in turn recycled and used again. 98% of the dye is absorbed by the cloth, giving vibrant colours. And because the cloth doesn’t need to dry, the process takes half the time, uses less energy, and even costs less. The company already has partnerships with major brands like Nike and IKEA.
Managing Director
DyeCoo Asia
 DyeCoo Asia
15:00 Afternoon Refreshments & Networking Session
15:30 What Australia can learn from Finland, the world’s first country to legislate a national policy of circular economy development, to achieve zero-net GHG emissions by 2050, an estimated 100,000 new jobs by 2030, and increasing exports in technology and expertise
Chair, Farm Forest Growers & Consultant
World Bioenergy Association
World Bioenergy Association
16:00 Changing hearts and minds: the power of movement building in the fight against single use plastics’   

Tackling the problem of single use plastics has become one of the primary concerns of environmentally conscious organisations around the world. Footage of plastic gyres and increasing cases of sea life starving with stomachs full of plastic has shocked the world into understanding mass plastic use is a pressing issue. However, the ease, convenience and availability of plastic means it is embedded in our lives

Rather than cleaning up beaches or producing a disposable alternative, The Last Straw successfully challenged social and behavioral norms by asking Australians to do something a little inconvenient and stop using plastic straws unnecessarily. This disruption of the disposable, consumer-focused lifestyle prevented millions of straws from entering the waste system in the first place with a message to ‘just use less’. This session will observe The Last Straw and other environmentally focused case studies where movement building and campaigning tactics have been able to change the hearts, minds and habits of the general public when it comes to plastic waste, challenging a natural inclination towards ease and convenience.

The Last Straw Australia
 the last straw
16:30 Australia’s Leadership in Sustainability: How Close the Loop Built the World’s First Road Out of Plastic Bags, Glasses and Printer Cartridges
This Australian company has spent more than a decade recovering value from old printer cartridges and soft plastics. Their new innovation turns these materials into roads. The products are mixed in with asphalt and recycled glass to produce a higher-quality road surface that lasts up to 65% longer than traditional asphalt. In every kilometre of road laid, the equivalent of 530,000 plastic bags, 168,000 glass bottles and the waste toner from 12,500 printer cartridges is used in the mix. So instead of ending up in landfill, all that waste is given a new life, getting us where we need to go.
 17:00 Q&A Session & Closing Remark by Conference Chairperson
 17:15 Champagne Networking 
image-3Enjoy a glass of champagne whilst networking with other like-minded individuals on topics that are of most interest to you and fellow delegates.
09:00 Opening Address and Day 2 Highlights by Chairperson 
Eco-System  Keynote: Circular Business Model Design – How Sustainability and Eco-Innovation Can Boost Bottom Line 
This session covers the $1 trillion market opportunity for businesses that effectively market themselves as eco-innovators; excelling in the 4 categories of sustainability – energy/water/waste, community, heritage and CSR – places companies into a different light with consumers. Also covered is how sustainability helps companies reduce annual operating costs and reach more consumers.
Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia (Sydney)
Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia (Sydney)
John-roundedDR JOHN HEWSON
Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia (BCSD Australia)
Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia (Sydney)
09:45 Low Carbon Living: Reducing Construction Wastes and Improving Sustainability with Circular Economy Modular Building

The construction industry is one of the most adversely impacting single industries in the world in terms of both waste production and greenhouse gas emissions. In Australia alone, construction and demolition waste represents about 40 per cent of its yearly waste production. In addition, during the buildings’ life cycle, further resources are consumed for maintaining and up keeping the building. This increase stems from buildings’ often low construction quality (e.g. single glazing in Australia is a common practice). As a possible solution to these issues, the circular economy framework is increasing in popularity, and in many industry sectors it provides promising guidelines to create new resources out of waste, reduce materials used, and design for reusability and recyclability.

The Legacy Living Lab or L3, is in fact built with reused modular frames, designed for disassembling and adaptable to future purposes. The L3 is ran with renewable energy, is movable and adaptable, and can be disassembled at the end of its life-cycle. Further, L3 measures and monitors the electricity and water consumption of its different spaces. Being a living laboratory means that the building also functions as a research facility. According to this concept, the L3 is designed to host start-ups which work in the field of renewable energy, buildings and automation, waste reduction and closed-loop supply chain are able to prototype, test and launch their products. Being a fertile space and research facility in the listed fields, the L3 helps industries and researchers to foster a change towards a reduction, reuse, and recycle revolution.

CRC for Low Carbon Living
 CRC for Low Carbon Living
10:15 Morning Refreshments & Networking Session
10:30 Sustainability in Managing E-Waste with the World’s First Electronic Waste Microfactory: UNSW Innovations (or HYLA Mobile) 
Smartphones and tablets have changed the way many of us live and work, but our appetite for the latest must-have gadget has created a mountain of discarded devices. HYLA Mobile works with many of the world’s leading manufacturers and service providers to repurpose and reuse either the devices themselves, or their components. It’s estimated that more than 50 million devices have been reused, making $4 billion for their owners and stopping 6,500 tons of e-waste ending up in landfill.
ARC Laureate Fellow
Centre for Sustainable Materials Research & Technology @ UNSW
11:00 A Regional Approach to the Circular Economy – South Australia’s Journey 
  • The state of South Australia is recognized as one of the leaders in the Circular Economy. South Australia recycles 84% waste, generates 57% of its energy from renewable, and recycles nearly 50 GL of wastewater and storm water.
  • This presentation shares the journey of the state and explains how it has carefully considered and synergised key elements of the ‘Circle of the Circular Economy’ involving Preventative Policy Framework, Robust Technology, Market Instruments, Enforcement, Community Ownership and Systems Approach. The presentation will share not only what worked but more importantly what did not work in this journey.
Founder and Executive Director
Circular Economy Alliance Australia (CEAA)
 Circular Economy Alliance Australia
11:30 Recycling One Billion Takeaway Coffee Cups in Australia: Sustainable Packaging Best Practice
It is estimated that Australians use one billion takeaway cups annually, with 90 per cent of the vessels ending up in landfill, according to the ABC.

An Adelaide-based packaging company has come up with an innovative solution to the great takeaway-cup dilemma by designing a recycling system that turns disposable coffee cups into paper.

Detpak, a global producer of sustainable and customisable packaging, has launched the Recycle Me System. It has produced a cup with a detachable inner-plastic lining, which means the paper exterior can be recycled and reborn as paper.

Contrary to what many people think, takeaway cups are generally unrecyclable because they contain a plastic waterproof lining, which can’t be recycled. The Recycle Me System deals with that problem by making it possible to remove from the cup its non-recyclable component.

Sydney Water: Turning Organic Waste into Energy 

Burying organic waste in landfill is a big problem and it’s not just because of the resources we lose. When organic waste is dumped in landfill, it undergoes anaerobic decomposition (because of the lack of oxygen) and generates methane. When released into the atmosphere, methane is 25 times more potent a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.

This case study explore how food waste and sewage sludge can help reduce the plant’s power bill and identify the challenges faced by Sydney Water during and after the process.

12:30 Networking Luncheon
13:30 Circular Economy Tech Disruptor Award: How Winnow Eliminates Food Wastes Globally  

We’re used to smart meters measuring electricity and water. But now British start-up Winnow has developed smart meters that analyse our trash. They are used in commercial kitchens to measure what food gets thrown away, and then identify ways to reduce waste. Up to a fifth of food purchased can be wasted in some kitchens, and Winnow has managed to cut that in half in hundreds of kitchens across 40 countries, saving its customers over $25 million each year in the process. That is the equivalent of preventing one meal from going to waste every seven seconds. This innovation earned Winnow the Circular Economy Tech Disruptor Award

14:00 Government Grants and Incentives For Driving Australia’s Commitment to Sustainable Practices and Innovations in Circular Economy

Australian state and Federal governments offer substantial assistance programs to business in a wide range of areas. These programs amount to around $9 billion annually. With hundreds of programs on offer across different tiers of government, businesses have a myriad of opportunities available to them. However, what, when and how to access these programs presents difficulties for companies and often opportunities are missed.

Accessing government assistance can provide significant opportunities for companies developing projects in or undertaking research activities in energy and sustainability. For Australia, it can increase global competitiveness and enable industry to compete on a more even playing field internationally.

The strong government focus on energy policy, through initiatives such as Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) creates opportunities for Australian industry to consider their environmental footprint and then seek assistance to improve it.

14:30 Next Generation Sustainability Reporting     

There is a plethora of sustainability reporting initiatives available to the business sector. in 2012 the United Nations released the System of Environmental-Economic

Accounting forever changing the landscape for natural capital accounting. More recently the UNEP released the TEEB (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity) AgriFood providing an innovative view of the circular economy but most importantly the need for systematic reporting on multiple capitals (human, natural, produced and social).

These innovations in ‘accounting’ for multiple capitals provides new opportunities for connecting with operational decision-making rather than the traditional standalone sustainability reporting that has occurred in the past.

Institute for the Development of Environmental-Economic Accounting (IDEEA Group)
 Institute for the Development of Environmental-Economic Accounting (IDEEA Group)
15:00 Afternoon Refreshments & Networking Session
15:30 Case Study: Campbell’s Arnott’s sustainable environmental practices and social responsibility initiatives in Australia
Campbell Arnott’s Australia has spent decades honing its sustainability strategy and has a positive story to tell. Campbell Arnott’s Australia has been working with its suppliers to develop a consistent sustainability strategy. Learn more regarding the projects that led to the Australian Packaging Covenant Organization’s  Outstanding Achievement in Packaging Design and Overall win in the Food and Beverage Category. Including the redesign on Tim Tam and conversion to a recycled board for its Shelf Friendly Packaging.
Director, Packaging Development Asia Pacific
Campbell Arnott’s
 Campbell Arnott’s
16:00 Schneider Electric Innovations in Leading Circular Economy Design Across its Products
Schneider Electric leads the digital transformation of energy management and automation. Their objective is to assist buildings, industries, electric grids and data centers to use less resources in order for the global economy to become ‘Climate and One-Planet-compatible. Their solution is the circular economy.Schneider Electric’s teams design and implement three forms of Circular innovations. Firstly, their circular value propositions prolong products’ lifespan through leasing, pay-per-use, refurbishing or modernization, leveraging the power of connectivity and digitization. Secondly, their circular supply chain promotes take-back schemes, and they avoid landfilling, aiming for zero-waste. Finally, their products are designed with circular criteria such as recycled content, recyclability of resources and end-of-life guidance.

Schneider Electric’s circular business models have resulted in 12% circular revenues and continued growth. 100,000 tonnes of primary resource consumption will be avoided with retrofit, refurbish, and take-back throughout 2018-2020. The mySchneider app offers information on their eco-designed products and also makes available digital end-of-life instructions. Schneider Electric aims to double recycled plastics in their products by 2025 and 100% of their cardboards and pallets for transport packing will come from recycled/certified sources by 2020.

16:30 Amazon: Dematerializing the Supply Chain and Sustainable Packaging at Amazon
This session features Amazon and how it is improving packaging sustainability across the supply chain. As of December 2017, Amazon’s sustainable packaging innovations have eliminated 215,000 tons of packaging material and avoided 360 million shipping boxes.

In particular, the logistics giant is working with the largest global pet food manufacturers to convert retail packaging to ready-to-ship e-commerce packaging, which reduces packaging components by 50% and volume by 34%. In Amazon’s words, this is a triple win: reducing packaging material, risk of damage, and cost to business and customers.

17:00 Case Study: Australia’s first Circular Economy Lab
  • The Circular Economy Lab, led by Business Models Inc and Coreo, is a three-month program that explores how businesses can collaborate to facilitate systemic change across supply chains and foster the emergence of the next generation of business collaboration in Queensland.
  • The 28 industry partners of the Circular Economy Lab have a collective revenue of over $170 billion dollars.
  • If nothing else this figure demonstrates that some of the world’s most successful companies recognise the value in the circular economy and are willing to work together to unlock it. The Lab centres around 5 concept teams formed through industry collaboration. Over a series of workshops, these teams will develop and test solutions that address entrenched cross-industry challenges.
Ashleigh-morris-roundedASHLEIGH MORRIS
Co-Founder and CEO

Jaine-morris-roundedJAINE MORRIS
Co-Founder and COO

 17:30 Q&A Session & Closing Remark by Conference Chairperson

SITE TOUR A: Circular Economy and Environmental Sustainable Projects
 09:00 – 12:00 In this post summit site tour, you will have the chance to discover how innovative organizations are using sustainable practices to improve their products. Lego, for example, will be producing their iconic products made with sustainable botanical elements sourced from sugar cane instead of plastics to transform their sustainability practices. This site tour will bring you to the inner hearts of companies that’s driving sustainable innovations and best practices.
Site Visit
SITE TOUR B: Low Carbon Living: Reducing Construction Wastes and Improving Sustainability with Circular Economy Modular Building
 13:00 – 15:00 The construction industry is one of the most adversely impacting single industries in the world in terms of both waste production and greenhouse gas emissions. In Australia alone, construction and demolition waste represents about 40 per cent of its yearly waste production. This site tour will show you how innovative construction companies are creating new resources out of waste, reduce materials used, and design for reusability and recyclability.
Site Tour B
SITE TOUR C: Sustainable Packaging Site Tour 
 15:30 – 17:00  In 40 years of plastic history only 14% of global plastic packaging was recycled. All the rest worth 120 billion is lost after only one single use. And nearly ⅓ of all plastic packaging leaks into eco-system where it can stay around for 100’s of years. By 2050 this means there could be more plastic than fish in the sea.  Technology in the next 5 years will transform how packaging is used. This site tour will show you Australia’s leading innovations in sustainable packaging and how they are using these innovative materials to reduce waste, improve recyclability  .
Site Tour C