Keynote Presentation
09:30 Welcoming Speech, Opening Remarks & Thank You Sponsor Speech By Forum Producer
Welcome Address By Forum Chairperson
SCOTT-VALENTINE-rounded Dr. Scott V. Valentine
Director & Senior Circular Economy Specialist
KPMG Australia
Potato Leadership’ For A Circular, Regenerative And Sustainable Future?
Jess-Miller-Headshot-rounded Councillor Jess Miller
City of Sydney
APCO And The Development Of The Circular Economy For Packaging In Australia
Across Australia and around the world, governments are looking at ways to waste less and recycle more.

The NSW Circular Economy Policy will form the basis for a 20-year Waste Strategy for NSW, to be led by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) in partnership with Infrastructure NSW. The Strategy will set a 20-year vision for reducing waste, driving sustainable recycling markets and identifying and improving the state and regional waste infrastructure network. This session will explore NSW’s vision for its circular economy along with new policies and incentives brought to enhance sustainability.

Jayne-Paramor-rounded Jayne Paramor
Sustainability Manager
Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation
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How New South Wales Is Turning Plastic Waste Into New Roads
Australians use over 4 billion plastic bags annually, but only 3% are recycled as soft plastics can frequently clog sorting machinery at recovery facilities. The rest end up in landfills where they take centuries to break down, damage the ecosystem and is costing Australian governments over $200 million every year in cleanup efforts. City councils such as NSW’s Sutherland Shire Council are turning this around by using soft plastics and other wastes to convert them into roads.

Sutherland Shire Council launched the project this year which has collected over 176,000 plastic bags and packaging and glass from around 55,000 bottles that have been diverted from landfill to build a road in the Sydney suburb of Engadine. By melting down this refuse and turning it into bitumen additive, Sutherland Shire Council is creating roads with 65% better fatigue resistance under heavy traffic. Such roads also require less virgin materials to make, and last longer than standard asphalt counterparts, thereby cutting down on building, maintenance and repair costs.

Ian-Drinnan-rounded Ian Drinnan
Manager/Principal Environmental Scientist
Sutherland Shire Council
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11:30 A Case Study On Randwick City Council:  RecyleSmart Pickup – An Innovative Waste Collection Solution For Residents
RecycleSmart is revamping the outdated trash pick-up and disposal industry by infusing smart technology with a fresh business model to create a service that fits modern standards.

The result is optimized daily operations, reduced costs, and increased waste diversion by.partnering with councils and providing a convenient and reliable recycling service for residents and businesses.

Giorgio-Baracchi-rounded Giorgio Baracchi
CEO | Co-Founder

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12:00 Lunch Break
13:00 Towards A Circular City: Place As Living System

SIn Towards a Circular City: Place as Living System, Hatch RD partner Stephen Moore identifies the concept of place as living system to accelerate the transition towards circular cities. Drawing on international precedent and practical case studies from around Australia, Stephen illustrates the evolution of Hatch RD’s Seven Essential Elements of Great Places into living systems where regenerative design processes and new tools to quantify the performance of circular cities accelerate positive impact for all.

STEPHEN-MOORE-rounded Stephen Moore
Roberts Day
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Panel Discussion – Addressing The Challenges And Tapping Opportunities Of Urban Sustainability
  • Preparing for the influx – How cities can ready themselves for the future population spike through sustainable city planning
  • Meeting the demand – Finding long-term solutions to rising urban energy needs
  • Boosting urban mobility – Sustainable transport solutions to help reduce traffic
  • Waste not, want not – Why effective waste management is needed to improve quality of urban life
SCOTT-VALENTINE-rounded Moderator:

Dr. Scott V. Valentine
Director & Senior Circular Economy Specialist
KPMG Australia

DEO-PRASAD-AO-FTSE-rounded Scientia Professor DEO Prasad AO FTSE
CRC for Low Carbon Living
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Melissa-Neighbour-rounded Melissa Neighbour
Managing Director and Principal Planner
SKY Planning
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Dr. Nimish Biloria
Associate Professor, Empathic Environments, School of Architecture, Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building
University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)

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14:30 Solution To Australian’s Plastic Recycling Problem: Recycling Plastic Into Fuel Or New Plastics

Australian scientists Len Humphreys and Sydney University professor Thomas Maschmeyer, have developed a technology that could make all plastic recyclable, as the country grapples with how to deal with its waste crisis. The patented technology was created to process plastics that cannot currently be recycled.Australians throw out 3.5 million tonnes of plastic each year, but currently only around 10 per cent of it is recycled. The rest is either burned, buried or shipped overseas.

The Catalytic Hydrothermal Reactor (Cat-HTR) uses chemical recycling that changes the plastics at a molecular level using hot water at a high pressure to turn them back into oil. The oil can be turned into bitumen, petrol or back into different kinds of plastics.

Len-Humphreys-rounded' Dr. Len Humphreys
Licella Holdings
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Sustainability In Action
15:05 Open Space Solutions For Local Government And Councils: How APR Is Providing Long-term Infrastructure Assets That Are Fit for Community Purpose From Plastic Waste
A South Australian company is taking plastic waste from things like shampoo and milk bottles, then adding it to timber waste from mills in the South East and turning it in to things like fence posts. APR works closely with councils and national parks across Australia to provide long-term infrastructure assets that are fit for community purpose, sustainable, robust and cost effective.
Ryan-Lokan-rounded Ryan Lokan
Advanced Plastic Recycling
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15:40 Reducing The Act’s Plastic Consumption – Phasing Out Single-use Plastic
  • The journey from community consultation to legislative development and implementation
  • Achieving results through collaboration – working across governments and interest groups
Kate-Brennan-rounded Kate Brennan
Solution Design Lead, Policy and Legislative Solutions
Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate | ACT Government
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 16:15 Closing Remarks By Forum Chairman
09:30 Welcoming Speech, Opening Remarks & Thank You Sponsor Speech By Forum Producer
09:35 Welcome Address By Forum Chairperson
SCOTT-VALENTINE-rounded Dr. Scott V. Valentine
Director & Senior Circular Economy Specialist
KPMG Australia
Financing Sustainability
Financing Sustainability: How Monash University Demonstrated Its Commitment To Circular Economy By Issuing World’s First University Climate Bond
Australia’s Monash University has announced it is the first tertiary institution to issue a Certified Climate Bond. A requirement for issuing the bond was that capital raised must be spent on projects that achieve measurable sustainability outcomes. Proceeds will be allocated over the next two years to low carbon campus building developments, solar energy installations and LED lighting, all contributing towards the university’s goal of zero net emissions. This session will explore how companies like Monash are financing their circular economy initiatives with innovative practices.
Kendra-Wasiluk-rounded Kendra Wasiluk
Sustainable Development Planner, Buildings and Property Division
Monash University
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How ANZ’s Best Companies & Research Institutions Are Championing Circular Economies In Practice
Did You Know? 90% Of Australia’s Coffee Cups Are Never Recycled And Ends Up Piling Australia’s Landfill
Tom-Lunn-rounded Tom Lunn
General Manager
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10:55 Topic: Designing The Urban Renewable Energy Zone
Steve-Walpore-rounded Steve Walpole
National Partnerships Director – Circular Economy
Planet Ark
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11:30 Solving The World’s E-waste Problem: How The World’s First Electronic Waste Microfactory Is Capturing Value Into Waste
In 2018, Prof Sahajwalla launched the world’s first e-waste microfactory, where valuable metal alloys are extracted from discarded smartphones, laptops and circuit boards. Now she’s converting waste materials, such as the glass, plastic and textiles Australia previously exported or sent to landfill, into industrial-grade ceramics inside a second microfactory. She also plans to roll out her microfactory model across the country and, ultimately, the world.
VEENA-SAHAJWALLA-rounded Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla
Centre for Sustainable Materials Research & Technology (SMaRT@UNSW) Faculty of Science

12:00 Lunch Break
Sustainability Through Government Grants and Incentives
Panel Discussion: Driving Australia’s Circular Economy Growth With Community Partnerships & Incentives
SCOTT-VALENTINE-rounded Moderator:

Dr. Scott V. Valentine
Director & Senior Circular Economy Specialist
KPMG Australia

Stuart-Snell-corporate-photo-rounded Stuart Snell
Communications and Stakeholder Manager
UNSW Sydney

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Hannah-Franklin-rounded Hannah Franklin
Community Sustainability Lead
Veolia Australia and New Zealand
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Sustainability In Waste Management
13:50 Circular Textile Systems: From Biodegradable Stretch Fabrics To Australian Circular Textile Waste Service
How the Circular Centre has developed true biodegradable stretch fabrics to replace the world’s most problematic plastic textiles plus a Circular Textile Waste Service to capture textile waste and repurpose along 18 circular streams in Australia (sending zero to be buried in landfill, incinerated or sent to overseas landfills.)  The circular systems are designed to mitigate emissions + pollution, to safely repurpose what is mostly toxic textiles plus focus on human centered design by providing jobs especially for Australian disability enterprises and blend with smart tech developed by the Queensland University of Technology.
Alison-Jose-rounded Alison Jose
Circular Centre
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14:25 An Award-Winning Case Study: How Lake Macquarie City Council’s Food Organics And Garden Organics (FOGO) Service Diverts 111kg Of Waste From Landfill Per Person?

The council implemented a FOGO project to encourage householders to separate their food and organics waste from their general waste. The drive came from a 2010 waste audit that showed domestic kerbside garbage bins contained up to 50 percent food and garden waste and other compostable organic material.

The council started the journey by undertaking extensive community engagement to raise awareness and seek community input. This resulted in a waste strategy that culminated with a decision to implement the phased introduction of a three-bin system and construction of a new 44,000 tonne capacity in-vessel organics composting facility. Phase one, which started in 2013, involved the collection of kerbside garden organics with a basic shred and pasteurisation process.

This was followed by Phase two, which was implemented in 2018, to collect combined FOGO and process it into recycled organic compost products through the new Remondis Lake Macquarie Organics Resource Recovery Facility.

The collection was rolled out city-wide to over 83,000 households, with a transition to a weekly FOGO collection service and a fortnightly garbage collection service which has helped Council to reduce waste to landfill by over 22,000 tonnes (22%) per year despite experiencing a continuing trend in population growth.

Hal-Dobbins-rounded Hal Dobbins
Waste Strategy Coordinator
Lake Macquarie City Council
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Sustainability In Energy
15:00 Case Study: The Zero Emissions Byron Project
NSW’s first Bioenergy plant, a 5MW solar farm for their own use, a shared, community-owned solar farm, a hydro scheme. They are working alongside others to develop a microgrid in their arts and industrial estate.  All of these projects have lessons to share and insights from others to add.
Simon-Richardson-rounded Simon Richardson
Byron Shire Council
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15:35 Case Study: The Indra Monash Smart City’s Net Zero By 2030 Initiatives
This presentation will cover how The Indra Monash Smart City project will use Indra’s grid management platform to enable control of distributed energy resources, including a minimum of 1 MW of solar panels, 20 buildings, electric vehicle charging stations and 1 MWh of energy storage. Firstly, the assets will be monitored in real-time enabling visibility and control at the low-voltage network. Secondly, the assets will be optimised to ensure an efficient and reliable supply of electricity within the technical limits. The third and final phase will implement a transactive market to allow each building to buy and sell electricity, and optimise use in response to pricing signals.
ARIEL-LIEBMAN-rounded Associate Professor Ariel Liebman
Monash Energy Institute
 16:05 Closing Remarks By Forum Chairman
11:00 – 12:00 (AEDT) Workshop A:

Personal Practical Actions In A Collective Context – Teaspoons Of Change And The UN SDGs

In this session participants will walk away with concepts, models and action ideas to enhance positive change-making in their own contexts. There will be a combination of information and inspiration so we connect with others and provide a personal and global lens to our positive impacts. This session will enhance global literacy and competency by making the SDGs more accessible, realistic and relevant to any situation, I hope you can join in the conversation and shared learning experience.
d'Arcy-Lunn-rounded Facilitator:

d’Arcy Lunn
Founder and Director
Teaspoons of Change

Teaspoon of Change
13:00 – 14.30 (AEDT)
Workshop B:

Principles And Practice Of Managing Sustainability Risks

  • Many organizations and businesses are good at managing financial risks and have systems in place to detect, understand, evaluate, review and respond to those risks. However, these days they are much more likely to be held accountable by their stakeholders for failing to identify non-financial risks, understand them and then respond effectively to them. Non-financial risks are becoming increasingly mainstream in the media, at shareholder meetings, in legislation and investment decision-making
  • Sustainability-related risks are a significant component of non-financial risks and include climate change, modern slavery, business reputation, stakeholder accountability, environmental stewardship, responsible procurement and resource management. Yet many organisations’ risk management systems are simply not able to deal as effectively with sustainability-related risks as they do with other types of risks. They are even less likely to realize, and take advantage of, sustainability-related opportunities for their business
  • By the end of this workshop, you should be able to understand principles and tools to enable a more effective approach to understanding sustainability-related risks and improve your systems to identify, contextualize, prioritize and respond to them
Paul-Davies-rounded Facilitator:

Paul Davies
Founder & Principal
Think Sustainability

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14:30 – 16.00 (AEDT)
Workshop C:

Leadership Masterclass On The Circular Economy

The Leadership Masterclass will enable you to get a deeper understanding on both the ‘Why’ and ‘How’ part of the circular economy. You will be able to learn and appreciate how an integrated, whole of system approach encompassing governance, enforcement, policy, technology, market instruments, community partnership, and education, will help you lead and drive your organisation in transitioning to the circular economy. You will be able to understand multiple perspectives, instruments and levers needed for the circular economy transition and would help you forge effective collaborations across diverse sectors.
Hemant-Chaudhary-rounded Facilitator:

Hemant Chaudhary
Founder and Managing Director
Circular Economy Alliance Australia

 16:00 (AEDT) End Of Workshops