The roadmap to creating a national circular economy & from trash to treasure, WtE opportunities for Australia

Diverting waste from landfills and moving away from raw material use is crucial to sustained economic future for all Australians.

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This session highlights the opportunities presented within CE to creating economic value, through recycling and waste management, WtE technologies using tech and innovation toward creating a more sustainable future.


Chair: Mike Wheeler, Chief Editor, Inside Waste

Panel: The case for circularity
A discussion on the foundations of phasing out waste and pollution, re-using products and material and protecting natural systems. Join the conversation with leading brands, and CE thought-leaders committed to make the shift from the take-make-waste linear economic models.

  • The circular business models
  • Strategies for sustainability
  • Getting investment backing

Kar Mei Tang, Chief Circular Economist, NSW Circular
Helen Jarman, Founder and CEO, Active Group
Kate Ringvall, Chief Solutionary Officer, Ringvall Circularity
Libby Chaplin, CEO, Battery Stewardship Council Ltd
Joseph Agostino, MBIM, DBA, Manager City Works, City of Yarra
Austen Ramage, Group Manager – Sustainability, Martogg

Moderator: Rebecca Cunningham, Research Principal (Climate Change Adaptation), Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS

Waste to Energy framework
Hear an overview of the DELWP’s draft Victorian waste to energy framework, on managing one (1) million tonne per year cap on the amount of waste that can be sent to thermal waste to energy in Victoria to 2040, and what it will entail.

  • Recycling Victoria: A new economy over-view
  • Proposed Victorian Waste Act and Waste Authority
  • Recovery and reprocessing recourses from waste

Angela Hoefnagels, Director, Programs and High-risk Waste, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Strategies for Innovating and Increasing the Sustainability of Australia’s WtE Sector
A practical discussion on Australia’s waste-to-energy (WtE) sector and the opportunity to hear from leading industry experts as they discuss factors for consideration and successful deployment strategies for WtE.

  • How will WtE technologies compare with landfill and other treatments as waste character and energy generation mixes change across time?
  • Should governments invest in WtE and how would they manage the high cost?
  • What is the best business case for developing various types of WtE and why are these technologies not widely deployed?
  • The role of EtW in circular economy and the path to net zero

Tiana Nairn, Policy Group Manager, LMS Energy
Angela Hoefnagels (Director, Programs and High-risk Waste) Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Steven Yeardley, Future Energy and Technology Director, Wood Plc
International speaker: Benoit Englbert, Sales and Business Development, Keppel Seghers
Marc Stammbach, MD, HZI Australia Pty Ltd

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