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Circular Economy Conference 2016

Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce's second Environmental, Sustainability and Innovation Conference

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Conference Overview

The second Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce's Environmental, Sustainability and Innovation Conference - 'The Circular Economy 2016' is being held on Thursday 16 June at BRE (Building Research Establishment), Watford.

The theme of this year's half-day conference is 'The Circular Economy: building innovation and enterprise' and follows 2015's inaugural conference which attracted an array of businesses and companies from a range of sectors, industries and institutions.

Richard Potter, Sopra Steria's Director of Innovation, will chair this practical, insightful and interactive half-day conference which begins at 8am with registration and concludes at 1pm following an hour's networking lunch. Click here to book your place online now, or read more below to find out more about this annual conference and how it can help your business or organisation.

What are 'The Circular and Sharing Economies?'

'The Circular Economy' has historically been a term associated with sustainable practice in organisations committed to maximising the value of products and materials throughout their lifecycles. More recently, businesses have been applying the Circular Economy approach to obtain commercial advantage and business success.

As well as driving increased productivity and efficiency, the Circular Economy aims to decouple production from the consumption of finite resources and open up new economic models such as the 'Sharing Economy' for sustainability and growth.

The Sharing Economy is an economic model in which individuals are able to borrow or rent assets owned by someone else, particularly when the price of an asset is high and the asset is not fully utilised all of the time. Basic examples include car and book sharing.

Conference programme

The overall theme of this year's conference will be making the link between the Circular and Sharing economies, from an environmental, efficiency and sustainability viewpoint.

Keynote speaker Benita Matofska, of The People Who Share, will explain what is meant by the 'Sharing Economy' and how using other people's assets can be built into business processes.

Dr Mariale Moreno, Research Fellow in sustainable consumption and production at Cranfield University will then take more of a holistic view as to how business benefits can be gained from adopting Circular Economy principles and how business processes can be adapted for tangible gains.

Panels of experts will come together for two interactive and engaging sessions, facilitated by Richard Potter:

  1. How the Circular Economy has developed in a year and how its principles can be adopted for building innovation and enterprise.
  2. The Circular Economy in practice - case studies on how to use Circular Economy tools to adapt business models for commercial gain.

Guest speakers

The impressive line-up of speakers include:

  • Benita Matofska - The People Who Share and Keynote Speaker
  • Dr Mariale Moreno - Cranfield University and Keynote Speaker
  • Richard Potter - Sopra Steria, Director of Innovation and Conference Chair
  • BRE - Katherine Adams, Principal Consultant
  • UH Rebus - Maurizo Catulli, Project Director
  • Go Travel Solutions - Robin Pointon, Managing Director
  • Epson (UK) - Peter Silcock, UK Product Manager
  • Johnson Matthey - Sarah Watt, Divisional Risk and Sustainability Manager
  • Rick Hartwig, Sector Head - Built Environment, The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET)
  • John Patsavellas, Manufacturing and Technical Director, Altro
  • Alex Mortimer, Chief Operating Officer, Supply Chain Academy
  • Simon manasseh- Linde Material Handling East Ltd

Who should attend?

This half-day conference is equally appropriate for nimble start-ups, who can quickly introduce new processes, as it is to large corporates who have greater financial benefits to gain from the new ideas shared.

The conference content has a wide reach and will be of interest to facility managers, engineers, sustainability managers, supply chain managers, those working in the technology and innovations sectors and, as well as these specialists, MDs and CEOs of businesses of all sizes; everyone will learn a great deal from the various talks and Q&As. You can book online here.

Why should my organisation attend?

Delegates will leave the conference and return to their businesses having heard about:

  1. How the principles of both the Circular and Sharing economies can be adopted in the lifetime of products and services
  2. How money spent on manufacturing, disposal and re-cycling processes can be reduced by using other people's unused and/or idle assets
  3. How business processes in any and every industry can be adapted to identify scalable opportunities and new revenue streams.

Conference ticket prices

This conference is open to both Chamber members and non-members, the price is £46.80 per delegate. The price includes VAT, refreshments and a buffet lunch.

How to book

You can book online here or by email to or by phone on 01707 398 404.

Commercial opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the 2016 Circular Economy Conference, packages prices range from £250 to £750 for Silver, Gold or Platinium sponsorship you can view and download the information about sponsorship packages here.

If any business or organisation would like to know more about sponsorship or exhibiting at this event, please contact Sophie Watts E:


08:00 - 08:45  Registration - coffee, tea and pastries

08:45 - 08:55  Welcome and address

08:55 - 09:05  Keynote address - 'What is meant by the Sharing Economy?'

09:05 - 09:20  Guest speaker - Making the links between the Circular and Sharing Economies

09:20 - 09:30  Q & A

09:30 - 10:00  Panel session 1 - How has the Circular Economy developed in a year? And how its principles  can be adopted for building innovation and enterprise

10:00 - 10:10  Q & A

10:10 - 11:00   Break - networking and refreshments

11:00 - 11:30   Panel session 2 - The Circular Economy in practice - case studies on how to use the Circular Economy tools to adapt business models for commercial gain

11:30 - 12:00   Q & A followed by a conference summary

12:00 - 13:00   Lunch - networking, buffet lunch and coffee.

Please note: speakers and topics are subject to confirmation/change






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