Last month, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation announced Project MainStream, a collaborative initiative which aims to work with companies to tackle ways to enable the circular economy through materials management, information technologies, and business model innovation with the potential to generate US$ 500 million in materials savings and prevent 100 million tonnes of waste globally.
Industrial symbiosis is another collaboration-based tool that works to keep resources in productive use for longer. The model, developed by UK-based International Synergies Ltd., is relatively simple; all resources used in industrial processes are redirected (whether previously used or just under-valued) and used as inputs by other organizations, typically from a different industry sector.
Jamie Butterworth, Chief Executive of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and Peter Laybourn, Chief Executive of International Synergies, will be joining many other industry leaders and sustainability experts at GLOBE 2014 to share strategic insights, develop collaborative partnerships, and participate in conference sessions and workshops dedicated to the circular economy.
|Other key themes for this international forum on business and the environment include: The Changing Energy Landscape; Building Resilient Cities; Food & Water Security: Protecting our Most Valuable Resources; Towards the Circular Economy; Responsible Resource Management; Clean Capitalism: Financing Sustainable Innovation; China – Our Shared Future; and The Aboriginal Advantage.|
Other speakers at GLOBE 2014 include:
- Hans Engel, Chairman & CEO, BASF Corp. & CFO, BASF SE
- Al Monaco, President & CEO, Enbridge
- Jessica Fries, Executive Chairman, The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S)
- David Labistour, CEO, Mountain Equipment Co-op
- Ana Dominguez, Executive Director & General Manager, SC Johnson Canada
- Lord Ian Livingston, Minister of State, UK Department of Trade & Investment
- Wim Elfrink, Executive Vice President, Industry Solutions & Chief Globalisation Officer, Cisco Systems
- Michael Braungart, Chemist & Founder, EPEA Internationale Umweltforschung GmbH
- Peter Bakker, President & CEO, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
- Jim Balsillie, Chair of the Board, Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC)
- Dayna Baumeister, Co-Founder, Biomimicry 3.8
- Thomas Carpenter, Managing Director, Sustainability Services, Waste Management Inc.
- Christianna Wood, CEO, Gore Creek Capital Ltd. & Chairman, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
- Jason Pelz, Vice President, Environment, Tetra Pak Inc.
- Daniel F. Muzyka, President & CEO, The Conference Board of Canada
- John D. Coyne, Vice President, Legal & External Affairs & General Counsel, Unilever Canada Inc.
- Bruno Sarda, Director of Global Sustainability Operations, Dell
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