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Conference on Circular Economy

Conference on Circular Economy

Mo i Rana
Scandic Meyergården view in map
10/05/2017 10:00 Add to calendar
11/05/2017 16:00
Registration deadline
24/04/2017 23:00:00

Circular economy will play a vital role for value creation and economic growth in the coming decades. As raw material supplies are uncertain, waste generation becomes more costly, and companies are expected to operate more and more sustainable, the winners of tomorrow will be the companies that create more value out of fewer resources through new business models, innovation and technological development.
Join this conference in the beautiful Arctic Circle City of Mo i Rana to understand how you can succeed in your business within the framework of circular economy, and how research and innovation can contribute!
The conference will provide you with the background details you need to understand circular economy, and facilitate learning and experience transfer across sectors through examples of business and research as well as facilitated discussions.

On this conference, successful leaders in creating business through circular economy will attend and explain their experiences and recommendations on how you can succeed. Leading researchers will provide a holistic framework for this way of doing business, and explain how innovation and research can contribute in making better solutions in your company. Local actors will explain how Mo Industrial Park has succeeded through industrial symbioses and using waste as resources. In addition, important Norwegian governmental actors will describe how they may assist companies in realising their projects.

Who is the conference for?

  • Business leaders who are eager to understand the dynamics and business potentials in circular economy
  • Environmental leaders who want to combine environmental impact with business improvement
  • Researchers, business developers and consultants who are interested in the fields of improving business while contributing to increased sustainability



May 10

Part I – Creating a vision for a circular future

  • Alexandra Bech-Gjørv, CEO at SINTEF,Scandinavia's largest independent research institution
  • Nick Jeffries from Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the global thought leader in establishing the circular economy on the agenda of decision makers across business, government and academia

Part II – Making the Circular Economy Happen

  • Dr. Walter R. Stahel, Author of The Performance Economy, Member of the Club of Rome, Founder-Director of the Product-Life Institute Geneva and Visiting Professor at Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Surrey and Institut EDDEC de l'Université, HEC et Polytechnique de Montréal
  • Catia Cialani, Project manager & Senior Lecturer of Economics, Dalarna University
  • Casper Boks, Head of Department, Department of Design at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Expertise in "Design for sustainability" and consumer's perspective in design processes.

Part III – Learning from the biological sphere

  • Hilke Bos-Brouwers, Senior Scientist Sustainable Food Chains at Wageningen Food & Biobased Research
  • Håvard Wollan, CEO at Biokraft AS, currently developing solutions for biogas development based on organic waste and with large visions for the future
  • NN, SINTEF Ocean

Part IV – Learning from the technological sphere

  • Owen Zachariasse from Delta Development Group / Zachariasse Consulting, worldwide leaders in developing circular solutions in the built environment
  • Ignacio Calleja, Thematic Officer for Circular Economy and Recycling at EIT Raw Materials, the largest and strongest consortium in the raw materials sector worldwide
  • Johan Söderqvist, Sustainability & Business Development Manager at Celsa Nordic, the leading producer of steel reinforcing products in the Nordic countries.
  • Anne Kvithyld, Senior Research Scientist, SINTEF Materials and Chemistry

May 11

Part V – The role of industry

  • Jan Gabor, Vice President Marketing at Mo Industrial Park
  • Stig Ervik, CEO at NORSIRK, the leading Authorized representative for EPR, waste management and take-back systems
  • Christine Tørklep, Norsk Gjenvinning

Part VI – Framing conditions and the role of government

  • Lars Andreas Lunde, State Secretary, Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment
  • Claus Gladyszak, Innovation Norway
  • Oscar Gärdemann, Enova
  • Gro Martinsen, Senior Advisor at The Research Council of Norway

Part VII – Roundtrip in Mo Industrial Park


Alexandra Bech-Gjørv, CEO at SINTEF
Alexandra Bech Gjørv has been President and CEO of SINTEF, the largest independent research institution in Scandinavia, since 2016. She is an experienced industrial leader from companies like Statoil and Norsk Hydro, and has served on the board of a range of companies in industry, energy and media in Norway and internationally.
For five years, (until 2015) she was partner at the law firm Hjort, working on corporate and public sector governance, energy and employment. She chaired the national commission investigating the authorities' response to the terrorist attacks on the government center complex and the youth camp at Utøya 22nd of July 2011.
Alexandra has a law degree from University in Oslo, New York State bar exam, and has studied at Oxford University and Suffolk Law School in Boston.

Nick Jeffries from Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the global thought leader in establishing the circular economy on the agenda of decision makers across business, government and academia. Nick is a chartered civil and environmental engineer who has been developing research projects for the Insights and Analysis team at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation since joining in early 2016. Nick is in the process of developing a position on the circular economy and water, incorporating his findings and insights into some of the Foundation's core current themes including studies on Chinese cities and the Urban Biocycle. Nick is also responsible for managing and developing new content for the Foundation's case study library, thus attempting to answer the question: "I get the theory and the opportunities, but what does circular economy look like in reality?". Before starting at the Foundation Nick worked for 15 years on water and engineering projects around the world with the London-based design services company Arup and later on as an independent consultant. His project work took him to Sri Lanka, Uganda, Kurdistan, Afghanistan and the Maldives.

Owen Zachariasse from Delta Development Group / Zachariasse Consulting
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Dr. Walter R. Stahel
Dr. Walter R. Stahel is the author of The Performance Economy, and has been founder-director of the Product-Life Institute (Switzerland), the oldest established consultancy in Europe devoted to developing sustainable strategies and policies, since 1983. From 1986 to 2013, he was also director of risk management research of the Geneva Association. In 1971, he graduated from ETH Zurich with an MA in architecture and has been a full member of the Club of Rome since 2013. Walter is visiting professor at the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences of the University of Surrey, and l'Institut EDDEC de Université, HEC et Polytechnique de Montréal. He was awarded a Doctor honoris causa by the University of Surrey (2013) and l'Université de Montréal (2016).

Catia Cialani, Project manager & Senior Lecturer of Economics, Dalarna University
Catia Cialani is Senior Lecturer of Economics and Coordinator of MSc in Economics of Tourism and Events at Dalarna University (Sweden). PhD in Economics from Umeå University (Sweden), MSc in Economics from Dalarna University and MSc in Economics from University of Rome "La Sapienza" (Italy). She is also the Project manager at ITSdalarna for SAILOR project (2016-2018) selected by Sustainable Logistics and Supply Chains Era-net Transport Flagship call 2015. Formerly economist at the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA) and at Italian National Council of Economy and Labor (CNEL) .

Casper Boks, Head of Department, Department of Design at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
With a masters degree in Applied Econometrics from Erasmus University Rotterdam, and a PhD degree in Industrial Design Engineering from Delft University of Technology, Casper Boks worked as an assistant professor in the Design for Sustainability Program at the Industrial Design Engineering School, TU Delft, the Netherlands, until 2006. In 2004, he was a visiting professor at the International Institute of Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University, Sweden. In these years, his research interests include sustainable product innovation research and education, and have until a few years ago mainly focused on the organisational and managerial aspects of successful implementation of sustainable product innovation in the electronics industry. Before that he belonged to the first wave of ecodesign researchers that focused on end-of-life issues for electronics.

Hilke Bos-Brouwers, Senior Scientist Sustainable Food Chains at Wageningen Food & Biobased Research
Hilke Bos-Brouwers (Ph.D.), working as Senior Scientist Sustainable Chains and Expertise Leader on Circular Economy & Resource Efficiency in Food is affiliated with Wageningen Food & Biobased Research since 2010. She worked prior as Innovation Management & CSR researcher at VU University Amsterdam and Nyenrode Business University. Hilke has been involved in several national, European and international projects on innovation, food waste, supply chain management, plastic packaging recycling and biobased resource efficiency. Main areas of expertise are strategic and conceptual thinking, measurement methodologies, innovation and change management, and entrepreneurship. Hilke is Scientific Coordinator to EC-FP7 project FUSIONS (Food Use for Social Innovation by Optimising Waste Prevention Strategies 2012 - 2016) and EC-H2020 project REFRESH (Resource Efficient Food and Drink for the Entire Supply Chain 2015 – 2019)) . In FUSIONS, Hilke was leading the consultation with a variety of stakeholder groups from farmers to consumer organisations on the main topics of FUSIONS: harmonisation of food waste quantification and monitoring in the food supply chain, food waste policy and social innovation initiatives to tackle food waste across the supply chain. Also, Hilke contributed to deliverables on the definitional framework for food waste, policy for social innovation and other publications from the Project. Within REFRESH Hilke contributes both to overall project leadership and management as well as contributions to research on consumer behaviour in food waste including date labelling and packaging; business engagements in developing Frameworks for Action, evaluation of environmental impacts and life cycle costs and the valorisation of waste streams and co-products.
"The challenge is to think big, begin small and scale up, moving from food waste to food use"

Håvard Wollan, CEO at Biokraft AS
Håvard Wollan is CEO and co-founder of Norwegian company Biokraft AS. Mr. Wollan has worked internationally in executive and advisory roles for over 20 years. His educational background includes a MSc degree in engineering from NTNU and a MBA from Heriot-Watt. Mr. Wollan has co-founded and led several companies in and outside of Norway.

Anne Kvithyld, Senior Research Scientist at SINTEF Ocean
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Jan Gabor, Vice President Marketing at Mo Industrial Park
Jan I. Gabor works as Vice President Marketing in Mo Industripark AS, focusing on facilitating new industrial establishments and contribute to good framework conditions for established industry. Jan is also responsible for the MIP Sustainability program, which aims to establish Mo Industrial Park as a world leading green industrial park through profitable environmental measures. Jan Gabor's education is from the Norwegian School of Marketing (Norges Markedshøyskole) and BI Norwegian Business School. He worked in the construction industry prior to moving to Mo i Rana in 2004. Since 2007 he has worked in engineering industry, for instance as CEO in Miras AS.

Ignacio Calleja, Thematic Officer for Circular Economy and Recycling at EIT Raw Materials
Ignacio Calleja has a Bachelor's degree in Organic Chemistry from the University Of Zaragoza, M.Sc in Technology and Environmental Management from the University of the Basque Country, M.Sc in Environmental Chemistry from the University of Edinburgh, and he is a postgraduate in Technology management at the University of Sevilla.
Mr. Calleja started his professional career in the Chemical sector in 1995 joining the RTD sector in 1996 as environmental researcher (industrial pollution). He joined the European Commission/JRC/IPTS in 1998 developing his work in the Sustainable Production and Consumption Unit for 6 years dealing with IPPC, Water and Waste/Recycling legislation, ETAP, ETV,etc. From 2005 until now he has been dealing with European affairs, projects, and initiatives dealing with environmental issues,circular economy, industrial pollution, resources efficiency, recycling, environmental policy at the Energy and Environment Unit of Tecnalia Research&Innovation. He has been chairman of the Steering Group of the CLC South-EIT RawMaterials, chairman of the Industrial Research Advisory Group (IRIAG) of the SPIRE PPP (Sustainable Process Industry Through Resources and Energy Efficiency), member of the Board of the WSSTP (Water Sypply and Sanitation Technology Platform), president of the ENERO (European Network of Environmental Research Organisations), member of the advisory board of the STOCISM, REE4EU and InspireWater projects and member of the jury of the European EMAS Awards 2014.
He is currently Thematic Oficer for Circular Economy and Recycling at the EIT Rawmaterials.

Johan Söderqvist, Sustainability & Business Development Manager at Celsa Nordic
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Stig Ervik, CEO at NORSIRK
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Christine Tørklep, Norsk Gjenvinning
Tørklep is currently Key Account Manager with the Norsk Gjenvinning Group, a leading Nordic player in waste management and industrial services. She sees compliance and circular economy solutions as key to developing long term, strategic relations with industrial clients.
Tørklep has a strong commitment to circular economy, sustainability and value creation. From 2005 - 2015, she was a driving force in integrating environment, social and governance (ESG) factors into decision-making and portfolio management with pension provider Storebrand. She serves as a member of the Norwegian Technology Board as well as the Climate Advisory Board for the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment.
Tørklep holds an MBA in Management Control, an MSc in Environmental Strategy as well as a BSc in Environmental Engineering.

Oscar Gärdemann, EMarked Manager Industry – Enova SF
Master within Engineering and Management. Experiance from the Swedish stainless steel industry as well as the Norwegian oil &Gass industry. Started at Enova in 2013 as the Market Manager for the Industry segment inculding Oil & Gass. Enova operates the Norwegian energy and climate fund (70 Billion NOK) and invests 3 Billion NOK/year in green projects to speed up the shift towards the low carbon society.

Claus Gladyszak, Innovation Norway
Gladyszak works as a strategic business advisor with special interest for sustainable and circular business models. He is currently responsible for developing and maintaining Innovation Norway's portfolio of methods and tools for sustainable innovations. Gladyszak holds a diploma in industrial design from The Oslo School of Architecture and Design. He is also a certified business model trainer from Strategyzer Academy in Switzerland. With his base in Bergen, Gladyszak works both internally, training 700+ Innovation Norway employees, and externally on customer projects in Norway and abroad. He has recently been involved in several EU funded green innovation projects in Bulgaria.
For the time being Gladyszak is part of a team working on how industrial clusters can realize their innovation potential by connecting them across sectors - using the circular economy principles.

Gro Marthinsen, Senior Advisor at The Research Council of Norway
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Lars Andreas Lunde, State Secretary, Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment
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Welcome to Mo i Rana

Mo i Rana and the region of Nordland is a very interesting region when it comes to circular economy. The region is rich on minerals and clean hydropower, and hosts some of the cleanest process industries worldwide. With important industries such as fishery, aquaculture, process and mining industry present in the region, as well as large parts of their value chain, the region provides industries for the future, and a perfect playground for testing circular economy solutions.
The process industry present in the region, and especially Mo Industrial Park, has utilised principles of industrial symbiosis and circular economy for decades. Use of by-products, excess energy and process gas is performed on a large scale, ensuring efficient use of resources and providing clear examples on how to turn waste into value. There are also several examples of how equipment and machinery used in the process industry are delivered through circular business models. And the region is definitely looking for further improvements through research and innovation, technology development and collaboration across sectors.

Mo i Rana is situated just south of the Arctic Circle. In May you may experience beautiful light and an Arctic spring. Where else would it be better to have this conference?

Beautiful Rødøy, close to Mo i Rana. Photo: Terje Rakke / Nordic Life


Erik Sælen, SINTEF Helgeland
Phone: +47 414 70 186

Vibeke S. Nørstebø, SINTEF Technology and society
Phone: +47 990 10 540

Mats M. Aarlott, SINTEF Technology and society
Phone: +47 932 39 197

Research Scientist