MOVING TOWARDS A DIGITALLY POWERED CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Two days of interactive thematic sessions @ G-STIC 2017

Moving towards a digitally powered Circular Economy

The G-STIC 2017 conference aims to accelerate the development, dissemination and deployment of technology innovations that enable the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). On October 23 & 24, G-STIC 2017 will dedicate a number of interactive thematic sessions to how digital technology will be instrumental in realising circular economy concepts, to achieve sustainable growth.

The shift towards such a circular economy creates a high need for new business concepts that focus on renewal and recyclingsharing platforms and products as a service. These business models, in turn, depend on the availability of efficient ICT tools and technology such as robotics, connected sensors, human-machine interfaces, machine learning, etc. Industry 4.0 (as these technologies are typically labelled) has a clear potential for innovating the value chain by eliminating the need for additional physical resources while pursuing growth.

Even if Industry 4.0 and Circular Economy share a similar vocabulary, they are still largely observed as separate frameworks. The G-STIC 2017 interactive thematic sessions therefore aim to explore and clarify their complementarities, bringing them closer together and developing a common vision towards 2030.

The interactive thematic sessions are typically organized as a sequence of short presentations, providing ample room for discussion with participants. Active participation in these sessions presents a unique chance to get to the forefront of the digital revolution for circularity.

Discovering new profitable growth opportunities for digital technology

The interactive thematic sessions will build a knowledge base of best practices and technology facts – available for all. Speakers from e.g. UNEP, SystemIQ and the VERAM and FUTURING platforms will summarize the technologies that can fast-forward implementation of circular economy concepts towards 2030, aiming to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns, build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation.

Getting insights into circular economy approaches and challenges throughout the world

To develop insights into circular economy approaches and challenges for the existing waste industry, thematic sessions will look at innovative digital technology that is already marketed today by companies such as Tomra, HP and IBM. Local initiatives throughout East Asia, the Middle East and Europe will be discussed, framed by research of the International Resource Panel. As such, we will assess how development can and must be diversified over different regions in the world.

Dialoguing and interacting with leading Circular Economy & Industry 4.0 experts

G-STIC 2017 offers a unique chance for high-level interaction with industry delegates, technology researchers, socio-economic actors and policy makers. Interactive thematic sessions dedicated to Industry 4.0 and Circular Economy include contributions from renowned speakers such as

  • Martin Stuchtey - Founder & Managing Director of SystemIQ, and a long-time strategic advisor to the World Economic Forum & the Ellen MacArthur Foundation,
  • Nabil Nasr - Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Director of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability at Rochester Institute of Technology, Founder of RIT’s Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery, Member of the International Resource Panel,
  • Venkatchalam Anbumozhi - Senior Economist at the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA),
  • Elisa Tonda - Head of the Consumption and Production Unit in the Economy Division of UN Environment,
  • Mohammed Sulaiman Al-Harthy - Executive Vice President for Strategic Development of be’ah Environmental Services Holding, Oman
  • Antonis Mavropoulos - Founder and CEO of D-Waste, and President of ISWA.