We need to change the way we consume and dispose of goods – from fashion to food, cans to cars. But how?

Our agenda covers all aspects of a circular economy, providing a forum for all – from start-ups to multinationals, from research projects to governments – to generate the ideas and connections which will accelerate our progress to a world without waste.  Check out our sessions below!

20 April - Festival Day 1


Welcome to the Festival of Circular Economy


Keynote Address:


Keynote Address:
How Resource Efficiency Can Accelerate Progress to Net Zero Carbon


Keynote Address:
Keynote: Reimagining Business Models to Create Circular Systems


Case Study:
Show Me the Money: How Doughnut Economics & The Circular Economy Works in Practice in the City of Amsterdam


Panel Discussion:
Is the Circular Economy the Next Big Frontier for Sustainable Investment?
  • What are the cost and benefits of the net zero transition?
  • How has the greentech market grown and expanded?
  • Do TCFDs need to be rebalanced to consider carbon and circularity?
  • Should there be an introduction of reporting raw material use?
  • To what extent should investors and financiers look beyond the company state and consider their products and their production to evaluate their ESG impact?


Panel Discussion:
Partnership & Collaboration: How can Manufacturers, Designers and Recyclers Work Together to Create Circular Systems on a Larger Scale?
  • How can a better communication bridge be built between manufacturers and recyclers?
  • What role should product designers have in facilitating the conversation between manufacturers and recyclers? Or do they have a responsibility to look to design circular products?
  • Finding the balance and compromise between product design and circularity


Beyond the Rhetoric: The Targets and Strategy Behind Environmental Policy On An International National and Corporate Level
Break & Opportunity to explore the Innovation Hub and White Paper Library Cafe

Following the break there will be two concurrent streams of content but do not worry all of the session will be available on demand so you won’t miss out on a thing! You can also choose to switch between the streams if you would like. 

Fashion Track

2:00pm – 3:15pm

Case Study Presentation: Switching to Rental Sales Models to Support Circularity
Panel Discussion: Balancing Design for Reuse and Recycling with Creative Freedom

Packaging Track

2:00pm – 3:15pm

Quick Fire Presentations: Designing Packaging and Materials for Recyclability

These quick fire presentations will provide you with insights from the latest innovations in recyclable packaging.

More detailed information on all of the innovations will be hosted in the Innovation Hub.

Panel Discussion: Extended Producer Responsibility: How is it going to affect your business?

How do the extended producer responsibility, collections framework and deposit returns scheme interplay?

Break & Opportunity to explore the Innovation Hub and White Paper Library Cafe

Fashion Track

3:45pm – 5:00pm

Case Study Presentation:Toxin-Free Circularity for Textiles & Fibres

Paul Foulkes-Arellano, Founder, Circuthon Consulting


Panel Discussion: Addressing the Challenges of Creating New Sustainable Fibres with Equivalent Functionality

Packaging Track

3:45pm – 5:00pm

Stats and Facts Presentation: Waste Collection and Management to Support Recycling
  • A look at the international comparisons: who are the leaders and who is falling behind the trends?
  • How will UK processing cope with the inability to export waste post-brexit?
  • How is policy shaping future planning of waste collection and manufacturing?
Panel Discussion: Addressing the Challenges of Circularity in Food Contact Materials
  • A look at the plastic recycling sector in the UK currently and progress made to date
  • How could the plastic recycling sector change over the next decade?
  • What changes need to take place to improve plastic recycling?

21 April - Festival Day 2

10:50 am

Panel Discussion:
Developing Procurement Structures in Industry which Enable a Circular Economy
  • Raw material mapping: how do you develop the database to efficiently track what you are buying?
  • A look at best practice procurement strategies and models that are moving to a more sustainable and circular strategy
  • Public sector procurement vs. private sector procurement


Measuring and Certifying Circularity

Moderator: Eleanor Ansell, Analyst, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Marianne Richeux, Zero Waste World, Senior Manager, Europe, CHEP – A Brambles Company

Nikki Kapp, Data and Metrics Project Manager, Ellen MacArthur Foundation


Creating Linkages: A Look at eBay’s B2B Portal Linking Vehicle Recyclers with Insurance Repairers

This session will provide an insight into the impact and scale of the project followed by a question and answer session with the stakeholders so that you can understand the lessons learnt from scaling up a project, engaging with a range of stakeholders and prove a business model based on the circular economy. 

Break & Opportunity to explore the Innovation Hub and White Paper Library Cafe


Don’t Just Ship It Away: Giving EVs a Second Life in the UK

Savina Venkova, Circular Economy Manager, HSSMI

Food Track

2:25pm – 3:45pm

Case Study Presentation: Recovering Value from Food Waste

Helena Appleton, Project Officer Regional Food Economy (NW), Feedback Global 

Phil Holtam, Regional Programs Manager, Feedback Global

Panel Discussion: How to activate change in the food waste system?

Seth Olson, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Resonance

Shane Ward, Professor of Biosystems Engineering, University College Dublin

Helena Appleton, Project Officer Regional Food Economy (NW), Feedback Global

Electronics Track

WEEE & Batteries

2:25pm – 3:45pm

Designing Products to Support Refurbishment and Recycling

Gareth Bevan, Head of Sustainable Transformation UK & Nordics, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Panel Discussion: Creating Collection and Sorting Systems to Enable Better Material Recovery