Circular Economy Development of Recycling Industries

Background information and objectives

As proposed in SDG 9 and 12, UNIDO Environment Department is increasingly focusing on Circular Economy and the industrial development opportunities this brings. This ISID supporting area of work can be approached from several entry points; of which recycling of material flows and ensuring their adherence to requirements of contamination and other quality standards is an increasingly important aspect.

The department, and particularly ENV/SCD, has over the last years successfully launched a number of projects supporting this overall aim. The initiatives are covering all UNIDO regions including LAC E-waste, Thailand metals recycling, Philippines e-waste, Senegal recycling industry development and SADC regional project avoiding open burning through the introduction of recycling. While some concepts are being honed and optimized there is still a need of having a fuller consultation with UNIDO Member State representative in order to ensure relevance of proposed programming.

Circular Economy: Development of Recycling Industries meeting 2018 aims to promote and strengthen UNIDO’s services in this key; provide directions for programming for the coming years; and coordinate sector institutions in the targeted regions to reach consensus on matters of adaptive action planning, regular coordination mechanisms and concerted project development and resource mobilization efforts to avoid overlapping.

Expected outcomes

  • A well-organized meeting showcasing UNIDO leadership and importance in convening industrial development topics relevant to UNIDO Member States.
  • Establish UNIDO’s role in Circular Economy and foster dialogue on global environmental cooperation and to put forward recommendations on global initiatives of mutual benefit.
  • Identification of additional project opportunities and resource mobilization in further advancing recycling industries which will result in global, regional
  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Welcome remarks

    Mr. SCHOLTÈS Philippe

    Managing Director, Managing Director, Directorate of Programme Development and Technical Cooperation
    United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

    Mr. Philippe Scholtès is Managing Director of Programme Development and Technical Cooperation at UNIDO. He joined UNIDO in 1988. He has since served in various capacities including as Director of the Agribusiness Development Department, UNIDO representative in Viet Nam and Regional Director for South Asia in India Mr. Scholtès holds a Master of ... Read More

    Plenary 1: Policies to support and barriers for recycling industry development

    Moderator

    Mr. Stephan Sicars was a Senior Programme Officer with the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer for ten years. His main responsibilities were to discuss project and programme assessment, development of funding rules and policies, as well as funding levels with the implementing ... Read More

    Speakers

    Ms. TAŞ Nilgün

    Deputy Director of the Department of Environment and Chief for the Industrial Resource Efficiency Division
    United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

    Nilgün Taş is the Deputy Director of the Department of Environment and Chief for the Industrial Resource Efficiency Division at UNIDO. She also leads UNIDO’s cross-departmental team for Circular Economy. As a private sector development specialist with over 34 years of experience, Nilgün held various positions as Chief for Competitiveness, Business ... Read More

    Dr. Bing Zhu is director and professor of the Institute for Circular Economy at Tsinghua University, China, and a guest research scholar of Energy Program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria. Prof. Zhu graduated from Tsinghua University with Bachelor and Master Degrees in Engineering (Chemical Engineering) i... Read More

    Ranjit Singh Baxi, is a leading exporter of Recovered Fibre, plastic and Scrap Metal for recycling, operating across UK, Europe, and the Far East. In 2001, the company received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise (International Trade). In 2015 Mr. Baxi was appointed President of the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR), prior to which he was &nb... Read More

    Sara is a plastics expert working for the Ellen MacArthur Foundations within its New Plastics Economy initiative - an initiative to build momentum towards a plastics system that works. Sara works with stakeholders from across industry to rethink and redesign the future of plastics. Prior to joining the Ellen MacArthur foundation in March 2018, Sar... Read More

    Interactive panel discussion and Q&A on the barriers to advance development of recycling industries

    Moderator

    Mr. Stephan Sicars was a Senior Programme Officer with the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer for ten years. His main responsibilities were to discuss project and programme assessment, development of funding rules and policies, as well as funding levels with the implementing ... Read More

    Presenter

    Katharina Kummer Peiry is director of the Swiss-based consulting firm Kummer EcoConsult, specialized in law and policy of sustainable materials management. A globally recognized expert on waste policy with 30 years of experience, she holds a PhD in international environmental law from the University of London. She is the author of the standard acad... Read More

    Plenary 2: Plastics Recycling

    Moderator

    Mr. TYRKKO Klaus

    Division Chief for Stockholm Convention Unit of the Environment Department
    United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

    Klaus Tyrkkö is the Division Chief for Stockholm Convention Unit of the Environment Department of United Nations Industrial Development Organization, UNIDO. The unit has 10 staff and implements a technical assistance program in some 50 countries with the annual turnover of US$ 15 million. Mr. Tyrkkö’s expertise is particularly strong in recy... Read More

    Speakers

    Bob Diderich has been involved in environmental hazard and risk assessment of chemical substances since 1992, when he joined the German Federal Environmental Agency. He was working in France between 1995 and 2002, first for the French Ministry of the Environment and then the French National Institute for Industrial Environment and Risks, where he w... Read More

    Emma Watkins is Senior Policy Analyst in IEEP’s Natural Resources & Circular Economy team. Emma has worked on numerous projects related to circular economy, waste, resources, marine litter and economic instruments. Projects relevant to plastics have included: how extended producer responsibility (EPR), in particular eco-modulation of fees, can ... Read More

    Moussa Dia is the managing director of Société Dia Plastique (SODIAPLAST), a sub-regional company (Guinea, Senegal, Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone) specializing in the collection and recycling of plastic waste, intermediate and finished products. Deriving from a shepherd family, where a large part of the livestock was decimated by the plastics swall... Read More

    Expertise in the area of  Plastics Waste Management & Recycling; in particular Mechanical Recycling of waste Plastics to value added products & prototypes with innovations in process & material designs.  Experience in sustainable recovery of plastics & plastic based products while rendering efforts towards light weighting of pac... Read More

    Plenary 3: Metals Recycling

    Moderator

    Ms. Carmela Centeno, Department of Environment, UNIDO

    Speakers

    Prof. Dr. SCHEBEK Liselotte

    Chair, Material Flow Management and Resource Economy
    Technische Universität Darmstadt

    Prof. Dr. Liselotte Schebek is Head of the Department of Material Flow Management and Resource Economy at the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering of TU Darmstadt, She is also the Scientific Manager of the Division Secondary Materials of the Fraunhofer Project Group “Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies” (IWKS). She has professiona... Read More

    Ms. BURRAGE Susie

    Owner and Managing Director
    Recycled Products Ltd

    Susie Burrage is the owner and managing director of Recycled Products Ltd, a small medium enterprise (SME) specialising in the recycling of ferrous and non ferrous metals in the UK. Susie is the UK Ambassador for the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) and Board member of their Non Ferrous division. She is President of the British Metals Recycl... Read More

    Dr. BANGYIKHAN Kittiphan

    Chief of Factory Development and Technical Support Group, Ministry of Industry
    Government of Thailand

    Dr. Kittiphan Bangyikhan is a Chief of Factory Development and Technical Support Group Department of Primary Industries and Mines, Ministry of Industry ... Read More

    Leopoldo Clemente is the Founder and CEO of LCD Trading Srl. Italian entrepreneur with a Degree in Business Administration at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, he has been working for many years in the LME financial analysis with focus on non-ferrous metals industry, holding positions of increasing responsibility within international wel... Read More

    Presentations

  • Summary of Day 1

    Plenary 4: Textile Recycling

    Moderator

    Ms. Fatin Ali-Mohamed, Department of Environment, UNIDO

    Speakers

    Mr. MANSSON Nils

    Materials & Innovation Deployment Leader
    IKEA

    Nils Månsson has worked at IKEA since 2014 with new supply chain and business set-ups. Nils is today part of the purchasing organization and the management team responsible for global sourcing of textiles. As Material & Innovation Deployment Leader he is responsible for leading the IKEA implementation of recycled and renewable textile materials... Read More

    Luca was born in Prato in 1976. Graduated as a Mechanical Engineer at the University of Florence, he worked as innovative technology designer for Next Technology, a textile research company in Prato, for some years and then cooperated with the Industrial Association of Prato from 2002 to 2006 where he was responsible for the Office for Environment ... Read More

    Li & Fung Egypt (Perfect Trading Inc.) - Chairman, subsidiary of Li & Fung Group, the world leading supply chain management company, headquartered in Hong Kong, with 250 branches in 48 countries and an annual turnover of 20 billion US Dollars.  Egyptian Spinning and Weaving Company - Board Member (Founder & Former Managing Directo... Read More

    Martin is the CEO of TEXAID AG, a charity-private partnership based in Switzerland focussed on the collection, sorting and recycling of used textiles with activities in several European countries. He has been working in this position since 2004 and has contributed to the development of TEXAID from a local Swiss company to one of the leading organis... Read More

    Mr. Klaus Matilainen is a Senior Advisor of Globe Hope, Finnish design house that makes bags and accessories of recycled and leftover materials, and natural cosmetics from pure northern ingredients. Mr. Matilainen is a Member of the Board of Directors at Finnish-Latin American Trade Association, and has 20+ years experience in cleantech projects... Read More

    Plenary 5: Composite Waste Streams Recycling

    Moderator

    Mr. ALHILALI Smail

    Chief of the Emerging Compliance Regimes Division of the Department of Environment
    United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

    Mr. Smail Al Hilali is currently the chief of the Emerging Compliance Regimes Division within the Department of Environment of United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna, Austria. Since 2007, he has been responsible of the implementation of resource efficient and cleaner production related projects in developing co... Read More

    Speakers

    Mr. Alfredo Cueva joined UNIDO, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, in July 2011. He currently holds the post of Industrial Development Officer at the Stockholm Convention Division, Department of Environment. Alfredo holds a PhD in Environmental Science and Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and ... Read More

    Mr. SLIJKHUIS Chris

    E-Waste Recycling/Public Affairs
    Müller-Guttenbrunn Group

    After completing a Master of Business Administration program in the 80’s, Chris Slijkhuis worked as European Business Development Manager for Chep in numerous EU countries. He founded a number of Chep companies in the Central and Eastern European region in the 90’s (Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Hungary) and moved with his family to Vienna ... Read More

    Sonia Valdivia is a Programme Manager at the World Resources Forum since August 2014 on the areas of ‘sustainable recycling industries’ and ‘life cycle management’. She is also Steering Committee member of the UN Life Cycle Initiative and Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Committee Member of the Consumer Information Program of the 10YFP on SCP since 2017.... Read More

    Closing Plenary

    Presentations