Circularity's multi stream conference program will include a range of expert-led panel discussions, interactive workshops, case study evaluations and keynote sessions covering a broad range of topics. View the full program below.

20-21 November 2023
Grand Hyatt Melbourne
2023 Program coming soon
from $765 + GST

2023 Program

Begin the day by paying our respects and acknowledging the Traditional Owners of the land.

Dr. Nicole Garofano, head of circular economy development, extends a warm welcome to Circularity 2023 and shares the importance of this year's conference theme.

Minister of Environment, Steve Dimopoulos delivers a keynote to open the 2023 conference, marking Circularity's first time taking place in the state of Victoria.

Following the announcement made at Circularity 2022 regarding the formation of the Federal Government's Circular Economy Ministerial Advisory Group, Minister Plibersek delivers a message to the 2023 Circularity audience.

Lead by John Thwaites, this opening session will delve into the developments and insights gained since the inception of the Circular Economy Ministerial Advisory Group in February 2023. Hear the latest updates from the group and understand the strategies shaping the future of sustainable circular economies in Australia.

This conference session provides a comprehensive overview of circular economy policies and governance in Australia's states and territories, with a focus on updates from Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. Attendees will gain insights into evolving strategies and collaborative efforts to advance sustainability in these regions.

The findings of the ACE Hub’s Circularity in Australian Business report series provide Australia's only longitudinal research to date that captures the sentiment of Australian businesses in their circular economy journey. Join us as we launch the ACE Hub's latest report which investigates current business perceptions, knowledge and implementation of the circular economy and provides targeted engagement strategies that appeal to the drivers of different business archetypes.

An engaging session posing the provocative question of what life could really be like if we all lived and operated in a circular way.

Regeneration can be interpreted in various ways – as the act of something being grown, or grown again, while also being the act of improving a place or system, especially by making it more active or successful. In a circular economy, the underlying principle is to regenerate nature or at least keep things in balance with nature throughout our daily actions. This session includes examples of how things are being grown again, made better and how we can engage with nature to learn from and assimilate these learning into our economy.

In this presentation, we introduce The Edge Impact Circular Economy, Procurement, and Scope 3 (CEP3) Rapid Diagnostic Tool. Designed by our team of experts, it enables organisations to transition from inertia to action within their decarbonisation and circular economy journey.

The CEP3 Tool harnesses best practices from ISO20400 Procurement, GHG Protocols Decarbonisation, and Circular Economy Principles to quickly assess opportunities within an organisation. It takes a practical approach that considers circular economy and decarbonisation in the context of supply chain and procurement.

During this session, we will explore how the CEP3 Tool can:
• Rapidly move organisations from strategy to action
• Identify high-impact areas for immediate improvement
• Address supply chain and scope 3 challenges with practical solutions
• Gain a competitive edge by staying ahead of future reporting regulations
• Streamline procurement processes with embedded sustainability

Introducing the inaugural Innovations Pitch Fest at Circularity 2023. The Innovations Pitch Fest provides a showcase opportunity for the trailblazers of innovation, driving the transition to a thriving circular economy in Australia.

Our Pitchers will present some of the latest innovative solutions and systems in circular economy. This is your chance as a visitor to be privy to these new influential circular initiatives directly from the individuals and companies leading them.

Directly after the pitches, our judges will provide instant feedback on a number of criteria, including consumer need, innovation, point of difference and go-to market strategy.

While the concept of the 'circular economy' is a relatively recent term, it has been an integral part of life for countless generations among our First Nations and Indigenous communities worldwide. This session delves into the deep insights of Australian Indigenous Knowledge and their long-standing circular worldview. Delegates will delve into the interwoven connection between country, culture, and community, gaining valuable insights into how these perspectives inform modern practices, from circular business models to sustainable resource management, trade, and community-based solutions.

We know from the International Resource Panel’s - IRP work that extraction and processing of materials drives all aspects of the triple planetary crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution. Decoupling growth from resource use and environmental impacts is a must.

Circular economy should be seen as an instrument for delivering decoupling of economic growth from resource use and environmental impacts in practice, as well as a part of the bigger picture of economic, societal and cultural transformation needed to deliver the SDGs.

In the next Global Resource Outlook 2024, IRP will follow the wellbeing logic and redefine sectors as systems. Instead of optimising economic output, we will redefine sectors as systems that provide a societal function, human needs (nutrition, mobility, shelter, essential consumer goods, and their supporting systems such as water and energy). This will allow cross-sector innovation and shifts to a more future-fit business models.

Join us for a recap of day one at the 2023 Circularity Conference, where we invite you to engage and share the highlights of the day before our networking session commences.

The ACE Awards recognises and celebrates those who are driving Australia’s transition to a circular economy while also aiming to create awareness, inspire others and work towards integrating new and innovative circular economy practices as the norm in Australia and the Asia Pacific.

Join us on this evening to recognise the 2023 ACE Award nominees and winners at a special celebratory cocktail reception. Enjoy an evening of delicious food and drinks; engage in lively conversation and honour innovation and the great work being done within the circular economy.

Join us for an exclusive networking style breakfast event where innovation meets circularity. Discover 5 visionary companies as they present their innovative products and how they are developing solutions that could revolutionise the circular economy transition. Be inspired by cutting edge solutions design out waste, keep products and materials in use for longer and regenerate nature – sounds like circular solutions to us! Limited tickets are available for this exclusive event, so don't miss out. Be a part of the change.

Launching into day two of Circularity 2023, join us as we build on the many insights from day one of the conference. Gear up for a full and exciting program for continued learning, collaboration, and impactful discussions to equip us with the tools for actual implementation of the circular economy.

With Circularity taking place for the first time in Melbourne this year, we start the day hearing from Lord Mayor of the City of Melbourne, Sally Capp, who will set the scene on the priorities of supporting a thriving city economy and ensuring the city’s place as a global leader in environmental sustainability.

PACE (Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy) is an active network of committed changemakers; its purpose is to accelerate the adoption of circularity at specific, scientifically-determined leverage points across global systems. During this conversational style session, Dr Nicole Garofano, Head of Circular Economy Development at Planet Ark will sit down with Ramona Liberoff, Executive Director, PACE to discuss the main focus of her work within the World Resources Institute and reflect on the last year which has encompassed the development of new theories of change through leveraging research. Hear examples of inspiring circular implementation, and her view on the key actions that are needed to further a circular economy.

Australia is making strides in the circular economy, yet there's much ground to cover. Discover valuable lessons from neighboring nations in this session, offering insights, inspiration, and networking opportunities for civic leaders and entrepreneurs looking to advance their circular economy initiatives.

Circular design and systems thinking are crucial strategies that must be implemented to create holistic approaches and resilient business solutions.
Learn from Australian practitioners from diverse backgrounds as they discuss transitioning from B2C to C2B mindsets, local manufacturing, circular supply chain integration, customer engagement, and competitive advantages. Discover risk management, collaboration strategies, and the broader circular community's support for both startups and established businesses.

Research collaborations are pivotal in driving circular economy policy and practice. Join leaders in education and research and CERN-APac (Circular Economy Research Network for the Asia-Pacific) leaders as they unveil the network's mission, uniting over 200 researchers across the Asia-Pacific region. Explore the breadth of circular economy research contributions and uncover pathways for initiating collaborative efforts in this sphere. Leave with the tools to engage local educational communities and cultivate practical circular learning experiences.

A low carbon, or carbon neutral future is arguably impacted by three things – decisions made to reduce resource consumption by individuals or organisations; the availability of fossil-fuel free alternatives for energy; and the transition to an electrified future. In this session, we will discuss the latter two, uncover examples, local and international, of mineral extraction using circular principles thus providing insights for Australia’s carbon neutral future.

We all rely on textiles for our daily life – from clothing, to linens, to manufacturing uses. However, designing textiles for circularity is critical to reducing virgin resource consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. This session explores how circular design principles and business models are being implemented in Australia’s fashion industry and the influence of policy in shifting to greater recovery.

Global investments are being directed towards organisations that can prove their circular credentials. At the World Circular Economy Forum in Helsinki in 2023, the might of the world’s multilateral development banks presented their multi-billion dollar/Euro investments over the recent years and plans to expand this in the future. De-risking innovation is an important driver for these investments, but so too is policy. This session will
focus on the financial sector's critical role in bolstering business and innovation in a future circular economy and the use of financial metrics to influence change.

At Circularity 2022, the session on metrics was a standing-room only, confirming that without metrics, we are not able to see our progress. What is our baseline, what are we measuring, how are we measuring, and against whom or what are we measuring? These questions will be answered by presenters offering case studies of measurements towards a circular economy framework.

Contributing to around 9% of Australia’s GDP, the architecture, engineering and construction industries offer great opportunities to adopt circular business models and reduce the 40% of materials going to landfill every year. Examples from Europe are a clear depiction of how policy, design, investment and collaboration can create long term benefits. This session highlights both local and overseas examples, showcasing implementation across the built environment – buildings and infrastructure.

The time to demonstrate collective leadership in circular practices is now, and we must collaborate to make it happen. Discover the potential of actual circular implementation through active community collaboration, by hearing real examples of impact and education across a range of local regions in Australia. Opening with an exploration of circular cities, we emphasise the value beyond efficiency, renewable energy, innovative design, urban connections. Our panel will then share the scope of possibilities for implementation right here in Austalia, such as the significance of place-based network governance in regional and remote areas, journeys in holistic resource recovery, product-as-a-service systems, and procurement approaches.

Perhaps one of the most complex parts of transitioning to a circular economy is collective behaviour change. In this interactive session, understand the key steps of a 'behavioural science approach' in achieving a circular economy, alongside a number of different case studies and successful examples. From community education and engagement programs, to working closely with stakeholders to explore design solutions and optimise resource efficiency, learn how you can normalise circular systems and behaviours in your setting. Identify and takeaway key tools to apply to policy and program interventions to achieve behaviour change for individuals, and across businesses, industries and even governments. The time for implementation and widespread change is now, and we are all part of this transformative movement.

Closing remarks from Planet Ark's Head of Circular Economy Development, Dr. Nicole Garofano, with a look forward to 2024.

N.B. Circularity’s conference program is subject to change

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