Upcoming Workshop 5 May 2017: Transitioning to a circular economy in South Africa
  Apr 12, 2017     News, event

UPCOMING WORKSHOP: Transitioning to a circular economy in South Africa 

PETCO, in collaboration with GreenCape, is pleased to announce the second of its workshops for 2017, focusing on Transitioning to a Circular Economy in South Africa.

A circular economy is one that builds economic, natural and social capital as opposed to the current “take, make and dispose” extractive industrial model that we know cannot continue infinitum. It is restorative and regenerative by design, relying on system-wide innovation. 

But what does this mean for South Africa? 


Date:    Friday, 05 May 2017 
Time:   10h00 – 12h00
Venue: Old Mutual House (Bishopscourt, Cape Town) [Click]
Cost:    R450 for non-PETCO-members.
Note:    Spaces are limited, so book your ticket today

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Event Programme

10h00 – 10h10 Welcome and Introductions 

10h10 – 10h40 Joachim Quoden - Managing Director of EXPRA
Towards a Circular Economy in the Plastics Industry: The business rationale for a Circular Economy; the drivers and levers for change and a new economic model; rethinking value creation and the opportunities within the Circular Economy; the importance of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and the key role this has in transitioning to a circular economy. 

10h40 – 11h00 Tea Break

11h00 – 11h20 Sarah O’Carroll - GreenCape / ACEN
The Importance of the Value Chain Approach: How can the designers, manufacturers and users of packaging effectively collaborate to optimise the performance of packaging while minimising the risks of supply chain inefficiencies?

11h20 – 11h40 Phillipa Notten - Director of The Green House
Life Cycle Assessment to support the Circular Economy: In the face of uncertainty about the best options for recycling, reuse, and other end-of-life recovery options, LCA is a perfect tool to consistently and effectively evaluate these options. If applying the principles of circular economy is the goal, then LCA is the methodology to maximize those benefits.

11h40 – 12h00 Panel discussion Facilitated by GreenCape 

12h00 – 13h00pm Wrap-up followed by lunch & networking
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The Companies 

PETCO: is the industry body responsible for the end of life solutions for PET plastic in South Africa. It is driving recycling, design for recyclability, training for collection as well as education and awareness programmes on a collective basis on behalf of all the players in the PET value chain. 

GreenCape: is a non-profit organisation that drives the widespread adoption of economically viable green economy solutions in the Western Cape. Working closely with businesses, investors, academia and government to help unlock the investment and employment potential of green technologies and services. GreenCape is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2010 by the Western Cape Government as a Special Purpose Vehicle to support the development of the green economy in the region.

EXPRA: (Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance) was formed in 2013 as an umbrella organisation for packaging and packaging waste recovery and recycling systems which are owned by the obliged industry and work on a not-for-profit basis throughout Europe. The aim is to ensure the recovery and recycling of packaging waste in the most economically efficient and ecologically sound manner. Producer Responsibility has evolved into a proven concept in many countries as implementation of the European and other national policy goals. Industry in more than 30 countries all over the world are using producer responsibility as one economic tool to ensure the collection and recycling / recovery of used (household) packaging.


The Speakers

Joachim Quoden: studied law at the “Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität” in Bonn between 1987 and 1992 and served his legal internship in Bonn and Cologne from 1993 until 1995. In between these placements, he spent 4 months within the German Federal Ministry of Environment where he was working on packaging issues including the German Packaging Ordinance. From February 1993 until June 2006 Mr Quoden worked for Der Grüne Punkt - Duales System Deutschland GmbH (DSD) in various capacities. From January 2001, he served as Head of International Affairs of DSD and was vested with general commercial power of representation in 2003. In January 2001 he also became Secretary General of PRO EUROPE, the umbrella organisation of 35 packaging recovery organisations seated in 33 European countries and in Canada and Israel. Between April 2005 and February 2013, he was appointed as managing director of this organisation. Since April 2013 he is appointed as managing director of EXPRA – Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance – Inspiring Packaging Recycling, a new alliance of packaging recovery organisations currently from more than 17 countries. 

Besides this, he is working since June 1995 as independent German Lawyer specialized on international extended producer responsibility legislation. Since October 2013 he is appointed as chairperson of the legal working group of ISWA; he was also an expert of the ISO global standardisation project SIS/TK 165/AG 10 Packaging and Environment that has developed between 2009 and 2012 global standards on packaging optimisation, recycling, reuse and energy recovery. 

He is a member of the German lawyers association
 [Click, and the association of lawyers in Bonn [Click], the Product Stewardship Institute in Boston, US [Click], the Global Product Stewardship Council [Click], the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) [Click], as well as PRO BASKETS [Click], which is an association to support the youth work of the professional basketball team of TELEKOM BASKETS BONN. 

Further details can be found here [Click]. 
Sarah O’Carroll: completed her degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Cape Town in 2010, Sarah worked as an Engineering and Built Environment Industry Analyst at Frost and Sullivan, a global management consulting company. Sarah joined GreenCape in 2013 as a Western Cape Industrial Symbiosis Programme (WISP) facilitator where she subsequently took over as programme manager in 2014. With the help of her team, Sarah is championing Industrial Symbioses as a key tool in developing a circular economy within the manufacturing sector of the Western Cape and beyond. By facilitating the exchange of unused resources between companies, the programme assists turning waste streams into secondary materials and subsequently returning them into the economy, rather than being lost to landfill. Since 2015, she has been instrumental in co-ordinate activities with other regional facilitated industrial symbiosis programmes in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

Further to this, Sarah’s involvement at GreenCape has extended into Enterprise Development, where she has developed a programme with South African Renewable Energy Business Incubator (SAREBI) to develop SMMEs using business opportunities identified by WISP. 

Her process knowledge, and understanding of the close-loop paradigm has resulted in Sarah being a leading representative for GreenCape (a founding member) at the Africa Circular Economy Network (ACEN). ACEN is an interest group of various experts looking at reinventing inclusive growth in Africa, using the concepts and principles of the Circular Economy.

Dr Phillip Notten: is a principal consultant at The Green House, has an undergraduate and PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Since completing her PhD in 2001 Phillipa has worked as a consultant in the USA, Denmark and South Africa. During this time she contributed to a number of industry, EU- and UNEP-funded research projects in the broad areas of process technology assessment, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology development and environmental decision-making.

Phillipa is an expert LCA practitioner with over 15 years of experience, primarily relating to life cycle assessment and product carbon footprinting in the food, retail, and consumer good sectors, and in the primary industries (mining and power generation). Phillipa is an experienced peer reviewer, having conducted critical reviews of LCA studies conducted by or on behalf of leading global companies.

Her past research work has centred on developing LCA methodology, notably the development of a rigorous approach to the quantification of uncertainty in the information needed to support LCA. Her current academic interests include the development and promotion of life cycle management, and she is instrumental in an initiative to set up a South African Life Cycle Centre and a national life cycle inventory database, as well as in the development of life cycle impact assessment indicators relevant to South Africa (water and biodiversity).

Phillipa is LCA subject editor for the Journal of Industrial Ecology, a member of the ecoinvent International Advisory Council, a subject editor (coal) of the ecoinvent database, and a member of the SETAC LCA Global Coordinating Group. Phillipa takes an active role in the promotion and development of LCA, notably through membership activities of the International Society of Industrial Ecology (ISIE), the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), the African LCA Network, and UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative, as well as through participation in international workshops and conferences.
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