Past Events

Past Events

Financing the Circular Economy

The second webinar in our Circular Economy series on ‘Financing the Circular Economy’ took place on 10 December. Circular economy experts from The Netherlands, Italy and Hong Kong engaged in a panel discussion on the role of finance in enabling the transition to a circular economy.

The circular economy makes efficient use of existing resource so that they are not consumed and discarded but re-entered into a system that creates value again and again. This requires investment capital and innovative financial instruments that reflect the changing money flows and risks of these new ways of doing business.

This system shift fundamentally changes the role of both the business as well as the financier. In this webinar, we discussed questions such as:

  • How are circular businesses different from their linear competitors?
  • How can financiers adjust their ways of operating so that they enable circular innovations, and how can businesses attract investors by making their business model as appealing as possible for financiers?
  • What kinds of risks and opportunities arise when switching from linear to circular business models?

Speakers for this event included:

  • Jan Raes, Global Sustainability Advisor for Corporate Strategy and Sustainability at ABN AMRO
  • Marco Boscolo, Head of European Growth Policies at Intesa Sanpaolo
  • Edoardo Sabatino, IMI Corporate & Investment Banking at Intesa Sanpaolo

This webinar is an opportunity to hear European financial sector institutions present on comparative approaches to the role of finance and policy in enabling the transition through case studies including the global policy landscape, how the transition at national level is being supported, the policy and institutional capabilities required, and the approach to mobilizing capital for circular investments.

Presentation: Intesa Sanpaolo

Presentation: ABN AMRO 

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‘Accelerating the Ocean Energy Opportunity through Green Hydrogen’

The commercialisation of green hydrogen is an essential step toward a 100% renewable future. Green hydrogen has the potential to meet the exponentially growing demands for renewable energy to support the electrification and decarbonisation of heavy industry and transport sectors.

A significant amount of research and effort is taking place exploring ways to cost-effectively produce green hydrogen. EMEC is investigating several ocean-related hydrogen projects, including tidal energy as generation source to produce green hydrogen.

The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney Scotland, is the only centre to provide developers of both wave and tidal energy converters – technologies that generate electricity by harnessing the power of waves and tidal streams – with purpose-built, accredited open-sea testing facilities.

The recently announced EMEC ‘Flow’ project using a unique combination of tidal power and flow batteries at EMEC’s tidal energy test site on the island of Eday, will power EMEC’s hydrogen production plant, demonstrating the world’s first continuous hydrogen production from variable renewable generation. This is the first time that a flow battery will be coupled with tidal energy and hydrogen production, which will support the development of innovative energy storage solutions being developed in the Interreg NWE ITEG project.

Our speaker Rob Flynn shared relevant EMEC experience on:

  • EMEC’s research on the ocean energy/hydrogen connection and the Orkney context
  • Share high-level information about the market response to green hydrogen generated by ocean
  • Describe the key market demand/end-user challenges EMEC are seeing with the development and implementation of their OE/hydrogen projects.
  • Share lessons learned from EMEC experience to strengthen hydrogen/ocean energy market development opportunities in Australia.

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Circular Business Model and Market Transformation

The first part of a three-part event series on Circular Economy took place on 1 December. We talked to experts to deepen our understanding on the systemic and coherent circular policy famework and the opportunities presented by new business models.

Australian jurisdictions have a shared vision of transitioning to a circular economy and this shift involves fundamental changes across value chains – everything from the design of products and circularity of materials flows, to creating the right incentives and legal structures to stimulate circular business ideas.

Equally essential is the consumer, who must be encouraged to create demand in order to drive the success of the circular economy, alongside investment capital and innovative financial instruments that reflect the changing money flows and risks of these new ways of doing business.

The webinar featured speakers from the European Union and Australia, including

  • Veronique Hyeulle, adviser for Global Sustainable Development at the Directorate General Environment to the European Commission, who presented details on the EU’s Circular Economy Action Plan
  • Jyri Arponen, Senior Lead of Circular Economy from the Finnish Innovation organization SITRA, who spoke on the practice of new business models, as well as
  • Paul Hughes, Managing Director & CEO at Integra Systems (Victoria) and Wido van den Bosch, Managing Director at Brink Industrial (Netherlands), who presented a case study on new ways of collaborating between an Australian and Netherlands business partnership.

Presentation: New EU Circular Economy Action Plan

Presentation: Creating Values with Circular Business Models

Case study: Australian and Netherlands business partnership

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‘First Fuel’ podcast: Renovating Europe with Adrian Joyce

Hear Adrian Joyce, Secretary General of The European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EuroACE) talk with Luke Menzel, CEO of the Energy Efficiency Council, about the Renovate Europe campaign and the growing  momentum for the Renovation Wave as a part of the EU green recovery.

Listen to the podcast here

‘The impact of COVID-19 on Global Smart Energy’ webinar

The Australian Smart Energy Council‘s online event ‘ The impact of COVID-19 on Global Smart Energy” on 29 April 2020 heard Mate Heisz, Head of International Co-operation at Solar Power Europe give his perspective on the impact of COVID-19 on the smart energy industry in Europe.

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