2021 Conference Agenda

E-Waste Challenges & Opportunities

Green & Sustainable Electronics

Electric Vehicles & Battery Recycling

E-Waste Challenges & Opportunities

Day1: November 30, 2021

Opening Plenary & Keynote Sessions
9:00 am - 12:30 pm (CET)

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Value Recovery Redefined When Retiring IT Equipment
Jelle Slenters
Head of Business Development EMEA - Global ITAD and Re-Use
Sims Lifecycle Services
The electronic recycling industry has evolved and matured since it emerged in the 1990s. Awareness is growing around corporate compliance and environmental sustainability. Organisations are working with industry-leaders to reimagine the equipment disposal landscape through the lens of sustainability. Today, the entire IT infrastructure ecosystem is evolving quickly. Changes in IT infrastructure, end user equipment and increased interest in asset reuse and closed loop recycling allow us to reimagine how we handle used IT equipment. These changes give us a unique opportunity to improve how we manage used electronics using data driven information to manage the lifecycle of IT assets. Designing and manufacturing durable and recyclable equipment will unlock previously unavailable sustainability gains. Until recently, financial returns and data destruction were primary outcomes of successful IT asset disposition (ITAD) and recycling programs. Today’s leading companies are seeking ways to measure the overall environmental impact of owning and using IT equipment, most often using carbon emissions, or greenhouse gas emissions, as the baseline measurement for environmental impact. This session will look back at the evolution of the recycling industry in the last 30 years and discuss reimaging IT Asset lifecycles and sustainability measurements in eWaste recycling programs. It will look at case study examples with companies who have built sustainability into their equipment disposal decision making processes, with demonstrable, measurable results and share recommendations on redefining what can be considered value recovery when retiring your IT assets.
 
Networking Session -
10:15 am - 10:45 am (CET)
 

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Future perspectives on global transboundary movement in e-waste
Dr Rolph Payet
Executive Secretary
Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
With the advent of information technology and the Internet of Things, the increase in e-waste at the global level reached 50 million metric tons in 2018 and if nothing is done it is expected to reach 120 tons annually by 2050, with only about 20% making it to proper recycling facilities. Concomitantly, the export of e-waste, legal or illegally, to countries with little or no facilities for its recycling is leading to increased human exposure and the release of toxic chemicals into the environment. The presentation will focus on emerging issues and information with regards to transboundary movement of e-waste.
 

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An enhanced vision of EPR and the role of all actors
Pascal Leroy
Director General
WEEE Forum
Imke Schmidt
Projektmanager
Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP)
The WEEE Forum, a prominent representative of Producer Responsibility Organisations (PROs) throughout the world, has developed a new vision which calls for an overhaul of the current system of extended producer responsibility, including targets, which it claims is not fit for purpose. Based on recent research undertaken by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and against the background of very few EU Member States being able to meet the 2019 collection targets for WEEE despite enormous progress being made in tackling the increasing amount of e-waste generated, the WEEE Forum lays out four vital steps that need to be taken to ensure the system is fair and achievable. The first is what is termed as the #allactors approach: a policy model whereby all private and public entities that have access to WEEE and therefore are involved in the collection, logistics, preparation for reuse, refurbishment, treatment, or recycling of WEEE, or in the associated monitoring, legislative and enforcement activities, are subject to minimum legal obligations regarding, amongst other things, compliance with legislation, reporting to the competent authorities and, meeting official standards and communication. The #allactors Approach means all actors have legal obligations which competent authorities must enforce to ensure that all actors contribute in line with their requirements. This approach will result in more fairness and inclusivity in the market as well as enhanced monitoring based on sustained cooperation.
 

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Panel Discussion: Consumer Insight Action Panel – Circular Electronics: Insights into three pilots on consumer behaviour change
Pascal Leroy
Director General
WEEE Forum
Imke Schmidt
Projektmanager
Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP)
CIAP is an European multistakeholder initiative, designed to support the transition to the circular economy by generating, applying and testing consumer behavioural insights in circular strategies for electronics. The goal is better understanding consumer behaviour related to electronics and engaging consumers in a meaningful way when it comes to fostering more circular behaviours. Our guiding question is: How might we innovate to enable people to reuse, repair, share, return, recycle or lease their devices? The topic is approached by a multistakeholder group that form the club and the most exciting part of the work is that we pilot and test real-life interventions and experiments on the ground to support more circular behaviours among consumers, in order to drive business innovation and inform the European Commission about relevant policy needs and strategies. In total, we conduct three pilots, two on online take back schemes of old smartphones and one on the French repairability index and customer response to it.
 
Networking Session -
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (CET)
 
System-wide responses to tackling e-waste: circular from end to end
1:30 pm - 2:45 pm (CET)

1:15 pm (CET)

Developments in the processing of LIBS
Christian Kuehn
Sales Director
BHS-Sonthofen GmbH
As far as the market is growing, does grow the insights in the processing of LIBS. BHS gone show its latest developments.

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LCD Recycling, Industry 4.0 and Circular Economy
Dr Lisa Maria T. O'Donoghue
Founder & CEO
Votechnik
In a world, where electronic devices have become more important than ever, allowing us to keep connection during the pandemic, social distancing, and home working, we see trends of double monitor displays at the home office as well as at the work office accompanied by an increase in purchasing home entertainment devices. The seismic impact of this consumer behavior will be felt in the years to come. There is a need to depollute these displays of hazardous materials as well as recovery the value of the metal. While the current manual recycling processes are just about keeping up with the LCD volumes, the clock is ticking to the point where speed and cost will be too much. However, the requirements here are not simply that of technology but more importantly a business model that embraces circular economy. This is especially poignant when the back bone of the EU recycling sector are SME companies. The EC Project ALR4000 is tackling this dual challenge and will present the results of "where full automation & robotics with industrial 4.0 meets innovative circular economy business models".

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Electronics recycling – current and future challenges for end-processing (focus on precious and other critical metals).
Steven Art
Project & Supply Manager
Umicore Precious Metals Refining
E-waste end-processing (end-refining) has shown resilience to a change in material quality and availability since years. Smelting & refining operations, like Umicore PMR, treat e-waste blended with other materials in large scale installations. This leads to high recovery yields and this of a broad range of (critical) metals. It will continue to exist, possibly together with other, new end-processing technologies to tackle the e-waste challenge, ideally in synergy, rather than in competition. A future challenge will be the recycling of the other critical metals (EU critical metals & conflict minerals) with a lower economical value, in a sustainable way.
Networking Session -
2:45 pm - 3:15 pm (CET)
 
Financing the collection and recycling of e-waste
3:15 pm - 5:30 pm (CET)

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To be announced
Francois Gaudet
Head of Thematic Impact Finance Operations
European Investment Bank (EIB)

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Financing e-waste management in Nigeria
Reinhardt Smit
Director - Supply Chains
Closing The Loop

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How do we get to long term treatment and financing solutions to e-waste management in low and middle income countries? Lessons learnt from PREVENT Pilot Projects
Daniel Hinchliffe
Advisor Sustainable Solid Waste Management and Circular Economy
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
International financing of e-waste management – see here for an introduction to the current project we are working on here. We would like to pivot towards producers and government on this issue towards the end of the year and are exploring ideas for this – the international financing topic is broad and can be complex though, so we have to frame correctly. Depending on the format, it may fit into the Expo programme or could form part of our PREVENT input. The Nigeria CtL project would also fit in this context.

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Panel Discussion: From pilot to systemic change – what does it take to scale long term treatment and financing solutions to e-waste management?
Daniel Hinchliffe
Advisor Sustainable Solid Waste Management and Circular Economy
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Day2: December 1, 2021

Global solutions to a global problem: international perspectives on e-waste
9:00 am - 12:30 pm (CET)

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KEEP all materials, each component, every origin - learnings from the innovation project
Krisitna Liljestrand
Project leader, KEEP
Chalmers University of Technology
Electronics waste is increasing at a rapid pace. Fifty million metric tonnes of old electronics are discarded every year. KEEP aims to change this by creating a traceability solution for electrical and electronic products. KEEP has gathered 14 partners from the whole lifecycle to facilitate information sharing through a traceability solution that collects information about the product from all stages. This will help everyone involved to reduce waste, retain value and extend the life of products. At the presentation, Kristina Liljestrand can present the project from process to output and learnings from the collaboration. The project is based in Sweden and unique in its kind. Read more about the project here https://xd.adobe.com/view/432af1e2-42a2-4484-6ad4-802aa7ec41c9-351b/?fullscreen
 

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Valuable materials recovery from waste printed circuit board at Remind (Recycling Materials for Indonesia)
Muhammad Dzikri Ahira Soefihara
Graduate Student
Delft University of Technology
Remind, “Recycling Materials for Indonesia”, is built to participate in solving e-waste management’s issue in Indonesia. We currently focus to recycle valuable materials from waste printed circuit boards. Collection, pre-treatment, metals recovery, and waste management are the main processes conducted at our pilot factory. We have demonstrated that this route is practically feasible and economically beneficial to recover metals, particularly gold. To improve the recovery, we recently added shaking table equipment to assist the pre-treatment process. Preliminary tests showed that this improvement contributed effectively to separate the high-valuable materials (gold concentrate) from less valuable materials (plastic).
 
Networking Session -
10:15 am - 10:45 am (CET)
 

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System-wide responses to tackling e-waste: circular from end to end
Craig Campion
Director of ITAD Services
Stone Group
 

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The handling of old electronics in private households and concepts for improvement
Alexander Suessmilch
Managing Shareholder
CIRECON
In German households 32 million tons of electrical waste is stored, resulted in an inquiry of the Bitkom 2018. The reason for that we found out with our survey. We asked over 500 end consumers what happens to their unused electronic equipment at home and why their readiness to dispose of old units is so low – this is shown by the low recycling rates of 45% in Germany. Our survey result show a clear trend into higher willingness to recycle if the right take-back concepts are presented by manufacturers, dealers and other companies obliged to collect and take back e-waste units.
 

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To be announced
Malcolm Whitehouse
General Manager
AST Recycling
 

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PANEL DISCUSSION: What role can and should the private sector take in reaching solutions for e-waste management in low and middle income countries
Reinhardt Smit
Director - Supply Chains
Closing The Loop
 
Networking Session -
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (CET)
 
Mining e-waste: a vital source of secondary raw materials and key to unlocking the circular economy
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm (CET)

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Robotic recycling technologies – helping to grow the circular economy
Paudy O’Brien
Founder & CEO
FPD Recycling
Consumer electronics have changed a lot in 20 years – look how our TVs have gotten thinner and smarter. But if you look at their end-of-life phase - not much has changed. The E-waste industry is in urgent need of a safe and profitable process for handling and recycling screens, locally, in the country of origin. The same way automation has revolutionised electronics' manufacturing, it can change its end-of-life processing. Advanced robotic recycling technologies allow us to move away from the take-make-waste linear model to a circular economy. It is now time to start looking at the e-waste as a source of valuable materials, rather than harmful, toxic waste that is pushed around until it ends up in landfills around the globe.

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To be announced
Michelle Wagner
Research Associate
United Nations University - Sustainable Cycles Programme (SCYCLE)

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To be announced
Richard McKinlay
Head of Consulting
Axion Consulting
Axion are one of the leading recyclers in plastics derived from WEEE and automotive shredding. Recycling of plastics from WEEE brings several challenges and opportunities. With growing concerns over legacy additives and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) new innovative solutions need to be developed. This presentation will cover the current reality for recycling of plastics from WEEE and how infrastructure and technology may need to be adapted in the coming years to maximise recycling.
Networking Session -
2:45 pm - 3:15 pm (CET)
 

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To be announced
Serge Kimbel
CEO
WeeeCycling

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Biomining – the future for low-CO2 recovery
Will Barker
Co-founder & CEO
Mint Innovation

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Sustainable, resource and energy efficient recycling of e-scrap
Andreas Nolte
Head Of Quality Management
Aurubis
Aurubis is processing more than 100,000 tonnes of e-scrap fractions annually. The multi-metal process ensures the recovery of up to 20 elements to commodities or intermediates for further extraction. Sustainable recycling means being fully compliant and committed to directives, laws, ordinances, responsible sourcing and standards. Energy efficient implies using best available technology and Aurubis smelter network to optimize energy demand and carbon footprint of metals extraction. Facts and figures will demonstrate today´s state of the art e-scrap recycling.

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Panel Discussion - transboundary movement of e-waste which should have some outputs
Elisabeth Smith
Executive Director
StEP Initiative - Solving The E-Waste Problem
We also have a joint PREVENT-StEP Working group looking at the transboundary movement of e-waste which should have some outputs by November: New working group on the Basel Convention - PREVENT Waste Alliance (prevent-waste.net)

Green & Sustainable Electronics

Day1: November 30, 2021

Keynote presentations
9:00 am - 12:30 pm (CET)

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Selling sustainability in electonics
Arnoud Walrecht
Director
KPMG
 

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To be announced
Davide Polverini
Policy Officer, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME -- Clean Technologies and Products
European Commission
 

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To be announced
Jonathan Perry
Global Product Compliance Engineering & Environmental Affairs
Dell Technologies
 

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To be announced
Marta Jakowczyk
Take Back and Recovery Ops Program Manager EMEA, Social and Environmental Responsibility
HP
 

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Panel Discussion - The Circular Electronics Partnership: implementing our 2030 roadmap
Brendan Edgerton
Director, Circular Economy
World Bussiness Council for Sustianable Development (WBCSD) / Circular Electronics Partnership (CEP)
According to the Global E-waste Monitor 2020, in one year, a staggering 50 million metric tonnes of e-waste are generated. Of this total amount, more than 40 million tonnes of e-waste are discarded in landfill, burned or illegally traded and treated in a sub-standard way every year. Under the current linear economy conditions, the consumption of resources (metals, plastics, chemicals) will increase and with it the amounts of e-waste generated.This session will explore e-waste landscape and trends, introduce a new industry-led initiative that responds to it and hear directly from its members as to the actions they’re taking to achieve a more circular electronics industry.
 
Networking Session -
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (CET)
 
Circular Photovoltaics & Solar Recycling
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm (CET)

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To be announced
Nancy Gillis
CEO
Green Electronics Council (GEC)

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To be announced
Andreas Wade
Global Sustainability Director
First Solar

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To be announced
Claire Agraffeil
Project Manager
CEA/INES (Institut National de l'Energie Solaire)

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To be announced
Jan Clyncke
Managing Director
PV Cycle

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Panel Discussion: To be announced

Day2: December 1, 2021

Eco-principles in consumer electronics: redesign, repurpose or refurbish
9:00 am - 12:30 pm (CET)

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Turning E-Waste to r(E)-Source
Efrat Friedland
Founder/Materials Strategist
materialscout
If we are here, today, discussing E-Waste, this means there is still a lot to be done. Let's start by treating this "waste" differently. Not only be inventing and developing additional recycling methods, but by understanding it is not waste, but a valuable resource. We all have to make this switch in perception; as producers of these materials, as processors of parts made of these materials, as brands designing products made of these parts and as consumers using these products. Not sure how to make this switch? materialscout will be happy to show you some case studies of products that already exhibit a shift to circularity and equip you with food for thought and tools to implement.
 

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Systemic change through multi-stakeholder collaboration
Marcel Jacobs
Executive Director
ARCTIC - Alliance for Responsible Circular & Transparent procurement of ICT
ARCTIC - Alliance for Responsible Circular and Transparent procurement of ICT brings together joint statement of demand. Three product categories have been selected - mobile (smart) phones, laptops and data centers Four stakeholder groups collaborate on three key priorities 3 key deliverables Buyers speaking with a single voice: Harmonize and standardize demand, Secure buying organisations commitment (public & private sector) through consolidated criteria. Awareness raising: Increase Knowledge at both market and demand (buyers) side (topics Circular Economy, Business models, Circular/Sustainable procurement). System change: stakeholder collaboration striving for a breakthrough in innovation covering overall system, products/solutions, infra structure processes, procurement, market. The process is managed through 6 workstreams that: Raise awareness & increase knowledge Define harmonized criteria & align standards Simplify & standardize (procurement) processes Clarify impact of products, services & solutions Identify supporting policy tools Drive system innovation For more information please check www.arctic-alliance.com which explains and outlines the relevance of a global multi-stakeholder initiative
 

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From problem to resource: innovative strategies to increase the sustainability of WEEE plastic.
Luca Campadello
Project & Research Manager
ERION
As is well known, WEEE is an extremely complex waste flow that contains both environmentally damaging substances, and valuable materials, such as iron, aluminium, copper and plastic, which can be reintroduced in the productive cycle as secondary raw materials. While the system for metals recycling is already well established, the rising volumes of waste plastics point to stalemates in the current plastics economy, which hamper its shift to a more circular model. Although there are individual efforts to improve the collection and recycling of WEEE plastics, the plastics value chain is still too fragmented and WEEE recycled plastics seem unattractive material for the end-user. Consequently, only 30% of about 25 million tonnes of post-consumer plastic waste generated in the European Union every year is collected for recycling; in many countries, landfill is still the first or second option of treatment for plastic post-consumer waste. This recycling rate is too modest taking into consideration EU recycling targets set for 2020 by the European Commission. ERION will present various activities that, addressing the entire WEEE plastic value chain, aim to reduce waste generation and to enhance the sustainable resource management in the WEEE sector. First of all, the results achieved by the H2020 project PolyCE will be described. PolyCE innovations include the elaboration of a harmonized set of technical requirements and OF a grade system for recycled WEEE plastics; the development of an online platform that strengthen the market for recycled materials; the elaboration of guidelines dedicated to designers and addressing the design for and from recycling issues; the implementation of demonstrators, namely activities implemented at industrial scale, that proved the technical and economic feasibility as well as the environmental benefits of using recycled plastics in new electronic equipment (close loop trials) and of introducing new collection and treatment approach (clusterization strategy). Additionally, ERION will describe its collaboration with the Circular Plastic Alliance CPA), consisting of hundreds of public and private actors from European plastics value chains that take action to boost the EU market for recycled plastics up to 10 million tonnes by 2025. ERION, together with CPA members, is committed for example to the investigation of data regarding WEEE plastic flows volumes and polymeric compositions of different waste streams, as well as to the collection of information regarding standardization needs (to promote design-for-recycling products; to improve the quality of recycled plastics; to optimize plastic recycling processes). All the innovations proposed during the presentation will highlight the fact that to shift towards circular economy in the WEEE sector a systematic transformation is required, involving all actors in the value chain, and encompassing the entire lifecycle of plastic materials.
 
Networking Session -
10:15 am - 10:45 am (CET)
 

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Do e-textiles require specific legislation to avoid harmful waste?
Jessica Saunders
Programme Director
London College of Fashion
E-textiles are a rapidly expanding body of materials, with extensive prototyping and market testing being carried out globally with potential fashion, military and medical applications. This is leading to novel combinations of nano materials, electrical components and fibres with a challenging waste profile. A small number of researchers such as Kohler 2011,2013 [2,3] and Veske, P. et al. (2019) have identified the need for regulation in this area and have highlighted the potential environmental impact of e-textiles. These emerging textiles are partially covered by a myriad of directives and legislature from three very separate disciplines which means there is potential for e-textiles to find their way into landfill due to their position on the edges of WEEE and REACH legislation in the EU and UK. E-textile developers are calling for action to clarify the position of e-textiles in legislature and to define related standards. Furthermore as a budding product area there is time to engender environmentally aware design for disassembly practice into new products. How this is brought about and what it looks like is an important part of e-textiles journey to the mass market, requiring cross disciplinary discourse with stakeholder and policy maker engagement.
 

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Fast Tracks: a requirement for a Circular Economy of Electronic Wastes
Chris Slijkhuis
Board Member
European Electronics Recyclers Association (EERA)
The current way how waste shipments are organized should undergo a serious re-think, as it impedes proper recycling rather than supporting this. The presentation will dig into the procedures for shipping waste across borders, it will share the experience of how a new classification of plastic waste was introduced and how Switzerland and Ghana have proposed to name all E-Waste as hazardous waste. E-Waste is an important raw material for valuable secondary raw materials, of executed properly and therefore compliant E-Waste recyclers need to get easy access to these raw materials.
 

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To be announced
Pieter Imhof
Sr.Business Developer Circular Economy & Environment
TNO
 

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PANEL DISCUSSION: To be announced
Adolfo Villafiorita
Project Lead
REPLAY project & Shair.Tech
This panel will go into the opportunities that responsible e-waste management in developing countries have to offer. The challenge of finding the right financing mechanisms is a big one, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Experts look into this challenge and what innovative ideas are out there to tackle it.
 
Networking Session -
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (CET)
 
Exploring routes to re-use for discarded EEE: re-use practices and principles moving toward a circular economy
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm (CET)

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When the Circular Economy Meets Environmental Justice
Jim Puckett
Executive Director & Founder
Basel Action Network (BAN)

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The psychology of reused e-waste
Cris Stephenson
CEO
Environcom
As the largest UK white goods re-use business. Envirocom has access to some interesting data and conclusions on the why, how and where re-use appliances are sold. E-waste re-use needs to mature and expand out of the cottage business it is and become a mainstay of our retail landscape and more importantly of our psychological purchasing DNA.

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To be announced
Bret Morrison
Sr. Manager, Product Marketing, ITAD
Ingram Micro Commerce & Lifecycle Services
Networking Session -
2:45 pm - 3:15 pm (CET)
 

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Right to repair: opening up a world of economic possibilities
Kyle Wiens
CEO & Co-founder
iFixit
What is the future of repair? Manufacturers are locking down and gluing together products, but recyclers and refurbishers are fighting back. They have introduced Right to Repair legislation in over 20 US states, and France is requiring Repairability labels for smartphones and laptops starting in January 2021. Hear the latest on the fight for consumers' rights to fix the things that we own, as well as an update on the design trends in the latest smartphones introduced in 2020.

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To be announced
Jan Hoogstrate
Executive Director
Free ICT Europe Foundation

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To be announced
Anthony Levy
CEO
Cistor

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To be announced
Professor Sebastien Farnaud
Professor, Faculty Research Centre for Sport, Exercise & Life Sciences
Coventry University

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Panel Discussion: Reducing e-waste: practical experience from the front line
Anthony Levy
CEO
Cistor
A candid view of the challenges facing technology manufacturers and business consumers in reducing e-waste, including some myth-busting, repeatable real-life success stories, and how technology can be more sustainable.

Electric Vehicles & Battery Recycling

Day1: November 30, 2021

Keynote sessions
9:00 am - 12:30 pm (CET)

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EV ENERGY ECO-CYCLE APPROACHES TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE FULL CARBON NEUTRALITY
Zoltan Venczel
Global Head of EV Energy
Nissan Motor Co
 

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Embracing sustainable technologies in cell production and recycling: next-generation lithium-ion battery manufacturing
Emma Nehrenheim
Chief Environmental Officer
Northvolt
Presentation synopsis to be confirmed
 
Networking Session -
10:15 am - 10:45 am (CET)
 

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End-of-life management of lithium-ion batteries
Hans Eric Melin
Managing Director
Circular Energy Storage
Circular Energy Storage covers the lithium-ion battery market from a life-cycle perspective. The company collects and analyzes information on batteries and applications placed on the market, how they are used, re-used and recycled. It tracks the volumes, follows the players, prices and the research. And then they turn that into actionable data and analysis. Hans-Eric will exclusively present the main findings from Circular Energy Storage's new research, 'The lithium-ion life cycle report 2020'. 
 

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The new EU Battery Regulation and how it affects battery use and recycling
Johannes Roessner
Global Focus Segment Manager NEV
TÜV SÜD
The new EU Battery Regulation significantly expands the requirements on what batteries need to fulfill to be allowed onto the EU market. These requirements are not only targeting the production and quality of the products, but also extend towards requirements on second life use as well as on the recycling process. The speech will provide an overview of this regulation and give insights about the requirements that need to be fulfilled when the battery is leaving its first life.
 

12:00 pm (CET)

PANEL DISCUSSION: To be announced
Nancy Gillis
CEO
Green Electronics Council (GEC)
Panellists to be announced
 
Networking Session -
12:30 pm - 1:30 am (CET)
 
Battery waste, recycling and sustainability in the electric vehicle transition
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm (CET)

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Regulatory challenges associated with the switch to electric cars
The guided switch to electric vehicles is a major policy intervention in the transition to net zero carbon and an increasing number of jurisdictions are setting dates for the phasing out of internal combustion engine models. Making this announcement is perhaps the easiest step on the net zero journey because what follows are a series of shared challenges that demonstrate the difficulties of such a switch without proper regard to circular economy considerations. The paper examines a series of legal and regulatory hurdles in ensuring access to security of supply of technology metals crucial to this energy transition. In Europe, there is a significant reliance on imports of technology metals given the volume of batteries planned and not helped by regulatory, fiscal and technical complexities associated with the reuse and recycling of lithium-ion batteries (LiBs). This is coupled with unresolved ownership questions over lithium-ion batteries which affect their fate once they reach the end of their life in the vehicle. The revised EU Batteries Regulation through policy devices such as minimum content of recycled metals in LiBs begins to address these issues. However, we will argue that greater attention needs to be given to waste hierarchy questions applying to these batteries as well as to a much more robust approach to questions of eco-design and that true circular economy approaches must be adopted if the transition to electric vehicles is to provide a sustainable solution.

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To be announced
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CycleWell

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Accelerating Electric Mobility with Circular Economy
Tilmann Vahle
Associate/Lead
SYSTEMIQ/Circular Economy Initiative Deutschland
Presenting Background and key results from SYSTEMIQ's work on how to make batteries a major force for sustainable mobility and energy systems via Circular Economy principles. Building on our Analyses and Industry /Sciences engagement for the WEF Global Battery Alliance http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_A_Vision_for_a_Sustainable_Battery_Value_Chain_in_2030_Report.pdf and with the Circular Economy Initiative Deutschland group on circularity in traction batteries https://www.circular-economy-initiative.de/s/TB_Gesamtbericht-EN.pdf, including positions regarding the upcoming EU circularity policies such as Battery Regulation, ELV directive, and more.

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Demand and supply of Lithium-Ion battery materials: recycled materials as additional feedstock
Wolfgang Bernhart
Senior Partner
Roland Berger
Demand and supply of Lithium-Ion battery materials: recycled materials as additional feedstock - Development of the battery market and technologies used: a 3 TWh in 2030 - Expected demand in critical battery materials and resulting supply chain risks: challenges for Lithium and Nickel - Current status of battery material recycling (EU vs China, production vs EoL): today dominated by China driven by production scrap - Legislative requirements for recycling (focus EU): higher recycling efficiency and recovery rates required - Role of 2nd life (refurbishment and stationary): dedicated ESS cells could be more attractive economically - Factors influencing recycling profitability: battery access, reverse logistics, recycling process costs, material prices - Opportunities and challenges for industry players

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PANEL DISCUSSION: To be announced

Day2: December 1, 2021

Technologies leading the charge on recycling used electric vehicle batteries
9:00 am - 12:30 pm (CET)

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SOLVENT EXTRACTION IN BATTERY RECYCLING – CRITERIA FOR DILUENT SELECTION
Daniel Bien
Global Technology Advisor Fluids
ExxonMobil
Presentation synopsis to be confirmed
 

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Innovative Separation Technology for the Recycling of Lithium Ion Batteries
Athan Fox
Chief Technology & Innovation Officer
Ever Resource Ltd
In March 2021, Ever Resource Ltd in partnership with the University of Birmingham, UK, won a grant of approximately £950,000 GBP to develop an innovative separation technology for the recycling of lithium-ion batteries. Our process, which is physical / mechanical in nature, is capable of separating with greater than 99% efficiency the anode-arisings and cathode-arisings in shredded lithium-ion batteries. By separating these main component streams physically - mechanically, the downstream recycling becomes cleaner, cheaper and more environmentally sensible. The technology is compatible with all recycling innovations and incumbent technology - including pyrometallurgy, hydrometallurgy, cathode-to-cathode recovery, and electrolysis. In Willenhall, UK, we are currently setting up a pilot-scale operation shredding 500 kg of lithium-ion batteries per hour. Our 2-year project with the University of Birmingham will develop further the separation technology with a view to integrating the system in Willenhall and providing a commercial offering to the UK market from Q4 2021.
 

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Recycling and Repurposing of EV Lithium-Ion Batteries
Christian Winkler
Managing Director
TES-AMM (Singapore) Pte Ltd
Our focus will be e-waste recycling and repurposing, especially for EV lithium Ion batteries. We classify used batteries into two categories. One is end-of-life batteries which can no long be used or already damaged. We will do recycling for this type of batteries. The other is second life batteries with remaining capacity which can be reused and repurposed as renewable energy after sorting and processing. The content of the presentation will include sections below: -Our TES-AMM E-waste Recycling introduction and processes -Certification and requirements for battery transportation and deployment -Electronic Vehicle Market analysis -Reused Second life Energy Storage System Introduction -PV+ Smart Grid/ Micro grid system applications -Case study Demonstrations -Q&A Discussion
 
Networking Session -
10:15 am - 10:45 am (CET)
 

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Battery Recycling on the Verge of Commercialization
Jean-Christophe Lambert
Business Development Manager
Lithion Recycling
Heading towards 2022, Lithion will have completed its piloting phase and will be right on the verge of its transition to its commercial phase. This new phase will result in the construction of its first commercial plant in Quebec as well as Lithion's deployment in North America and Europe through licensing agreements. We wish to share with attendees the final results of our piloting as well as the completed requirements for the scale-up of our battery recycling technology. Our presentation will also demonstrate how licensing a battery recycling technology can help achieve our energy transition goals and tackle this problem in time. Finally, Lithion will share its own status in terms of commercial development but as well its insights on the battery recycling sector in North America and the current challenges that this industry faces. We wish to give attendees a good overview of the current North American policies and market dynamics around battery recycling.
 

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The Role of Recycling in the Supply Chain of Critical Battery Materials
Kunal Phalpher
Chief Commercial Officer
Li-Cycle
This presentation will explore the urgent need for creating a sustainable and local critical battery materials supply chain, while addressing the economic and sustainability challenges of lithium-ion battery recycling and how Li-Cycle’s Spoke & Hub Technologies are able to help overcome some of these industry challenges and close the loop for critical battery materials throughout the world.
 

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A roadmap for the future of Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling
Gavin Harper
Faraday Institution Research Fellow
University of Birmingham
This presentation will look at present and anticipated developments in the recycling and reuse of Lithium Ion Batteries, evaluating the current state of the art, near term developments and anticipating the future technologies that will play a role in Lithium Ion Batteries. The presentation is based on work that is being undertaken at the University of Birmingham on the Met4Tech Project, and the Faraday Institution’s ReLiB project. A roadmap for Lithium Ion Battery Recycling is currently being edited by Prof. Emma Kendrick and the presenter for the journal JPhys Energy.
 

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Panel Discussion: Discharging electric vehicle battery packs at the end of life (when, how and why?)
Athan Fox
Chief Technology & Innovation Officer
Ever Resource Ltd
Sam Haig
Battery Recycling Business Manager
R S Bruce Metals Recovery
At the end of life, electric vehicle battery packs are hazardous for a number of reasons, including the electric charge which they possess. The discharging of electric vehicle battery packs enables safer and low-cost transportation, as well as processing at the end of life. However, there is no harmonised or standard solution for the discharging challenge. With multiple battery chemistries, multiple cell designs, multiple battery pack designs and different ways in which modules are assembled into packs, the challenge of what to dismantle – and when – and how to discharge is considered. Stabilisation solutions including cryogenics, thermal treatment, discharge in aqueous solutions and smart electronic systems will be debated.
 
Networking Session -
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (CET)
 
More batteries, less waste: transitioning to a circular battery metals value chain
1:15 pm - 5:30 pm (CET)

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To be announced
Robert Colbourn
Manager - Benchmark Membership
Benchmark Mineral Intelligence

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The advanced characterization of battery materials recycling intermediates
Mark Bedford
Business Development Director
Johnson Matthey Plc
The recycling of end-of-life lithium-ion batteries is an essential step in reducing the carbon footprint of electric vehicles. Mechanical separation techniques used at the start of the recycling process commonly produce an intermediate material known as black mass. This is a heterogeneous mixture of graphite, lithium electrolytes, organic binders and cathode metals. To facilitate further processing and to determine an accurate composition from which the economic value of the black mass can be assessed, representative sampling, analysis and characterization are essential next steps. Drawing on its extensive experience and know-how in precious metals refining, Johnson Matthey uses a variety of advanced physical and instrumental techniques to produce a comprehensive and accurate analysis of black mass. This presentation highlights the challenges and complexities of this crucial task.

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To be announced
Zarko Meseldzija
Director & CTO
American Manganese Inc

2:30 pm (CET)

What is the most cost- and CO2-effective set-up for collection & recycling of EV-batteries?
Jodok Reinhardt
Co-founder
Librec
What are the current and future interests and challenges for car manufacturers regarding a most cost- and CO2-efficient collection and recycling of EV-batteries? Current and future volumes of manufacturing scrap and end-of-life batteries, today’s recycling capacity in Europe, control of circular flow of raw materials, high transportation cost, EU-wide take-back obligation and required recovery rates are the major conditions to be addressed. We present research results, maximum economic distance for collection, best-available recycling technology and details behind the unbeatable cost advantage of the “Spoke-and-Hub” service model.

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Panel Discussion: Recycling strategies for End-of-Life Li-ion Batteries from Heavy Electric Vehicles - Pyro VS hydrometallurgy in battery recycling
Hans Eric Melin
Managing Director
Circular Energy Storage
Emma Nehrenheim
Chief Environmental Officer
Northvolt
Pascal Leroy
Director General
WEEE Forum

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