International Industrial Ecology Day 2023

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International Industrial Ecology Day: Solutions for a Net-Zero Circular Economy 14:00-15:00 AEDT (3:00-4:00 UTC)

Date: 30 November 2023, time 14:00-15:00 AEDT (UTC+11)

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We are hosting the opening event for the 2023 International Industrial Ecology Day – Solutions for a net-zero circular economy.

This year, International Industrial Ecology Day focuses on assessing the advancements made to tackle the triple planetary crises of climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution. This initiative, organised by the International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE), features virtual events spanning the globe, from Sydney to Los Angeles.

Industrial ecology is a multidisciplinary research field dedicated to addressing sustainability challenges and championing a circular economy. Our event will convene experts across science, government and industry on net-zero and circular economy solutions.

Australia is aiming to transform its economy into one that is both carbon neutral and circular. With a legislated goal for carbon reduction, the nation is committed to achieving a circular economy by 2030.

This event will cover the journey so far towards net-zero and circularity by looking at:

  • Major transformations in our cities, industries, land use, and energy sectors that align with Australia’s sustainability objectives;
  • The need for a cultural shift to promote engagement, curiosity, and collaboration to recognise and seize opportunities for net-zero and circular solution; and
  • Evolving approaches to the circular economy, policy development and information for decision making.

Join us as we discuss the opportunities and challenges Australia faces in its quest to reduce carbon emissions and enhance circularity.


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Heinz Schandl - CSIRO

Heinz Schandl

Heinz Schandl is an international science leader for sustainable materials management and the decoupling of economic activity environmental pressures and impacts. He leads a research group for urban and industrial transformations and is the lead of CSIRO’s Circular Economy for Missions initiative. He is an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Environmental Studies at Nagoya University in Japan and a member of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) International Resource Panel. He is the waste impact management initiative lead for the Sustainable Communities and Waste Hub of the National Environmental Science Program (NESP) and the chair of the metrics working group of the Australian Circular Economy Hub. His research focuses on social theory, industrial metabolism, and environmental and sustainability policy to support evidence-based policy for resource efficiency, waste minimization, greenhouse gas abatement and the circular economy.


Davina Rooney - CEO Green Building Council of Australia

Davina Rooney

Davina joined Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) in June 2019 as Chief Executive Officer. Davina came to GBCA from Stockland where she was General Manager, Sustainability and Corporate Procurement at Stockland. Davina has a variety of sustainability experience, from environmental projects, not-for profit boards and overseas community development work - spending eight months working in the Indian Himalayas on the construction of a school which won multiple international awards. Davina is an engineer and has extensive experience in sustainability and building consulting. Davina has been recognised by industry awards including NAWIC NSW Sustainability 2016, PCA 2014 Future Leaders Award and Sydney University Engineering Young Alumni Award.

Steve Hatfield-Dodds - EY Port Jackson Partners and Australian National University, Climate and Sustainability Economics Lead

Steve Hatfield-Dodds

Steve draws on his deep experience of climate economics and policy to help navigate decarbonisation and sustainability challenges and create new business opportunities. Steve joined EY Port Jackson Partners in late 2021. He is recognised internationally for his expertise in sustainability and climate policy, working across government, research and consulting. He has contributed to every major Australian climate policy development over the last 20 years – including the first modelling of Australia achieving net zero emissions (in 2007) and leading the economic modelling of the Australian Government’s net zero commitment in 2021. Steve is a member of the UN International Resource Panel, Professor of Public Policy at ANU, and former Executive Director of an agriculture and resources research bureau. He holds a PhD (Economics) from the ANU.

Jared Greenville - CEO Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics (ABARES)

Jared Greenville

Jared joined the ABARES in 2018 and is currently Executive Director, leading the Agricultural Forecasting and Trade Branch. Prior to joining the bureau, Jared worked for the OECD where he managed work related to agri-food trade policy, global value chains in agriculture and food security and risk (focusing on Southeast Asia) along with monitoring and evaluating agricultural policy developments in a number of OECD member and non-member countries.

Jared has previously worked for the Productivity Commission on diverse issues ranging from Australia’s involvement in bilateral and regional trade agreements, domestic drought support policy to issues related to infrastructure policy and the challenges posed by an ageing population. Jared has a PhD in agricultural and natural resource economics from the University of Sydney.

Gayle Sloan - CEO Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia

Gayle Sloan

Gayle started as CEO of the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia in November 2016. She is a passionate advocate for the sector, determined to have it recognized as the essential industry that it is nationally, ensuring that it is recognized as vital to not just the Australian environment, but also the ensuring the economic and social value of the material we manage is both recognised and realised.

Gayle has a Law/Arts Degree from the University of Adelaide. She developed her skills and knowledge about this essential industry, over the previous 15 years, whilst working as a Director at NSW councils and as a manager within Visy Recycling.

John Gertsakis - Director of the Product Stewardship Centre of Excellence and Professor at the Institute of Sustainable Futures

John Gertsakis

John is a communications and sustainability professional focused on responsible prosperity, good design, product stewardship and real-world circularity. He has recently been appointed as a Good Design Ambassador, and a member of Ministerial Advisory Group on the Circular Economy established by the Australian Government. For John creating sustainable futures and market advantage through impactful environmental measures and communications, is core activity. His professional experience covers industry policy and strategy, government relations, communications, product stewardship, regulatory compliance, consulting and stakeholder engagement.