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Circular Initiative 2023

Agenda & Speakers

Circular Initiative 2023 showcased an impressive program, highlighted by speakers from over a dozen pioneering industry leaders, two panel discussions, and keynotes delivered by an "honest rebel" aiming to create disruptive change where needed.

Kristofer Sundsgård, President & CEO of Stena Recycling Group & Louise Eriksson, Principal Consultant at Stena Circular Consulting

Welcome

Kristofer Sundsgård, President & CEO of Stena Recycling Group & Louise Eriksson, Principal Consultant at Stena Circular Consulting
Anders Hvid, Speaker, Author & Co-founder of Dare Disrupt

Keynote: Scaling Up

Anders Hvid, Speaker, Author & Co-founder of Dare Disrupt
Madeleine Gilborne, Head of Clean Technologies & VP of Energy Division at Alfa Laval & Anna Celsing, Chief Sustainability Officer at Alfa Laval

Accelerating scaling-up through partnerships across the value chain

Madeleine Gilborne, Head of Clean Technologies & VP Energy Division at Alfa Laval & Anna Celsing, Chief Sustainability Officer at Alfa Laval
Åsa Granli, Head of Energy Efficiency at ABB

Scale up with energy efficiency and material recycling

Åsa Granli, Business Area Manager, Motion Sweden at ABB
Ulrika Molander, COO of GreenIron & Mats Olausson, Senior Advisor at Climate & Sustainable Finance at SEB

On the doorstep to scaling up – stumbling blocks and success factors

Ulrika Molander, COO of GreenIron & Mats Olausson, Senior Advisor at Climate & Sustainable Finance at SEB
Vanessa Butani, VP of Group Sustainability at Electrolux Group & Louise Eriksson, Principal Consultant at Stena Circular Consulting

Partnering to scale the sustainable materials market

Vanessa Butani, VP of Group Sustainability at Electrolux Group & Mats Linder, CEO of Stena Circular Consulting
Sara Davidsson, Sustainability & Compliance Director at Stena Recycling, Maria Wallin, Head of Circularity & Recycling at Återvinningsindustrierna, Anna Celsing, Alfa Laval, Ulrika Molander, GreenIron & Vanessa Butani, Electrolux Group

Panel: The policy landscape for a circular economy

Sara Davidsson, Sustainability & Compliance Director at Stena Recycling, Maria Wallin, Head of Circularity & Recycling at Återvinningsindustrierna, Anna Celsing, Alfa Laval & Ulrika Molander, GreenIron
Sara Mazur, Vice Executive Director of Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, and Chair of WISE & Magnus Berggren, Professor, and Director of WISE

WISE - A materials science initiative for sustainability from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation

Sara Mazur, Vice Executive Director of Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, and Chair of WISE & Magnus Berggren, Professor, and Director of WISE
Anders Hvid, Speaker, Author & Co-founder of Dare Disrupt

Keynote: Business by Nature

Anders Hvid, Speaker, Author & Co-founder of Dare Disrupt
Lisa Ekstrand, Vice President & Head of Sustainability at Vestas & Henrik Grand Pedersen, CEO of Stena Recycling Denmark

Scaling up circular solutions through collaboration

Lisa Ekstrand, Vice President & Head of Sustainability at Vestas & Henrik Grand Petersen, CEO of Stena Recycling Denmark
Christoffer Muhl Pollari, Business Developer, Reuse at Stena Stål & Malin Candell, Business Area Manager, Steel Buildings at EAB

Steel with a history: Built to last

Christoffer Muhl Pollari, Business Developer, Reuse at Stena Stål & Malin Candell, Business Area Manager, Steel Buildings at EAB
Felix Herr, Commercial Sustainability Manager at Outokumpu

From Circle Green to Inner Circle: Pioneering the future of sustainable stainless steel

Felix Herr, Commercial Sustainability Manager at Outokumpu
Linda Alvengren, Sustainability Business Partner for Circular & Climate Positive at IKEA Sweden

Driving solutions and promoting circular processes through collaborations: To strive for zero waste and be circular in our operations

Linda Alvengren, Sustainability Business Partner for Circular & Climate Positive at IKEA Sweden
Viveka Hirdman-Ryrberg, Investor AB, Louise Eriksson, Stena Circular Consulting, Lisa Ekstrand, Vestas, Felix Herr, Outokumpu & Linda Alvengren, IKEA Sweden

Panel: Coming full circle – What’s next in the pursuit of circularity?

Viveka Hirdman-Ryrberg, Board professional and former Head of Corporate Communication & Sustainability at Investor AB, Louise Eriksson, Stena Circular Consulting, Lisa Ekstrand, Vestas, Felix Herr, Outokumpu & Linda Alvengren, IKEA Sweden

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Voices

Explore the narratives of participants contributing to the success of Circular Initiative 2023

Vanessa Butani

VP of Group Sustainability at Electrolux Group

Lisa Ekstrand

Vice President & Head of Sustainability at Vestas

Åsa Granli

Business Area Manager, Motion Sweden at ABB

Linda Alvengren

Sustainability Business Partner for Circular & Climate Positive at IKEA Sweden

Madeleine Gilborne

Head of Clean Technologies & VP Energy Division at Alfa Laval

Felix Herr

Commercial Sustainability Manager at Outokumpu

Ulrika Molander

COO of GreenIron

Anna Celsing

Chief Sustainability Officer at Alfa Laval

Mats Olausson

Senior Advisor at Climate & Sustainable Finance at SEB

Kristofer Sundgård

President & CEO of Stena Recycling Group

Louise Eriksson

Principal Consultant at Stena Circular Consulting

Mats Linder

CEO of Stena Circular Consulting

Sara Davidsson

Sustainability & Compliance Director at Stena Recycling

Woman on an escalator on the cover of Circular Voice 2023

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To achieve a sustainable future, 'Scaling up – for a new tomorrow' urges businesses to transition to a circular economy by maximizing existing resources, extending product lifecycles, and boosting recycling rates through the adoption of recycled and recyclable materials.

About Circular Initiative

The world as we know it has changed. The times are challenging, but also full of opportunities. Collaboration, innovation and technical development are more important than ever, not to mention concrete plans and bold goals.

Circular Initiative started with the realization that we now use more resources than the Earth can provide, and the desire to turn that around. We know, for a fact, that circular and sustainable material flows have a substantial impact on the climate. A quarter of our global annual emissions are directly connected to the production of materials.

We want to be part of the solution and improve the way we care for the Earth’s resources. To achieve that, we need to close the loop and keep products and materials within the system for as long as possible. The manufacturing industry can do more to prevent waste from being generated and make better use of the residual material that does arise at various production stages. With technological development and new, wider collaborations, resources can be preserved and more circular flows created.

Circular Initiative is an extraordinary event showcasing the power of circularity for business profitability. The main aims are to initiate collaboration, highlight common goals, and support cross-company actions that will turn circularity into profitable business, as well as guide future sustainable and prosperous endeavors.

The initiative is run by Stena Recycling, with collaborative partners from various industries, such as investment corporation Investor AB. We are very proud of all our collaborations and always happy to welcome new partners. Do you want to join and help us grow the circle? Contact Stena Recycling’s initiators and curators of this one-of-a-kind forum: Lovisa Andersson, Head of Global Brand and Marketing, or Fredrik Heijne, Senior Advisor.

Collaboration for change

Kristofer Sundsgård, CEO of Stena Recycling Group

Stena Recycling Group

“No one can solve these challenges on their own. The whole idea with Circular Initiative is to raise awareness about the topic and share information and knowledge.”

Kristofer Sundsgård, CEO of Stena Recycling Group

Jacob Wallenberg, Chairman of Investor AB

Investor AB

“We have reached a point where society demands that the industry takes responsibility. If you don’t engage in sustainability issues, you will lose both customers and staff – you will not survive as a company. But if you properly address these issues, you will not only support global environmental goals – you will probably also do better business.”

Jacob Wallenberg, Chairman of Investor AB

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