Circular Driven Economy

Increased diversion from landfill by exploring higher value opportunities for recovered CDW Materials

Sept 18-19, 2018
Radisson Blu Edwardian, London

Circular Driven Economy

The Circular economy offers an opportunity for businesses to consider alternative solutions to making our environment more sustainable and competitive. The benefits can be discovered not only by organisations themselves, but for industries embracing positive change and for citizens alike.

The EU Commission is delivering ambitious measures to cut resource use, reduce waste and boost recycling and moving towards a Circular Economy model. In this inaugural Circular Driven Economy symposium, we welcome a panel of industry experts who will discuss a wide range of topics on the opportunities that exist in recycling and re-using construction and demolition waste materials.

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Vincent Basuyau joined the European Commission at DG GROW Unit C.1 Sustainable Industrial Policy and Construction as Policy Officer in 2014 after 30 years in the construction material sector worldwide. Within the European Commission, he contributes to the development of policy and legislation with regard to the sustainability of the EU-construction sector with a specific focus on Circular Economy. He is also in charge of policy with regard to the international competitiveness of the EU-Construction Sector.

Following his MSc Mining Engineering (École des Mines de Douai – France), he spent 2 years in Ethiopia as a Technical Cooperation Expert. Then, he developed natural and secondary aggregates businesses in Africa, Europe and the Middle-East. He has patented 4 processes for mineral waste and secondary raw materials in construction. From 1996 until 2008, he chaired the Recycling Committee at the European Aggregates Producers' Association (UEPG). He also holds a DEA (MPhil) in African Studies from Paris University Panthéon–Sorbonne and Management and Business Training Certificates from INSEAD and ESCP-Europe.


Dr. Christian J. Engelsen holds a Senior Scientist position at SINTEF. His research field of interest is processing and treatment of various waste types, integration of mineral waste into cementitious systems, technical and environmental performance. He is a specialist in metal binding mechanisms to cementitious systems and materials effect on drinking water.

The Norwegian delegate to the European Organization for Standardization (CEN) since 2001. Engelsen has 20 years of experience with treatment and recycling of construction and demolition waste and he is currently coordinating national and international projects in this technical field.

Engelsen has published more than 90 scientific papers in journals, book chapters, conference proceedings and technical reports. He has managed or has been key scientific personnel in more than 150 contract research projects.


Tara Sheehan is Director of Finance for the Sheehan companies. She is a Chartered Management Accountant and graduated from the Economics course at Bristol University in 2007.

After graduation she worked in finance roles across the family businesses, focusing the companies in the group towards a sustainable future in construction.  This has involved finding a convergence between profitability and sustainability and integrating environmental and social considerations into our decision-making processes.

She has recently published her debut children’s book, Captain Envirotron & The Battle to Save Planet Earth.


Prior to his appointment in QUB, Prof. Marios Soutsos was a lecturer/reader in structures and concrete technology at the Centre of Engineering Sustainability, School of Engineering at The University of Liverpool from 1995 to 2011. He has had industrial experience in Cyprus, Libya, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain prior returning to the Academia. The principal research interest of Prof. Marios Soutsos is in construction materials, and current interests include: high strength concrete, cement replacement materials, chemical admixtures, concrete rheology, the use of recycled demolition aggregate in concrete products, repair materials, heat of hydration effects in concrete structures, as well as alkali-activated binder.

He has been Principal Investigator for two EPSRC and two EU research grants, Co-Investigator for three EPSRC/EU research grants and Co-Investigator for the DoE funded Cardington concrete frame project, with total research income exceeding six million pounds. He has authored over 100 technical publications and is the editor for the book entitled Concrete Durability: A Practical Guide to the Design of Durable Concrete Structures, as well as contributed to three other books.


Eunan Kelly is Area Business Development Manager (Northern Europe) for CDE Global, wet processing equipment specialists operating across 8 regions and 5 sectors.

Eunan brings a wealth of knowledge, with an industry career spanning over 10 years, working over a broad portfolio of projects in materials washing and construction & demolition waste recycling across the UK & Ireland and Northern Europe. Eunan has particular expertise in novel applications for recycled products and advising clients in creating commercially viable products from waste materials. 


Egil Velde and his brothers are pioneers of the circular economy in Norway and in a wider European context. Egil leads the family business based in Stavanger in western Norway as they continually explore the opportunities for recovered materials from CDW. The family operated C&D waste recycling plant in Stavanger, Norway is the largest of its kind in the world, and it has been operational since 2015.

Talking about the circular economy and recycling construction and demolition waste material, Egil explains: “With innovation, curiosity, and investment in modern technology, Velde will stand for the most sustainable and environmentally friendly production of raw materials.

Recycling is central to our value chain and all the products we offer can also be recycled. Thus we get the valuable potential of products that otherwise have to be handled as waste. As a bonus, large amounts of transport and energy are saved as we have co-located recycling and production.

Lift your eyes, look forward and help future generations also have access to raw materials when their cities are to be built. When we recover - everyone wins!”


Marjorie recently graduated as a Civil Engineering Doctor (2017) after three years of working on environmental precast concretes and low carbon concrete. The goal was to obtain concretes from recycled materials with similar characteristics (mechanical, durability) to concrete from natural material, while greatly reducing the environmental footprint.

Today, she works at Cerib (Precast Concrete Industry Study & Research Centre) on topics related to the circular economy for the concrete industry. The valorization of industrial co-products, construction, and demolition waste materials, excavated soil, quarry or mine materials or marine sediments are more and more encountered in this research.

Marjorie's skills make it possible to accompany various companies throughout the entire value chain of the industry to investigate new ways of recycling C&D waste in France and throughout the world.


Mark has worked in the building materials industry for over 30 years. He has held various Commercial and Operational roles in the UK, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, Switzerland, and France. In his current role, Mark has overseen the successful expansion of LafargeHolcim’s Recycling Operations.

Worldwide, over the past five years, the business has more than doubled in size. He is passionate about sustainability and has successfully promoted the use of recycled aggregates in Europe, North & South America, Australia, and the Middle East. 

Born in 1963, Mark is British and a graduate in Business Studies.

Sven Henrik Norman has been in the crushing, screening and concrete industry for 24 years following his graduation with an engineer's degree in 1992. Sven Henrik made the gradual move from sales and product management positions in rock processing equipment supplier companies like Metso Minerals and Sandvik into aggregate, asphalt and concrete production and recycling. Within Basalt AG from Germany, the Velde group and Ølen betong in Norway, Sven Henrik has broadened his view of the industry and deepened his knowledge in aggregate production, concrete mix design, and recycling solutions.

Sven Henrik worked on the implementation of the manufactured sand at Velde Pukk in Norway and more recently as a consultant developing manufactured sand for concrete made out of local crushed aggregate in major road and railway tunnelling projects in Bergen, Norway.

In his current position as Business Development Manager in Environmental Solutions at Mapei, Sven Henrik is part of a team that market and develop solutions aimed at increasing the recycling of returned concrete and reducing waste at Mapei’s own dry mortar plant in Sagstua, Norway. Mapei is a worldwide company producing building materials across 75 global plants, producing more than 5,000 products including adhesives, sealants, and chemicals, which are shipped every day for a total amount of 25,000 tons.

During his talk, Sven Henrik will focus on a product called Re-con Zero, discussing how it works, the economic and environmental saving it can contribute to and some new ideas that Mapei is currently developing for mixing in sludge or waste crushed concrete fines to develop recycled aggregates for concrete or CO2 absorbing materials.

Through, Kiran Periera works to create awareness about the urgent need to manage our consumption of sand as a resource, aiming to bridge the gap between science, policy, and industry by identifying and promoting potential solutions to the looming sand crisis. 

The impact of sand mining formed the topic for discussion in Kiran's dissertation at King's College, London, where she completed a Masters in Environment and Development in 2011. This sparked a real interest in the mining of sand, and since finishing her Master's, Kiran has continued her research into the various aspects of sand mining and the consumption of sand, resulting in 

During her talk, Kiran will look at some of the challenges that lie ahead in terms of the availability of natural sand resources, and what we need to consider to ensure future generations aren't faced with a scarcity of sand resources.

Dr. Mark Whittaker is a Research Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast currently working on the RE4 project for sustainable construction.

Prior to this, Mark has worked as a Research Associate at Longfield Energy Consultants and as a Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen.

With a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Leeds, Mark has published several pieces on developments in concrete production.

During his talk, Mark will be showcasing the research that is currently being done in the EU funded RE4 Project.

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Register For Tickets

Early bird tickets for the symposium are available until 31st July. With a limited number available, register for your ticket below.

Day 1: Tuesday 18th September
8.00am – 4.30pm

08.00 Coffee & Registration
09.15 Welcome & Opening Address
09.30 Keynote Address
10.45 Topic 1: Barriers to Re-Use 
11.40 Break - Tea & Coffee
12.00 Topic 2: Opportunities
13.30 Break - Lunch 
14.30 Topic 3: The Urban Construction Challenges
15.30 Topic 4: Advanced Recycling Models
16.30 Closing Address
19.00 Drinks Reception and Dinner


Day 2: Wednesday 19th September
8.30am – 4.30pm

08.30 Coffee & Networking
09.00 Topic 5: The CDW Circular Economy Business Model
10.30 Depart for Sheehan's
11.30 Site Visit to Sheehan's C&D Waste Recycling Plant
16.00 Depart for Hotel
17.00 Arrive at Hotel



Radisson Blu Edwardian, Heathrow

The Radisson Blu Edwardian is the perfect location for this symposium which will be looking at the future of a circular economy. Ideally located 10 minutes from Heathrow Airport, access to the hotel is easy with public transport of the Hotel Hoppa bus on hand to take you to the door.

Central London can also be reached in 30 minutes, making the Radisson Blu a great base should you wish to explore more of London while visiting the Symposium.

With modern conference facilities, and a great selection of room and dining options, you can look forward to an enjoyable experience when attending the Circular Driven Economy Symposium at the Radisson Blu Edwardian on 18th and 19th September.

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What To Expect From The Site Visit

On Day 2 of the Symposium, attendees will get the opportunity to see the Circular Economy in action with a site visit to Oxford, where you will see how The Sheehan Group use the latest wet processing technology to re-use waste material from construction and demolition. The company has transformed its business model and now creates a range of certified sand and aggregates materials which are used in concrete products for the construction industry. In 2017 the company celebrated a milestone of diverting over 500,000 tonnes of waste from UK landfill sites thanks to the introduction of their C&D waste recycling plant.

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