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.

The Event begins in:


Sustainable Concrete Construction

Professor Marios Soutsos

Queen’s University, Belfast (QUB)

Realising Value From CDW

Eunan Kelly

Business Development Manager, CDE Global

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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 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.

What does a circular driven economy mean to you?

Circular Driven Economy is decisive for resource exploitation and preservation.


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.

What does a circular driven economy mean to you?

To me, the circular economy is a concept in which materials are produced to be constantly recycled or re-used. It requires rethinking of design, planning principles, engineering, retailing, re-using, recycling and consumer adoption of its principles to keep resources in use for as long as conceivable in order to extract maximum value and preserve natural resources.

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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 2018
8.00am – 5.00pm

08.00-09.30 Coffee & Registration
09.45 Opening address by organisers
10.00 Legislation
11.00 Break - Tea & Coffee
11.30 Barriers to Re-Use
12.30 Break - Lunch
14.00 Opportunities for Recovered Re-Usable Materials
15.30 The Urban Construction Challenges
17.00 Close & Drinks Reception
19.30 Networking Dinner @ Radisson Blu Edwardian

Day 2: Wednesday 19th September 2018
9.00am – 7.00pm

09.00 Coffee & Networking
09.30 Advanced Recycling Models
10.45 Tea & Coffee
11.00 Business Model Development
12.00 Lunch
13.30 Site Visit to Sheehans Group
19.00 Return to 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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