Sept 18-19, 2018
Radisson Blu Edwardian, London
Vincent 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). Vincent 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. Dr. Christian has been the Norwegian delegate to the European Organisation for Standardisation (CEN) since 2001. He has 20 years of experience with treatment and recycling of construction and demolition waste and is currently coordinating national and international projects in this technical field. Dr. Christian has published more than 90 scientific papers in journals, book chapters, conference proceedings and technical reports. He has managed or has been a key scientific personnel in more than 150 contract research projects.
What does a Circular Driven Economy mean to you?
A 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 an Economics Graduate from Bristol University in 2007. After graduation Tara 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 the 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.
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.
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!”
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.