Waste Innovation for a Circular Economy - A summary report for the CSIRO Cutting Edge Science and Engineering Symposium

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Boxall, Naomi ORCID ID icon; King, Sarah ORCID ID icon; Kaksonen, Anna ORCID ID icon; Bruckard, Warren; Roberts, Daniel ORCID ID icon




The Circular Economy is a regenerative system in which primary material inputs and wastes, emissions and energy leakage are minimised by slowing, closing and narrowing material and energy loops. Sustainable materials management, achieved at all stages of a value chain, increases value adding to materials and resources. In addition to environmental benefits, the Circular Economy represents a significant business opportunity for Australia. The Circular Economy will be worth $4.5 trillion worldwide and it is estimated that a 5% improvement in material efficiency could represent a $24 billion increase to Australia’s economy. To support the drive towards a Circular Economy in Australia, CSIRO convened a Cutting Edge Science and Engineering Symposium titled “Waste Innovation for a Circular Economy” in Melbourne Victoria on May 27-29, to discuss the opportunities, barriers and strategy for transitioning Australia to a Circular Economy. There were 90 delegates, including international and Australian researchers, State, Local and Regional government, agencies and regulatory bodies, industry, community members and educators. This report provides a summary of the symposium, including a full list of delegates, summary of technical presentations and outcomes of workshopping. The report also provides recommendations for actions that are required to support the development of a Circular Economy in Australia, noting that Australia is in a strong economic and political position to embrace the Circular Economy opportunity. Australia’s innovation system and the innovation capacity of Australian businesses will enable the delivery of a Circular Economy for Australia.



Circular Economy; Cutting Edge Symposium

Innovation and Technology Management

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Boxall, Naomi; King, Sarah; Kaksonen, Anna; Bruckard, Warren; Roberts, Daniel. Waste Innovation for a Circular Economy - A summary report for the CSIRO Cutting Edge Science and Engineering Symposium. Australia: CSIRO; 2019. https://doi.org/10.25919/5d72acc85c7f2

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