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Preliminary Agenda

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E-Waste & WEEE Recycling

2 DAY CONFERENCE: Wednesday 26-27 June 2024

DAY 1

Opening Keynote Presentations

In a series of keynote presentations, our expert speakers will aim to uncover the challenges and opportunities of global e-waste management as highlighted by findings from the Global E-waste Monitor. This session will explore emerging consumer behaviour trends in electronics disposal and delve into environmental social governance requirements for recycling companies. Learn practical strategies to boost e-waste recycling efforts, bridging the gap from consumer to recycler with real-world examples.

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Transparency and Takeback Initiatives

This session on transparency and takeback Initiatives will begin by examining the challenges and solutions of WEEE Take Back in the B2C Market, including current regulations and future trends. Our speakers will demonstrate the importance of transparent waste management reporting and its role in facilitating traceable and comparable e-waste processing, delve into the evolving landscape of vape recycling addressing collection costs, safety concerns, the need for traceability to promote a sustainable approach, and examine insights into EPR and Takeback Schemes for E-Waste Management.

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DAY 2

Circularity of the Energy Transition

The session will explore the impact of the energy transition, assessing the demand for green technology and renewables, as well as the potential amount of e-waste generated. Subsequently, our speakers will highlight various aspects of photovoltaic waste management and recycling, examining regulatory perspectives, current practices, and the implications of eco-design policies.

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Tackling WEEE Plastics

This session will take a comprehensive approach to tackling WEEE plastics from product design to recycling phases. The discussion will explore integrating waste recovery into product development, addressing challenges like brominated flame retardants, and navigating recycling challenges. Speakers will analyse technological solutions and legislative frameworks aimed at addressing these issues.

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Technological Landscape

This session will delve deep into the impact of technological advancements on the e-waste recycling sector, paving the way for its future evolution. Discussions will analyse cutting-edge technologies like digitalization, AI, and advancements in analytical detection, while also exploring the role of robotics in enhancing recycling processes through it’s capabilities in capturing hazardous components.

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Circular Electronics

2 DAY CONFERENCE: Wednesday 26-27 June 2024

DAY 1

Opening Keynote Presentations

This session will introduce the overarching themes of the track focused on whole lifecycle thinking. From design to recycling and all the use, repair, and reuse in-between, this track will explore the interrelated decisions and activities throughout and will explore all the challenges to realize a circular economy for electronics including sustainable design, authenticity of parts, data privacy and sanitization, repair, reuse, and materials recovery.

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Use Phase

This session is centred on the utilisation phase of electronics with speakers offering insights into several key topics. These include sustainability certification for IT products, product durability, managing electronics returns, demonstrations of sustainable products from OEMs, and the role of product passports in the electronics lifecycle, as showcased by CIRPASS.

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DAY 2

Reuse Phase

A session that explores enabling a sustainable electronics lifecycle during the reuse phase. Expert speakers will tackle topics such as repair challenges and strategies, design principles for reparability, ensuring authenticity of parts, optimising repair channels, showcasing repair demos, navigating reuse markets, addressing ITAD challenges, and safeguarding data privacy throughout the reuse process. 

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Recycling Phase

This session will shed light on key topics including circular initiatives driving sustainability, ESG reporting standards for electronics and design strategies for enhancing recyclability. Our speakers will explore the journey towards realising a circular economy for electronics by connecting the world of waste recovery with the world of product development.

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Battery Recycling

2 DAY CONFERENCE: Wednesday 26-27 June 2024

DAY 1

Opening Keynote Presentations

This session will offer cross-industry perspectives on enabling a battery circular economy and highlight the challenges faced by European battery recycling in the gigafactory era. Additionally, we’ll explore the legislative impact on battery recycling, addressing challenges, impacts, and offering recommendations for navigating the regulatory environment.

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Market Outlooks

Our speakers will analyse critical metal trading for lithium-ion battery production and the feasibility of a globally competitive recycling industry. The discussion will delve into global trading dynamics, focusing on lithium, cobalt, nickel, and manganese, while forecasting the EU battery recycling market outlook, and then address key challenges and strategic implications for the global market.

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Industry Perspectives

This session will feature industry leaders sharing their perspectives and insights on current challenges within the battery recycling industry, along with strategies for effectively addressing them. Solutions include closed-loop recycling initiatives and advanced digital tools to optimise recycling operations, reduce the environmental footprint of electric mobility and support the transition towards a more circular and sustainable battery industry.

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Second Life

This discussion will examine the advantages and challenges associated with a second life phase in the lifecycle of batteries. The speakers will discuss whether the postponement of recycling is justified, and identifying optimal scenarios for second life applications.

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Research and Innovation

This session delves into accelerating innovation in the sector through the scaling up of technology, applying research breakthroughs, and fostering collaboration through R&D and strategic partnerships. Additionally, it explores the latest research, including circular battery design features, which examine an interdisciplinary approach across the complete process chain of direct recycling based on the principle of cradle-to-cradle.

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DAY 2

Technology and digitalisation

The session on technology and digitalisation explore the latest innovations in battery management and recycling practices. Our Speakers will examine topics such as Battery Passports, Advanced Robotics and AI for EV Battery Testing and Disassembly, and the transformative impact of digitalisation, AI, and automation on the battery recycling industry.

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Transportation and logistics

The session will cover two key aspects of battery logistics ensuring the safe transportation of batteries and optimising the reverse logistics. Topics include strategies for reliable battery assessment, safe packaging, cost-efficient transportation, and fast dismantling, as well as the role of collaborative efforts like the BatteReverse project in driving technological advancements and best practices.

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Rethinking Recycling Processes

This session will cover the evolution of battery recycling practices, emphasizing strategies and standards that advance sustainability and circularity. Speakers will examine various topics including enhancing industry practices, exploring recycling methods (pyrometallurgy, hydrometallurgy, direct recycling, pyro/hydro), and highlighting the importance of solvent extraction processes.

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Challenges Faced by the Battery Industry

This session will centre on the significant challenges within the battery circular economy and propose potential solutions. Topics will include current legislative hurdles for battery production, the legal and operational obstacles related to the transportation and collection of electric vehicle (EV) and portable batteries, and insights from the insurance industry on battery recycling.

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Metal & Critical Raw Material Recycling

2 DAY CONFERENCE: Wednesday 26-27 June 2024

DAY 1

Opening Keynote Presentations

In a series of keynote presentations, our expert speakers will highlight the growing significance of scrap sourcing strategies for metal players, emphasising how scrap contributes to decarbonizing metals production in sectors like steel, battery materials, and aluminium. Additionally, speakers will also discuss the development of resilient critical raw material strategies and explore legal developments related to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations in CRM sourcing.

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CRM Markets

This session will examine the outlook of primary and secondary markets for critical raw materials, encompassing rare earths and platinum group metals, and the factors influencing them. The session will conclude with a discussion on strategies for activating the circular economy of rare earth elements (REE) to address the growing demand.

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Automotive Metals Recycling

A session featuring effective strategies for recovering metals from end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) and activating the vehicular circular economy. Topics include the impact of End of Life Vehicle regulations on automotive metals recyclers, stakeholder collaboration along the ELV recycling value chain, maximising the quantity and quality of available automotive end-of-life material for reuse in automotive production, and innovative projects with OEMs to facilitate the reuse of automotive metals.

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DAY 2

Enhancing Circular Strategies

A session addressing the opportunities and challenges of recycling within the context of the circular economy, expressing the need for alternative circular economy strategies beyond recycling to reduce reliance on primary metal extraction. Our speakers will discuss framework conditions, requirements, and recommendations for enhancing recycling practices. Concluding the session, we will feature a discussion on creating the sustainable and robust supply chains needed for the energy transition.

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Research and Innovation

This session will delve into the latest research and innovations in critical raw material and precious metals recovery, including converting waste lead oxides into upcycled oxides with higher energy density. Other innovations highlighted will be the conversion of waste silver into nano-cubic particles for hydrogen synthesis catalysts, as well as sustainable processes for reprocessing fuel cells to generate high-quality material fractions.

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Processes and Technology

This session will showcase innovative processes and technologies designed to tackle industry-specific challenges. Key topics include the critical role of sorting processes, gas cleaning to ensure environmental compliance, innovative approaches to recover waste catalysts, and efficient methods for copper recovery.

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