VIC | Session 5: Recycling and repurposing in an energy constrained world

    Business Forum 2017, VIC  | 

    Session 5: Recycling and repurposing in an energy constrained word

    Opportunities and perspectives for recycling and energy recovery from products will be discussed by four organisations with different relationships with recycling.  Sustainability has always been a core part of Nespresso’s business, and recycling plays a central role in the company’s broader sustainability commitment; Visy bases its business on manufacturing packaging from recycled materials; Veolia finds opportunities for recycling and energy recovery within its business units to deliver customer solutions; and Australian 3D Manufacturing Association promotes additive manufacturing technologies that reduce waste and can utilise recycled materials as feedstock.

    The panel will discuss the role recycling plays in their businesses and how it generates value; the significance of energy and supply chains in recycling; the competitiveness of recycling and how their Australian experiences compare with international trends.  


    Prof. Stephen Gray, Director-Institute for Sustainability and Innovation (ISI)
    Professor Gray has had a focus on water and membrane research for over 25 years, and was part of the CSIRO teams that developed MIEX™ resin for organic removal from water.

    He is Director of Victoria University’s Institute for Sustainability and Innovation that incorporates water, packaging, food and energy research programs. 

    In 2013 he was recognised as “Thought Leader” in Lux Research's international review of water research, is on the editorial board of several internal academic journals, is a board member of Water Research Australia, and Vice President of the Aseanean Membrane Society.


    Loic Rethore, Market Director -Nespresso Oceania

    Loïc Réthoré was appointed Market Director of Nespresso Oceania in August 2014. In his role, he is leading the growth of the Nespresso brand across Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands and is responsible for a team of over 700 employees.

    Passionate about delighting and surprising consumers and delivering high product and service quality to them, Loïc is focused in customer-centricity and innovation to continuously enhance the unique Nespresso brand experience and keep it exceptional for consumers. As the Nespresso business model enables a direct-to-consumer route to market, Loïc is also committed to ensuring a seamless customer journey across the brand’s touchpoints and to nurturing the brand’s personalised relationships with its customers.

    Loïc firmly believes that businesses have a responsibility to consumers, society at large and the environment. His leaderships is based on building a company that creates value not only for itself, but also for its consumers, the partners it works with, the communities it operates in and its employees. He is particularly proud that sustainability is embedded in the Nespresso’s business model, from the sustainable sourcing of its coffees and the long-term relationships it builds with farmers to the recycling of its used aluminium capsules.

    Bill Hurditch, Sustainability Consultant to the Board –Visy

    Jean-Michel Seillier, General Manager –Veolia

    Jean-Michel holds a Masters in Chemical Engineering and has worked for Veolia’s water division for 34 years. In that time he has lived and worked in four different countries. His experience includes Operational Manager roles for various regions in France, General Manager of Veolia’s first business unit in Malaysia and Contract Manager for the largest outsourcing PPP in the US . He is currently General Manager Water for Victoria and Tasmania with operations and business development responsibilities.

    Michael de Souza, CEO - Australian 3D Manufacturing Association

    A self-confessed business disruptor, innovator, start up and change manager, Mike has held senior management roles with several well known companies such as Virgin and United Customer Management Solutions. Living overseas he was CEO of a French private equity group that, from start up, successfully disrupted the hospitality, tourism, retail and logistics sectors in Europe.

    He has been CEO of the Australian 3D Manufacturing Association since its inception, and advises Government and business with regard to the impacts of this latest technological and industrial revolution. Mike is an IRC member and has sat on and advised many panels including the PMs Australian Competitiveness Agenda.  He is also a member of the Apprenticeships Reform Advisory Group initially convened by the now minister for education, the Honourable Simon Birmingham.

    Today, much of Mike’s time is spent addressing conferences and forums both on a domestic and international level. An accomplished keynote speaker, his last invitation was to address the Australia – India skills conference in New Delhi at the request of the Minister for Education.

    Mike has gained a significant insight into the design and construction industry both through consultancy and directorships of entities in Australia and overseas.

    Passionate about innovation, Mike and the A3DMA are looking at ways of integrating future technologies into the fabric of industry, education and life as we will begin to understand it.

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