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Thinking Ahead with SEI and KTH: Circular economy in practice: benefits for society and opportunities for business, November 17 2015

A steadily increasing world population makes natural resources scarce, pushing the cost of virgin material higher and higher. Instead of digging up new metals, making new plastic and weaving new fabric – we need to rethink our current “take-make-dispose” economy and close the loop on production of goods and materials.

Join speakers Anders Wijkman, SEI Stockholm Environment Institute och Romklubben, Sofia Ritzén, KTH och Kalle Sarimaa, VD Ekokem AB to discuss how policy makers can enable the transition and how companies are shifting to circular business models.

PArt five: circular economy

Time:  November 17, 9:00-10:30
(Coffee and sandwich served from 8:30)
Place: KTH, OpenLab, Valhallavägen 79 ( google maps )


Moderator: Anna Kramers

8:30 Drop-in breakfast, sandwich and coffee

9:00-9:05 Welcome

9:05-9:25 "Jobs and climate clear winners in a circular economy”
Anders Wijkman, Co-President of the Club of Rome and SEI Associate

9:25-9:40  "Designing circular industrial systems and the critical multiperspective approach"
Sofia Ritzén, Associate Professor, KTH

9:40-9:55 "Ekokem – a leading player in the Nordic region’s transition to a circular economy"
Kalle Sarimaa, CEO, Ekokem AB

9:55-10:30 Moderated open discussion


Thinking Ahead with SEI and KTH

KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) have strengthened their ties through a cooperation agreement for environment and development research. The extended partnership reinforces collaboration between the partners in strategic areas, such as international energy and water issues, climate research, policy analysis, and international governance. The partners also aim to share research insights with business leaders, policy-makers and scientists in Sweden and around the world.

As part of the renewed partnership, KTH and SEI are organizing an interactive seminar series which offers participants an area to discuss themes such as future scenarios and sustainable consumption, and the possibility to find future collaborations. "Circular Economy" is the fifth seminar in the series.


Programme will be updated shortly