THURSDAY, 9 MAY 2024 | AERIAL AT UTS, SYDNEY

PRODUCER RESPONSIBILITY AND PRODUCT SUSTAINABILITY ACROSS THE LIFECYCLE

Don’t miss the Australian Product Stewardship Forum 2024

Your gateway to learning, sharing knowledge, inspiring action, networking, and positive impact in responsible product lifecycle management with industry leaders, policymakers, and experts.

About the Event

The Product Stewardship Centre of Excellence is pleased to be hosting the Australian Product Stewardship Forum.

This not-to-be-missed one-day event includes international keynote speakers and interactive discussion panels that will inspire and challenge businesses and governments on what they can do to ensure that products placed on the Australian market are more sustainable and less harmful to the environment and society across their entire lifecycle.

The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, Minister for the Environment and Water will deliver the key note address on the importance of product stewardship and its contribution to achieving a circular economy.

The speakers and panellists will discuss how innovative business practices, government policies including procurement, regulation, standards, reporting, financial incentives, along with communications and education can enable circular product design. Discussions will also consider the role of sustainable and renewable resource use, avoidance of hazardous substances, product durability, reuse, repairability, recyclability, end of life management of products, and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regulations.

Who should attend?

The Forum will be inclusive and relevant to diverse stakeholders, including brands, manufacturers, importers, retailers, start-ups, government policy makers, existing and emerging scheme managers, investors, repairers, recyclers, communicators, educators, and logistics suppliers.

The forum is relevant to any organisation that places products on the Australian market, or is involved in managing and servicing products, including local government, charities, reuse, repair and recycling businesses.

Why Attend?

The Forum will provide perspectives on producer responsibilities across the lifecycle; what this means for you as a brand, an importer or retailer, and how you can proactively own the impacts and opportunities associated with an authentic product stewardship approach.

The event will also facilitate networking opportunities to help you identify and forge valuable connections with like-minded professionals, businesses, and policy makers, creating a dynamic and driven community committed to environmentally and socially responsible product lifecycle management through the principles of product stewardship.

Event Highlights

Comprehensive insights and experiences
Experience a full day of impressive speakers, interactive panel discussions, and knowledge-sharing where participants will contribute to a collective pool of expertise exploring new ideas and tested approaches that have and can achieve measurable positive impact through authentic product stewardship.

Spotlight on best practice
The Forum will highlight best practices and challenge your thinking on what is possible, empowering participants with actionable strategies and ideas to enhance the responsible lifecycle management of products through product stewardship principles, including the relevance of effective EPR regulations.

Global perspectives
Hear and learn from local and international experts who will share their experience on specific challenges, solutions, and opportunities across the product supply chain, to advance more effective product stewardship in Australia across diverse industries and product categories.

Core principles of product stewardship
The Forum’s overarching objective is to amplify and accelerate the uptake of effective product stewardship action and understanding of the environmental, social, and economic benefits of outcome-focused product stewardship schemes and initiatives.

Get Your Tickets Now

Join us for a unique opportunity to engage with and be inspired by industry leaders, policymakers, experts, and stakeholders on producer responsibility and product sustainability across the lifecycle.

Register your spot at the Australian Product Stewardship Forum 2024 now. Tickets can be purchased from Eventbrite. Click on the link below.

Don’t miss the chance to attend this inaugural event. The Australian Product Stewardship Forum 2024 is your gateway to learning, sharing knowledge, inspiring action, networking, and positive impact in responsible product lifecycle management with industry leaders, policymakers, and experts.

See you in Sydney on May 9!

Sponsorship Opportunities

We have several sponsorship packages available. For further information download our Sponsorship Prospectus. 

If you would like to discuss sponsoring the Forum or have any questions, please contact Spyro Kalos on 0404 015 533 or email at spyro.kalos@stewardshipexcellence.com.au.

Accommodation

The Forum has partnered with the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel to offer a special rate for those attending the event.  The hotel is a short walk from the event.  Book directly with the hotel by clicking here.

Program

As speakers, panellists and sponsors are confirmed, the program will be updated. Check back regularly for updates.

8:00AM – 9:00AM
Registration and Networking Breakfast
Start your day by connecting with fellow participants including speakers over breakfast.

9:00AM – 10:30AM
Opening of Forum and Keynote Presentations

Welcome and opening of the Forum followed by keynote presentations.

Hear from The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, Minister for the Environment and Water in conversation with John Gertsakis, Director of the Product Stewardship Centre of Excellence.  More than a QandA, this open-ended dialogue will discuss the challenging issues, opportunities, and reforms underway to help deliver real world circularity and producer responsibility across the product lifecycle.

Aurel Ciobanu-Dordea, Director for Circular Economy in the European Commission (online) will report on landmark policies, directives, and regulations being applied by members of the European Union.

Three separate panel discussions will be facilitated by Claire Kneller, Managing Director of WRAP Asia Pacific. Time has been allocated to allow and encourage questions from Forum delegates.

10:30AM – 12:00PM
Panel Discussion Session
DESIGN & PRODUCTION | MATERIALS, DESIGN, MANUFACTURING
Hear from panelists on specific policies, programs, and business actions that drive responsible supply chain practices, including circular product and service design, more sustainable material choices, efficient resource use, emissions reduction, avoidance of unsafe chemicals, and reuse of recovered materials.  Speakers include:

Matjaž Malgaj | Head of Unit & Coordinator of the Sustainable Products Initiative, European Commission (online)

Steve Baty | Chief Executive Officer, Australian Design Council

Audrey Chinn | Senior Adviser, Telstra Corporation

Sebastien Ng | National Sales Manager Solar Energy, Fronius Australia

Katherine Featherstone | Senior Manager – Products & Materials, Green Building Council of Australia

12:00PM – 1:00PM
Networking Lunch
Enjoy a networking lunch to foster connections and discuss key takeaways from the first half of the day.

1:00PM – 2.30PM
Panel Discussion Session
CONSUMPTION | USE, REUSE, REPAIR, RETAIL
Hear from panelists on specific policies, regulations, programs, and business actions that can extend the life of products, foster repair and reuse, educate consumers, and incentivise more sustainable behaviours. Innovative business models focused on waste prevention will also be explored and discussed. Speakers include:

Jennifer Macklin | Senior Research Officer, BehaviourWorks Australia

Ainsley Simpson | Chief Executive Officer, Seamless | Australia’s Clothing Stewardship Scheme

Professor Leanne Wiseman | Griffith Law School & Convenor of the Australian Repair Network

David Woollcott | Chief Executive Officer, King Living Furniture

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission representative (TBC)

3:00PM – 4:30PM
Panel Discussion Session
POST CONSUMPTION | END OF LIFE
Hear from panelists on specific policies, regulations, programs, and business actions covering product take-back of used products, collection and logistics, material recovery and recycling, as well as establishing new markets for recovered products, parts, and materials. Speakers include:

Pablo Dias | Cofounder and CTO, Solarcycle Inc. (online)

Libby Chaplin | Chief Executive Officer, Battery Stewardship Council

Vaughan Levitzke PSM | Chair, Circular 360 & Member of the Circular Economy Ministerial Advisory Group

Danielle Smalley | Chief Executive Officer, Exchange for Change

Tony Chappel | CEO, NSW EPA

4:30PM – 5:00PM
Closing Keynote Address and Remarks
Pete Shmigel from Uplift Consulting and a general hand at Revolve ReCYCLING will wrap up the Forum with a solution-oriented address including reflections on the day’s activities.

Louise McGrath, the Head of Industry Development and Policy at the Australian Industry Group will also share some closing remarks.

5:00PM – 7:00 PM
Networking Drinks
Close your day with a relaxed networking event to further engage with fellow participants, fostering new relationships and reflecting on the day’s sessions. MC for the evening will be Professor Damien Giurco from the Institute for Sustainable Futures at UTS.

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