Circular Economy: Lessons for Australia and the built environment

With finite resources both an environmental and economic challenge, moving to a circular economy to maximise and regenerate our resources is both a great, and essential, opportunity for Australia and our built environment. But how do we do it?

The Netherlands is a global circular economy leader, committing to a 2050 target for a waste-free economy and 2030 target to halve raw material consumption. Chair of the Holland Circular Hotspot, Dr Jaqueline Cramer will headline this event to showcase The Netherlands’ experience in developing circularity at scale and the learning that can be applied to Australia and our built environment.

She will be joined by Lisa McLean, CEO of Circular Australia, who has been working in the private and public sectors to drive circular economy outcomes and regulatory change, to discuss the state of circularity in Australia and unveil relevant initiatives within the building industry.

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8:30 am -12:00 noon
Thursday 28 July 2022
Built Head Office
185 Clarence Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Join us as we examine how to take practical steps towards a Circular Economy using realworld examples and have your questions answered by leading experts.

  • Discover how to apply circularity at scale
  • Learn how to measure circularity and track progress
  • Hear how government and industry can collaborate to achieve win-win outcomes
  • Study practical real-world case studies across the supply chain with tangible results
  • Access practical tools & approaches to help achieve circularity in the built environment

This event is for anyone in the property value chain looking to upskill on what practical Circular Economy solutions look like, including from:

  • Government
  • Property owners & developers
  • Contractors and subcontractors
  • Consultants
  • Architects
  • Suppliers and manufacturers
  • University students studying sustainability, property and construction management

This free event is brought to you by Built and is supported by the Green Building Council of Australia. It qualifies for 2 Sustainable Development CPD points.

Key Speakers

Dr Jacqueline Cramer, Professor of Sustainable Innovation at Utrecht University and Chair of the Holland Circular Hotspot

Prof. Dr. Jacqueline Cramer is member of the Amsterdam Economic Board, in charge of the Circular Economy and Professor of Sustainable Innovation at Utrecht University. She was also previously Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment for the Labour Party (2007 –2010). Dr Cramer’s background is primarily related to industry, working as a consultant for many years with more than 200 companies on the implementation of sustainable entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility and the Circular Economy. She has also worked as part-time professor since 1990 and is a member of more than 120 international and national advisory boards of the government, industry and non-profit organisations.

Presently, she is Chair of the Supervisory Board of Holland Circular Hotspot, Mayor of Circle City, Chair of the Concrete Agreement and the Building Agreement Steel and Patroness of the Plastic Soup Foundation. In recent years she has been asked by various governments and local boards to assist in implementing Circular Economy including Canada, Hungary, Romania, UK and the OECD and has been invited to speak at many conferences in the Netherlands and abroad on Circular Economy.

Lisa McLean, CEO of Circular Australia

Lisa is a Circular Economy and zero-carbon business transformation leader. She has been successfully advising industry and governments in developing new policy frameworks and regulations that bring about market change to enable the circular zero-carbon economy over the past 20 years. This work has covered the supply chains, infrastructure, energy, water, waste and mobility sectors in the UK and Australia.

Lisa is the CEO of Circular Australia, a national independent NFP leading the transition to a zero carbon circular economy in Australia. Lisa has worked to catalyse new circular economy, zero carbon, sustainable markets including initiating and setting up Open Cities Alliance, a peak association for next-gen infrastructure and the circular economy, the Australian Solar Thermal Association (AUSTELA), advising electric mobility providers, and working in the private sector driving circular economy outcomes in water and energy and advocating for policy and regulatory change.

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8:30 am -12:00 noon
Thursday 28 July 2022
Built Head Office
185 Clarence Street, Sydney NSW 2000


8:30 am
Networking opportunity for face-to-face participants


9:00 am
Welcome and opening remarks
Live Stream starts

Brett Mason, CEO and Managing Director of Built
Davina Rooney, CEO of Green Building Council of Australia


9:15 am
The state of circularity in Australia

This session will outline how and why the world and the built environment need to shift from linear to circular and provide an overview of the state of circularity in Australia and what is being done to drive change.

  • Definitions and measurement
  • Key drivers for change
  • Key principles in built environment
  • State of circularity in Australia

Lisa McLean, CEO of Circular Australia


9:35 am
Q&A Session


9:45 am
Industry collaboration in moving to circularity

This session will outline why industry collaboration is vital to transition to a circular economy and provide some practical insight in how this can be achieved.

Dai Forterre, Senior Policy Officer for Economic Affairs with the Netherlands Embassy in Canberra

Dr Usha Iyer-Raniga, Professor, Sustainable built environment, RMIT University

10:00 am


10:15 am
Lessons from the Netherlands

This session will focus on how a country can successfully transition to a circular economy, highlighting lessons learned, using real-world examples.

  • How to make circularity feasible at scale
  • Implications for the built environment
  • Changes required in the supply chain to make circularity feasible
  • Network governance and transition brokers to facilitate industry change
  • Case studies of projects built according to circularity principles
  • Practical tools/tips that can be used to transition successfully

Jacqueline Cramer, Professor of Sustainable Innovation at Utrecht University and Chair of the Holland Circular Hotspot


11:15 am
Q & A session


12:00 noon
Closing remarks

Joe Karten, Head of Sustainability and Social Impact at Built