Sustainability and Circular Economy Theatre

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Transformation of the metals industries from the current largely linear economy to a circular economy will play a critical role in delivering the government’s industrial strategy for clean growth, doubling of resource productivity and reaching net zero carbon emissions in 2050. At the same time, steel production is estimated to account for 8% of the world’s carbon emissions. Recognised as a key “hard to abate” industry, the world is looking to the global metals value chain for rapid and innovative leadership in the transformation to a decarbonised industry.  The theatre will define Net Zero challenges, discuss the decisions that need to be made across the sector, examine available solutions that currently exist, and the policy and finance support required to make them possible.

Speakers include:

Carlos Ruiz Alonso, Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) at Acerinox
Chief Sustainability Officer
Acerinox
Jason Pitt, CEO at Made in the Midlands
CEO
Made in the Midlands
Rachel Wiffen, Senior Engineer, Quality Systems Manager at Innovate technology
Senior Engineer, Quality Systems Manager
Innoval Technology
Alex Lapis, Managing Director at Aeramine Ltd and Milcraft Ltd
Managing Director
Aeramine Ltd

All our sessions are free to attend and open for you to drop in as you please.

Wednesday 13th September 2023

11:00 -  11:25

Circular Economy at Stellantis – The Practical Aspects

Circular Economy can mean a whole host of things , and many of them will have impacts on how businesses operate and make a return. Exploring the Practical Implementation of Circular Economy at Stellantis This practical session will delve into: What is Circular Economy ? What are the implications for manufacturers, suppliers and customers ? What are the opportunities for […]

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Alison Jones, Senior Vice President, Global Circular Economy, StellantisAlison Jones Senior Vice President, Global Circular Economy
Stellantis
11:30 -  11:55

The Royal Mint takes inspiration from its origins in metalwork and design to forge a new future

In a world where cash use is changing, The Royal Mint took inspiration from its origins in metalwork and design to forge a new future… The Royal Mint is the oldest manufacturer in the UK and with a history and heritage forged in precious metals, it is transforming for the future. Director of Operations, Leighton John will talk through the […]

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Leighton John, Director of Operations at The Royal MintLeighton John Director of Operations
The Royal Mint
12:00 -  12:50

Transformative technologies: The Big Pitch

Innovators will pitch their new technologies which will transform the metals industry into the future. These innovative businesses are featured in the inaugural innovation pavilion at UK Metals Expo, sponsored by Innovate UK. Find out more about the transformative technologies and how Innovate UK are supporting innovation in metals.

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Alex Lapis, Managing Director at Aeramine Ltd and Milcraft LtdAlex Lapis Managing Director
Aeramine Ltd
Alexander Fedotov, Co-founder & Chief Operating Officer of C2 Technology UK LtdAlexander Fedotov Co-founder & Chief Operating Officer
C2 Technology UK Ltd
Christopher Pilgrim, Knowledge Transfer Manager - Materials at Innovate UK KTNChristopher Pilgrim Knowledge Transfer Manager - Materials
Innovate UK KTN
Francisco Malaret, CEO and Co-founder at NanomoxFrancisco Malaret CEO and Co-founder
Nanomox
Mike Thomas, Co-Founder at Reliable Insights LtdMike Thomas Co-Founder
Reliable Insights Ltd
Ryan Findlay, Co-Chief Executive Officer at MormaírRyan Findlay Co-Chief Executive Officer
Metals Without Mining
Thomas Brown, Head of Business Development at Binding SolutionsThomas Brown Head of Business Development
Binding Solutions
13:00 -  13:25

Upcycling Batteries to Drive the Metals Supply Chain

The lead-acid battery, a 19th-century invention predating the concerns of global warming and recycling, stands as the world’s most successfully recycled commodity item. The lead metal supply chain is therefore robust and resilient, setting a remarkable precedent for successful resource management. What will it take for the lithium-ion battery supply chain – with its more complex needs and reliance on […]

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Athan Fox, Chief Executive Officer at Ever Resource LtdAthan Fox Chief Executive Officer
Ever Resource Ltd
13:30 -  13:55

Navigating Net Zero and Beyond in the Stainless Steel Industry

The steel sector is moving towards Net Zero, but steel companies have also to take into account other sustainability issues that are important to move to a more sustainable world. During the presentation, I’ll try to share the approach from the stainless steel to manage all this issues, making emphasis in those aspects that are key to develop green steel […]

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Carlos Ruiz Alonso, Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) at AcerinoxCarlos Ruiz Alonso Chief Sustainability Officer
Acerinox
14:00 -  14:25

ESG: The Procurement Ticking Bomb

As the world moves towards a more sustainable future, the United Kingdom has taken ambitious steps to combat climate change. A significant aspect of this commitment is the legally binding Net Zero target by 2050. This has far-reaching implications for businesses, including their procurement practices. With Net Zero as a legal requirement, companies in the UK must align their operations […]

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Lord Rupert Redesdale, UK Metals Expo Conference ChairLord Rupert Redesdale Conference Chairman
UK Metals Expo
14:30 -  15:20

Practical Solutions for Carbon Reduction, Energy Efficiency, and Cost Savings in SMEs

This panel discussion aims to empower small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by providing a comprehensive approach to address both carbon reduction and energy efficiency while achieving cost savings. Recognising the growing importance of sustainability and the impact of carbon emissions on climate change, the discussion will focus on practical solutions that yield positive outcomes for the planet and their bottom line. […]

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Cheong Tsang, Operations director, Balmoral Tanks, ThurnscoeCheong Tsang Operations director
Balmoral Tanks, Thurnscoe
Darren Moult, Sales and Operations Director for (Irestal) Stainless Steel ServicesDarren Moult Managing Director (Sales & Operations)
Stainless Steel Services
Kirsty Davies-Chinnock, Managing Director at Professional Polishing ServicesKirsty Davies-Chinnock Managing Director
Professional Polishing Services
Samantha Benbow, DirectorDirector at Benbow Steels LtdSamantha Benbow Director
Benbow Steels Ltd
15:30 -  15:55

Net Zero in Action

A detailed session walking through a Metals Sector businesses’ journey to Net Zero and how Solar PV I supporting both their short and long term sustainability ambitions.

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Gary Brandwood, Managing Director at Perfect Sense EnergyGary Brandwood Managing Director
Perfect Sense Energy
Tony O'Reilly, Managing Director at Brown McFarlane LtdTony O'Reilly Managing Director
Brown McFarlane Ltd

Thursday 14th September 2023

10:00 -  10:25

ESG: The Procurement Ticking Bomb

As the world moves towards a more sustainable future, the United Kingdom has taken ambitious steps to combat climate change. A significant aspect of this commitment is the legally binding Net Zero target by 2050. This has far-reaching implications for businesses, including their procurement practices. With Net Zero as a legal requirement, companies in the UK must align their operations […]

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Lord Rupert Redesdale, UK Metals Expo Conference ChairLord Rupert Redesdale Conference Chairman
UK Metals Expo
10:30 -  10:55

1.5 Degree Aligned Emissions Pathways for the Aluminium Value Chain

Within a defined (and limited) sectoral carbon budget for the next 30 years, how does a global industry – responsible for 2% of anthropogenic emissions today and essential for the Green Transition – transform both itself and the systems into which its products are directed? After decarbonisation of its already highly electrified production processes, circularity is the second largest opportunity […]

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Chris Bayliss, Director of Standards at Aluminium Stewardship InitiativeChris Bayliss Director of Standards
Aluminium Stewardship Initiative
11:00 -  11:50

Charting the Path to Net Zero: Harnessing Circular Economy Business Models for Sustainable Growth

Join us for an engaging panel discussion on how Circular Economy Business Models can play a pivotal role in achieving net zero targets. As the urgency to combat climate change intensifies, businesses face the challenge of reducing their carbon footprint while maintaining profitability. In this session, industry experts and sustainability pioneers will explore the synergies between circularity and net zero […]

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Chris Bayliss, Director of Standards at Aluminium Stewardship InitiativeChris Bayliss Director of Standards
Aluminium Stewardship Initiative
Katy Beardsworth, Circular Economy Strategy Manager at Network RailKaty Beardsworth Circular Economy Strategy Manager
Network Rail
Neil Glover, Head of Materials Research, Rolls-RoyceNeil Glover Head of Materials Research
Rolls-Royce
man-portrait-silhouetteNick MacInnes Office of the Chief Scientific Advisor
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Roger Ablett, Commercial Director at Hydro Extrusion UKRoger Ablett Managing Director
Hydro Extrusion UK Ltd
12:00 -  12:25

How energy storage can support the decarbonisation of the metals industry

Connected Energy is an award-winning battery energy storage manufacturer that utilise second life electric vehicle batteries for their applications. Nigel Dent, Head of Sales for Connected Energy will discuss the methods of repurposing batteries; the legislation that is driving the market and the future growth in demand for energy storage technology. He will explain the different applications of battery energy […]

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Luke Rowson, Head of Sustainability & Strategy at Perfect Sense EnergyLuke Rowson Head of Sustainability & Strategy
Perfect Sense Energy
Nigel Dent, head of sales at Connected EnergyNigel Dent Head Of Sales
Connected Energy
12:30 -  13:20

Advancing Metallurgy for Sustainable Manufacturing

Can metallurgy pave the way for a sustainable manufacturing revolution? Discover how the latest advancements in metallurgical techniques can drive a circular economy and deliver net zero solutions.

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Bill Clyne, Chief Scientific Officer at PlastometrexBill Clyne Chief Scientific Officer
Plastometrex
Evgenia Yakushina, Forming Team Leader, Advanced Forming Research Centre, University of StrathclydeEvgenia Yakushina Forming Team Leader
Advanced Forming Research Centre, University of Strathclyde
Janet Godsell, Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Strategy at WMG, University of Warwick.Janet Godsell Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Strategy
Loughborough University
Dr Mark Jones, Head Of Business Development, Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST)Mark Jones Head Of Business Development
Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST)
Russell Goodall, Professor of Metallurgy at The University of SheffieldRussell Goodall Professor of Metallurgy
The University of Sheffield
13:30 -  14:20

Unlocking the Economic Viability of Recycled Aluminium in Manufacturing

Explore valuable insights and perspectives on the ongoing race between reusing and recycling and discover the key factors that can unlock the economic viability of recycled aluminium in manufacturing. Areas to be explored Benefits/potential of aluminium as a recycled material Consumer awareness around the re-use and recycling of aluminium – what this means for SME’s and the aluminium supply chain […]

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Christopher Pilgrim, Knowledge Transfer Manager - Materials at Innovate UK KTNChristopher Pilgrim Knowledge Transfer Manager - Materials
Innovate UK KTN
Gerald Keen, Director at BACALLGerald Keen Director
BACALL
Nadine Bloxsome, Membership & Sustainability Manager, ALFED & Editor of Aluminium International Today magazineNadine Bloxsome Membership & Sustainability​ Manager / Editor of Aluminium International Today magazine
The Aluminium Federation (ALFED)
Rachel Wiffen, Senior Engineer, Quality Systems Manager at Innovate technologyRachel Wiffen Senior Engineer, Quality Systems Manager
Innoval Technology
Tom Giddings, Executive Director at Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation Ltd (Alupro)Tom Giddings Executive Director
Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation Ltd (Alupro)
14:30 -  15:20

Empowering the Metals Supply Chain Workforce: Reskilling and Upskilling for Success

The panel discussion aims to inspire actionable insights, strategies, and collaborations that will foster a resilient and future-ready metals industry. By investing in the workforce’s capabilities and adaptability, the metals supply chain can navigate challenges, drive innovation, and position itself for sustained success in a dynamic global market. Key topics to be addressed include: Identifying Skill Gaps Sustainability and Green […]

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Avril Thomson, Head of Skills Programmes at the National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland (NMIS)Avril Thomson Head of Skills Programmes
National Manufacturing Institute Scotland
Evgenia Yakushina, Forming Team Leader, Advanced Forming Research Centre, University of StrathclydeEvgenia Yakushina Forming Team Leader
Advanced Forming Research Centre, University of Strathclyde
Jane Pierce, Deputy Director, Engineering, Construction and Transport at Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.Jane Pierce Deputy Director, Engineering, Construction and Transport
Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education
Les Gill, Principal Consultant at TaBA Associates LtdLes Gill Principal Consultant
TaBA Associates Ltd

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