DEVELOPING THE WASTE ECONOMY
Here’s why YOU should attend – watch the video. What we’re doing, why we’re doing it and more!
Hong Kong has an impending waste problem. Landfills are at capacity and Mainland China is restricting how much and what types of waste they can accept from Hong Kong. Citizens and companies are faced with the challenge of what to do with their growing waste problem. In 2016, 41% of waste going to landfill was generated by the domestic sector, 29% by construction and 26% from commercial waste.
TOMA-Now will facilitate a results-driven value chain mapping process that will:
- Map the waste value chain and identify key stakeholders.
- Focus on data driven decision making for the waste economy.
- Look beyond recycling to beneficiation and capture key waste economy opportunities.
The bespoke event will bring together a cross-section of leading industry players, thought leaders, waste experts and entrepreneurs.
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Why YOU should attend
According to stats published by Hong Kong’s Environmental Protection Department (EPD), there are 3 main types of solid waste disposed at landfill: Domestic waste (41%), construction waste (29%) and commercial and industrial waste (26%). With the current consumption and disposal rates and minimal recycling, landfills are reaching capacity.
Industry has a key role to play. Based on an effective waste value chain, waste management doesn’t end at either landfill or recycling. A pivotal part of the process is identifying value for these waste materials.
Additionally, based on sustainable material trends, there is a need for products to be made with sustainable content. In this context that translates to recycled and recyclable materials. Product design with responsibility for beyond end of life, has an important role. Brandowners have to find a way to consume waste as a resource.
What do you get:
- Meeting and engaging with key people across sectors actively working on waste solutions.
- Valuable connections with key industry players and access to the latest waste solutions being developed.
- A practical hands-on session that will allow you to take key lessons back to your organisation.
- Identifying your key waste stakeholders through a journey mapping process.
- Map your waste value chain using design thinking principles.
Where do we begin and what do we do with our waste?
- We unpack sustainable trends while mapping the waste value chain.
- We seek and identify opportunities for utilising waste in alternative applications.
- We help match new, innovative waste solutions.
All of this is supported by case studies and industry examples.
Interactive sessions filled with case studies, problem solving and engagement.
09.30 Welcome & opening remarks
09.45 Waste and the circular economy in Hong Kong
10.00 Current waste trends in waste solutions
10.15 Mapping future trends and the influence of technology
10.45 Coffee break
11.00 Collaborative waste management solutions
11.30 Role of data in developing a robust waste economy
11.45 Looking to the future of the waste value chain
12.15 Feedback session
12.45 Lunch & networking
13.30 Unlocking opportunities: Showcasing local enterprises
14:30 Look beyond recycling towards beneficiation
14.45 The waste value economy – Opportunities for innovation
15.15 Looking back and stepping forward
15.30 Screening: Closing the Loop
Dr. Jaisheila Rajput founded TOMA-Now, a high impact green economy consultancy based in South Africa. She is a strong believer in developing practical and comprehensive solutions that have the biggest value with long-term benefits and impact. Jaisheila has a global career spanning nearly two decades in large corporates in the automotive, chemicals and construction industries.
Jaisheila has developed and mapped value chains across a number of industry sectors, most recently in Zambia, Kenya, China and South Africa. She is motivated by supporting stakeholders unlock tangible green business value. Her rich background includes technical, management systems, strategy and sustainability. She has worked in several countries including Hong Kong, South Africa and Germany. Jaisheila holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Cape Town.
Anne-Marie Hanna is a Design Researcher and Story Facilitator who applies a human-centred approach to inform meaningful innovation. Her focus is on partnering with clients to initialise project strategies, conducting qualitative research, facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogue, supporting prototype design processes, and producing project related content. Anne-Marie worked in the production industry for 15 years, conceptualising and producing digital video campaigns, online commercials & corporate communication campaigns for major global brands. Her experience as a Producer has taken her all over the world, capturing the stories of people from all walks of life. She believes that shared stories are not only a source of content but are catalysts for social change and innovation. Anne-Marie holds a Masters in Philosophy, specialising in Inclusive Innovation.
Dr. William Yu is Chief Executive Officer of World Green Organisation (WGO). Dr. Yu is an energy economist and climate professional by training and completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge as well as earned an Executive MBA degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona State University in the U.S. Additionally, he has gained valuable regional management experience by working at US multinationals. Dr. Yu is currently the Adjunct Professor of the City University of Hong Kong and the Honorary Corporate Adjunct Professor of the Shanghai University. Currently, Dr. Yu is the ESBN Task Force Member (Green Business; Digital Economy) of The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Business Advisory Council (EBAC) of United Nations. He sits on the Energy Advisory Committee and the sub-committee on Food Reduction Good Practices in Institutions and Commercial and Industrial Establishments, Food Wise Hong Kong Campaign under the Environment Bureau, Hong Kong SAR Government. Dr. Yu is also a Steering Committee Member of FOOD-CO of the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund. He sits in the working group of Sustainability Charter, Hong Kong and Malmo, Sweden, and is a member of the expert panel on Industry Standards and Research under The Hong Kong Green Building Council. Dr. Yu belongs to the Air Quality Objectives Review Working Group – Energy and Power Generation Sub-group of Environmental Protection Department. Dr. Yu has served as Board of Director of Hong Kong Institute of Social Impact Analyst. He also serves as Deputy Chairman of Final Judging Panel of Smart Living Award and Assessor Chair in Smart Healthcare Stream, The Hong Kong ICT Awards, OGCIO, HK SAR Government. Dr. William Yu is the former Head of the Climate Programme at WWF-Hong Kong and responsible for leading both public and business engagement programmes. He writes articles for multiple newspapers on the low carbon economy, low carbon city, social innovation and energy poverty. He was a co-host for an environmental program on numerous TV and Radio Channels.
Dr. Jeanne Ng is the director, Group Sustainability of CLP Power Hong Kong Limited and the chair of Hong Kong Institute of Qualified Environmental Professionals Limited (HKIQEP). Dr. Ng holds a BSc in Toxicology from the University of Toronto and a PhD in Environmental Management from the University of Hong Kong. She has extensive experience in the environmental industry and has held senior roles in international environmental / engineering consulting companies prior to joining CLP. She was involved in most of the early Hong Kong governmental air pollution and climate strategy and policy studies and is regarded as one of Hong Kong’s experts in air and greenhouse gas emissions inventories. Dr. Ng is also a frequent guest lecturer on environmental and sustainable development issues at various Hong Kong universities.
Dr. Ng is currently a Board member of a number of organisations including the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University, the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC). She is also a Stakeholder Council Member of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and is a member of the Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S) Expert Panel. She is also a member of the Project Advisory Panel for Emerging Forms of External Reporting under the International Auditing & Assurance Standards Board (IAASB).
SPEAKERS: Case studies
Dr. Patrick Yeung led Coastal Watch, a citizen science project in WWF-Hong Kong, to study the marine litter problem as well as coastal biodiversity in Hong Kong. In this project, WWF-Hong Kong cooperated with various NGO partners and volunteers groups to investigate the sources of marine litter through scientific surveys. From the results of Coastal Watch project, he is developing new strategy for government, community and private sectors to collaborate together and form solution to the marine litter problem, as well as facilitating for regional cooperation. Before joining WWF, Patrick has led various environmental education projects on our local ecology, culture and climate change for schools and the youth. He also has over 10 years of experience in ecotourism and is an instructor of a marine conservation and ecotourism course. To increase his exposure to marine conservation work, he has visited various places in Southeast Asia to understand how NGOs cooperate with the local communities to achieve conservation goal. He hopes to contribute these ideas to Hong Kong and implement them here for the balance between conservation and livelihood of the local people.
Bobsy Gaia is a passionate Eco-Entrepreneur whose driving motivation in all his works is to inspire change and raise awareness. Zero Waste Alliance was co-founded by Bobsy in 2016 along side Simon Lee. In recent years he has championed “Diet Change Not Climate Change” as the central driving concept behind MANA! and brought this insight into the public domain. He is a frequent public speaker on conscious change, environmental entrepreneurship and inspired movements at schools, universities, festivals, business forums and other platforms where his passion and integrity make him very popular especially with the younger generations who resonate with his message of a “Humanitarian, Ecological & Spiritual Worldview.”
Anneleise Smillie has 17 years of international experience in the non-profit sector working in Hong Kong, China and London. As Executive Director she is focused on organisational development and working with the team to formulate new planning processes and strategies for sustainable growth, whilst focusing resources where they will have the greatest impact. Previously Anneleise worked for the Animals Asia Foundation and Brooke Hospital for Animals and has been directly involved with Fundraising, Programme Operations, Event Management and Public Education. Anneleise is an environmentalist at heart and is passionate about reducing waste and promoting new models that create lasting social change. She is currently Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors at Animals Asia and also founded their successful education programme “Professor Paws”.
Natalie Chan is Managing Director & Principal Sustainability Consultant at PIE Strategy Limited. Natalie has close to 15 years of experience in corporate responsibility and sustainability management, and has been the managing director of PIE Strategy since 2016. A certified B Corporation®, pie is a boutique consultancy specialising in helping companies develop bespoke sustainability strategies and management systems. Through pie, Natalie supports the top think tank in Hong Kong, Our Hong Kong Foundation, in managing its Business for Social Good platform for engaging businesses on social innovation and creating shared value.
SPEAKERS: Panel Discussion
Maya De Souza is Business Environment Council’s Assistant Director, Policy & Research, working with businesses to advocate best practice and with government to help ensure a supportive policy framework. Maya has worked in both Europe and Asia over many years. Her background is in the public and private sector, working for Defra, UK and working with business in Hong Kong towards environmental excellence and a transition to a low carbon economy.
Paul Zimmerman is a co-Founder and CEO of Designing Hong Kong. Paul is also an elected District Councillor representing the Pokfulam constituency, and a board member of Civic Exchange, Professional Commons, Hong Kong Democratic Foundation, and the Patient Care Foundation. His Hong Kong Government advisory functions include the Harbourfront Commission. Paul has a Masters in Social Science (Economics) from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, and a Masters of Arts (Transport Policy and Planning) from The University of Hong Kong. He arrived in Hong Kong in 1984 and became a Chinese citizen in 2012.
Esther van Houdt works for Philips HealthTech department in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Since 2005 she has been a CMF designer (Colour Materials and Finishes) and trend analyst for Philips’ Kitchen Appliances. In this job Esther monitors trends worldwide to be able to create products that meet customer’s expectations and needs. She visits international design events such as the Design Week in Milan, to be on top of the latest developments. Next to watching trends to develop products that are top of the range, Esther is taking a huge interest in the lifestyles of target audiences. Understanding what is important to them in life, what is on their mind and what are their concerns. In the last years it has become evident that contributing to a better and healthier world is of growing importance to her target groups. A smaller footprint is key. That is why as a CMF designer, Esther looks for materials and finishes for Philips kitchen appliances that will do just that. At the same time Esther is raising awareness within the company for innovative ways to reduce waste at mass production. Esther is always keen to meet people that can inspire her to achieve that goal.
Interesting case studies for developing a waste economy
The rapid increase in social and environmental consciousness, sustainable business has begun to focus less on offsetting risk, or reducing harmful practices, and more on creating entirely new business models all together. The need to re-imagine new ways of operating demands that we get comfortable with uncertainty and disruption – a necessary level of open mindedness that is required for innovation to happen, and for the reinvention of broken systems to take place. Today technology makes it possible to test, implement and scale complex new concepts faster than ever before.
Developing a waste economy through a recycling value chain can have significant social, environmental and economic impacts. The recycling value chain can create significant opportunity for economic growth, reduced environmental footprint and a means of addressing consumer concerns. Waste management has become a topic of increasing importance globally and in particular, South Africa. We explore the measures taken by a prominent local fishing company in South Africa, Sea Harvest, that has managed to create a thriving waste economy system by looking beyond simple waste management.
The appetite for recycled raw materials, with their lower energy costs and reduced carbon footprint is gradually being recognised and increasing globally, with a number of recycling waste industries currently thriving. As industries utilising recycled raw materials gain momentum, it becomes critical that supply is constant. The recycling value chain does not end at recycling. Instead, it allows for greater opportunity for economic growth, reduced environmental footprint and a means of addressing consumer concerns.
Mashuka cross border social impact
Client story: TOMA-Now is currently working with a social impact driven start-up, Mashuka helping to craft their vision and strategy. Their story is too good not to share! We recently sat down with the entrepreneurs behind Mashuka to learn more about their incredible story on how this business came about, their plans and the driving need to create meaningful change through social impact.
The workshop highlighted that change is possible and can be achieved by actively engaging in meaningful conversations. By sharing knowledge your collaboration generated positive outcomes and first steps to create a robust waste economy.
Some key points that emerged:
• Greater need to educate the public and drive responsible consumer behaviour
• Need for smart technologies
• Need greater collaboration amongst public sphere, governmental sphere and civil society
For more detail and visual presentation of the outcomes, follow the link below to download the Hong Kong Waste Economy Workshop Outcomes PDF.
TOMA-Now | Tomorrow Matters Now are value chain specialists that advise and support leading companies, industry bodies and NGOs to develop viable and robust green economy solutions. With extensive experience in the mapping of local and global industry value chains, we identify new revenue streams and business opportunities, unlocking untapped commercial markets. We develop responsible, impactful ways of doing business with significant environmental and social effects with value chain mapping. TOMA-Now | Tomorrow Matters Now was recognised by 110% Green, a Western Cape, South African government initiative, as a Flagship organisation in 2015. Flagship organisations make more than the usual commitment to growing the Green Economy in South Africa. We were the first consultancy to be recognised.
As TOMA-Now, we have completed and facilitated this type of process looking at a number of industries in South Africa and other parts of the world. We have most recently mapped the waste value chains for both the construction industry and film & media industry. We have also supported manufacturing companies to successfully transition to a waste economy.
- Business Women’s Association Regional Business Achiever Award finalist 2017.
- Inspiring Fifty South Africa nominee recognising Women in Tech playing a leading role 2017.
- Finalists in the Green Economy category for the Enviropaedia and Eco-Logic Awards 2018. This is in recognition for our work on Developing the Biomass Value Chain from harvested alien vegetation, which pose a threat to South Africa’s water security.