War on waste: building a circular economy

War on waste: building a circular economy

Feb 26
Waste is everyone’s business and how our society understands, manages and re-uses waste is a crucial environmental challenge. CEDA welcomes the Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio as we discuss the war on waste and the importance of building a circular economy.


The Hon. Lily D'Ambrosio MP, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change
Claire Ferres Miles, Chief Executive Officer, Sustainability Victoria
Joan Ko, Advisory, Planning and Design - Victoria Lead, Arup

Event overview

Moving towards a circular economy could deliver benefits that would reduce pressure on the environment. A circular economy involves reusing, sharing, repairing and recycling existing materials and products and reimagining “waste” as a source of commercial value. 

Our approach to waste management is susceptible to shifts in global policy. It is more important than ever that we plan for and manage the risks of waste.  

Join CEDA and Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change the Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio as we explore:

  • How does Victoria prepare for the impact in changes to China’s National Sword Policy on our recycling industry and how can this inspire change? 
  • What is the vision for a circular economy in Victoria?
  • What actions should business and Governments take in redefining waste materials?
  • Can waste lead to reliable and clean energy sources and what technologies and policy settings will help realise this? 

Event presentations

The Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio MP, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change MP3

Moderated discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF

Meet the keynote speaker

The Hon. Lily D'Ambrosio MP
Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change

Lily D’Ambrosio is a member of the Australian Labor Party and has represented the electorate of Mill Park in the Victorian Legislative Assembly since 2002. In 2016 she became Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and Minister for Suburban Development, and on the recent return of the Andrews Labor Government she was appointed Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and Minister for Solar Homes. Minister D’Ambrosio is a leader in action on climate change, renewable energy and energy efficiency in Australia. She oversaw the passage of the Climate Change Act, Victoria's landmark climate legislation which saw it become the first Australian state to legislate in line with the Paris Agreement for net zero emissions by 2050.

Meet the panel

Claire Ferres Miles
Chief Executive Officer, Sustainability Victoria

Appointed as CEO of Sustainability Victoria in November 2019, she has held executive roles in Transport for London, Victorian Government, Local Government, and the private sector, and is highly regarded for her collaborative leadership, authentic community engagement and innovative partnerships. Claire has been recognised as an IPAA Victorian Fellow (2019) and a ‘Top 50 Woman in the Victorian Public Sector’ (2017).

Meet the chair

Joan Ko
Advisory, Planning and Design - Victoria Lead, Arup

Joan Ko leads Arup’s advisory, planning and design consultancy in Victoria, with a focus on sustainability in organisations and cities. On behalf of Arup’s clients, she directs projects at the intersection of economics, the environment and design. Examples of her recent projects include: developing evidence-based green infrastructure planning requirements for Melbourne; advising on the business case for the Fishermans Bend energy, water and waste hub; and helping a gas company understand its transition to a low carbon future.

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