2016MIECF invites expert to explore the trends in Circular Economy

Professor Dr. h.c. Walter R. Stahel Keynote Speaker at 2016MIECF.

The 2016 Macao International Environmental Co-operation Forum and Exhibition (2016MIECF) will be held at the Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel from 31 March to 2 April. The Green Forum will comprise of six forums and a keynote presentation by a world-renowned guest, the pioneer in a circular economy and founder of cradle-to-cradle and performance economy concepts, Professor Dr. h.c. Walter R. Stahel. Professor Stahel will give a keynote speech at the opening ceremony in the morning of 31 March, speaking to the audience in depth on the major developments and trends about circular economy. Professor Stahel’s view is that, just like a flowing river, in a linear industrial economy, products made from raw materials that finally end up in the hands of the consumers are the cause of excess and waste at every stage of their lives, due to an imbalance of supply and demand along the way; moreover, manufacturers also bear these risks. A circular economy starts with the main emphasis on “paying attention” and stresses maintaining value of products and improved inventory management practices. Each resource should be used effectively, reused, repaired and regenerated. Professor Stahel will also explain the benefits that a circular economy brings to businesses and how new technologies can assist with the growth of a circular economy within enterprises. Interactive exchange platform with the keynote speaker An interactive session with Professor Stahel has also been scheduled by the organiser on 1 April (14.00 p.m.), themed around the “Enhancing Waste Management through the Internet Plus”. In recent years, the Internet of Things (IoT) has revolutionised business and society in many diverse ways no less than in the manner in which products and services are being allocated and supplied to their respective customer networks. The most important innovations among these changes are happening within the waste management industry, where sensors and smart modules are being used to automate the administration and control of waste and are aiding in cost-saving measures. Issues pertaining to rubbish sorting and recycling and landfill management are also being tackled through IT solutions and great benefits are being witnessed; wherein businesses are increasing their revenues by higher logistical efficiencies. MIECF organisers aim to give everyone the chance to reflect on how the latest technologies are working to achieve Professor Stahel’s pioneering vision of a circular economy and in relation to global strategies for waste management. 6 forums at 2016MIECF offer penetrating insight from a gathering of renowned industrial VIPs In addition to this year’s outstanding keynote speaker, 2016MIECF has also scheduled six forum events to which it has invited many industrial experts from diverse fields to get together at this one venue, to jointly explore in depth the commercial opportunities posed by waste management. Forum sessions include “Zero Waste and High Efficiency” - Blue Ocean Strategy for Business Success; “Turning Green into Gold” - Green Business Opportunities for the Hospitality Industry; “From Waste to Resources and Rewards” - The Roadmap towards a Circular Economy; “Building with Less” - Sustainable Waste Solutions for Green Construction; the “Green Chemical Forum – Treatment of Chemical Solid Waste and Hazardous Waste” and the “Pan Pearl River Delta Region (PPRD) Session –Solid Waste Management Policies and Technology in the Pan-Pearl River Delta Region”. Members across all related industries are invited to attend these discussions and forum sessions to gain greater insight into the developments being made today in the waste management industry and the opportunities which these present. Please visit http://www.macaomiecf.com/miecf2016 and follow related page links for full details of this year’s programme.

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