31jan01febCircular Economy, Resource Efficiency, Life Cycle Innovation: Same objectives, same impacts?1st FSLCI Industry Stakeholder Workshop


January 31 (Tuesday) 12:00 pm - February 1 (Wednesday) 2:00 pm CET(GMT+00:00) View in my time

Speakers for this event

  • David Lazarevic

    David Lazarevic

    Senior Researcher at the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE

    David Lazarevic is a researcher at the Division of Industrial Ecology (20%) and a Senior Researcher at the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE (80%). His research interests are centred on socio-technical system innovations for more sustainable material and energy flows. He has a background in industrial ecology and science and technology studies. His work focuses on the legitimacy of processes in social coordination, innovation management and socio-technical transitions related to the circular economy, the building and energy sectors and smart sustainable cities.

    Senior Researcher at the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE

  • Franz Speer

    Franz Speer

    Corporate Director, Industry Affairs Laundry & Home Care at Henkel

    Corporate Director, Industry Affairs Laundry & Home Care at Henkel

  • Martin Stuchtey

    Martin Stuchtey

    Founder & Managing Director of SystemiQ Ltd.

    Dr. Martin R. Stuchtey is the founder of SYSTEMIQ, a company that develops new markets and assets in the sustainability space. Before founding SYSTEMIQ Martin has worked for the McKinsey & Co for twenty years. There he served clients in a range of sectors, from transportation to energy and infrastructure. In 2006, Martin co-founded McKinsey’s Sustainability Practice, working with corporate, government and social sector clients on the challenges of climate change, water scarcity and resource depletion at large. Most of his work was dedicated to circular industrial systems. He initiated – together with Ellen MacArthur – the Circular Economy Initiative at the World Economic Forum. He has been a strategic advisor to the World Economic Forum and is the author of many articles, TV and radio broadcasts of resource management. He is a lecturer at Innsbruck University for Resource strategy and management. Prior joining McKinsey, Martin served as a company commander in the German Alpine forces and worked as geologist on mining projects in Southern Africa. Martin Stuchtey holds a BSc. Hons.-degree in economic geology/mineralogy from Rhodes University (South Africa), a Masters in business economics from the Coblence School of Management (Germany), an MBA from Lancaster University (UK) and a PhD in regional economics from the Technical University of Dresden. Martin is married and has six children, he lives in Pöcking and Anras.

    Founder & Managing Director of SystemiQ Ltd.

  • Peter Saling

    Peter Saling

    ‎Director Sustainability Methods at BASF SE

    Peter studied chemistry at the University of Göttingen. After the PhD Thesis in 1993, he joined BASF. He worked in the research department for dyestuffs and was specialist for toxicological question of dyestuffs. In 1997 he changed within BASF to the division of environment, health and safety. He started there with the development of the Eco-Efficiency Analysis together with the German Consultant Roland Berger and Partners. He was as senior scientist involved in the process of implementation of more than 60 studies of Eco-Efficiency. He was project leader for the development and integration of social aspects into the sustainability analysis named SEEBALANCE. From 2007 to 2013 he was the Director of Eco-Efficiency Analysis and of Sustainability Evaluation within Sustainability Strategy department of BASF. In 2011 he finalized the development of the new AgBalance methodology. Since 2014 he is responsible as Director for the Sustainability methods of BASF worldwide with centers in USA, Brazil and Asia.

    ‎Director Sustainability Methods at BASF SE

  • Ralph Pfitzner

    Ralph Pfitzner

    VP Corporate Sustainability - Strategy and Environmental Portfolio at Siemens

    VP Corporate Sustainability - Strategy and Environmental Portfolio at Siemens

  • Ralph Thurm

    Ralph Thurm

    Founder A|HEAD|ahead, Co-Founder ThriveAbility Foundation

    Ralph Thurm is a leading professional in sustainable innovation and strategy, operational sustainability, sustainability change management, sustainability reporting, and ThriveAbility. With more than 25 years experience working for major corporates, industry federations, governments, NGOs and advisory services globally, Ralph adds value as a advisor, trainer, facilitator, moderator and writer on a huge variety of sustainability topics. He is the Founder & Managing Director of A|HEAD|ahead, a management advisory focused on sustainable transformation and strategic positioning. Ralph is a frequent blogger at www.aheadahead.wordpress.com, a very personal logbook on sustainable change.

    Ralph has accepted roles as Director Engagement at GISR and as senior advisor at various organizations and networks, including UNIDO, the Dutch Transparency Benchmark, Turntoo and Katerva.

    In 2012 Ralph co-initiated the Reporting 3.0 Platform, instigating change towards a decision-useful new reporting impetus for a green & inclusive economy.

    Furthermore, Ralph is a co-founder of the ThriveAbility Foundation, set up to build the future agenda for the nexus around sustainability, innovation, behavior and design, host of the ‘ThriveAbility Journey’ and ‘ThriveAbility Index’.

    Founder A|HEAD|ahead, Co-Founder ThriveAbility Foundation

  • Rodney Irwin

    Rodney Irwin

    Managing Director, Redefining Value & Education at WBCSD*

    Managing Director, Redefining Value & Education at WBCSD*

  • Zura Nukusheva-Béguin

    Zura Nukusheva-Béguin

    International Resource Panel

    Zura Nukusheva-Béguin is working within the Secretariat of the International Resource Panel. She’s responsible for the work related to Environmental Impacts, Circular Economy and Metals. She’s currently coordinating the development of two new IRP reports: 1) “Resource Efficiency and Innovation in Circular Economy through Remanufacturing, Refurbishment, Repair, and Direct Reuse” and 2) “Green Technology Choices: Risks, Benefits and Trade-offs of Energy Efficiency Technologies”. She has a background in waste management engineering, energy efficiency and environmental management.

    International Resource Panel

Event Details

As part of our objective to broaden the understanding and application of life cycle thinking, the Forum for Sustainability through Life Cycle Innovation e.V. is pleased to invite you to our first industry-focussed workshop on the relationship of Circular Economy and Life Cycle Innovation.

Life Cycle Innovation is understood as a key requirement on the journey towards a sustainable, resource-efficient and resilient society. It aims at enhancing the environmental sustainability performance of goods and services over their entire life cycle, while meeting socio-economic needs, using life cycle approaches in line with established key principles.

Workshop Objective:

The workshop is specifically meant to discuss, which opportunities and challenges derive from a Resource Efficiency and Life Cycle Innovation perspective out of the Circular Economy policies currently promoted in Europe and beyond. It also also meant to determine how those polices might need to be amended to overcome implementation barriers for life cycle innovation and allow for an enhanced overall resource efficiency and sustainability performance.


Given the globally rising attention towards climate change mitigation and adaption as well as other sustainability challenges, a number of decision makers in the public and private sector have promoted Resource Efficiency as the key concept to address these challenges over the past few years. UNEP defines resource efficiency from a life cycle and value chain perspective. This means reducing the total environmental impact of the production and consumption of goods and services, from raw material extraction to final use and disposal.

However, more recently the Circular Economy concept has gained wide traction among those decision-makers as well as the general public. Driven mainly by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and supported by various governments, the Circular Economy concept is built around the core idea to close all materials loops.

While closing loops might be desirable in many contexts, unlike life cycle based Resource Efficiency policies, the Circular Economy concept mostly disregards questions around resource efficiency and effectiveness, and thus overall sustainability performance.

The workshop will help company stakeholders better understand and engage on the common but also different scopes, objectives and impacts of these concepts and related policies. It will focus on actual implications of applying one versus the other at company level and provide a platform to discuss a way to overcome implementation barriers for life cycle innovation. This discussion may include the articulation of a view on the Circular Economy concept from a life cycle perspective to allow for an enhanced overall resource efficiency and sustainability performance.


The workshop is tailored towards companies and organisations, who are interested in the Circular Economy and are actively promoting Resource Efficiency and using and Life Cycle Innovation and related approaches in their business.

(*  Speaker to be confirmed)


    • Day 1
    • Day 2
    • january 31, 2017
    • 12:00 Welcome & Registration12:00- 12:30
      Arrival of workshop participants.
    • 12:30 Lunch12:30- 13:30
    • 13:30 Introduction & Setting the stage13:30- 14:00
      Welcome and official introduction by the FSLCI
    • 14:00 Keynote 114:00- 14:30
      Speakers: Martin Stuchtey
    • 14:30 Panel 1: Defining the Challenges14:30- 15:30
      Panel discussion around the challenges of integrating resource efficiency, circular economy and life cycle innovation concepts into business practices.

      Speakers: Zura Nukusheva-Béguin, David Lazarevic, Martin Stuchtey, Peter Saling, Ralph Pfitzner
    • 15:30 Coffee Break15:30- 16:00
      Coffee Break
    • 16:00 Workshop Sesson 1 - Definition of Challenges16:00- 17:45
      The workshop session will be organized depending on the amount of participants in a bar camp style. Workshop participants are expected to come with concrete challenges on which they would like to engage with other participants.
    • 17:45 Workshop Presentations17:45- 18:30
      Presentation of the different working groups on the conclusions from their discussions.
    • 18:30 Summar of Day 1 & Outlook18:30- 19:00
      Summary of the day by the workshop moderators and outlook on what's planned for day 2.
    • 19:30 Networking Dinner19:30- 22:00
      Networking Dinner
    • february 1, 2017
    • 08:00 Coffee & Welcome08:00- 08:15
      Coffee & Welcome
    • 08:15 Recap of Day 1 & Intro to Day 208:15- 08:30
      Summary from the previous day by the workshop moderators and quick intro into the following sessions.
    • 08:30 Keynote 208:30- 09:00
      Speakers: Ralph Thurm
    • 09:00 Panel 2: Identifying a way forward09:00- 10:00
      Panel discussion on ideas how to address the challenges identified during the first day.

      Speakers: Franz Speer, Ralph Thurm, Rodney Irwin
    • 10:00 Coffee Break10:00- 10:15
      Coffee Break
    • 10:15 Workshop Session 2 - Identifying a way forward10:15- 11:45
      Workshop sessions on various way to address the challenges identified during the first day. Workshop sessions are expected to focus on Communication & Education, Product & Service Innovation and Information Basis. One additional workshop sessions can be added based on participant's feedback.
    • 11:45 Workshop Presentations11:45- 12:15
      Presentations of the outcome of the group discussions
    • 12:15 Summary of Day 212:15- 12:30
      Summary of the second day of the workshop
    • 12:30 Workshop Feedback12:30- 12:55
      Open feedback round by participants on the workshop and what they expect from the FSLCI in going forward
    • 12:55 Closing of the official part of the workshop12:55- 13:10
      Closure of the workshop and short outlook on the FSLCI's plans for going forward
    • 13:10 Networking Lunch13:10- 14:00
      Networking Lunch and end of the workshop

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750€ Regular | 850€ Onsite Registration Fee | Free for organisational industry members


The workshop is only open for participation for industry representatives.

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