Circularity Across the Mining and Metals Value Chain

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This WCEF2021 Accelerator Session will foster discussion about the transition to a circular economy in the metals and minerals supply chain.

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This WCEF 2021 Accelerator Session will engage public, private and civil society stakeholders in a discussion of the approaches, policies, and practices required along the metals and minerals supply chain in an increasingly circular global economy.

Keynote speakers and panelists will bring perspectives from both commodity producers and manufacturers/ end-users from different regions (including Africa, Australia, Europe, North & South America). In doing so, the session will help to deepen understanding of how the circular economy relates to primary metals and minerals along international supply chains for different commodities (copper, iron ore, aluminium, rare earths, etc), particularly in a context of growing global material demand and the (likely significant) material demands of a low-carbon economy.

Through an interactive approach between speakers and audience, the focus will be on informing the design of next steps for the metals and minerals sector in a circular economy. Key take-aways from the session will include:

  • Improved understanding of the expectations of different stakeholders,
  • Clarification of essential enabling conditions for key actors and regions along international supply chains, and
  • Identification of opportunities to motivate broader collaboration and pre-competitive (circular) innovation in the sector.


2.00pm EDT: [Welcome] Opening Comments

  • Alan Young (Director, Materials Efficiency Research Group)

2.20pm EDT: [Framing the Issues] Objectives for Discussion

  • Geoff McCarney (Senior Director (Research), Smart Prosperity Institute)
  • Ashleigh Morris (CEO & Co-Founder, Coreo)

2.35pm EDT: [Keynote Speakers] Meaning & Drivers of Circular Economy along the Mining & Metals Value Chain

  • Paramita Das (General Manager, Global Marketing & Development, Rio Tinto)
  • Alessandra Carreon (Responsible Sourcing Manager, Ford Motor Company)
  • Janne Palosaari (Chief Commerical Officer, TerraFame)
  • Moderator: Ashleigh Morris

3.25pm EDT: [Panel I] Accelerating Collaboration towards a Circular Economy in the Mining & Metals Value Chain

  • Carl Weatherell (Executive Director & CEO, Canada Mining Innovation Council)
  • Hanna Törmänen (Innovation Advisor, Nordic Innovation)
  • Petar Ostojic (CEO, Neptuno Pumps & Founder, Center of Innovation and Circular Economy, Chile)
  • Steve Kisakye (Director & Global Head, Dalberg Implement & Contributor to African Circular Economy Alliance)
  • Moderator: Geoff McCarney

4.05pm EDT: [Panel II] Circular Economy Opportunities & Challenges for Specific Metal & Mineral Supply Chains

  • Malcolm Shang (Global Mine Closure & Reclamation Specialist & Circular Economy Champion, ArcelorMittal)
  • Jose Araneda (Sustainable Development Manager, Codelco)
  • Daniele La Porta (Senior Mining Specialist & Lead, Climate-Smart Mining Initiative, The World Bank Group)
  • Andrew Ghattas (Director, Critical Mineral Task Force, Policy & Economics Branch, Natural Resources Canada)
  • Moderator: Alan Young

4.35pm EDT: [Summary & Wrap-up] Sharing of key Messages and Next Steps

Speakers & panelists include:

  • Alessandra Carreon: Responsible Sourcing Manager, Ford Motor Company (USA)
  • Paramita Das: General Manager, Global Marketing and Development, Rio Tinto (UK)
  • Andrew Ghattas: Director, Policy and Economics Branch, Land and Minerals Sector, Natural Resources Canada
  • Steve Kisakye: Director & Global Head, Dalberg Implement & Member, African Circular Economy Alliance (Tanzania)
  • Daniele La Porta: Senior Mining Specialist & Lead, Climate-Smart Mining Initiative, The World Bank Group (USA)
  • Geoff McCarney: Professor & Senior Director (Research), Smart Prosperity Institute (Canada)
  • Ashleigh Morris: CEO, Coreo (Australia)
  • Petar Ostojic: CEO, Neptuno Pumps & Founder, Center of Innovation and Circular Economy (Chile)
  • Janne Palosaari, Chief Commercial Officer, TerraFame (Finland)
  • Hanna Törmänen, Innovation Advisor, Nordic Innovation (Norway)
  • Jose Araneda: Sustainable Development Manager, Codelco (Chile)
  • Malcolm Shang: Global Mine Closure & Reclamation Specialist & Circular Economy Champion, ArcelorMittal (Canada)
  • Carl Weatherell: Executive Director and CEO, Canada Mining Innovation Council (Canada)
  • Alan Young: Director, Materials Efficiency Research Group (Canada)

Session Notes:

  1. This session is open to the public and intended for an audience of mining industry stakeholders, financiers and investors, minerals buyers (electronics, automotive, and renewable energy companies), governments (particularly primary resource exporting economies and large secondary material suppliers), civil society and researchers.
  2. If you require any adaptive measures in order to attend this event, please send an email to so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

This event is an Accelerator Session at the World Circular Economy Forum 2021 (

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