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The 4th Australian Circular Economy Conference

2 – 4 October 2024

Bridging R&D and ESG Principles for Circular Economy

The Circular Economy is an economic model targeting waste reduction, pollution mitigation, and resource sustainability through efficient resource use, reusability, and regeneration. It contrasts with the linear “take, make, dispose” model, by emphasising “reduce, reuse, and recycle.” Guided by ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) principles, it focuses on eco-friendly design, product life extension, and natural system restoration. The Circular Economy aims to create a resilient, sustainable system benefiting the environment and the economy for long-term prosperity.

In this 4th iteration, The Australian Circular Economy Conference (ACEC) will discuss the advancement in circular economy research advancement in the field. The theme will be Bridging R&D and ESG Principles for the Transition to the Circular Economy

This biennial event convenes academic research leaders, government, policy officials, and innovators to emphasise the imperative role of technological research and ESG for Circular Economy advancement. The conference will run from Wednesday 2nd October to Friday 4th October 2024, hosted by The University of Sydney’s Waste Transformation Research Hub.


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Themes and Topic

The thoughtfully curated themes encapsulate the four classical elements, symbolising the fundamental properties of our surroundings. In addition, we’ve seamlessly integrated the human and digital dimensions to enhance its relevance and coherence. These six themes collectively offer a comprehensive lens on sustainable innovation, providing a nuanced exploration of recent academic advancements in the pursuit of a circular future. Each theme expands on various relevant topics that will be the focus of ACEC2024.

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Renewable Energy (RE)

Eco-Industrial design (EID)

Plastic Waste Management (PWM)

Energy-from-Waste (EFW)
Circular water treatment (CWT)

Microplastic pollution in Water Systems (MPP)

Desalination (DE)
Mining and resource extraction (MRE)

Soil health and remediation (SHR)

Biochar (BC)

Packaging (PA)

Construction and Built-in Environment (CBE)

Biodiversity (BIO)
Carbon Neutrality (CN)

Air Quality Management (AQM)

Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU)

Transportation (TR)

Climate Change (CC)
Regulation and Policy (GP)

Governance (GO)

Circular Business (CB)

Education (ED)

ESG & Sustainable Development (ESGD)
Advanced Manufacturing (AM)

Digital Framework (DF)

Lifecycle and Indicator (LCI)

Digital twin (DT)

Data management (DM)