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Tuesday 13 September: Circular economy and efficiency (plenary)

Energy efficiency and the resource nexus

  • Opening of plenary, practical announcements
  • Anders Wijkman, Chair of the Swedish Cross-Party Committee on Environmental Objectives: Staying within the limits of our planet. See presentation here
  • Martin Palsa, Grundfos: Efficient solutions with many benefits. See presentation here
  • Hans Frisk, Svenskt Aluminium: Challenges in minimizing energy use and waste in the aluminium industry. See presentation here
  • Julia Verlinden, German Bundestag: Are we brave enough to create the right policies? See presentation here
  • Panel discussion

Speaker bio's

Anders Wijkman, is an opinionmaker and author. He is co-president of the Club of Rome and chairman of the Swedish Association of Recycyling Industries. His most recent book ”Bankrupting Nature” – with co-author Professor Johan Rockström – was published by Routledge in November 2012.

In January 2015 Anders was appointed chair of the Swedish Cross-Party Committee on Environmental Objectives. The most immediate task is to develop a strategy for a low-carbon society in 2050. As of July this year Anders is member of the Board of the Swedish Development Authority (SIDA).

Anders has served as a Member of the European Parliament, as Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Policy Director of UNDP, as Secretary General of the Swedish Red Cross and as Director General of the Swedish Agency for Research Cooperation with Developing Countries. Anders is a member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences, the World Future Council and the International Resource Panel and honorary doctor at Linköping University(2011).

Martin Palsa (52) is the Managing Director of the German sales company GRUNDFOS GmbH and Area Managing Director D-A-CH for the sales activities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland since September 2013.

He is board member of VMDA Pumps + Systems Association.

Until September 2013 Martin Palsa spent two years as Managing Director of GRUNDFOS Pumpen Vertrieb Ges.m.b.H. in Austria. For more than 20 years he has been working in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry. In these years he gained profound experience in sales, marketing and business development of international companies in Europe, Asia and the USA.

Martin Palsa has a diploma in mechanical engineering of the University of Vienna and an MBA in International Management from Thunderbird University, USA.

Hans Frisk M.Sc. is technical Manager for Svenskt Aluminium. Svenskt Aluminium is a national association whose members are companies that use aluminum as a strategic material. Svenskt Aluminium has 100 member companies with a total of 15 000 employees. Swedish aluminium shall work to develop the use of aluminium with regard to the environment and good economy.

Hans started GeniAl (common energy networks in the aluminium industry) as an energy project which has been extended to include circular economy, business models, the entire value chain, and also cooperation with the Swedish steel industry. GeniAl is no longer a project, but a part of every day work in the Swedish aluminium Industry.

Hans is also an Industrial designer and led the national projects Eco Design and Service Design until 2006.

Dr. Julia Verlinden studied Environmental Sciences at Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany, and completed her doctorate 2012 with a dissertation on the subject of energy efficiency policies as a contribution to climate protection using the example of the implementation of the EU buildings directive in Germany. From 2006 she worked as a scientist at the German Federal Environment Agency, till she entered the German parliament for the Green Party through the parliament elections 2013. Dr. Julia Verlinden is member of the Committee on Economic Affairs and Energy of the German Bundestag and spokesperson for energy policy of the parliamentary group Alliance 90/The Greens.