Transforming Waste Fishing Gear into Business Opportunities

Blue Circular Economy

International Conference

24th April 2020
Innovation Centre Iceland
Reykjavik
Iceland

In cooperation with Plastics in the Arctic International Conference – 21st – 23rd April 2020

Supporters: Innovation Centre Iceland, Global Ghost Gear Initiative, European Commission

Conference organised by: The Centre for Sustainable Design ®, UCA Business School within the Blue Circular Economy project

Background

There is growing global concern over the impact of waste plastics in the environment and particularly marine litter in the oceans. It is increasingly being recognised that waste fishing gear is a significant part of the problem. Recent research published by the European Commission (EC) has indicated that 27% of marine litter is derived from waste fishing gear; but other sources indicate the figure may be higher. Policy is starting to develop in several countries to tackle the issues. The EC announced in March 2019 under the Single Use Plastics Directive an Extended Producer Responsibility scheme focused on increasing recycling and reuse amongst fishing gear producers, assemblers and distributors.

Event objectives

Transforming Waste Fishing Gear into Business Opportunities will highlight the emerging policy, explore issues related to the circular design of fishing gear and provide an update on research within the Blue Circular Economy project. The conference will conclude with discussion over future issues related to policy, circular business models, supply chains and marketing.

Programme

Chaired by: Professor Martin Charter, Director, The Centre for Sustainable Design ®, Business School for the Creative Industries, University for the Creative Arts (UCA)

08.30 Registration

09.00 Opening

Sigríður Ingvarsdóttir, CEO, Innovation Center Iceland
Siv Marina Flø Grimstad, Project Leader, Blue Circular Economy, Department of International Business, NTNU in Ålesund

09.20 Keynote

Joel Baziuk, Deputy Director, Global Ghost Gear Initiative *

09.50 Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and Circular Design for Fishing Gear

Maris Stulgis, Policy Officer, European Commission

10.20 Lessons from Greenland: Retrieving and recycling nets in Greenland

Mette Frost, Senior Advisor, Greenland & the Arctic, WWF Denmark

10.45 Coffee/Networking

11.15 Panel discussion: Circular Design of Fishing Gear

Chaired by: Professor Martin Charter, Director, The Centre for Sustainable Design (®), Business School for the Creative Industries, University for the Creative Arts (UCA)

12.15 BCE Work Package Updates

Chaired: Siv Marina Flø Grimstad, Project Leader, Blue Circular Economy, Department of International Business, NTNU in Ålesund

Presentations (40 minutes) & Discussion (20 minutes)

13.15 Lunch

14.15 Speed Networking

14.45 World Cafe

16.00 Report back

16.15 Summing up

16.30 Close

* To be confirmed

Blue Circular Economy

Blue Circular Economy is funded by Northern Periphery & Arctic (NPA) Programme (European Regional Development Fund) that is being organised between 2018-2021). Free mentoring on eco-innovation related to waste fishing gear is available for eligible companies with less than 250 employees based in the NPA region (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland west coast of Republic of Ireland, northern areas of Scotland, Northern Ireland (except for Belfast), Greenland and Faroe Islands). For more information on SME support for companies in the NPA region email Richard on rigl@ntnu.no or Arron arron.w.tippett@ntnu.no

Accommodation

Details of accommodation and other information on Reykjavik can be downloaded here

Registration

To book your place download registration form and email Ros on rcarruthers@uca.ac.uk

Further information

For more information contact:
Ros Carruthers
The Centre for Sustainable Design ®
Business School for the Creative Industries 
UCA
+44 (0) 1252 892772

Blue Circular Economy is funded by Northern Periphery & Arctic Programme (European Regional Development Fund) that is being organised between 2018-2021.