2018 FORESIGHT SERIES: Re-thinking progress – how can Queensland make the systemic shift to a Circular Economy?

2018 FORESIGHT SERIES: Re-thinking progress – how can Queensland make the systemic shift to a Circular Economy?
Presented by World Science Festival Brisbane and Arup.

There are 7.6 billion people living in the world.  The United Nations estimates that this will increase to 11.8 billion by 2100.

Traditionally, modern day society has adopted a linear ‘one use’ system.  This is unsustainable.  How can we balance massive population growth and finite resources?

Some say the answer is a circular economy.

This new way of thinking draws together existing concepts such as cradle to cradle design, biomimicry and the performance and sharing economy to redefine products and services to recycle and reuse waste with minimal environmental impact.

According to the World Economic Forum the benefits of this systemic change to economic growth, urban life and value creation are estimated at US$100B per annum globally.

Capitalising on this opportunity requires a move towards a systems-based approach that can be applied at the scale of buildings, neighbourhoods, cities, regions and entire economies.

The journey will take years, and is one society must make together.

The 2018 Foresight Series Re-thinking progress – how can Queensland make the systemic shift to a Circular Economy will gather a group of experts to help us start developing a collaborative and achievable road map for implementing the principles of the circular economy across Queensland.

Attendees will hear from Carol Lemmens, Arup’s Global leader of Advisory Services and circular economy expert; Jodie Bricout, Circular Economy Manager at Lifecycles; Ashleigh and Jaine Morris from The Circular Experiment; and Alan Thomson, Arup’s Global leader of Energy Services.

The results from this invitation-only event will inform future Queensland Government policy.



LOCATION: Level 22, 480 Queen Street, Brisbane QLD 4000

DATE: Wednesday 21 March 2018

TIME: 8:30am for 9am-12 noon, 1pm for 1:30-4:30pm

For more information and background reading, visit:






www.arup.com/publications/research/section/circular-business-models-for-the-built-environment?query=towards the circular economy