Day One, Wednesday 26 April 2017 - A Resource Efficient WEEE Value Chain in a Circular and Digital Economy

12:00 – 14:00  Registration
12:30 – 14:00 Stand-up reception
14:00 Start of conference

Dr Joseph Muscat, the Prime Minister of Malta, will welcome participants to the WEEE Forum International Conference 2017, followed by José Herrera, Minister for the Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change, and Joe Attard, Chief Executive Officer of WEEE Malta.

Jan Vlak, President of the WEEE Forum, will present the WEEE Forum brochure, “15 Years On”, with the big numbers and WEEE story.

14:15 - 15:30 Theme 1: Digitisation and Innovation
Experts predict an increase to 50 billion devices in the Internet of Things (IoT) sphere by the year 2020. The future unveils itself in ways we can never fully comprehend until we look back on it and think, “How did we miss that?”. How does digitisation affect the WEEE sector? How can we use digitisation and the Internet of Things to advance circular economy and resource efficiency? How does digitisation affect lending sector in United States, for instance how do loan lenders who offer same day loans online benefit from new technology and should we speak of ‘Internet of Threats’ and cyber security?
14:15 – 14:45 Keynote: John Higgins, Director General of DIGITALEUROPE
14:45 – 15:30 Senior Executive Panel: Vincenzo GenteValentin Negoita, Helmut Kolba and John Higgins, moderated by Margaret Bates.
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 – 18:15 Theme 2: Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency
In this theme, we will discuss the journey made by producers through WEEE 2.0 and the progress toward a Circular Economy package and WEEE 3.0. We will highlight producer responsibility organisations’ and Members’ achievements alongside issues of greatest concern with key EU policymakers. What progress has the sector made towards a circular economy? What are the different dimensions of a circular economy? We will watch a series of films around real-life circular economy initiatives, such as the use of recycled content in appliances, smart phone dismantling, re-use of components, sustainable production, reparability, share economy, remanufacturing…
16:00 – 16:30 Keynote: Paolo Falcioni, Director General of CECED
16:30 – 16:45 Films around circular economy in practice in the WEEE sector.
16:45 – 17:00 Keynote: Walter Stahel, Professor, Founder of The Product-Life Institute
17:00 – 17:15 Keynote: Frank Lenderink, Apple
17:15 – 18:00 Senior Executive Panel: Bettina Lorz, Paolo Falcioni, Walter Stahel, Rasmus Bergström and Danilo Bonato moderated by Margaret Bates.
18:00 – 18:15 Closing remarks: Pascal Leroy

Busses depart for Gala Dinner. Gathering is to be in the Hotel lobby.

20:00 – 23:00

Gala Dinner
Transport from hotel to Gala Dinner at Fort St Angelo (outside, if the weather permits): 10 km from Valletta. Classical string quartet and Jazz Band.
Gala Dinner in the presence of the Commissioner. We will be ‘looking back’ with Leo Donovan, Chief Executive of WEEE Ireland. “The WEEE Forum 2002-2017: 15 years the voice of excellence in WEEE recycling”.

23:00 End of Day One.


Day Two, Thursday 27 April 2017 - EPR Supportive of Green Growth: Opportunities and Challenges

08:30 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 Start of Day Two
09:00 – 09:15 Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for the Environment
09:15 – 09:45 Philip Morton, Vice President of the WEEE Forum
09:45 – 10:30 “The WEEE Forum, 15 Years On”. Fifteen years the responsible stewards of e-waste, the voice of excellence in WEEE recycling. Where do we come from? Have we managed to raise the WEEE recycling bar and level the playing field? What is our model of best practice? An inspiring overview of the journey with testimonials from Pascal Leroy, Petr Novotný, Lucía Herreras-Martínez, Elizabeth O’Reilly, Norbert Zonneveld and Richard Toffolet
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30 Theme 3: Extended Producer Responsibility
In this theme, we elaborate on EPR as a set of laws, programmes and action plans. What lessons have we learned from 15 years EPR principle in the WEEE area? Should we fine-tune the policy? What are the sector’s chief concerns and expectations? Has Europe become a Recycling Society? How have we taken on the WEEE challenge? What are the future financial liabilities? What good practices should we be proud of?
11:00 – 11:30 Keynote: Thomas Lindhqvist, professor at IIIEE, Lund University, father of the EPR principle
11:30 – 11:45 Keynote: Alain Grimm-Hecker, President of Eco-systèmes, the EPR journey in France
11:45 – 12:30    Senior Executive Panel: Maria Banti, Philip Morton, Thomas Lindhqvist, Alain Grimm-Hecker and Leo Donovan, moderated by Pedro Nazareth
12:30 – 12:45 Closing remarks: Jan Vlak, Pascal Leroy
12:45 End of Day Two, Closing of Conference
12:45 - 13:00 Press Point


The International WEEE Forum Conference takes place in “Le Méridien St Julians Hotel & Spa”  (see Address: 39 Main Street, Balluta Bay, St Julians STJ1017, Malta.
A group rate of €145 for rooms in Le Méridien until 1 March has been secured. After that date, rates will be subject to availability.


Each delegate will receive a pack consisting of:

  • Brochure: “The WEEE Forum: 15 years on!”, with key figures, trends, patterns, overviews, intelligence... including mission statement: The Voice of Excellence.
  • Programme, agenda and speakers
  • Issues paper: “Issues of greatest importance”
  • Give-away to mark the event
  • Brochures with project information
  • Press release
  • Leaflet: “Who are the WEEE Forum?”