Zero Waste Scotland: Lecture 1 – Introduction to Circular Economy: Principles and outline business models – the broad business case

Speaker – Mark Dempsey, UK
UK Sustainability Manager and
WEEE Programme Manager, HP Inc
Mark Dempsey is UK Sustainability Manager for HP Inc. Mark has previously worked as European Environmental Policy Advisor for Hewlett Packard and Manager of the Parliamentary Sustainable Waste Group at Westminster. Mark has also worked as Development Officer for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and advised the Australian Government. Mark has gained detailed knowledge of the Extended Producer Responsibility, the Circular Economy, resource efficiency, and environmental management for businesses; and has extensive experience of leading and influencing policy in Westminster and Brussels. Mark has a degree in Geography and a Masters in Environmental Policy and Management and is a member of the CIWM and IEMA.

HP is reinventing the way its products are designed, manufactured, used and recovered as it shifts its business model and operations towards a materials and energy-efficient circular economy. The company’s overall long-term and enduring ambition is to take responsibility for its products throughout the entire lifecycle – to understand and own the impacts of its products along the value chain. The vision is to keep its products and materials in circulation for as long as possible. The company wants to lead the industry in driving circular design and practice.