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SusDefSp SWG – Circular Economic Concept

25/Oct/2023 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm


As part of moving the Sustainable Support Strategy forwards the next Sustainable Defence Support (SusDefSp) Sub Working Group (SWG) will explore how circular economics can improve supply chain resilience, certainty of supply and create operational advantage.


Defence Support Futures are developing a circular economic concept note, the aim of this SusDefSp SWG is to expose initial thinking to wider stakeholders and provide the opportunity for industry, academia and others  to provide challenge and insight to inform the next iteration of the concept note


Virtual attendance will be on MS Teams

For those attending in person the venue is: Mott MacDonald, 10 Temple Back, Bristol, BS1 6FL

Date & Time

0930 – 1530 hrs Wednesday 25th October 2023.


Following the working group the concept note will be uplifted and if required experimentation plans amended.


The Concept note will describe how Defence must operate in the future, hypothesise about the benefits and through experimentation build an evidence base to inform future policy, capability development and investment decisions

Who should attend

Anyone with a responsibility for making their business more sustainable and implementing circular economics across their organisation will benefit from attending.


This event will by hybrid, there are limited places to attend in person these will be allocated on first come first serve basis and limited to one person per company

Outline Agenda – subject to change

  • 0930 Welcome to site add safety brief (Host)
  • 0935 Open from Co Chairs (Defence Support Ian Florey and FNC Ian Tarplee)
  • 0945 Def Sup Circular economic concept (Defence Support Sarah/Marina)
  • 1005 Def Circularity activities – metal (DESA Leroy), Circular Development in Kevlar (Uplift 360Sam), DE&S Net 50 (DE&S ESPA James)
  • 1105 Coffee
  • 1130 Non defence perspectives (Mott MacDonald, Business Decision Making Framework (Loughborough Uni) , other sector UKRI KTN Rare earth metals and batteries (Sheena)
  • 1230 lunch
  • 1330 Workshop – challenge and insight to inform circular economic concept note (challenge, insight from other sectors, what is missing, where is it too ambitious or falling short, what don’t we know, what solutions are out there)
  • 1430 Plenary – feedback from each group
  • 1500 key takeaways and closing remarks (Co -Chairs)
  • 1515 Coffee (TBC)
  • 1530 Site visit (TBC)
  • 1630 Depart (0r 1515 if no visits)

For additional information please contact nadeem.cheshti@teamdefence.info or Steve.green@teamdefence.info



9:30 am - 3:30 pm


Mott MacDonald
10 Temple Back Bristol
Bristol, BS1 6FL United Kingdom
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