Making London Smarter: A Circular Economy Approach, London

13 September, 2017 | 18:30 - 20:00

Improving the way London works
Improving the way London works

About this event

ICE will be exploring the topic of Digital Engineering under the presidency of leading expert Professor Tim Broyd. Following on from the release of the State of the Nation 2017: Digital Transformation, ICE London is delighted to announce our new Knowledge Programme: Making London Smarter.

Making London Smarter, running from September to December 2017 will examine how London can benefit from new and emerging technologies in the infrastructure sector. The series of event bring together leading specialists, industry experts and decision makers to answer questions such as:

  • What are the new technologies that we can expect to see over the coming years?
  • What opportunities and challenges do they pose?
  • How will they affect how we live, work and travel in London?
  • How do we make London a smart city?

Our first lecture in the series will be Making London Smarter: A Circular Economy Approach.

A 'circular economy' (take, make, use, remake) promotes the reduction, reuse, remanufacture and recycling of all resources and waste.

The London Infrastructure Plan 2050, published by the GLA in 2014, predicts the Capital's population will hit eight million by 2030 and 11 million by 2050. The growth in residents will increase London's use of resources and production of waste. Without a significant change in how we manage these systems, we risk making London's growth unsustainable – threatening the continued success of the Capital.

For further background on this topic, read the recent briefing note prepared by the ICE London & South East Circular Economy Panel on how London can transition to an economy based on these principles (reduce, reuse and recycle).

Making London Smarter


Professor David Gann CBE CEng FICE FCGI

David Gann

Vice-President, Innovation, Imperial College London

David Gann is a university and business leader, strategist and advocate with extensive international experience in innovation and technology management. He is Imperial College London's Vice-President (Innovation) and member of the College's Executive Board.

David is Professor of Innovation and Technology Management with a PhD in Industrial Economics. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art and Fellow of the City & Guilds Institute.

His distinctive strengths include proactively building relationships and influencing decision-makers to connect ideas, research and solutions, between business, universities and government. His research spans strategy, management science and systems engineering, particularly on innovation and infrastructure in the digital economy.

David has deep experience in mentoring start-ups, supporting fast growth technology businesses and developing long-term strategic partnerships with multinational technology corporations.

He is Chairman of the Smart London Board, reporting to the Mayor of London – he was previously a member of the London Enterprise Panel (LEP).

David is Non-Executive Director at Directa Plus plc, the world's largest producer of pristine graphene. His industrial experience includes serving as Laing O'Rourke plc's Group Executive for research and innovation. He developed Crossrail's Innovation Strategy with Crossrail's CEO and guided its implementation. He advises executives and boards on innovation and technology management, including Citigroup, IBM, Huawei, McLaren and Tata Group.

David was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours for services to engineering, and received the 2014 Tjalling C. Koopmans Asset Award for extraordinary contributions to the economic sciences.

David is author of many academic papers and co-author of seven books including:

  • Think Play Do – technology, innovation and organization Oxford University Press, 2005
  • The Management of Technological Innovation: Strategy and Practice Oxford University Press, 2008
  • Innovation: A Very Short Introduction Oxford University Press, 2010 – also in Chinese, Arabic, Malay, Portuguese and Italian.
  • The Oxford Handbook of Innovation Management Oxford University Press, 2014


Katherine Adams

Katherine Adams

Principal Consultant at Building Research Establishment (BRE)

Katherine Adams is a Principal Consultant at BRE and has worked in the area of construction resource efficiency for over 15 years. This includes developing solutions for the reduction of waste and improving waste management across the construction supply chain. She has also assisted Government in the development of policy and regulation. She is now undertaking a PhD at Loughborough University, funded by BRE Trust on how to embed a circular economy in the building sector and continues to provide technical expertise at BRE.

Clare Ollerenshaw

Clare Ollerenshaw

Clare has worked with the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) for just over two years in the role of Circular Economy Manager. Previous to this she was at WRAP (The Waste and Resources Action Programme) working on resource efficient business model projects. Clare has a background working in the environmental and community sectors.

Rainer Zimmann

Rainer Zimmann

Resources and Waste Expert Dipl-Ing (FH) CEng CWEM MCIWM MCIWEM MVDI

Rainer is Arup's Resources and Waste Business Leader for the UK, Middle East and Africa. He is a Chartered Engineer and Waste Manager with 21 years of experience in environmental engineering in both the public and private sectors. Rainer has worked on resources and waste management projects in over 20 countries spanning five continents.

He is one of Arup's circular economy champions and was influential in developing Arup's relationship with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. He was leading Arup's research on the Circular Economy in the Built Environment. He was also the Project Director for the Old Oak and Park Royal Circular Economy Study applying circular economy principles to the UK's largest regeneration site.

His experience in resources and waste management is very broad providing strategic advice on waste policy and legislation, undertaking research, developing sustainable waste management strategies for integrated urban masterplans and preparing feasibility studies for new waste management infrastructure. Rainer also has in-depth experience in waste PFI/PPP procurement and implementation of complex waste management infrastructure having lead large multi-disciplinary teams of designers, planners, scientists, engineers and technical specialists.

Rainer has particular knowledge of developing smart city solutions with regards to resources and waste management, and has given several presentations on this subject.

He has acted as an expert witness and given evidence to the UK House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology on waste reduction, and the UK Ministry of Justice Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) on waste business relocations.