09:30 - 10:15


Cian Whelan

Governance and sustainability analyst, Baillie Gifford

What sustainability conference would be complete without an investment manager taking the opportunity to overpromise the sustainability credentials of their products and attack ill-defined strawmen competitors? This presentation will do none of those things. In the course of twenty entertaining minutes (YMMV), Cian will talk through his role as Environmental Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) analyst at Baillie Gifford, why long-term investors should care about sustainability regardless of the hype, and what integrating ESG actually looks like in practice.
Founded in 1908, Baillie Gifford is a private partnership, wholly owned by partners who work in the firm. Cian is a member of the International Growth investment team, where he focuses on integrating ESG considerations into the investment process to find the small number of exceptional companies with the potential to deliver outlier returns for clients.

About Cian Whelan
Cian Whelan is an environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) analyst at Baillie Gifford. Baillie Gifford is a long-term active investment manager headquartered in Edinburgh, in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1908, Baillie Gifford is a private partnership, wholly owned by partners who work in the firm. Cian is a member of the International Growth investment team, where he focuses is on integrating ESG considerations into the investment process to find the small number of exceptional companies with the potential to deliver outlier returns for clients. Prior to joining Baillie Gifford, Cian was the environmental and social specialist on the Northern Europe team at Glass Lewis, the proxy advisor, and prior to that completed a PhD on the cultural dimensions of mainstreaming ESG in China.

10:15 - 10:45

Stef Calon

Mechanical development re-use engineer, ASML

ASML adopts a circular economy model. To contribute this ASML designs less new parts and increases the re-use of parts with a goal of more that 95 percent of reused parts in 2025.
Maximum re-use requires keeping parts both applicable and functional; for as many products, as long as possible. For instance, returned metro-frames from existing systems are made compatible with the latest configuration. From this we learned that water channels need to be designed with regards to tooling for cleaning purposes and sufficient wall thickness due to corrosion. Furthermore, these metro-frames contain standardized interfaces to integrate with future systems. We quantify sustainability in design in materials use (mass), energy  consumption (CO2 equivalents) and savings. ASML adopts sustainable architectural design to use less parts and increase re-use to upwards of 95 percent by 2025 by keeping parts applicable and functional.

About Stef Calon
Stef Calon was hired at the EUV system delivery department of ASML for his graduation internship when completing his masters at the Eindhoven university of Technology. His task was to investigate how sustainability can contribute to
cost reduction during the design phase of an EUV system.
During his research Stef found out how engineers can design with circular design strategies (design for re-use) that contributes to the minimization of waste, securing financial value, and accelerating design learnings (circular design strategies enabling re-use in high technology manufacturing firms). After graduation Stef was hired at ASML to embed the recommendations.

10:45 - 11:30


11:30 - 12:00

Joost van Straalen

Principal engineer, Prodrive Technologies

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a very powerful image modality for hospitals. To reduce scan time and enhance image quality, MRI scanners rely on gradient amplifiers to drive the gradient coils with voltages above 2000V and currents of 1200A. The gradient systems of the latest MRI scanners consume more and more energy. If this trend continuous this energy consumption is becoming an issue for hospitals.
Prodrive Technologies is applying its sustainability design methods, to develop a new generation gradient amplifiers based on SiC MOSFETs to reduce the energy consumption of an MRI scanner and to improve the circularity of its components. In this talk Joost explains these methods and the technology behind this innovation.

About Joost van Straalen
Joost van Straalen is the principal engineer at Prodrive Technologies for the gradient amplifier portfolio. He started working at Prodrive Technologies in 2005 and worked on numerous projects as electrical engineer and later as system architect. Between 2012 and 2018 Joost worked as a part-time lecturer at Fontys Hogescholen teaching Power Electronics and Control Systems. Since 2014 Joost is working on the development of gradient amplifiers for MRI scanners. Together with an talented team of engineers, he is currently creating a new generation of more sustainable gradient amplifiers.

12:00 - 12:30

Dragos Dascalu

Industry process consultant, Dassault Systèmes

Virtual twins are used to model complex systems, from cars to cities to human hearts, and simulate their functioning with a very high level of accuracy. Using these capabilities we are able to create a control loop in which we look after wellbeing, resilience, biodiversity and emissions.In 2019, only 17% of global e-waste was properly disposed of, collected and recycled. Since electronics have become an inseparable part of modern life and half of the world’s people own a smartphone we need to look at appropriate disposal and recycling of products. Virtual twins can help product designers embed and follow circular economy principles throughout each stage of design.In the current industrial design equation there are a number of factors that contribute to the deepening of the environmental situation. During this presentation we will analyze our relationships with these factors and how they take form in the design, manufacturing, use and end-of-life of electronic goods. By taking into account a more holistic set of KPIs we are able to listen to all voices, including the often-unheard voices of plants, animals, microbes or things in our society.
When such a holistic world view that includes these previously ignored factors is elevated to a subject of intrinsic value, we start perceiving the way man and nature relate to each other not in a victor and vanquished, but as intrinsically linked and interdependent.

About Dragos Dascalu
Dragos has been working closely with engineers and designers, studying their works through the lens of the tool provider for virtual modelling. He uses his own bond and relationship with nature in pushing sustainability by design using material ecology, energy efficiency tools or extended assessments that change the way we perceive product lifecycle.He thinks of our ways of working as not merely a mechanical reflection of their context but an active agent in creating context. For him the productive reconfiguration of old practices is a first step in cooperating with future generations. In his job as a designer, by extension he promotes and tries to enable synergy between the built and the grown, the artificial and the natural, operating across scales and domains to conduct rather than construct.

12:30 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:30

Jurgen Bastiaansen & Robin van Tongeren


In a very early stage Festo wants to get in touch with companies to discuss macro-economic challenges that lie ahead of us and the technological possibilities that the market offers to cope with them. Festo wants to establish a sustainable and longlasting relation within ecosystems. Festo is also part of of this system and joint innovation will only succeed through joint effort.

Within the area of industrial automation Festo is known as producer and supplier of pneumatic, electromechanical and electronic components.

Together with the development of these products also services like Energy Saving Services were developed the last decennia. Everything with a clear focus on savings on energy consumption.

Worldwide we are facing challenges in the field of sustainability, not aonly on componenten level, but also on application and process level.  Therefore we think it is important to investigate how existing technology can rise above sustainability on product level, so how does usage of technology enables us to become more sustainable and turn circularity into reality.

From the technology point of view we will present uses cases (both OEM and End User), in which we show how accessible and via interoperable standards, we can make systems and processes more sustainable and reuse this knowledge to optimize products and processes even further.

About Jurgen Bastiaansen
Married, 2 children, living in Pijnacker. HBO-E background. Over 25 years working in industrial automation, both on the mechanical side and the control side. Since 5 years responsible for the innovation initiative at Festo Benelux with a north-west European character.
We are mainly concerned with technology and engineering that may become important for Festo in 3 to 5 years. Festo is in the middle of a transition from mechanical hardware to (intelligent) software.

About Robin van Tongeren
Married, 2 children, 2 dogs, living in Hank, Noord-Brabant. Born and raised in Ijmuiden in 1982. Studied at the TU Delft (and finished), bachelor EE, combined master System & Control + Computer Science. After a year of Database management he joined Festo as Technical Support Engineer for mechatronic systems. After 1 year he advanced to Product Marketing Manager. From 2015 to 2018 he worked as Application Engineer for Festo in Shanghai China with focus on large electronic manufacturing chains like Foxconn, ASM. Also set up 4 beautiful Experience Centres in China (Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen and Chengdu). As of 2018 he's back in the Festo cluster Benelux and partly Festo global as senior Application Engineer for large and complex projects on multi carrier systems and digitalization.

14:30 - 15:00

Ingeborg Höld

Manager of quality, safety and environment , AAE

At the end of 2018 AAE determined a strategy to half its carbon footprint for the use of buildings and operation every year for three years. We now have reached that goal. AAE - an OEM itself and a Tier 1 supplier - is now including in its scope business travels and all other activities downstream and upstream to become CO2 neutral and circular with its business. This requires a close corporation within the supply chain with respect to design, production and logistics.

AAE wants to take its responsibility in securing a future for people and planet and with that a future for AAE itself. The goal is to reduce the big impact humanity has on climate change, degradation of land, pollution and the loss of biodiversity and the long term negative effects these have on people and planet. In orde to do this humanity has to reduce its footprint on our planet regarding our use of materials, use of land and production of waste.

About Ingeborg Höld
Ingeborg Höld has been manager of quality, safety and environment at AAE since 2017. She is setting up and improving AAE's business processes that aim to always deliver customer orders as agreed, to provide AAE's employees with a safe workplace and last but not least to make AAE's business sustainable for our planet. Before 2017, she worked for 15 years at Philips and NXP. She trained as a chemist at Leiden University and after research at the Netherlands Institute for Exploration of the Sea, successfully defended her PhD thesis in the field of organic geochemistry at Utrecht University in 2000. Ingeborg was born in The Hague and has been living in Brabant for many years with great pleasure.


15:00 - 16:00


16:00 - 16:30

Christin Thau


NCAB Group is a Swedish supplier of circuit boards and a frontrunner in sustainability. Christin Thau from NCAB will show you how the group of companies has reached this high level of sustainability and how it runs a profitable business at the same time.

NCAB’s sustainability standards are amongst the highest in the industry. The Swedisch company has a strong focus on ESG (environmental, social and governance) sustainability as part of its strategy, based on the United Nations sustainable development goals.

NCAB Group is a network of fifteen companies, with almost six hundred employees. It supplies circuit boards but the companies does not have any production facilities of their own. Instead they work together with 29 different factories, mostly in China. 

Christin will tell you about the sustainability strategy that was formed already in 2014. She will show the company’s focus areas and long-term goals and roadmap on this topic. She will also explain how NCAB collaborates with suppliers and customers on sustainability.

After a short introduction she will talk about how to choose the right factories. NCAB has a sourcing process in place to make sure that they have the right suppliers. It also checks these suppliers on a regular basis to make sure they are really fitting their production requirements and standards on ethics and human an labor rights. The sourcing typically takes 1.5 to 2 years. 

Part of the sourcing is a sustainability audit. In China alone NCAB has 100 people working locally with their production partners. Three of those hundred are working on sustainability on a day to day basis.

Christin will also talk about how NCAB deals with emissions at its partners factories. PCB production uses a lot of water, so this is an important topic.’ Thau will also share some thoughts with us on design. It is key for having less scrap and higher yields.

About Christin Thau
Christin Thau has been part of NCAB Group Germany GmbH since 2012. In her capacity as Senior Account Manager, she is responsible for the customer service in the south-east area. In addition to this activity, she is in charge of the sustainability topic in Germany, Austria and Switzerland since 2022.

16:30 - 17:00

Jeroen Rondeel

Managing director, Blue Engineering

Design for sustainability is a competence in every engineering practice in the next few years. In his presentation Jeroen will give you a roadmap for how to get to an organisation that has sustainable product design or processes in its bones. Jeroen will talk about the tools that are available and every engineer should be trained in. He will explain why a focus on total cost of ownership also means that you should design a sustainable product. In short, he will give you practical information for the how of design for sustainability.

About Jeroen Rondeel
Jeroen Rondeel has 26 years of experience in product and production development in various industries. He studies at the Radboud university of Nijmegen and did a masters in aeronautical engineering. Jeroen founder of Blue Pasma and managing director of Blue Engineering, an engineering company with a focus on sustainability.

17:00 - 17:30


Henk Tappel

Bronkhorst High-Tech

Many companies that are selling products on a global scale have embraced the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Contributing to a better (and ever changing) world is, of course, a great ambition, but how do you manage your product portfolio, your customer base and the lifecycle of your products in order to cope? Choices that seem obviously good and straightforward, may turn out not so beneficial at all when really scrutinized. In this keynote you will learn about some of the dilemma’s an OEM finds itself in an how it can work towards solutions.

About Henk Tappel
Henk Tappel graduated in 1985 as a mechanical engineer at the University of Twente, the Netherlands. For the next 19 years, he was a system architect and product manager for Philips Electron Optics in Eindhoven, a.k.a. FEI, which is now Thermofischer. In 2006 he became Managing Director of high-tech system supplier Frencken Europe. Late 2016 he joined Bronkhorst High-Tech in Ruurlo as a Statutory Director. With this highly innovative OEM in flow technology Henk’s primary focus is on innovation.


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