Cash Sustainability Forum

Frankfurt | Germany

24-26 June 2024

Cash Sustainability Forum

Frankfurt | Germany

24-26 June 2024

Cash Sustainability Forum

Frankfurt | Germany

24-26 June 2024

Cash Sustainability Forum

Bringing together the cash cycle for a greener future

Event Sponsor

The Cash & Payments Sustainability Forum is the only event that brings together all the stakeholder in the cash cycle, and beyond, to work towards sustainability in the production, circulation and destruction of one of the world’s most enduring and widely used products.

It shares best practice, promotes cooperation and addresses specific environmental challenges and solutions in the cash and payments arena.

Organised by Reconnaissance International, publishers of last year’s white paper “Cash: a Roadmap to Sustainability”, the event is styled as a forum to focus on practitioners and decision makers. It is about adding value so that everybody learns, thinks, networks and comes away better able to develop policy, assess performance and options, work with others and implement new ideas.

The Forum will be in five parts,

Setting the scene

Sustainability has created an industry with acronyms, abbreviations, terminology, metrics and accreditations for each and every part. We will run sessions to provide a common understanding, a base line, for where the sustainability ‘industry’ is relevant to what we do. As part of this we will consider the areas of challenge, complexity, confusion and risk.
We will also consider the role of the central bank, ISO14001, ESG reports, greenwashing, top down and/or bottom-up change.

Best practice

We know there are great examples of organisations, central banks, private and government owned suppliers, making significant progress reducing their environmental impact. We will give them the opportunity to share what they have done and with what result.
We also want to cover topics such as how central banks can reduce the impact of cash and the cash cycle, how to commission an LCA or CFA and how to move ESG from greenwashing to being a programme driver. Across cash production and cash handling, what makes a difference and what is the commitment and cost?


We want to highlight the benefits of co-operation supplier to supplier, and at a cash cycle level, ie. the cash cycle end-to-end offers opportunities for standardising packaging, standardising materials, reusing materials, data sharing to optimise cash movements, process changes regulated by central banks etc.
We have the real example of cross-industry co-operation in the experience of the UK’s Cash Industry Environmental Charter group and there will be others.
Staff engagement is good for morale and is a powerful driver of change and progress. We will look at how this can be done.

Specific challenges

Specific challenges range from agreeing industry wide metrics for ESG reports and LCAs, establishing appropriate criteria to include in tenders, and what weighting to give them, disposing of notes at the end of life, green energy purchasing, deciding when carbon offsetting is right and how to do it well, reducing ATM energy use and the use of fossil fuels for cash movements.

Technology focus

We have seen work on everything from capturing and reusing heat, energy generation, wastewater management, end of life solutions, achieving a ‘circular’ economy and re-purposing of track and trace solutions to enable reuse of materials and plastic separation. We will focus on how technology can help sustainability, looking both at innovations within the cash cycle  and examples from other industries and sectors.

Who should attend

Anybody involved in or responsible for what their organisation does around sustainability.  This is intended as a forum where people working on sustainability can learn, exchange views and explore. 

Central bank/treasury banknote and coin issue departments:

  • Policy
  • Cash management
  • Procurement
  • Vault management
  • Cash centre managers

Cash manufacturers:

  • Coin blank manufacturers and mints
  • Substrate, security feature component and ink suppliers
  • Prepress, printing and finishing equipment manufacturers
  • Banknote printers

Cash cycle stakeholders:

  • Currency machine sorting and handling manufacturers
  • Cash management and cash in transit companies
  • Destruction and end of life machine and management companies
  • Financial institutions, retailers

Environmental solution providers:

  • Energy suppliers
  • Wastewater solution providers
  • Circular economy experts
  • Waste solution companies
  • ESG software specialists
  • Life cycle assessment (LCA)/carbon footprint assessment (CFA)
  • Carbon offsetting specialists


Monday 24 June

13:30 – 17:00: Cash Cycle Recycling and Recirculation Workshop

This workshop, which is open to all, will consider the key activities, principles and options open to a central bank to ensure cash recycling and recirculation delivers fit and genuine banknotes and coins for the public.

If cash can be recycled and reused at, or close to, the point of sale, then that cash can be transported less and its velocity in circulation can increase, delivering significant environmental and cost benefits to all. The introduction of machines capable of fitness checking and authenticating banknotes, and even counting equipment, often has this capability now, giving those at the point of sale the ability to maintain standards to a consistent and defined level. But how can this be assured?

At the same time circulation models are changing. Better data and communications are allowing new business models, such as Smartsafes that enable fewer pick ups. This changes risk profiles and cash holdings. Higher circulation velocity can also mean banknotes experience more wear. Do specifications need to be amended to ensure banknotes are as durable as they can be?
The spectrum of cash management models ranges from central banks fitness checking and authenticating all banknotes returned from circulation through to the complete outsourcing of these activities with, at most, sampling of returned unfit banknotes before destruction. But with cash returning less frequently to cash centres where high speed sorters, with their many detector system are used, data on cash holdings is further removed from what is actually circulating, more unfit notes circulate and counterfeit reports are delayed.

No one economy is the same. Culture, economic behaviour, banking systems and flows, cash and commercial infrastructure, rules and regulations, specifications etc. are all different. However, there are activities that have to happen – fitness checking, authentication, data gathering, accounting etc. – and principles that apply.

This workshop will also look at elements that are directly under the central banks control, such as the specification of notes and coins, denominational structures, cash distribution models etc.

It will then examine a range of different models from totally in-house to completely decentralised cash systems. In the context of developing business models, it will look at a number of case studies of how different central banks run their cash cycles. It will also consider the implications of these rules on commercial banks, cash management companies, ATM operators, cash in transit companies and retailers.

The session will also touch on environmental factors beyond the movement of cash, to consider single-use plastics, security seals, containers, other packaging materials, recycling data gathering, and more. These are areas where central banks often regulate and so, therefore, have direct control of their environmental impact.

This will be an interactive session with a range of speakers. Given every country will have different experiences, this is a useful and interesting opportunity to share experience.

This workshop is free for all delegates

Tuesday 25 June

09:00 – Session 1: Keynote


Welcome & Introduction

John Winchcombe

Reconnaissance International (UK)


Cash and Climate – Insights from the Deutsche Bundesbank

Ralph Rotzler

Deutsche Bundesbank (Germany)


The Banknote Product Environmental Footprint and the Work of the ECB

Bernadette O'Brien

European Central Bank (Germany)


Pioneering Sustainability in Currency Management

Tendamudzimu Nemusombori

South African Reserve Bank (South Africa)


Re-thinking Co-operation to Save the Planet

Rupert Pearce

Rewired Earth (UK)

11:05 – Break – Refreshments

11:15 – Session 2: Measurement


Navigating the Evolving Sustainability Landscape: Effective Environmental Target Setting for Financial Institutions

Toby Green

MyCarbon (UK)


CSRD Regulations – A Burden or Opportunity for Carbon Reduction?

Thanos Patsos

Verco (UK)


Role and Contribution of Rating Agencies

Tanja Reilly

EcoVadis (France)


Measurement and Actions to Reduce Environmental Impacts

Harsha Mary Thomas

De La Rue (United Kingdom)


Getting to Know your Emissions – A Practical Approach

Boštjan Kolar

CETIS (Slovenia)

12:55 – Lunch

14:25 – Session 3: Panel – Tenders

  • EcoVadis
  • Orell Füssli Security printing
  • CCL Secure

15:35 – Session 4: Manufacturing Excellence


Eco-Design of Future Euro Banknotes

Antonio Arrieta

European Central Bank (Germany)


Do Nothing, a Little bit or Something That Makes a Difference?

Lachlan McDonald

CCL Secure (United Kingdom)


The Core Challenge of Our Business Industry – Be The Change We Want To See In The World

Benoit Renault

Oberthur Fiduciaire (France)


An Energy Supplier’s Perspective on Saving the Planet

Gareth Metcalf

NPower Business Solutions (UK)


Sustainability in the Cash Cycle

Marcus Ohnemus

Giesecke+Devrient GmbH (Germany)

18:30 – Conference Dinner and Table Top Exhibition

Wednesday 26 June

09:00 – Session 5: Cash Cycle


Driving Change in a Bank and Across an Industry

Leeann Shanks

Natwest Group (UK)


Navigating Carbon Offsetting: Methods, Legal Frameworks, and Supply Chain Collaboration

Adam Lowe

THG Eco (UK)

Jason Petrou Brown

THG Eco (UK)


Optimising the Cash Cycle

Jens Eberhardt

Cash Infra Pro (Germany)


First Report on New Zealand’s Community Cash Services Recycling Trial

Ian Woolford

Reserve Bank of New Zealand, Te Pūtea Matua (New Zealand)


Sustainability in the Paper Making Process; an Innovative Security Fibre That Reduces Waste and Cost

Gary Spinks

Security Fibres Ltd (UK)

10:40 – Break – Refreshments

11:10 – Session 6: Cash Management


Minting with Care: The Royal Canadian Mint’s ESG Commitment

Michael Groves

Royal Canadian Mint (Canada)


Putting the S into ESG

Andrew Mills

The Royal Mint (UK)


Recirculation of Potted up Money and Cash Stuck Abroad.

Mario Van Poppel

Leftover Currency (UK)


Banknote Processing Solutions that Support Green Sustainability Targets

David Hawkins

CPS Group Support Limited (UK)


Cash automation: How Innovation is Serving Retailer’s Quest to a Greener Tomorrow

Marie-Carmen Hughes


12:30 – Lunch

14:00 – Session 7: Repurposing & Recycling


Circular Economy in Cotton Banknotes: New Possibilities, Expanding Life Cycles

Alexandre Ambrozio Gilberti

Blendpaper (Brazil)

Nathalia Salles Ruivo de Barros

Casa da Moeda do Brazil (Brazil)


Composting Unfit Cotton Banknotes

Syed Faizan Haider Shah

Pakistan Security Printing Corporation (Pakistan)


Hyperspeed Composting of Banknotes: Turning Waste Notes into a Raw Material

Richard Perera

Landqart AG (Switzerland)


Green Cash: Exploring the Sustainability of Banknotes

Astrid Drexler

Louisenthal (Germany)

15:20 – Break – Refreshments

15:50 – Session 8: Panel – This House Believes That Central Banks Need to Lead on Cash Cycle Sustainability

16:20 – Close of Conference and Farewell Drinks

Promo Pod

Maximise your exposure at the 2024 event by taking part in our promo pod, to take place during the evening drinks reception.


Ends 30 Apr 2024

After 30 Apr 2024

Promo Pod – pop up banner and marketing space


GBP 225

GBP 250

Promo Pod

Ends 30 Apr 2024

After 30 Apr 2024

GBP 225

GBP 250

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Please note that local VAT at the prevailing rate will be added to all invoices where relevant.

Our Table Top Exhibitors

Our Venue

Steigenberger Icon Frankfurter Hof

Making your hotel reservation

Delegates are responsible for arranging their own travel and accommodation.

Booking Your Stay

Delegates will be able to book their stay for the conference and receive the special Reconnaissance International rate.

EUR 250/night

includes breakfast and Wi-Fi but excludes local taxes

Contact details

Am Kaiserplatz
60311 Frankfurt am Main
Phone: +49 69 80 88 57 88

Beware of Unsolicited Offers

Delegates should only book their accommodation using the official reservation page when it becomes available – and not through any other agent.

Disreputable companies (such as Trade Show Housing) have been known to approach delegates with unauthorised offers – and these companies cannot be trusted.

Such companies have not been endorsed by us – and we never share delegate information with any housing company or travel agent. All unsolicited offers should be ignored.

If you have any questions or concerns about the hotel arrangements, contact the conference team:
[email protected]
+44 (0)1932 785 680

Delegate Fees

Government representatives can attend the conference at the discounted rate. Further discounts apply for early registration – ends on 30 April 2024

Ends 30 Apr 2024

After 30 Apr 2024

Standard Delegate

GBP 1755

GBP 1950

Central Bank Delegate 1

GBP 1125

GBP 1250

1. Central Bank DelegateApplies to central banks and treasury departments responsible for banknotes, coins and payments.

Pre-Conference Workshop 

There is no additional charge to attend our pre-conference workshop. 

All Delegates

Pre-Conference Workshop

Free of charge

Delegate Fees

Government representatives can attend the conference at the discounted rate. Further discounts apply for early registration – ends on 30 April 2024

Standard Delegate

Ends 30 Apr 2024

After 30 Apr 2024

GBP 1755

GBP 1950

Central Bank Delegates

Ends 30 Apr 2024

After 30 Apr 2024

GBP 1125

GBP 1250

Central Bank DelegateApplies to central banks and treasury departments responsible for banknotes, coins and payments.

Pre-Conference Workshop

There is no additional charge to attend our pre-conference workshop. 

All Other Delegates

Pre-Conference Workshop

Free of charge

Central Bank Delegate – Applies to central banks and treasury departments responsible for banknotes, coins and payments. 
Delegate from UK CIECG member organisation

About Us

The Cash & Payments Sustainability Forum is brought to you by Reconnaissance International, co-publishers of the industry newsletters Currency News and Cash & Payment News, along with various directories and reports including the recent white paper ‘Cash: a Roadmap to Sustainability’.

Reconnaissance also organises a range of industry networking conferences and forums each year around the topics of cash, coins, high security printing and authentication.

Putting the Envrionment Centre Stage

The Cash & Payments Sustainability Forum™ in Edinburgh was an industry first. As such it was very much an experiment, a step into the unknown.

Following on from the November 2021 white paper, ‘Cash: A Roadmap to Sustainability’, and a series of conference seminars throughout 2022, the goal was to take a systematic and in-depth look at sustainability for central banks, cash producers and the cash management sector.

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