Thank you to the 200+ participants who attended the 2016 event!
Timed to follow the release of the European Commission’s revised Circular Economy Package, which forms a key pillar of the Commission’s work programme for 2016, this conference provided platform for stakeholders to debate and respond to the new proposals.
The event was opened by Jyrki Katainen, European Commission Vice President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness and his keynote speech can be viewed here.
A selection of photos taken at the event can be found here.
Principal Adviser, Task Force: Collaborative Economy, New Business Models and SMEs
DG GROW, European Commission
Senior Research Fellow, Critical Materials and Circular Design
Delft University of Technology
In an economic climate where European countries are burdened by global competition for an often unstable supply of resources, creating a new paradigm in which a sustainable European economy emerges is an urgent matter for debate.
To secure Europe’s competitiveness in the face of such challenges, the circular economy is seen in some quarters as a restorative solution, with the potential to eliminate waste and reduce carbon emissions through environmentally superior materials, products and processes, while at the same time driving green growth and jobs. However for some, the EU regulatory burden continues to handicap European companies faced with stiff global competition.
Sessions focused on:
- Bringing eco-design into the mainstream
- Creating a viable European market for secondary raw materials
- Preventing food waste across the supply chain
The conference also featured a case study session led by SMEs, emerging innovators and disruptors discussing to what extent the new circular economy package can drive disruption among traditional sectors, while boosting economic activity at the SME level.
If you would like further information, or would be interested in becoming involved in next year's event, please contact Rose Maloney on firstname.lastname@example.org / +44 (0) 2920 783 070.