A joint initiative by the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee
European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform
Annual Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference, 3-4 November 2020
The fourth edition of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform annual conference took place on 3-4 November. This edition of the main event for the circular economy in Europe went fully digital!
Every year, the European circular economy community from businesses, public authorities, NGOs to knowledge communities and civil society organisations gathers to discuss the transition to a circular economy. The conference is the flagship event of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform, a joint initiative of the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).
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During the first day, hosted by the European Commission, participants familiarised with the new EU Circular Economy Action Plan and discussed its implementation. The potential of the circular economy for a green recovery was also covered in the sessions. Interaction and exchange with the panelists during the plenaries broadcasted from Commission’s Charlemagne building were on the programme as well as online contribution to the thematic online parallel sessions.
On that day, Virginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries officially launched the #EUCircularTalks, a new feature of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform, to exchange on the transition to a circular economy.
09:30 | Opening
An ambitious agenda for a green recovery: the Green Deal, the Circular Economy Action Plan, and the Europe we want – Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, European Commission
09:40 | Keynote speech
Towards a sustainable and inclusive recovery: Unleashing the Circular Economy together– Christa Schweng, President of the European Economic Social Committee
09:50 | Plenary I
Discover the new Action Plan: a common agenda to deliver on a circular and climate-neutral economy
Florika Fink Hooijer, Director- General, DG Environment, European Commission
Dr Christoph Epping, Deputy Director-General, Resource Conservation, Circular Economy, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
Jan Huitema, Rapporteur of the own-initiative report on the New Circular Economy Action Plan, European Parliament
Tjisse Stelpstra, Rapporteur on the opinion on the new Circular Economy Action Plan, European Committee of the Regions
10:35 | Coffee Break
11:05 | Plenary II
Making Sustainable Products the norm
Kurt Vandenberghe, European Green Deal Adviser, President von der Leyen's Cabinet
Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Co-President, The Club of Rome
Jocelyn Bleriot, Executive Lead Institutions, Governments & Cities, Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Dirk Vantyghem, Director-General, Euratex
12:05 | Launch
#EUCircularTalks withVirginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries
Kestutis Sadauskas, Director Circular Economy and Green Growth, DG Environment, European Commission
Ladeja Godina Košir, Chair of the Coordination Group, European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform
12:35 | Lunch Break
Lunchtime event:European Business Awards for the Environment
14:00 | Parallel online sessions
Please note that all recordings will be available soon.
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Representatives of small, big, online and offline retailers discussed the role of the circular economy for the retail and wholesale sectors, in particular in the context of their recovery from the COVID crisis. The circular economy can help retailers and wholesalers build their resilience for the future.
Hubert Gambs, Deputy Director-General, DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission
In this session experts and stakeholders developed on the need to increase circular economy knowledge, competences and skills from an early age and throughout life, in both private and public sector, through co-operation between different disciplines.
Michael Teutsch, Head of Unit Schools and Multilingualism, DG Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture - Youth, Education and Erasmus+, European Commission
Antonius Schröder, Project Coordinator Blueprint Steel, Blueprint SPIRE-SAIS
Angels Orduna, Partner Blueprint SPIRE-SAIS
Laurence Lamm, Senior advisor EIT Raw Materials; Partner Blueprint Steel/ALBATTS/SPIRE-SAIS
Anders Norberg, Project coordinator Blueprint ALBATTS
Dimitra Maleka, Education Programme Manager - Battery Storage EIT InnoEnergy
The top world scientists assessed the scale of natural resource challenge the humanity is facing and propose three interconnected long-term strategies based on dematerialisation, circularity and use of bio-based materials. This session also discussed the conditions that must be met for circular economy to deliver on its potential.
Petra Goyens, Deputy Head of Unit Head of Unit Circular Economy and Biobased Systems, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
Pavel Misiga, Head of Unit Circular Economy and Biobased Systems, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
Edgar Hertwich, International Chair in Industrial Ecology, NTNU and Professor at the Department of Energy and Process Engineering
Ester van der Voet, Associate Professor at the Department Industrial Ecology of the Institute of Environmental Sciences, Leiden University
In the new Circular Economy Action Plan, the Commission commits to scope during 2020-2021 the development of possible further Union-wide end-of-waste (EoW) and by-product criteria (BP). This scoping exercise will help the Commission to make informed decisions on the need to adopt EU-wide EoW and/or BP criteria.
Jorge Diaz del Castillo, Legal Officer, Waste Management & Secondary Materials, DG Environment, European Commission
Silvija Aile, Deputy Head of Unit Waste Management & Secondary Materials, DG Environment, European Commission
Aurelio Braconi, Senior Manager Circular Economy and Raw Materials, Eurofer
This session presented ongoing work towards the establishment of the ‘Global Alliance for Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency’ announced in the Circular Economy Action Plan. This session offered an opportunity to hear from EU international partners and stakeholders their views on how to support the circular economy transition globally and the possible role of the Alliance to this end.
Astrid Ladefoged, Head of Unit for Sustainable Development Goals, Green Finances & Economic Analysis, Directorate-General for Environment, European Commission
Astrid Schomaker, Director, Global Sustainable Development, Directorate-General for Environment, European Commission, Brussels
Steven Kuhn, Director-General, Multilateral Affairs and Climate Change, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Ottawa
Hazri Hassan, Director, International Policy, Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment, Singapore
Kgauta Mokoena, Chief Director, Waste Management, Department of Environment Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF), South Africa, Pretoria
Alex José Saer Saker, Director, Sectorial and Urban Environmental Affairs, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Colombia, Bogotá
15:00 | Coffee Break
15:30 | Plenary III
Circular economy in challenging times: driving a green and future- ready recovery
Maria Teresa Fabregas, Director, Directorate for Recovery and Resilience II at Secretariat-General, European Commission
Marie-Claire Lhenry, Head of the European and international affairs unit, France Ministry of the Environment
The second day, hosted by the EESC, focused on stakeholder views in a series of online workshops highlighting successes and identifying new challenges. Eight workshops covered circular themes ranging from construction to food waste to procurement and roadmapping.
10:00 | Opening (webstreamed)
Jacki Davis, Moderator
Cillian Lohan, Vice-President of the European Economic and Social Committee
Ladeja Godina Košir, ECESP Coordination Group Chair
4 November 3:30-4:30, The OECD presented its synthesis report on The Circular Economy in Cities and Regions. The report builds on the findings from 51 cities and regions contributing to the OECD Survey on the Circular Economy in Cities and Regions and on lessons learnt from the OECD Policy Dialogues on the circular economy carried out in Groningen (NL), Umeå (SE), Valladolid (ES) and ongoing in Glasgow (UK), Granada (ES), and Ireland.
FEAD, the European Federation for Waste Management and Environmental Services, represents the private waste and resource management industry across Europe.
FEAD is organising a webinar - on 5 November 2020 at 10:00-11:30 - focussing on the on-going discussions under the German Presidency of the Council with regard to the new Circular Economy Action Plan and the key measures that are needed to ensure the full achievement of EU ambitions