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The role of Network Governance and circular economy hubs in the EU circular transition

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11 Oct 2021

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Recent environmental and health crises showed how interconnected and interdependent we all are. These crises also highlighted the strain we put on natural resources. To sustain the pace at which we produce and consume natural resources, we would need the equivalent of three planets Earth by 2050. Action is needed now to save the planet and our civilisation, and the circular economy is one of the solutions. It can help us redesign the existing linear economic model into a more resilient, circular system. Mindset shift and systems thinking and acting are needed to co-create innovative solutions that value financial, natural, and human capital. Collaboration is the key to a successful and effective circular transformation.

But how do different stakeholders collaborate on the ground? How do they collaborate with the government? With what impact?

Circular Change, Holland Circular Hotspot and the ECESP invite you on 11 October at noon CEST to the #EUCircularTalks on the role of network governance and circular economy hubs in the EU circular transition. Special guest Prof. Jacqueline Cramer and the panelists will explore the impact of circular economy hubs on the ground. They will present cases and share experiences of the power of networks.

Draft agenda

12:00 Opening remarks

  • Ladeja Godina Košir, ECESP Co-chair
  • Freek van Eijk, ECESP Co-chair

12:05 Intro speech

  • Cillian Lohan, Vice-president of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

12:15 Key note speaker

  • Prof. Jacqueline Cramer introducing network governance and the results of the survey

12:30 Part 1 - Presentations: circular hubs' role in the circular transition - impact on the ground

  • Marline Weber: The influence of the hub on political and legislative level in France, INEC
  • Laura Cutaia: ICESP activities in networking, knowledge and good practices collection and dissemination to foster the Italian circular transition, ICESP
  • Dan Clinci: A brief presentation of ASIST projects delivered by ROCESP (Romanian Circular Economy Stakeholder platform), IRCEM
  • Sarah Miller: Progress in Ireland through collaboration with government agencies and municipalities, Rediscovery center

Discussion with Prof. Cramer

13:10 Part 2 - Presentations: Stakeholders' experiences on networking, stakeholders engagement, advocacy - The power of networks

  • Arthur ten Wolde: The Dutch Acceleration House Circular Economy as an inspiration for circularity hubs in all EU regions,
  • Cynthia Reynolds: The emergence of a Shared Intelligence supported by data and new standards for best practice mapping of Circular case studies, Circular regions
  • Cathrine Barth: The Nordic Circular Hotspot case: building an international network, NCH
  • Beatriz Luz: Brazil case of CE hub - bridging EU and Latin America, Exchange4change

Discussion with Prof. Cramer

13:50 Closing remarks