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The European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform's Coordination Group members will showcase the work done by their Leadership Groups on 17 and 18 January 2022 during the Circular Europe Days in Dubai. The events will take place during the Dubai Expo Global Goals Week, which coincides with the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.
The Dubai Expo Global Goals Week aims to unite businesses worldwide and urge further action towards a sustainable and inclusive future.

The event is an opportunity to showcase what Europe has to offer in the field of the circular economy and create an international space for front-running EU circular entrepreneurs. An onsite and online matchmaking platform, provided by the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), will be available to facilitate collaboration and networking opportunities for European entrepreneurs.lo

Leaders of the ECESP Coordination Group will organise eight hybrid events hosted by five national pavilions. For two days, members of the Coordination Group will present to an international audience the work done by their Leadership Group on different topics, from buildings and infrastructure to circular procurement to economic incentives to food waste and more.

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Please note that the time indicated is Dubai Time (e.g. 10:00 in Dubai means 07:00 in Central European Time)

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  • 17 JANUARY - Circular Europe Day 1
      • 10:00 - 11:30 (CET+3) - THE POWER OF EUROPEAN CIRCULAR NETWORKS - THE NETHERLANDS PAVILION

        The health crisis of COVID19 has demonstrated how interconnected we all are. As is the case for the climate crisis. Collaboration is therefore vital for circular transformation. Systems thinking and co-creation are key concepts the EU is committed to. Co-chairs Circular Change and Holland Circular Hotspot will guide participants through the role of network governance and circular hubs in the EU's circular transition. Panellists will explore the impact of these hubs on the ground, presenting cases and sharing experiences.

        10:00 - 10:05 Welcome by the ECESP co-chairs and co-moderators

        • Ladeja Godina Košir, Circular Change
        • Freek Van Eijk, Holland Circular Hotspot

         

        10:05 - 10:10 Keynote speech - the EU and the circular economy

        • Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President, European Commission (video message)

         

        10:10 - 10:15 Welcome by the EU Ambassador to the UAE (TBC)

         

        10:15 - 10:25 Global launch of the Circularity Gap Report 2022

        • Martijn Lopes Cardozo, Circular Economy

         

        10:25 - 11:05 EC and States representatives - panel on individual and collaborative circular actions and opportunities post COVID-19

        • Jean-Eric Paquet, Director General - Directorate "Research and Innovation", European Commission
        • Dr Simona Kustec, Slovenian Minister of Education, Science and Sport
        • Roald Laperre, Vice Minister for the Environment, Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management
        • A representative from Finland TBD
        • A representative from Poland TBD
        • A representative from Ireland TBD

         

        11:05 - 11:15 Keynote and global bok launch on circular economy network governance - The circular economy network governance

        • Prof. Jacqueline Cramer

         

        11:15 - 11:20 Q&A with the audience on-site

         

        11:20 - 11:28 Circular Europe Days - sneak preview

        • Freek Van Eijk, Holland Circular Hotspot
        • Ladeja Godina Košir, Circular Change
        • Françoise Bonnet, ACR+
        • Michael Kuhndt, Executive Director, CSCP
        • Agnieszka Sznyk, Innowo
        • Melody Van den Acker, Circular Flanders
        • Hubert Bukowski, Innowo
        • Sarah Miller, Rediscovery Centre

         

        11:28 - 11:30 Closing remarks by moderators

      • 11:45 - 13:15 (CET+3) - CIRCULAR OPPORTUNITIES ON BUILDING & INFRASTRUCTURE - THE NETHERLANDS PAVILION

        Buildings and infrastructure play an undeniably crucial role in our wellbeing, health and safety. They provide us with the basic structures we depend on to enjoy our lives, through the homes we live in, the offices we work at, and the roads and railways we travel by. However, the sector accounts for 50% of extracted resources and 40% of carbon emissions. The good news is: circular European solutions exist across the entire value chain and they can significantly contribute to a climate-neutral future. These solutions can inspire the world and create opportunities for EU frontrunners. This session will bring together experts from various organizations to discuss topics like the undervalued importance of infrastructure in tackling climate change, discuss the markets for secondary resources, the relevance of deconstruction design to enable the renovation wave, and stress value chains collaboration.

         

        11:45 - 11:50 Welcome

        • Freek Van Eijk, Holland Circular Hotspot

         

        11:50 - 11:55 Keynote speech - The need to scale up and innovate in the buildings and infrastructure sector (EU perspective)

        • Jean-Eric Paquet, Director General - Directorate "Research and Innovation", European Commission

         

        11:55 - 12:00 Keynote speech - The need to scale up and innovate in the buildings and infrastructure sector (NL perspective)

        • Roald Laperre, Vice Minister for the Environment, Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management

         

        12:00 - 12:10 Global launch of the new brochure: "Circular Infrastructure: the road towards a sustainable future"

        • Prof. dr. ir. Vincent Gruis, Professor of Housing Management, Delft University of Technology and Chair of the (Dutch) Circular Construction Economy Transition Team (online)
        • Jean-Eric Paquet, Director General - Directorate "Research and Innovation", European Commission
        • The EU Ambassador to UAE (TBC)
        • NN, Member of the European Parliament (TBC)
        • Ingrid Thijssen, President of VNO-NCW
        • UAE representative (TBC)

         

        12:10 - 12:20 Circular infrastructure: the road towards a sustainable future

        • Prof. dr. ir. Vincent Gruis, Professor of Housing Management, Delft University of Technology and Chair of the (Dutch) Circular Construction Economy Transition Team (online)

         

        12:10 - 12:20 Design for deconstruction

        • Christine Lemaitre, DGNB

         

        12:20 - 12:30 Buildings and infrastructure value chains: collaboration and market perspectives for circular economy

        • Laura Cutaia, ENEA

         

        12:30 - 13:00 Panel discussion with leading EU representatives and industry

        • The EU Ambassador to UAE (TBC)
        • NN, Member of the European Parliament (TBC)
        • Ingrid Thijssen, President of VNO-NCW
        • Reflections by UAE representative (TBD)

         

        13:00 - 13:15 Closing 

        13:15 -  14:30 Lunch and networking opportunity

      • 14:00 - 17:30 (CET+3) - SUSTAINABLE LIVING AND WOOD - FIT FOR 55 - SLOVENIAN PAVILION

        The EU “Fit for 55” package demonstrates the EU’s continued commitment to sustainable biomass with an increase of the renewable energy targets, climate neutrality for land use, forestry and the agriculture sector and creation of a nature-positive economy that protects and restores degraded ecosystems. Unlocking the full potential of sustainable biomass, forestry, and wood industry for 2030 and beyond is dependent on decisions made today.
        The events in the Slovenian pavilion focus on the crucial role of the wood sector, green technologies, design, construction in sustainable development and circular economy.
        The participants will have the opportunity to network and discuss wood as the sustainable material of the future. The EEN matchmaking platform will support the networking part of the event.

        14:00 - 14:30 Lunch and networking opportunity

         

        14:30 - 14:45 Welcome & Introduction

        • Ladeja Godina Košir, Circular Change (ECESP co-chair)
        • Dr Simona Kustec, Slovenian Minister of Education, Science and Sport
        • Minister, The Netherlands

         

        14:45 - 14:55 Presentation: Wood fit for 55

        • Kestutis Sadauskas, Director DG ENV, European Commission (TBD)

         

        14:55 - 15:00 Presentation: The future of the wood industry

        • Andreja Kutnar, INNORENEW

         

        15:00 - 15:05 Presentation: Wood-based materials and technologies for the circular economy

        • Miha Humar, Vice-dean for research of The Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana

         

        15:05 - 15:45 Panel discussion with leading EU representatives and Industry:

        • Franc Bogovič, Member of the European Parliament (video message)
        • European Commission Representative (TBD)
        • Prof. Jacqueline Cramer
        • Andrej Čuš, Secretary of State, Ministry of Economic Development and Technology
        • Jure Kotnik
        • RIKO
        • M Sora

         

        15:45 - 16:00 Brief introduction of business representatives (Wood industry cluster Slovenia) by the moderator

         

        16:00 - 17:30 Late afternoon programme: International matchmaking moderated by Europe Enterprise Network

  • 18 JANUARY - Circular Europe Day 2

    On the second day, the Leadership Group on Cities & Regions, Consumers & Electronics, Food Waste, Food Systems & Bioeconomy and on Economic Incentives & Circular Procurement will present the work done during the year via the exchange concept #EUCircularTalks. The Slovenian Pavilion invites on site participants to join the international matchmaking at 13:00 CET+3.

      • 10:00 - 11:30 (CET+3) - MAKING CIRCULARITY WORK FOR PEOPLE, CITIES & REGIONS - FINNISH PAVILION

        10:00 - 10:25 Welcome and introduction

        • Government representative of the hosting pavilion (TBC)
        • NN, Member of the European Parliament (TBC)
        • Françoise Bonnet, ACR+

         

        10:25 - 10:55 Making circularity work for regions and cities

        • Circular cities and regions initiative (CCRI), state of art and perspectives EC DG R&I (TBC)
        • Supporting the circular transition with awareness building, advisory and financing, Jonas Byström, Lead engineer, EIB Advisory Hub
        • Q&A

         

        10:55 - 11:15 EU regions towards circular economy

        • After COP26: circular economy as a tool to mitigate climate change, Iain Gulland, Zero Waste Scotland 
        • Nikolaos Ntavos, Co-founder & Manager, CluBe - Cluster of Bioeconomy & Environment of Western Macedonia
        • Nordic city, Nordic Circular Hotspot
        • Sergio Pérez García, General Director of Foreign Action, Navarra Government

         

        11:15 - 11:30 Q&A and closing remarks

         

      • 11:30 - 13:00 (CET+3) - ENABLING CIRCULAR ELECTRONICS: SKILLS FOR CITIES, BUSINESSES & CONSUMERS - FINNISH PAVILION

        Digitalization surrounds us everywhere. This is accompanied by an immense increase in reliance on devices such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops. Not only in Europe but also in other World regions, electrical devices are gaining more and more importance.
        The event aims at finding answers to the question is: "Who can enable circular electronics and how can the re-skilling and upskilling work for different stakeholder groups?" from different stakeholder perspectives.
        The event is also an opportunity to have insights from EU experts about current activities at the European level. Representatives of businesses, cities and consumers will identify further challenges and discuss possible solutions that can also be transferred to other regions of the world.

        11:30 - 11:40 CSCP to set the scene and position LG vision and work

        • Cathrine Barth, Co-founder circularities, Nordic Circular Hotspot
        • Michael Kuhndt, Executive Director, CSCP

         

        11:40 - 11:50 Insight from the European Commission about EU circular electronics initiatives in the CEAP

        • Patrick Child, Deputy-Director General, DG ENV, European Commission 

         

        11:50 - 12:15 Impulses from different stakeholder perspectives

        • Mali Hole Skogen, Head of Sustainability, ICT Norway
        • Ana Maria Jaime Salcedo, Head Sustainability, MediaMarktSaturn Retail Group
        • Rosa Strube, Head of Sustainable Lifestyles, CSCP

         

        12:15 - 12:45 Panel discussion

        • Markus Paulsson & Mikael Rönnmar, City of Lund, Sweden 
        • Susanne Kadner, Head of Office, Circular Economy Initiative Germany
        • Michal Len, Director, RREUSE (TBC)

         

        12:45 - 12:55 Conclusion and outlook from a European perspective

        • Delara Burkhardt, Member of the European Parliament (TBC)

         

        12:55 - 13:00 Closing remarks

        • Michael Kuhndt, Executive Director, CSCP

         

      • 13:00 - 14:45 (CET+3) - FUTURE OF BIOECONOMY IN THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY TRANSITION - POLISH PAVILION

        The area of food waste, food systems and bioeconomy is crucial for a successful circular transition. The need for the EU to shift from a linear approach in bioeconomy towards circularity and sustainability is clear. However, the question remains: How do we achieve circularity in this sector? The event aims to highlight the importance and complexity of the bioeconomy as a driver for the transition towards a circular economy in Europe and advance potential solutions. Speakers will present successful projects that tackle the food waste problem. During the multistakeholder panel discussion, experts representing NGOs, businesses and administration will discuss the future of bioeconomy in a circular transformation context.

        Welcome and introduction

        • Agnieszka Sznyk, PhD, INNOWO
        • Karen Fabbri, Deputy Head of Unit Bioeconomy & Food Systems at European Commission
        • Andreas Thurner, European Economic and Social Committee, EESC

         

        Future of Bioeconomy in circular economy transition

        • Introductory presentation Bioeconomy as a systemic approach for circular transformation, Johannes Kisser - Alchemia-Nova
        • “Food waste and resource efficiency”, Carina Diedrich - CSCP
        • “Circular and bioeconomy development in Polish regions” - policy, projects, case studies, prof. Joanna Kulczycka - Mineral and Energy Economy Research Institute
        • "Urban food systems transformation”, Andrea Magarini - Milan Food Policy coordinator- Mayor's Office. Chair of the Eurocities Working Group Food
        • “The role of education on Food Circularity”, Paola De Bernardi - Professor of Circular Economy Management

         

        Panel Discussion: Future of Bioeconomy in circular economy transition - moderator Agnieszka Sznyk INNOWO

        • Philippe Shouler -Too Good To Go
        • Johannes Kisser - Alchemia-Nova
        • Chloé Jonnaiux -Generation Climate Europe (TBD)
        • Emma Chow - Ellen MacArthur Foundation
        • Alessio Colombo - RiceHouse

      • 15:00 - 16:30 (CET+3) - CIRCULAR TAXATION AND CIRCULAR PROCUREMENT AS DRIVERS FOR THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY - POLISH PAVILION

        During this session, the work of the ECESP leadership groups on economic incentives and circular procurement along with the potential of these instruments in the transition towards a circular Europe will be showcased. We will address the importance of a level playing field for circular business models, products and services and how to achieve it. Though both instruments are essential in this aspect, their use is still inadequate to influence circular transition. Why is it so? What can we do to support these instruments’ usage? What types of taxation and procurement system would be in line with the circular model? These are the issues we will try to tackle. A spotlight will be put on these instruments’ practical implementation in Europe. Finally, an interactive debate will close off the session.

        15:00 - 15:10 Welcome and introduction 

        • Veerle Labeeuw (LG CP Chair)
        • Hubert Buwoski (LG EI Chair)

         

        15:10 - 15:25 Importance of a level playing field for circular business models

        • Patrick Child, Deputy-Director General, DG ENV, European Commission (TBC) 

         

        15:25 - 15:50 Taxation as an instrument for the transition to a circular economy

        • Paul Tang, Member of the European Parliament
        • Hubert Bukowski, Innowo
        • Emmanuel Katrakis - EURIC, video contribution

         

        15:50 - 14:00 Showcasing European projects and circular suppliers (video testimonies)

        • Circular taxation example
        • EPR example
        • Circular procurement example - influencing the market - City of Leuven or Facilitair bedrijf
        • Labour vs resources taxation or another CP example - TCO certified or Junoo (TBD)

         

        16:00 - 16:15 Circular procurement as an instrument for the transition to a circular economy

        • Enrico Degiorgis, Adviser DG ENV, European Commission or Melody Van den Acker (Circular Flanders) (TBD)

         

        16:15 - 16:25 Q&A or Panel debate panel of speakers, moderated by

        • Hubert Bukowski, Innowo

         

        16:25 - 16:30 Closing remarks

        • Hubert Bukowski, Innowo

         

      • 15:00 - 19:30 (CET+3) - IRELAND: COLLABORATING & INNOVATING TO ACCELERATE CIRCULARITY - IRISH PAVILION

        15:00 - 17:00 Matchmaking event

         

        17:00 - 17:10 Ireland's evolving circular economy policy landscape

        • Video message government of Ireland (TBD)

         

        17:10 - 17:20 Ireland's societal transition: Building circular economy communities

        • Dr Sarah Miller, CEO, The Rediscovery Centre, The national centre for the circular economy

         

        17:20 - 17:30 Scaling up circularity: Introduction to The ZeroNet, a CIRCULÉIRE Industry Member

        • Paul McSweeney, CEO, TheZeroNet  

         

        17:30  - 17:40 Q&A with Sarah Miller and Paul McSweeney

         

        17:40 - 17:50 Closing remarks

        • Ladeja Godina Košir, Circular Change
        • Freek Van Eijk, Holland Circular Hotspot

         

        17:50 - 18:00 Closing message

        • Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commission

         

        18:05  Possible signing of a manifesto by participants of CED, Refections, Photo opportunity

         

        18:00 - 19:30 Closing reception with Irish folk music concert, Pat Hennessey

  • Lunches & matchmaking opportunities

    Online and on-site participants can network via the Europe Enterprise Network (EEN) matchmaking platforms during the Circular Europe days. On the second day, the Slovenian pavilion kindly invites on-Site participants to enjoy Slovenian specialities during a matchmaking session focused on Nordic countries.

      • 17 JAN - 13:15 (CET+3) - LUNCH & MATCHMAKING- DUTCH PAVILION

        The Dutch pavilion, in the Sustainability District, organises a networking lunch on the first day of the Europe Circular Days. The Pavilion puts the spotlight on Dutch companies to give a glimpse of the Netherland biotope and how it unites water, energy and food to reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

        13:15 - 14:15 LUNCH and networking opportunities

      • 17 JAN - 14:00 (CET+3) - EEN MATCHMAKING OPPORTUNITY- SLOVENIAN PAVILION

        The Slovenian pavilion, located in the Sustainability District, is a soothing green oasis. The pavilion outward reminds one of the country's central themes during these Europe Circular Days; Wood. The façade is covered with lavish green and gives the visitor the impression of entering a floating forest. In this context, the Europe Enterprise Network will support a matchmaking event where participants can network and discuss wood as the sustainable material of the future.

        14:00 - 14:30 Lunch and networking opportunities

        16:00 - 17:30 International matchmaking moderated by Europe Enterprise Network

      • 18 JAN - 13:00 (CET+3) - LUNCH & NETWORKING- SLOVENIAN PAVILION

        The Slovenian pavilion, a soothing green in the Sustainability District, invites participants on-site to appreciate Slovenian gastronomy during lunch on the second day of the Europe Circular Days. The Europe Enterprise Network will support the matchmaking platform, focusing on Nordic countries.