Governance and system change

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The sector of food waste, food system, and bioeconomy is crucial for a successful circular transition. The need for the EU to shift from the linear logic in bioeconomy towards more circularity and sustainability is a clear one.

But how can we attain circularity in the sector? The question of conflicting goals for a circular bioeconomy development is a vital one. The industry's dependence on technical, economic and social prerequisites has led to a growing demand for developing a comprehensive governance framework, transition management, and systemic development that enable circular transformation.

Presenting examples of practices that offer the highest circular potential could act as a catalyst for a debate on how to best reach the goal of circular economy advancement in the area of bioeconomy. During such a discussion the overarching trends visible in bioeconomy should be borne in mind, that is: the need for greater bioeconomic resilience, the growing role of biomaterials and ecosystems, an increase in the social aspect of bioeconomy and the integration of bioeconomy activities.

On 18 May Innowo, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Alchemia Nova, Interreg MED Green Growth Community, and the ECESP organised a #EUCircularTalks on Governance and system change. The event discussed the questions at the heart of this topic and helped form opinions to facilitate a just and effective bioeconomy and food system circular transition, while simultaneously tackling food waste.

Draft agenda

  • 10.00 - 10.05
    • Welcome and introductory survey
  • 10.05 - 10.20
    • Introduction
      • Andreas Thurner, President of the Thematic Study Group on Sustainable Food Systems, European Economic and Social Committee
  • 10.20 - 11.20 Case study presentations
  • 11.20 - 11.55 Visual collaboration
  • 11:55 - 12:00 Conclusions at first glance