This meeting is the final moment of sharing examples of circular business models and lessons learned of the implementation of policy for circular economy as part of the INTERREG project REDUCES. This meeting is aimed at policy makers that are responsible for developing local policy on Circular Economy and Circular Business. Partners from Greater Manchester, South-West Finland, Bulgaria, Valencia, Maramureś, and Utrecht will share how they have used the knowledge collected from the project to create local circular economy policy.

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Location: Stadskantoor 1 Stadsplateau 3521 AZ Utrecht Netherlands

Wednesday 19 April 2023

8:45 - 9:30 Reception and registration

Welcome by the host, The City of Utrecht, Bart van der Vossen (Director of Urban development) the REDUCES project leader, Timo Mieskonen (Turku University of Applied Sciences) and the INTERREG EUROPE policy officer Etienne Verhelle-Rodzinka

9:30 - 9:40 Opening by Bart van der Vossen, City of Utrecht

9:40 - 9:45 General introduction of the REDUCES Project - Timo Mieskonen

9:45 - 10:00 The state of play of interregional cooperation Etienne Verhelle-Rodzinka, Interreg Europe policy officer

10:00 - 10:30 Roeland Tameling - Director of the Lage Weide park management discusses the impact of circular business models in the Green Deal for the largest business park in the Utrecht region and the impact of raw mater

10:30 - 10:45 Coffee Break

10:45 - 12:30 Presentations by each of the regions on the progress on the Action Plans (15 minutes each)

  1. Greater Manchester: REDUCES Action Plan
  2. Valencia: Regional Action Plan for Circular Construction and Rehabilitation of Housing in the Valencian Community
  3. South-West Finland: Regional Action Plan for Circular Economy and Sustainable Business in Southwest Finland
  5. Bulgaria: Circularity for minimum waste and more value in Bulgaria
  6. Utrecht: Utrecht – a place for circular business

12:30 - 13:15 Lunch

13:15 - 14:00 Panel discussion on the next phase of the development of local circular economies
    An in-depth discussion of the challenges faced by the region in translating the initiatives to CE     policy
    Providing insight into how the stakeholders of the project are using the lessons learned from the     project to develop policy on Circular economy

14:00 - 15:00 Workshop: implementing Circular economy policy
    Pressure cooker workshop in which teams apply design thinking principles to develop CE policy
    Guided session discussing the pitfalls and challenges to developing policy on circular economy
    and the solutions found so far, and questions that are still open.

15:00 - 16:30 Information market – best practices (partner stakeholders, local examples from Utrecht) /networking
    A chance to meet-up and discuss local and international good practices of circular economy