About the EU Circular Talks

The EU Circular Talks is a new exchange concept of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform. It aims to encourage stakeholders to interact and discuss the circular economy topics in the platform.

Stakeholders initiate the topics themselves. These can take multiple forms of online events; workshops, seminars, debates or Q&As. These are followed by discussions directly via the platform's communication channels. The #EUCircularTalks uses all the communication channels to inform the community and foster the debate on the circular economy. The results of each EU Circular Talk is summarised and published on the ECESP platform.

The Workshop

The workshop will take place on 16 June from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. CEST.

Moving to more circular economy models is one of the European circular economic community's main objectives today. This transition promises a brighter future for the European economy. By helping to decouple economic growth from resource use and its impacts, the circular economy offers the prospect of real sustainable development.

Industrial Symbiosis is a way to achieve a more sustainable and integrated industrial system, which identifies business opportunities that leverage underutilised resources. Stakeholders in related sectors collaborate in order to reuse residues and use by-products properly, and find innovative ways to optimise inputs.

EIT Community Circular Economy, CircLean and the ECESP are holding a #EUCircularTalks to identify the main challenges and potential solutions related to Industrial Symbiosis. The event will discuss topics such as innovation, policy options and the market. 

Draft programme

09.30 - 09.40 Opening remarks & welcome

Ignacio Calleja, EIT Community

Mira-Maria Kontkanen, European Economic and Social Committee

09:40 - 10.15 Perspective from the European Commission

Olga Pozlevic, DG Grow - Circlean

Anita Matic, DG ENV - Industrial symbiosis and IED

Jürgen Tiedje, DG RTD - Hub for circularity

10.15 - 10.30 Industrial symbiosis

Rachel Lombardi, International Synergies

10.30 - 10.45 Open discussion

10.45 - 11.00 Innovation for Industrial Symbiosis

Klaus Sommer, KHSommer Consulting

11.00 - 11.15 Open discussion

11.15 - 11.30 Policies for Industrial Symbiosis

Cristian Matti, EIT Climate KIC

11.30 - 11.45 Open discussion

11.45 - 12.00 Market barriers and Opportunities

Teresa Domenech, UCL

12.00 - 12.15 Open discussion

12.15 - 12.30 Closing remarks

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