18/11/2019 – 20/11/2019

Discover how Belgium is building a circular ecosystem

Fostering innovation in the field of circular economy

Do you want to discover the second biggest chemical cluster in the world and learn more about sustainable chemistry? Do you want to know more about state-of-the-art resource recovery projects? Are you interested to visit companies specialised in industrial ecology, recycling and eco-design, and urban circular economy incubators?

Then take part in the Circular Economy Hotspot Belgium from 18 to 20 November 2019. Join the welcome session on November 18 in Brussels. In the evening, you will be taken by coach to one of the cities where you can visit circular innovation hotspots on November 19. The coach will bring you back to Brussels, so that you can join the special session about circular economy on November 20 at the G-STIC conference.

Grab your seat on a thematic tour on November 19

Take a dive into world-class circular innovation

The Circular Economy Hotspot programme offers you a unique chance to discover how Belgium is building a circular ecosystem. Participate at a thematic tour on November 19 in Antwerp, Ghent, Brussels or the province of Hainaut.

Discover the world's second biggest chemical cluster in Antwerp

Antwerp hosts the world’s second-biggest chemical cluster, as many large companies have production facilities in Antwerp. Sustainable chemistry is a major focal point in the port of Antwerp. During this tour, you will visit:

  • Blue_App, the University of Antwerp’s open innovation hub for sustainable chemistry
  • BlueChem, Belgium’s first incubator and accelerator for chemical start-ups and growth companies
  • the Port of Antwerp Testbed

Learn more about resource recovery projects on CO2, plastics and construction materials in Ghent

Ghent’s harbour and city centre are a hub for circular economy initiatives. Captains of industry, entrepreneurs, city developers, and universities are joining forces on resource recovery projects on CO2, plastics and construction materials, focusing on implementation and upscaling. During this tour, you will:

  • join the discussion about the valorisation potential of the resource recovery projects
  • be inspired to improve circular economy practices by exchanging ideas and experiences

Explore how circular economy innovation helped create new economic activities in Brussels

Brussels is an urban region with a high population density, and therefore an interesting challenge when it comes to the management of materials flows. A transition towards circular economy is of prime importance for cities.

The visit to Brussels will focus on hotspots where circular economy innovation and experimentation have enabled the creation of new economic activities. During this tour, you will:

  • discover circular economy pioneers in dedicated incubators
  • learn about the creative use of temporary occupation to avoid wasted capacity

Be inspired by best practices in industrial ecology, recycling and eco-design in the province of Hainaut

For almost 60 years, the multi-sector inter-municipal company IDEA has been promoting the « Heart of Hainaut » region in the southwest of Belgium. This region aims to be a place of experimentation that sparks transitions. 

During this tour, you get a unique chance to discover the best practices of companies specialised in:

  • industrial ecology
  • recycling
  • eco-design

Circular Economy Hotspot Belgium & the G-STIC conference

November 20, 10:00 – 12:00

The Circular Economy Hotspot’s closing session will be hosted by G-STIC on November 20. Free entrance to G-STIC is included for all Circular Economy Hotspot participants. While the Hotspot event mainly focuses on company visits, G-STIC will give you the opportunity to bring your perspective to the discussions and to expand your knowledge on crucial transition processes related to circular economy and sustainability.

Circular economy at G-STIC


After the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Scotland, Belgium will be hosting the Circular Economy Hotspot from 18 to 20 November 2019.

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