Lieze Cloots will kick-start the special session by sharing some of the key discussion points of the World Resource Forum (WRF), focusing specifically on the societal and political challenges for creating a circular economy. One such challenge involves the need for society to adapt its lifestyle and reduce its carbon footprint, along with the infrastructural changes that are needed to support this change. Another challenge relates to the need for political action, and the courage it takes to organise a systemic shift that can scale up existing circular initiatives and make them mainstream.
PACE was launched during the World Economic Forum Annual meeting in 2018 and recognises the need for effective leadership throughout this transition process, and convenes a global leadership group committed to overcome barriers to progress. As a representative of PACE, Wang will focus on the challenges in scaling up action and advancing the global transition towards a circular economy. More specifically, she will talk about the stimuli needed to realise this transition.
Vaughan Levitzke will discuss the role of policy and business in driving circular economy. He will present the ways in which strategic policies can drive the move towards a circular economy, whilst simultaneously generating economic benefits for both governments and businesses as well as building social and economic capacity and activity.
ISWA (International Solid Waste Association) has recently developed the Initiative for Mayors and Municipalities (IMM), focusing on the importance of engaging leadership in developing sustainable waste management solutions. Through this IMM initiative, ISWA aims at making know-how and best practices accessible to decision makers and those who influence policymaking on regional and national levels. The speaker will discuss the importance of leadership and policymaking in enabling a circular economy.
Mohammed Al-Harty will discuss the challenges and barriers to implementing a circular economy model from a Middle Easter perspective. He will share his knowledge and expertise in the area of sustainable waste management, and will focus on the challenges of establishing the required infrastructure, restructuring municipal waste collection services and improving public awareness of waste management.
Integrated solutions for waste management and circular economy
Chairperson: Karl Vrancken
More information will be available soon.
Sessions also related to the Circular Economy theme
Circular Hotspot Belgium
Closing session Circular Economy Hotspot Belgium
The Circular Economy Hotspot’s closing session will be hosted by G-STIC on November 20. 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.
More information about Circular Economy Hotspot Belgium can be found here.
Deep dive on Oceans & Circular Economy
Technological solutions for marine plastics
Chairperson: Karl Vrancken
The issue of marine plastics and ocean pollution has at last taken the spotlight. The rapidly increasing levels of marine litter present serious environmental problems at a global scale. These problems are widespread, affecting not just animal well-being and marine biodiversity, but whole ecosystems, livelihoods, societies and economies. The UNEA stresses the importance of better and more sustainable management of plastics throughout their lifecycles to enhance sustainable production and consumption patterns. Such sustainable patterns involve sustainable economic models like the circular economy, as well as environmentally sound waste management, resource efficiency, sustainable materials management, the development of innovative technologies, the environmentally sound clean-up of existing marine plastic litter and international cooperation to prevent marine pollution.
To achieve such objectives, UN Environment recognizes a need to strengthen scientific and technological knowledge with regard to marine litter. Therefore, a project has been set up to identify and disseminate technological solutions for the prevention of marine plastic litter, with a main focus on macro plastics and using land-based (waste management) and near-shore (litter capturing) technologies for selected world regions. The project aims to (1) generate a database of technological solutions to prevent and reduce marine litter, (2) create a technical report describing the role of the technological solutions in sustainable management of plastics throughout the value chain, (3) evaluate the knowledge gaps and capacity gaps, with attention for differences in various regions of the world, especially developed and developing countries and (4) develop policy recommendations for best points of intervention to prevent and reduce marine litter.
This round-table discussion will stimulate a debate on the challenges of and technical solutions for the prevention of marine plastics. As a way of kickstarting the project, the session aims to unite key stakeholders for this project, allowing each to share their standpoint and involvement. The session will be open table, inviting those attending G-STIC 2019 to sit in and ask questions to stimulate an informal debate around the role of technology in preventing marine plastics.
Other sessions related to the Circular Economy theme
Industry Night session
Integrated technological solution for digital circular innovation
Chairperson: Karl Vrancken
The circular economy is a complex transition to tackle. A number of companies of all sizes and in all sectors have already experimented with ad hoc experiments or have implemented circular principles. It helps underlining the potential, but so far the number of outspoken circular strategies is still limited.
Given dependency on critical resources, the manufacturing industry has most to gain from switching to a circular economy. Maturing digital technologies help as necessary enablers to tackle complexity, as was discussed at G-STIC2017 and 2018. Bridging manufacturing and digital industries might be key to achieve the envisioned acceleration and upscaling of circular possibilities and proven practices with an eye to limiting resource dependencies and supply risks, but also with an eye to achieve the 2050 goals set by the Paris Agreement.
Servitisation is one of the strategies within a circular approach that is of growing interest to many companies, as it offers many advantages ranging from resource management, over customer connection, to insight in product usage over the lifecycle.
This deep dive session is organised by the technology sector federation Agoria. It kicks off with 2-3 company presentations, to have a view and testimonial from both manufacturing and digital industry, and also brings a reflection from an EU point of view. Mature companies are challenged by a number of digital start-ups and niche frontrunners in the manufacturing industry.
In a panel debate the invited speakers tackle questions such as: how to tweak the existing linear model step-by-step to a more circular approach? Which digital technologies will speed up the innovation in circular manufacturing? Is servitization the next big thing, and can it be more than ‘As A Service’? What roles can norms and standards play to guide or boost this evolution? Should governments, industries and science & knowledge institutes interact more on this matter? Which digital skills are needed to reap the full potential?
Pascale Van Damme, VP & GM for Dell EMC in Belux
Annika Hedberg, Senior Policy Analyst, European Policy Centre
Frederik Wouters, Business Development & Sales Executive Verhaert (TBC)
Kicking off the debate
- Guido Smits, CSO Data Stories (TBC)
- Jeroen Franssen, Agoria
Interactive discussion with the speakers, challengers and the audience
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