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7 Rue Guimard

1000 Bruxelles


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Cities have for centuries been a major attraction for people. The United Nations estimate that by 2030 about 5 billion people will live in cities, and by 2050 two thirds of the global population lives in urban areas (UNDESA, 2012). They are places of opportunity – a better life, greater economic and entrepreneurial opportunities, higher concentration of food and people.

Cities can be key players in rolling out circular models, reducing the use of resources and raw materials. This one-day event aims to identify the key challenges and opportunities in policy, technology and business models to unlock circularity for cities.

9:00 - Registration

9:30 - Welcome and Opening

Representative of the European Institute for Innovation and Technology
Ignacio Calleja, EIT RawMaterials
Sean Lockie, EIT Climate-KIC

10:00 - What are the main challenges to reaching circularity for cities?
Patty Fong, European Climate Foundation

10:15 - Unlocking policy for circular cities
How can policy and governance help cities reach circularity? How can we increase collaboration between European, national, regional and local levels? Does culture play a role in achieving circularity in cities?

Innovating cities
Marie Yeroyanni, DG Research and Innovation

Horizon 2020 for Sustainable and Circular cities
Ugo Guarnacci, EASME

Circular tools for circular cities
Charlotte Breen, C40

City regulations to unlock circular economy
Klemen Risto Bizjak, City of Maribor - Slovenia

New governance for circular cities
Holger Robrecht, ICLEI

11:15 - Coffee Break

11:30 - Unlocking policy for circular cities
Roundtable discussion, Q&A

12:15 - Circular Technologies
How can technology help close the loop for main waste streams? What are the existing technological gaps? What are the non-technological barriers for their implementation? What funding schemes are in place to support the development of these technologies?

Construction and demolition waste
Malgorzata Golebiewska, DG Environment

Digitalisation and waste management
Pascal Peslerbe, Veolia

Dematerialising plastic materials demand
Lorenzo Rieg, Montanuniversität Leoben

Circular Cities and recycling
Markus Reuter, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf

13:15 - Lunch

14:30 - Circular Technologies
Roundtable discussion, Q&A

15:15 - New business models
What is the role of social innovation drivers to unlock business opportunities? What will be the next wave of products and services for consumption 2.0?

New consumption models and opportunities for a shared economy
David Peck, TU Delft

New approaches for collection schemes
Martin Jaehnert, Binee

Leveraging citizen awareness to increase recycling engagement
Ivan Gonzalez, Recycl3R

Engaging consumers
Piort Barczak, European Environmental Bureau

Circular Cities and reuse
Michal Len, RREUSE

16:30 - Coffee Break

16:45 - New business models
Roundtable discussion, Q&A

17:30 - Summary and conclusions

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7 Rue Guimard

1000 Bruxelles


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