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Sustainability and Circular Economy Policy Directions to Come

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Aloft Brussels Schuman

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Under the light of the LEVELs framework for sustainable buildings and the role of lighting - Policy Breakfast

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8.45 - 9.15: Arrival, welcome coffee, drinks and pastry

9.15 - 9.25: Welcome Address

  • Pekka Hakkarainen – Vice President, Government and Industry Relations, Lutron Electronics

9.25 - 10.35: Discussion with the expert with Q&A “Where is sustainability-related policy headed in the EU?”

  • With András Inotai, Advisor, Member of Cabinet of Commissioner Karmenu Vella
  • Moderator: Pál Belényesi (Brussels Consulting)

10.35 - 10.50: The expert's comments

  • Ruth Kelly Waskett – HOARE LEA

10.50 - 11.00: Closing remarks

  • Josefina Lindblom – European Commission, DG Environment

Coffee and Snacks

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András Inotai

András is the advisor and a senior member in the Commissioner Vella’s cabinet. He is responsible for relations with the Council (fisheries), legal matters and infringements, and a range of different environmental affairs. He is a long-serving Commission employee, having spent a great deal of his professional career in competition law and sector regulation. András has a law degree and is a College of Europe - Bruges alumni. He regularly publishes in different international journals. He is a fervent sportsman and a no plastic enthusiast.

Pekka Hakkarainen MA, PhD

Pekka is Vice President of Government and Industry Relations at Lutron Electronics. He has held several technical, market development and business development positions since joining Lutron in 1990. Pekka has been involved in NEMA activities since the mid-1990’s and he is a past Chair of the Lighting Systems Division and the High Performance Building Council. Pekka currently chairs the Daylight Management Council. He has also served on the Board of the Global Lighting Association, and served as the Chair of the Board of the Connected Lighting Alliance. Pekka is also a voting member of the ASHRAE 90.1 Committee, and a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. He has served on two committees for the National Research Council charged with evaluating public spending on solid state lighting. He received a BA/MA degree in Mathematics from Cambridge University, England and a PhD in Plasma Physics from MIT. He holds seven U.S. patents.

Josefina Lindblom PhD

Josefina is working at the European Commission for DG Environment, in the unit of Sustainable Production, Products and Consumption. She has been responsible for the work on "sustainable buildings" since 2011 and has managed the recent developments of Level(s), a common framework for the assessment of the environmental performance of buildings. She has previously worked in DG Research with specific support to SMEs and in DG Joint Research Centre, where she took part in research studies related to improved environmental performance of industry and how to design policy in this respect. She has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering Design from Chalmers Technical University of Gothenburg.

Ruth Kelly Waskett PhD CEng MCIBSE FSLL

Ruth is a lighting consultant with a background in engineering, lighting design and academia. Ruth is a Vice-President of the Society of Light & Lighting (SLL), a part of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE). She led the revision of the SLL Daylighting design guide in 2014 and is a regular contributor to various CIBSE and SLL guidance documents. She also contributes to the Daylight module of the Lighting Education Trust (LET) Diploma Course and is a visiting lecturer at the Bartlett School, UCL, with involvement in the MSc in Light & Lighting and MEng in Architectural Engineering. Ruth’s PhD research looked at the user experience of smart glazing in a UK office, and she has a particular interest in the real-life issues associated with automated building technology, particularly those that offer daylight control.

Pál Belényesi PhD

Pál is the founder of Brussels Consulting, company focusing on advising clients on EU affairs. He is an external advisor to the European Parliament’s research service, CULT committee and Frontex, while being a regular expert in EuropAid programs in third countries. He comes from a professional and academic background in cross-cultural negotiations, business development, policy planning and enforcement. He has over sixteen years of experience in carrying out legal and economic analyses, antitrust, and business consulting. He is a former European Commission and European Parliament employee. Pál is also an internationally recognized speaker and a media-savvy communicator with a master degree in law from the European University Institute, and a PhD in environmental and competition law and economics. He is active in academia, too, teaching at several universities across the globe and researching behavioural and cultural economics. His latest contributions are on the use of behavioural biases in fact-based policy-making.

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