Thank you to the 250+ delegates who attended this year's conference. A selection of photos is available to view here.
It is now widely agreed that the take-make-consume and dispose (linear) model global economies are based upon is no longer viable when taking into account population growth, resource access and scarcity. First Vice-President Frans Timmermans recently confirmed that the Circular Economy package, will not, in its current guise, form part of the European Commission’s 2015 work programme, the EU executive believing that ambitious revisions are required.
This has given increased energy to the debate around what role the EU should play both within Europe when seeking to encourage investment, innovation and jobs, and globally in setting standards and forging pathways to sustainable economic growth.
This Forum Europe conference provided a platform for policymakers and stakeholders to reflect on how best to deliver economic growth in a resource limited, environmentally challenged context.
Discussions centred on the following key themes:
- How will the objectives of the Circular Economy be translated into new EU legislative proposals, which will deliver both economic and environmental results?
- Will Europe grasp the opportunity to develop coherent and coordinated responses to the challenges of a resource-limited world?
- How can businesses shift from being “locked-in” to the linear economic model to the circular economy and which sectors are leading the way?
- What does the future hold for international commodities trading within a circular economy?
- What role can education play at citizen and corporate levels and how can best practice be exchanged?
- How will a circular economy impact on jobs and growth in Europe?
More information, including a full programme and speaker list is available on the agenda page here. For further details or to discuss, please contact Rose Maloney on firstname.lastname@example.org / +44 (0) 2920 783 070.