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Innovative solutions for a circular economy

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Wednesday, 25 November 2020
 15:00 - 16:30
By invitation only


Nicolas Schäfstoß
Policy Advisor, Digitalisation and Society, BMU, Germany
Sirpa Pietikäinen
Member of the European Parliament
Sveinung Rotevatn
Minister of Climate and Environment, Norway (recorded intervention)
Tom Eng
Senior Vice-President, Tomra
William Neale
Adviser for Circular Economy, Directorate B & Green Growth DG Environment


Stefan Sipka
Policy Analyst, European Policy Centre

The transition to a circular economy would ensure access to critical materials, create new jobs, raise the EU’s GDP and curb Europe’s dependence on foreign markets. It would reduce pollution, waste and the EU’s GHG emissions significantly, but there is still a long road ahead. Arguably, innovative solutions, enabled by digitalisation and other novel technologies can provide a significant boost to the circular economy by helping maintain the value of products and materials for as long as possible; minimising resource use and waste, and increasing repair, recovery/reuse of materials and products, as well as recycling rates.
The Policy Dialogue will explore the role of innovative approaches, notably digital solutions and new technologies, in the transition to a circular economy, including the barriers to their development and scale-up. Speakers will also look into the role of EU tools in facilitating the uptake of innovative solutions for a circular economy.


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