Are we getting closer to a circular economy in Europe? - Zero Waste Cities


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Are we getting closer to a circular economy in Europe?

11th May 2021 · 2:00 PM (CET)

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In 2020, the European Commission announced the framework for its second Circular Economy Action Plan. As a result, an ambitious framework for EU Member States to work within is developing, whilst neighbouring non-EU countries have also followed suit and introduced a number of their own measures. However, despite this recent legislative activity, it remains a question as to whether European economies are any closer to becoming circular and how we should specifically measure circularity.

This webinar will go into greater depth to answer these key questions:

  • Is a truly circular economy ever achievable? On our current trajectory, when could this be achieved in Europe?
  • What are the indicators and benchmarks used in Europe to measure progress towards a circular economy?
  • What are the policies and strategies that local municipalities should focus on implementing to help accelerate progress towards a circular economy? How can they best support national policy-creation and action towards this goal?

Unfortunately, the webinar platform we use has a maximum capacity of 100 virtual seats. Therefore, to watch the webinar for free, attendance on Zoom will be done a first-come, first-served basis, meaning that only the first 100 people will be able to join on Zoom. However, if you are not part of the first 100 who join at the start of the webinar, then you can still follow the webinar live on our YouTube channel.

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Henning Welts

Director of the Circular Economy Division at Wuppertal Institute

Henning Wilts is the Director Division Circular Economy at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy. He owns a Master degree in economics, a PhD in waste infrastructure planning, and he is a lecturer for resource economics at the Schumpeter School of Economics in Wuppertal. He coordinates several research projects on transition processes towards a circular economy, waste prevention and sustainable waste management, inter alia for the European Commission, the European Environment Agency and the OECD.

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Pierre Condamine

Moderator - Waste Policy Officer at Zero Waste Europe

With an educational background in political science and a Master in Sustainable Development, Pierre decided to dedicate his professional life to protect the environment. As he grew up near the Atlantic coast he has a special connection to nature and thus will seize every opportunity to support the ecological transition. He is then determined to make change towards a Zero Waste society happen at the European level, along with promoting citizen’s empowerment at a local level.

Why should you join?

  • Learn from frontrunners and high level experts without leaving your office
  • Understand how to design and implement successful zero waste programmes at the local level
  • Learn the stories behind the best practices
  • Be one step ahead with key conversations related to zero waste and circular economy strategies
  • Connect with like-minded local stakeholders

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A series of high level events aiming to help municipalities, waste professionals and community leaders to hear first hand experience about the best practices of Zero Waste.

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