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Chemical recycling: what it is and does it fit into the Circular Economy?

12th November 2019 · 2:00 PM (CET)

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Chemical recycling is the new buzzword we keep hearing from different stakeholders, being them industry, policy officers or concerned activists.

Zero Waste Europe has recently released a study to share some light into the topic. With this webinar we move a step further in trying to understand what we refer to when we say chemical recycling, what are its pro and cons and if it could fit into a circular economy.

The speakers represent three different angles in the discussion: the industry already testing chemical recycling, the European Commission Directorate General for Environment working on waste management and the environmental NGO sector evaluating chemical recycling suitability for a circular economy.

This webinar will examine some key questions:

  • What is chemical recycling? 
  • What are the techniques considered as chemical recycling? 
  • Is it really recycling?
  • Comparative analysis with mechanical recycling
  • The current state of the technology: advantages and drawbacks 
  • Policy status and challenges

Unfortunately, the webinar platform we use has a maximum capacity of 100 virtual seats. For this specific webinar, we have received a vast amount of interest, we are sorry but we won’t be able to host online everyone who has registered.
The attendance will therefore be done on a first-come, first-served basis, meaning that only the first 100 people to log-in will be able to attend the webinar.
For everybody else, the recording will be available to purchase for a small contribution the next day. Thank you for your understanding and apologies for any inconvenience caused.


Joan Marc Simon

Executive Director at Zero Waste Europe

Joan Marc is based in Brussels where he directs the work of Zero Waste Europe. He has been a leading voice for Zero Waste in Europe since 2007 and he is a regular keynote speaker in many industry and NGO meetings in Brussels but also at local level as well as internationally. He is member of the Steering Committee of the Break Free from Plastics movement. Among many other publications he has authored the Zero Waste Masterplan for cities as well as the book “Zero Waste – How to reactivate the economy without trashing the planet”. With a background in Economics, he has more than 10 years of experience working with governmental and non-governmental organisations in the field of good governance, new economics, social justice, and environment.

Carlos Monreal

CEO at Plastic Energy

Carlos has significant experience as a CEO Engineer by training. He has been a serial entrepreneur for more than 30 years and was the founder and CEO of Inlandgeo, a company supplying high tech electronic instruments and turnkey solutions in multiple industries for 24 years, and later President of Abasol for seven years. This company offered consultancy and EPC solutions on renewable energy and efficiency. Carlos is also founder and CEO of Greenland Capital, a company with the vision to identify and develop disruptive technologies that provide sustainable and economical solutions to the growing challenges of waste and water management and alternative energy management.

Rozalina Petrova

Waste Policy Officer at DG Environment, European Commission

Rozalina Petrova joined the Directorate General for Environment of the European Commission in 2010 to work on the EU transition to a resource efficient and circular economy. She was also responsible for sustainable development, green jobs and mainstreaming of environmental policy in economic affairs. Since 2015 she has been working on policies to increase the recycling of waste and its use as a raw material.

Jack McQuibban

Moderator - Cities Programme Coordinator at Zero Waste Europe

Jack has an educational background in international relations having studied at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. For the past 5 years, he has worked for two different NGOs within the international development and sustainability sectors, helping to build movements and communities for change. He has led successful campaigns at the local level within the UK as well as at the global level at institutions such as the United Nations. Jack will be leading our work with municipalities, helping to connect members from across Europe to build and contribute towards the transition of cities towards zero waste strategies.

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