Circular economy is both about the environment and about maintaining industrial competitiveness in rapidly changing world. The circular economy aims to be "restorative and regenerative by design, and to keep products, components, and materials at their highest utility and value at all times. It has received significant interest from policy makers, governments, cities and communes, academia, business and other groups in our society.
The ‘Circular Economy Package’ is one of the policy priorities of the EU Commission. It published on 2 December 2015 an Action Plan for the Circular Economy together with revised legislative proposals on waste. This is no less than an effort to rethink our economic model, with measures covering the full lifecycle of products.
In this workshop, we first present the framework that Europe and national authorities are creating to promote the circular economy, and to make the transition from a linear economy to a circular economy happen. Next we will focus on concrete examples showing how such concept is pioneered and implemented, and how it can offer business opportunities We will address strategies of cities and the Harbor of Antwerp with respect to circular economy, Finally we will also highlight some platforms that may help you to implement circular economy in your company, based on new partnerships. In the afternoon the focus will be on cases and challenges from different industry sectors.