“Re-using the Rubble” Green Week 2018 pre-conference

On May 22, GLOBE EU hosted a pre-conference to the official opening of the EU’s Green Week 2018 “Green Cities for a Greener Future”.  In the months prior to the event, GLOBE EU members sat down with Bee Group companies and stakeholders to develop recommendations for city officials and lawmakers to eventually close the loop on construction and demolition waste.  A background paper was prepared to illustrate the consultation process (scroll down for links to all documentation).

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A member of the International Resource Panel, renowned architect and urban planner Serge Salat presents the IRP’s report “the Weight of Cities” in his keynote address.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jo Leinen MEP, Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP

 

 

 

 

 

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Seb Dance MEP and vice-president of GLOBE EU chairs the event

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Vice Mayor and Alderwoman of the City of Nijmegen Harriët Tiemens explains how cities benefit from introducing circularity principles.

 

 

 

 

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Serge Salat, Seb Dance MEP, Harriët Tiemens

 

 

 

 

 

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GLOBE EU members Karl-Heinz Florenz MEP and Jo Leinen MEP

 

 

 

 

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Jeannot Schroeder from the Luxembourg construction firm ProGroup explains the importance of communicating product information through material passports.

 

 

 

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Lionel Billiet from Rotor explains how his company turned the sales of reclaimed construction components into a successful business model

 

 

 

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Dutch architect Karel Dekker was instrumental in helping the “open building concept” gain prominence.

 

 

 

 

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Sirpa Pietikäinen, president of GLOBE EU, concludes the event.

 

 

 

 

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Agnes Schuurmans (Rockwool), Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP, Myriam Tryjefaczka (Tarkett), Céline Carré (Saint-Gobain)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Documentation:

Presentation Serge Salat

Presentation Harriët Tiemens

Presentation Lionel Billiet

GLOBE EU Recommendations

GLOBE EU Background Paper

Bee Group companies case studies

May 24, 2018

End-of-the-year lunch with Frans Timmermans

GLOBE EU members welcomed First Vice President Frans Timmermans from the European Commission and Lorraine Francourt from Dow at GLOBE EU’s traditional end-of-the-year gathering together with representatives of industry and civil society. The need for stakeholders working together to advance a circular economy was the main topic of discussion.

 

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December 6, 2017

UNEA-3: Towards a Pollution-Free Planet

On October 12, GLOBE EU and UN Environment hosted an event to draw attention to the UN’s third Environment Assembly, which will take place in Nairobi from 4 – 6 December 2017.

GLOBE EU Vice President Seb Dance opened the discussion which, besides Erik Solheim, UN Environment’s Executive Director, featured Jorge Rodriguez Romero for the Commission, Ado Löhmus for the Estonian Presidency, Linda Reinhout (Friends of the Earth Europe) and Jeff Wooster (Dow Chemical Company).

Paul Bannen MEP kindly moderated the session.

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October 13, 2017

GLOBE EU Earth Overshoot Day 2017: “Sustainable Farming”

GLOBE EU’s annual event marking Earth Overshoot Day took place on September 26, 2017 bringing together a host of experts to discuss policy measures to improve sustainability for the agricultural sector.

GLOBE EU members Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy and Karin Kadenbach, and former EC Commissioner Janez Potočnik moderated panel discussions on the impact of farming on climate and biodiversity, the need for sustainable supply and demand and for mobilizing capital investment to support sustainable farming.

GLOBE EU President Sirpa Pietikäinen moderated a concluding session with all panel members to discuss policy measures.

(Many thanks to Chantal Clément from IPES-Food for preparing the event summary)

Event Summary

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Presentation Luc Beerens (Mars)

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September 29, 2017

How to optimize waste flows to maximize reuse and recycling in a circular economy?

GLOBE EU President Sirpa Pietikäinen and GLOBE EU member Reinhard Bütikofer co-chaired a Bee Group “Circular” lunch on June 22 to identify the long-term policy changes required to ensure that materials currently considered as waste are as much as possible available to EU-based manufacturers as a substitute raw material in a Circular Economy.

After presentations from EuRIC and Eurometaux, participants engaged in a discussion about the need to simplify administrative procedures (which can take up to one year for a single shipment) and setting international recycling standards to guarantee a level playing field.

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July 12, 2017

Fueling Innovation in Road Transport

On April 25, GLOBE EU organized a meeting with a broad variety of stakeholders for an informed debate about the long-term sustainability prospects of onboard energy storage technologies for EVs.  Senior representatives from Renault and Toyota presented battery and hydrogen fuel cell technology, respectively, after which the floor was opened to participating stakeholders for their questions and comments.  GLOBE EU’s president Sirpa Pietikäinen and GLOBE EU member Ismail Ertug co-chaired the event.

Throughout the day, EVs from Renault and Toyota were on hand for test drives by MEPs and participants to the meeting.

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April 25, 2017

GLOBE EU event on Indoor Environmental Quality

On March 30, GLOBE EU President Sirpa Pietikäinen and GLOBE EU member Anneli Jäätteenmäki hosted a discussion on the significance of indoor environmental quality, including noise.  Following introductions from Roberta Savli  (European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Association), Bart Ingelaere (Belgian Building Research Institute), and Josefina Lindblom (European Commission DG ENV), a broad selection of stakeholders contributed to an animated debate.

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March 30, 2017

GLOBE EU High-level event on “Investing in a Circular Economy”

Sirpa Pietikäinen welcomed former EU Commissioner and co-chair of the International Resource Panel Janez Potočnik on March 1 for a lively discussion on how to bring around investors to fund circular economy projects.

Sirpa and Janez were joined on the panel by Jaap Strengers, who presented SystemiQ’s recent report “Achieving Growth Within”, Marte Borhaug (Aviva), and Gertjan Storm.

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March 1, 2017

Circular Lunch on Green Public Procurement

GLOBE EU’s president, MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen, hosted an event on November 8 on Green Public Procurement with guest speaker Richard Baron, principal advisor to the OECD Roundtable on Sustainable Development. Richard presented a recent OECD background paper on the role of public procurement in low-carbon innovation, which he authored.  GLOBE EU is grateful to Robert Kaukewitsch (DG ENV) for his participation and comments and to Matilda Axelson (VUB) for writing the event summary.

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November 8, 2016

The role of Industrial Symbiosis in a Circular Economy

GLOBE EU President Sirpa Pietikäinen hosted another successful “circular” lunch meeting on October 11 with representatives of Bee Group members Dow Chemical and LafargeHolcim. The meeting was dedicated to industrial sectors using waste materials from another sector as input for their production processes (aka industrial symbiosis or industrial ecology).  The case studies amply demonstrated how resource efficiency is improved when waste materials are used to substitute virgin feedstock.

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