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.
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.
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.
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.
GLOBE EU hosted its annual flagship event marking Earth Overshoot Day on September 28 this year.
Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s total demand on nature exceeds what the earth is able to regenerate in that same year. Based on calculations by the Global Footprint Network, Earth Overshoot Day has moved to August 8th this year from early October in 2000.
The objective of this year’s conference was to examine the legal instruments available to citizens who want to take action against governments who fail to act to prevent climate change, loss of biodiversity, air pollution, and other threats to public health and the well-being of future generations.
On May 31, GLOBE EU’s President, Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP, hosted an online debate from the VoxBox in the European Parliament in Brussels. The event was part of the Green Week program and organized in association with the European Commission.
Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, joined the discussion, as well as GLOBE EU member Margrete Auken MEP; Hans Herren, President and CEO of the Millennium Institute; Luc Bas, Director of the IUCN European Regional Office in Brussels; and Christiaan Prins, Director European External Affairs at Unilever.
On May 24, GLOBE EU was host to the launch of a report on the use of circular economy principles in government procurement. An inspiring example for participants was a presentation of the forthcoming renovation of the National Library of the Netherlands.
On April 19, GLOBE EU’s president, Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP, hosted a presentation by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation of its recent report “The New Plastics Economy” with additional contributions by Dow Chemical, Interface, and SUEZ. Many thanks to Helmut Maurer from the European Commission and GLOBE EU members Karl-Heinz Florenz MEP and Jo Leinen MEP for their valuable interventions.
GLOBE EU meeting on packaging and innovation
Members of GLOBE EU were joined by a broad selection of stakeholders to discuss the importance of stimulating innovation in packaging and packaging materials in support of a circular economy. Kurt Vandenberghe from the European Commission (flanked by Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP and Seb Dance MEP, president and vice-president of GLOBE EU, respectively) presented the important role the EU plays in supporting innovation for a circular economy. GLOBE EU partners Tetra Pak and Unilever showcased recent advancements in packaging technologies.
March 22, 2016
GLOBE EU is organizing a high-level event together with UNEP and the European Commission in Brussels on March 22. The event will focus on the role of the financial system in sustainable development in the context of the Commission’s recent proposals for a Circular Economy and a Capital Markets Union which, among others, are relevant in the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement (COP21), the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, and the upcoming UN Environment Assembly (UNEA 2) in Nairobi in May 2016.
Registration for the event is now closed. Live streaming will be available as of 13h00 on March 22nd.
Rapporteur: Jorge Nuñez Ferrer, Center of European Policy Studies
This event is organised by GLOBE EU, UNEP, and the European Commission (DG ENV)