“Sustainability in the EU: The State of Play”

GLOBE EU high-level conference with the support of the Club of Rome and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

European Parliament Brussels, 15 October 2019, room A5E-2 from 14h30 to 18h30


14h30 Welcome – Sirpa Pietikäinen*, President GLOBE EU

14h40 Opening Statement – General (retired) Tom Middendorp* — former Netherlands Chief of Defense; Chair, International Military Council on Climate and Security

14h50 First Keynote Address: Sandrine Dixson-Declève* — Co-President, Club of Rome

15h00 Second Keynote Address: Joss Blériot* — Executive Officer, Head of Institutions, Governments & Cities, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation

15h10 Questions from the audience

15h30 First panel discussion

Use of our Natural Resources

Chair: member of GLOBE EU (tbc)

  • Trends in Natural Resource Use and Management (Paul Ekins*, International Resource Panel)
  • Economic Growth and Circularity (Fulvia Raffaelli*, EU Commission, DG GROW)
  • A Just Transition to a Low-Carbon Society (Ludovic Voet*, International Trade Union Confederation)
  • Industry contribution on how to use materials sustainably (Jihane Ball*, Dow)

16h15 Break

16h30 Second panel discussion

Protection of our Natural Capital

Chair: Sirpa Pietikäinen, member of GLOBE EU

  • State of the Environment (GEO-6) (Matthew Billot*, UN Environment)
  • Protecting Biodiversity (Hans Bruyninckx*, European Environment Agency)
  • Restoring Ecosystems (Luc Bas*, IUCN)
  • Industry contribution on how to safeguard our natural habitat (Jerôme Charton*, Ecolab)

17h15 Break

17h30 Third panel discussion

Our Urban Infrastructure & Mobility

Chair: Peter Liese*, member of GLOBE EU

  • Smart Cities (Kamzy Gunaratnam, deputy mayor, Oslo)
  • Sustainable Urban Transport (Herald Ruijters*, EU Commission, DG MOVE)
  • Air Pollution and public health (Génon Jensen*, Executive Director, HEAL)
  • Industry contribution on the recycling of valuable resources (Egbert Lox*, Umicore)

18h15 Conclusions and closing statement – Anders Wijkman*, Honorary Member, GLOBE EU

18h30 End

*) confirmed