“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 MEP, 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, The Club of Rome

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

15h10 Questions from the audience

15h30 First panel discussion

Our use of Natural Resources

Chair: Peter Liese MEP, member of GLOBE EU

  • Trends in Natural Resource Use and Management (Peder Jensen, International Resource Panel)
  • Economic Growth and Circularity (Fulvia Raffaelli, EU Commission, DG GROW)
  • A Just Transition to a Low-Carbon Society (Bela Galcoczi, International Trade Union Institute, ETUI)
  • 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 MEP, 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 (Jérôme Charton, Ecolab)

17h15 Break

17h30 Third panel discussion

Our Urban Infrastructure & Mobility

Chair: Seb Dance MEP, Vice-chair of GLOBE EU

  • Smart Cities (Claire Roumet, Energy Cities)
  • Sustainable Urban Transport (Herald Ruijters, EU Commission, DG MOVE)
  • Air Pollution and public health (Sophie Perroud, HEAL)
  • Industry contribution on the recycling of valuable resources (Egbert Lox, Umicore)

18h15 Conclusions and closing statement – Anders Wijkman, Honorary Member, GLOBE EU; Honorary Member, the Club of Rome

18h30 End