Recovering Resources from End-of-Life Products in a Circular Economy (Urban Mining)

On May 18, GLOBE EU hosted an event on the recovery of resources from End-of-Life Products.

With demand for raw materials increasing and mining companies having to go deeper each year to extract these raw materials from the earth’s crust, increasing the use of materials embedded in discarded consumer goods was widely seen as mankind’s best shot at limiting the use of virgin raw materials and lowering the environmental and social impact of traditional mining.

Speakers from the International Resource Panel, Umicore, Tarkett, Dow, and H&M were able to demonstrate that collecting and recovering these secondary raw materials has huge potential but is not without its issues. EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) schemes can help, but only when fragmentation is avoided and schemes are harmonized across EU Member States.

 

Summary, program, and speakers bio

Presentation Ester van der Voet

Presentation Kurt Vandeputte

Presentation Myriam Tryjefaczka

Presentation Luci Porcelli

H&M Group – Position Paper on Waste as a Resource

June 3, 2021

The European Green Deal: On Track or In Trouble?

 

On November 17, GLOBE EU invited representatives from the European Climate Foundation, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and IUCN to convey their organization’s perspective on the European Green Deal’s proposed measures and their likely impact on climate mitigation, resource consumption, and biodiversity.  Panelists did not only consider the challenge to adopt a coherent approach to the implementation of the EGD throughout the policy-making process to avoid mutually conflicting measures.  They also focused on what would be required to monitor the impact of all measures proposed by the EGD taken together: will a simple set of indicators be sufficient and how can the EU Commission ensure timely feedback on the effect of these measures so that it can modify policies if the EGD appears to be steering the EU in the wrong direction.

 

Introduction Jean-François Hulot

Presentation Pete Harrison (ECF)

Presentation Carsten Wachholz (EMF)

Presentation Luc Bas (IUCN)

Discussion Summary

Speakers’ Bios

December 14, 2020

GLOBE EU Wakeup Calls

On November 4, GLOBE EU hosted guest speaker Johan Rockström, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

Rockström presentation

On November 26, GLOBE EU hosted guest speaker Sandrine Dixson-Declève, co-president of The Club of Rome.

Presentation Sandrine Dixson

 

On December 16, GLOBE EU hosted Tim Palmer, Royal Society Professor of Climate Physics at Oxford University.

Presentation Tim Palmer

Letter Tim Palmer to Von der Leyen & Timmermans

Commission reply to Tim Palmer’s letter

On January 19, 2021, GLOBE EU hosted Maja Göpel, research director at the New Institute

Presentation Maja Göpel

On February 11, GLOBE EU hosted Professor Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General at the World Meteorological Organization.

Presentation Petteri Taalas

On March 23, GLOBE EU hosted Betsy Otto, Director of the World Resources Institute’s Global Water Program.

Presentation Betsy Otto

On April 28, GLOBE EU hosted Peter Bakker, President and CEO of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

The WBCSD has asked GLOBE EU not to publish a recording of the event but instead recommends visiting https://timetotransform.biz/reinvention/.  If you would like to receive a copy of the presentation, however, please contact rjam@globe-eu.org.

On June 10, GLOBE EU hosted Dr. Jem Bendell, Professor of Sustainability Leadership with the University of Cumbria. 

Jem Bendell is the author of “Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy”, in which he argues that humanity needs to prepare for climate-driven societal collapse, as environmental change increasingly disrupts social, economic, and political systems.  Unlike climate change adaptation, which aims to adapt societies gradually to the effects of climate change, deep adaptation accepts that abrupt transformations of the environment are imminent.

 

Questions

November 11, 2020

Sustainable Food and Land Use Systems

On September 8, members of GLOBE EU hosted an event (online, due to limited access to the European Parliament) together with experts on sustainable food systems, resource efficiency, and biodiversity to discuss how land for agricultural activities (growing crop, livestock) can be used more efficiently.  Speakers demonstrated how land use optimization (e.g., by promoting regenerative agriculture) would not affect current yield levels while the environmental impact of farming would be significantly reduced thereby restoring biodiversity.

Program

Speakers bios

Summary

Oppenheim presentation

Rabbinge presentation

Obersteiner presentation

Bas presentation

October 1, 2020