GLOBE EU president Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP and GLOBE EU members Reinhard Bütikofer MEP and Peter Liese MEP welcomed Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen at a dinner to discuss the Commission’s plans for financing the EU’s transition towards a circular economy with key stakeholders.
The first in a series, GLOBE EU hosted a thought-provoking circular lunch meeting in Strasbourg on December 15 with Walter Stahel, an accomplished circular economy pioneer and author of “The Performance Economy“. Walter presented his views on the Commission’s revised Circular Economy Package, which was published on December 2.
GLOBE EU organized a COP21 side event on climate financing in Paris on December 8. Chaired by Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP, our guest speakers were Nick Robins from UNEP, Hugues Chenet from 2degrees investment, and Pierre Ducret from the Groupe Caisse des Dépôts. Nick Robins presented the latest report of the Inquiry project on the design of a sustainable financial system: “The financial system we need”; Hugues Chenet explained the impact of climate risks on the re-allocation of capital whereas Pierre Ducret gave specific examples of his company’s efforts to integrate sustainability in investment decisions.
Good turnout for the GLOBE EU event on Resource Efficiency Indicators on November 18 with presentations by Janez Potočnik, former EU Environment Commissioner and presently co-chair of the UNEP International Resource Panel, François Wakenhut, European Commission, and Vasileios Rizos from CEPS. Resource Efficiency Indicators are an important tool to measure resource productivity and, in turn, help society progress towards a circular economy.