How to optimize waste flows to maximize reuse and recycling in a circular economy?

GLOBE EU President Sirpa Pietikäinen and GLOBE EU member Reinhard Bütikofer co-chaired a Bee Group “Circular” lunch on June 22 to identify the long-term policy changes required to ensure that materials currently considered as waste are as much as possible available to EU-based manufacturers as a substitute raw material in a Circular Economy.

After presentations from EuRIC and Eurometaux, participants engaged in a discussion about the need to simplify administrative procedures (which can take up to one year for a single shipment) and setting international recycling standards to guarantee a level playing field.

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EuRIC presentation

Eurometaux presentation

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July 12, 2017

Fueling Innovation in Road Transport

On April 25, GLOBE EU organized a meeting with a broad variety of stakeholders for an informed debate about the long-term sustainability prospects of onboard energy storage technologies for EVs.  Senior representatives from Renault and Toyota presented battery and hydrogen fuel cell technology, respectively, after which the floor was opened to participating stakeholders for their questions and comments.  GLOBE EU’s president Sirpa Pietikäinen and GLOBE EU member Ismail Ertug co-chaired the event.

Throughout the day, EVs from Renault and Toyota were on hand for test drives by MEPs and participants to the meeting.

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April 25, 2017

GLOBE EU event on Indoor Environmental Quality

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.

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Presentation Roberta Savli

Presentation Bart Ingelaere

Presentation Josefina Lindblom

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March 30, 2017

GLOBE EU High-level event on “Investing in a Circular Economy”

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.

Event Summary

Presentation IRP

Presentation SystemiQ

Presentation Aviva

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March 1, 2017

Circular Lunch on Green Public Procurement

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.

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Presentation Richard Baron

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November 8, 2016