Circular Change se povezuje z E-simbiozo

Krožen projekt študentov na Fakulteti za informacijske študije

E-simbioza

Platforma za doseganje sinergij z industrijsko simbiozo

Industrijska simbioza je v Sloveniji v razvojni fazi. Nosilci platforme Circular Change smo veseli, da se študenti na Fakulteti za informacijske študije v Novem mestu prizadevajo, da temu ne bo več dolgo tako.

V nastajanju je osnutek Platforme e-simbioze, s pomočjo katere bi se lahko srečevali ponudniki, posredniki in povpraševalci po odpadnih virih in hitreje vzpostavljali medsebojna sodelovanja.

E-simbioza platforma bo vsebovala podatke o:

  • o ponudnikih odpadnih virov,
  • o povpraševalcih po odpadnih virih,
  • o posrednikih kot veznikih med ponudniki in povpraševalci,
  • o vrstah odpadnih virov, ki se ponujajo kot vhodna surovinah in
  • o vrstah odpadnih virov, ki se iščejo kot vhodna surovina.

E-simbioza bo služila kot vpogled v ponudbo in povpraševanje, navezavo stikov z deležniki in izmenjavo informacij pred začetkom izvajanja industrijske simbioze.

Projekt Platforma e-simbioze nastaja na Fakulteti za informacijske študije v Novem mestu v sodelovanju s Komunalo Novo mesto d. o. o. in Društvom za razvijanje prostovoljnega dela Novo mesto in ga financira Javni štipendijski, razvojni, invalidski in preživninski sklad Republike Slovenije, Ministrstvo za izobraževanje, znanost in šport in Evropska unija.

Nenevarni odpadni viri enega deležnika so lahko koristna vhodna surovina za drugega. Kadar si odpadne vire izmenjujejo vsaj trije deležniki, govorimo o industrijski simbiozi.

Objavljamo besedilo mlade raziskovalke Urške Fric, ki odlično predstavi pojem industrijske simbioze in konkretne primere.

Krožen projekt študentov na Fakulteti za informacijske študije: E-simbioza

 

Robin Food: Uporabimo 99% vseh živil

Delujmo krožno

Preprečimo, da hrana postane odpadek

revija: Bodi eko, besedilo: Anja Kralj

Tretjino pridelane hrane v razvitem svetu zavržemo. Kakovost hrane  se zmanjšuje – danes je na primer v solati 63% manj vitamina B kot leta 1950.

Robin Food zajema trgovino, restavracijo, predelavo v nove produkte in kompostiranje.

Tako lahko takšna hrana v obliki izdelkov dobi novo življenje. Živila, ki jih je treba samo malo obrezati, uporabimo tudi za pripravo zdravih obrokov v restavraciji. Že zdaj uporabimo vsa živila in njihove dele, tudi olupke krompirja uporabimo za to, da naredimo fenomenalen čips.

 

 

 

Presenting Circular Change in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Saudi Smart Cities Conference 2017 :

Smart Solutions for a Better Life

The first its kind in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Is a platform bringing together over 700+ participants from ministries and governmental bodies from across the Kingdom.

Ladeja Godina Košir, initiator of Circular Change platform, is going to be one of the speakers on this important event.

With the event held endorsement of Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs (MoMRA), the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs will use this conference as a platform to bring in all the key stakeholders who are and will be involved to learn about the best-practices and state-of-the-art technologies and products that will play a key role in developing their upcoming Smart Cities.

Ladeja Godina Košir at Conference

Ladeja Godina Košir, initiator of Circular Change platform, is going to be one of the speakers on the first Saudi Smart Cities conference in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Acting on the Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud’s Kingdom’s Vision 2030 plan, the Kingdom will be investing over US$ 500 billion into modernizing its infrastructure across the 285 municipalities to provide the best quality of life for their citizens on par with global standards.

The Saudi Smart Cities conference promises to feature international best practices, state-of-the-art technologies and create an interactive dialogue to engage citizens, youth and women in developing Kingdom’s future cities.

With all the 285 Municipalities going private, this conference is the need of the hour which will bring together the public and private entities from national and international front and create dialogues which will help in taking important decisions.

MAJA JOHANNESSEN at the CC Conference

Maja Johannessen2nd Circular Change Conference

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Wilts: Circular Economy in Germany

Henning Wilts

Surprise, Surprise: Germany is not that Circular

Interview with Henning Wilts

 

The contradictions of a Country that considers 100% recycled a landfilled smartphone and – in its industries – uses 85% of virgin raw materials while boasting strict rules and regulations regarding waste which are correctly implemented and an energy efficiency programme.

 

The Germany you would not expect. Despite being Europe’s number one manufacturing power and world-renowned for its strict waste management policy (since 2005, for example, putting waste which is not pretreated into landfills has been prohibited), when it comes to developing the circular economy, it is anything but a pacesetter. So says Henning Wilts, head of the prestigious Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy’s circular economy sector. “We are probably moving in the right direction, but we are doing it too slowly. We are too proud of our ability to manage waste,” he explains.

“Politicians think we resolved the problem in the 80s and the 90s, so they do not see what we need to change today. In reality, Germany has no systematic strategy for the circular economy. We have laws on waste, a programme for energy efficiency and one for sustainable consumption, but they are not coordinated. We have not set specific objectives to be achieved, nor do we have an authority of reference or a monitoring system.”

 

Specifically, what are Germany’s other weaknesses?

“The unsatisfying recovery of secondary raw materials. The Netherlands and the United Kingdom are much more advanced than us in terms of using secondary raw materials obtained from waste recycling in industry. Germany acquires enormous quantities of energy from incineration, but, in doing so, it burns material that could be recovered and reused. 15% of the materials that we use in industry comes from recycling processes, while the other 85% is raw material. This is a long way away from the circular economy.”

15% of the materials that we use in industry comes from recycling processes, while the other 85% is raw material. This is a long way away from the circular economy.

However, the official statistics attribute your country extremely high recycling percentages.
Renewable Matter

Article by Renewable Matter, Circular Change Media Partner

“That is because, statistically, energy recovery is included in recycling percentages. A smartphone that ends up in the incinerator is considered 100% recycled, but, actually, no material has been recovered. Another problem is waste produced in construction-industry demolition. It is over 90% recycled, however, it is not reused as construction material but rather to construct soundproof motorway barriers. Only 3% of cement is recovered. This means that 97% raw materials are used for every new building.”

 

Another problem is waste produced in construction-industry demolition. It is over 90% recycled, however, it is not reused as construction material but rather to construct soundproof motorway barriers. Only 3% of cement is recovered. This means that 97% raw materials are used for every new building.

 

In this critical context, what are Germany’s strengths?

“Without a doubt, its infrastructures in the waste industry sector. In the 90s, our country set environmental safety standards for incinerators so high that today those living in their vicinities have no related health problems. And the people accepted them, unlike what is happening in France and Italy, as far as I can see. Even I would feel safer living near an incinerator rather than any other type of industrial plant.

A further strong point are the waste sorting systems, which also handle biodegradable waste – still a problem for other countries. Specifically, Germans are proud of their waste sorting systems for handling packaging. Whether this always make sense or not is another matter. Monitoring is also quite strict, so our collection system does not involve illegality or dangers for the environment and health.”

 

And what does the future hold for Germany’s circular economy?

“A lot will depend on Europe and the circular economy package currently being discussed. Germany is continuing to display somewhat careful behaviour, considering it preferable to not set specific objectives before having clarified how to measure performances, for example, in terms of material recovery and reducing waste production. If Europe decides to set ambitious objectives, Germany will reflect on how to move forward. In any case, the question remains as to whether the circular economy is an economic or environmental project. We, at Wuppertal Institute, have performed a study on the carpet industry. This study proves that, due to the quantities of chemical product used to recover old fibres, the recycling process has a greater environmental impact than producing new carpet with virgin material. That is why it is of primary importance to set European guidelines for the ecodesign of products depending on the sustainable environmental recovery of materials at the end of their lives. I fear, however, that it will take us at least ten years to get there and that is too long…”

 

What do you think of the EU circular economy package? 

“… Next question, please. More than 1,200 comments have been filed by member states. Nobody knows how it is going to turn out. I am worried about the fact that we will have to reach compromises and these will triumph over the ambition of its objectives. Countries like Bulgaria or Romania cannot afford high percentages of material recovery, so the need to find a break-even point between them and Germany will reduce the drive towards significant amounts of recycling.”

 



In which European countries is the circular economy most developed? 

“Great Britain. They did not used to invest in waste management. They made wide use of landfills. Nowadays, they are considering whether to invest billions into incineration plants or to use the money directly to develop the circular economy. And it is precisely because their starting conditions are so negative that the British are so enthusiastic. While France is leading the electrical appliance and furniture sector. The law obliges producers to supply spare parts for a period of ten years from product sale. This measure has considerable costs. That is unthinkable in Germany.”

 

Moving on to more general considerations on the circular economy, you wrote that there are still questions to be answered and theoretical aspects to be investigated. 

“The circular economy is often wrongly associated with the chance to use enormous quantities of raw materials and material goods as we please, providing this occurs within this closed-cycle productive model, where materials are recovered. Actually, every extraction of natural resources causes irreversible damages to the environment. Furthermore, the idea that we can recycle anything is not true. There are inevitably qualitative and quantitative material losses in recycling processes. That is not all. For many materials, the treatment and recovery technologies are not yet available, and we should not take for granted that industry will adopt them. On these grounds, the first objective should be to reduce resource use as much as possible. This approach to efficient, rational use is not enough. The total quantity of raw materials that we extract from the Earth is growing exponentially. According to statistics, Germany has reduced this extraction, but at the expense of offloading the impact of production of goods which we use on the environmental balance of other countries. Vietnam, for example, supplies us electronic products with a high content in precious resources whose extraction has serious repercussions on the environment.”

The circular economy concept

Alternative approaches, such as the circular economy, zero waste, closed-cycle, resource efficiency, waste avoidance, reuse, and recycling pursue the idea of responsible treatment of resources, materials, products and the environment.

 

You also wrote that the theory of the complete closing of the circle contradicts the principles of thermodynamics. 

“According to physicists, entropy is not remedied via recycling. The chaos human beings create in the natural world through their actions cannot be cancelled, nor will natural systems return to the status quo ante with recycling processes.

Another controversial aspect which permeates the circular economy regards its compatibility with the high safety standards in force regarding waste. In the past, the priority was to develop technologies and processes that guaranteed safe waste disposal. Today the question is: do we want to continue to live without running any risk, or are we more interested in recycling as if there were no tomorrow because it is economically advantageous? A new balance must be sought and recycling is not the answer.”

 

Public institutions, industry, consumers: what role do they play in the circular economy?

“In the future, our basic need is for these different players to collaborate more closely together. Let us begin at ministerial level with those who handle waste management, those who handle consumer goods legislation, those who handle consumer safety and those who handle secondary raw material who all work separately from each other. The same thing happens with the European Union. The DG Environment endorses waste combustion in order to overcome our dependency on carbon and gas imports from Russia and other countries. At the same time, the waste unit believes that material recovery must have priority over incineration. Two opposite points of view within the same body. While the legislative frame remains so contradictory, the industry will not begin investing in favour of the circular economy. And it is still asking: let us know what we need to do with our waste first – should we burn it or not? Working in a team was not easy in the linear economy, but if we are going to move to a circular economy all the different elements must move in step with the beat.”

 

Even if the regulatory context is so contradictory, what should/could the industry do?

“If we really want to leave the linear economy, the business model we have to aim for is offering a service in the place of sale of goods. In the German automobile industry, the most important producers offer car sharing services, since entire purchasing categories in Germany, like the under-30s, no longer wish to purchase a car which has lost that status symbol aura. Sharing is the model which should be invested in. This is what the industry is thinking about. The problem is that investments supporting innovation grow stagnant, while we await clear law dispositions and regulations.”

Potential cost savings in the circular economy

According to a study by McKinsey (2016) on the potential of the circular economy in Germany, the costs of mobility, housing and food could fall by 25 percent by 2030.

 

Does this situation involve other countries other than Germany?

“The situation is extremely problematic in Germany. You see it from the reduction in the number of patents filed annually. In a certain sense, Germany has got by thanks to innovation and investments made in the waste industry in the 80’s and 90’s. We know fine well how to eliminate waste, but in terms of recovery and the circular economy we are behind. On the other hand, in southeast Asia the industry knows the context its moving in with a view to the future. And while Europe does not want to remain behind, it needs to adapt to the new priorities.”

Personally I am against offloading the responsibility on consumers.

What contribution can we give consumers? 

“Personally I am against offloading the responsibility on consumers. We need to consider the whole context. However, the criticism, for example, about buying clothes that cost next to nothing which need to be thrown out a couple of months later, is legitimate. The same thing is happening in Germany with the boom of disposable printers which cost 35 euros, i.e. less than the price of a toner. You use them to print, for example, invitations to your wedding or some event and they are thrown away after a couple of weeks when the ink runs out. Changing prevalent consumption models, preferring access to a service like car sharing over buying a car, sharing consumer goods… these are options which save us money. But in order to give up our routine disposable consumption trend we must reflect on our own behaviour models. It does not happen automatically.”

 

Published by Renewable Matter , edited by Silvia Zamboni.

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Henning Wilts, Germany on the road to a circular economy?   2016

Wuppertal Institut, wupperinst.org/en

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Potočnik: The world is out of social, economic and environmental balance

Interview with Dr Janez Potočnik

The world is out of social, economic and environmental balance

Ljubljana, 15 April (STA)

Financial capital is overvalued, labour is undervalued and natural capital is mostly given no value, which leads to a world that is out of social, economic and environmental balance, former European Commissioner Janez Potočnik told the STA in an interview focused on circular economy.
Janez Potočnik

Dr Janez Potočnik, President of the Circular Change Advisory Board

According to Potočnik, who chairs the consultative committee of the platform Circular Change, the first steps towards a circular economy are being made and the key stakeholders are giving their declarative support, but it is time to turn words into actions.

To achieve a circular economy the private and public sector need to work hand in hand, he said, explaining that the role of the public sector was particularly important for giving the signal that rational and efficient use of resources is also economically attractive.

While the economy can move things to a certain degree, the public sector must contribute to moving things in the right direction by giving the right signals. Potočnik thus believes governments must engage in the process of introducing a circular economy through their economic policies – from how business results are measured to tax policies, subsidies, public procurement, orientation of investments, a reform of the financial sector and changing consumers’ habits.

Moreover, people need to be motivated to understand that a transition to a circular economy is good for them and can bring a plethora of benefits that are not limited to the economy but also include social aspects. “We are starting to understand that we can basically live just as well, if not even better, if we follow the concept of meeting our own needs and not the concept of possessing all the goods that are forced on us by the world around us in one way or another,” he stressed. Turning to the environmental policies of US President Donald Trump, Potočnik said that although they “surely won’t contribute to faster change” they cannot stop positive change.

While environmental awareness in the US reflected in policies on the federal level is much lower than in Europe, Potočnik is optimistic because of the agility of the business sector in some parts of the US. The US has thus brought numerous ideas related to the concept of sharing economy and more environment-friendly mobility, like electric cars where ideas did not come from automotive giants but rather from people who had previously had nothing to do with the automotive industry. Nevertheless, the US will need to undergo greater change than Europe, where awareness is somewhat greater already because the relative scarcity of resources compared to the US has forced people to be more rational.

Potočnik also stressed that the world has committed to sustainability goals, which he sees as a “message that we understand that the way we’ve worked in the past will no longer do”. This calls for a change of the economic system, production and consumption, which is also how the world’s key problems should be addressed, he said, arguing that “even the core of the issues related to migrations and security lies here”. According to Potočnik, what is being addressed are all to often consequences and not the reasons. “If the reasons are not resolved, the problems – including migration and security issues – will stay right here,” he stressed.

 

edited by  Martina Gojkošek

Potočnik: Svet ni ne v socialnem, ne v ekonomskem, ne v okoljskem ravnovesju

Intervju z Janezom Potočnikom

Svet ni ne v socialnem, ne v ekonomskem, ne v okoljskem ravnovesju

Ljubljana, 15. aprila (STA)

 

Živimo v svetu, v katerem je finančni kapital prevrednoten, delo podvrednoteno, naravni kapital pa večinoma nevrednoten. “Tako smo dobili svet, ki ni ne v socialnem, ne v ekonomskem, ne v okoljskem ravnovesju. Javni sektor mora pripomoči k temu, da se stvari premikajo v pravo smer,” je v pogovoru o krožnem gospodarstvu poudaril Janez Potočnik.

V Sloveniji in tudi v svetu delamo prve korake v smeri krožnega gospodarstva, “prav veliko poti še nismo prehodili”, je v pogovoru za STA ob robu predstavitve druge mednarodne konference o krožnem gospodarstvu Circular Change Conference dejal predsednik posvetovalnega odbora platforme Circular Change in nekdanji evropski komisar Janez Potočnik. “Je pa zelo bistveno, da je razumevanje koncepta večje, da je sprejemljivost večja in da je konec koncev tudi deklarativna podpora ključnih nosilcev tu. Preprosto moramo počasi preiti od besed k dejanjem,” je dejal.

Ljudi je po Potočnikovih besedah treba motivirati, da bodo razumeli, kako je lahko prehod v krožno gospodarstvo zanje dober in ugoden in prinese celo kopico stranskih učinkov, ki niso povezani le z gospodarstvom, ampak tudi s socialnimi vidiki. “Počasi začenjamo razumeti, da lahko v osnovi živimo enako dobro, če ne celo bolje, če predvsem sledimo konceptu zadovoljevanja lastnih potreb in ne konceptu posedovanja vseh dobrin, ki nam jih tako ali drugače vsiljuje svet okoli nas,” je poudaril sogovornik.

 

Racionalna raba virov se mora splačati

 

Pri uvajanju krožnega gospodarstva morata zasebni in javni sektor delovati usklajeno. “Gospodarstvo se lahko premakne do določene mere, vendar morajo biti signali, ki so poslani v gospodarski sistem, taki, da omogočajo, da so spremembe v smeri učinkovitejše rabe virov ekonomsko privlačne,” je poudaril Potočnik. “Tega sedaj pogosto ni – ekonomska logika in osnovna logika rabe virov se pogosto ne srečujeta, ker so signali, dani v poslovni prostor, napačni. Nekatere stvari so podcenejene, nekatere necenjene – predvsem naravni viri so v veliki meri necenjeni,” je izpostavil.

Posledično imamo svet, ki je v neravnovesju, je poudaril Potočnik: “Če zelo preprosto povzamem – imamo svet, kjer je finančni kapital prevrednoten, kjer je delo podvrednoteno in kjer je naravni kapital v veliki večini primerov nevrednoten. Ko te signale pošljete v tržni sistem, kjer se od ljudi pričakuje racionalno obnašanje, dobite svet, ki ni ne v socialnem, ne v ekonomskem, ne v okoljskem ravnovesju. Zato so signali, ki jih pošiljate, tako pomembni in zato je vloga javnega sektorja tako pomembna. Javni sektor mora pripomoči k temu, da se stvari premikajo v pravo smer.”

Vlade se morajo zato v proces uvajanja krožnega gospodarstva vključiti s svojimi ekonomskimi politikami – od tega, kako se merijo gospodarski rezultati, do uporabe davčne politike, politik subvencij, javnega naročanja, usmerjanja investicij, preobrazbe finančnega sektorja, spreminjanja navad potrošnikov in podobno, je dejal sogovornik.

Ključnega pomena je zagotoviti, da je racionalno ravnanje nagrajeno. “Ustvariti je treba pogoje, pod katerimi racionalno ravnanje postane ekonomsko zanimivo. Potem se takoj najdejo podjetni ljudje,” je prepričan Potočnik. Zato je pri vprašanju krožnega gospodarstva tako pomembna podpora javne sfere.

 

Trump ne more ustaviti sprememb

 

Tako se postavi tudi vprašanje, kako bodo na spremembe v svetu vplivale okoljske politike novega ameriškega predsednika Donalda Trumpa. “Zagotovo ne bodo pripomogle k hitrejšim spremembam. Sem pa prepričan, da jih ustaviti ne morejo,” je odgovoril Potočnik.

Okoljska politika v ZDA je na nacionalni ravni namreč pogosto manj okoljsko osveščena kot na primer v Evropi. “Vendar pa vidimo, kaj se dogaja v posamičnih zveznih državah, v nekaterih mestih, vidimo, kako agilen je podjetniški sektor,” je spomnil sogovornik. Tako iz ZDA izvirajo številne ideje, povezane s konceptom delitvenega gospodarstva, tudi ideje okolju prijaznejše mobilnosti, na primer električnih vozil. Slednje niso prišle iz velikih avtomobilskih gigantov, ampak predvsem s strani ljudi, ki se v preteklosti pravzaprav niso ukvarjali z vprašanjem avtomobilizma in mobilnosti, je izpostavil Potočnik.

“Ti preboji so potrebni in včasih podcenjujemo stvari, ki se dogajajo v ZDA. Je pa res, da če gledamo objektivno in merimo skozi optiko, koliko različnih materialov za življenje, kot ga je vajen, potrebuje ameriški prebivalec v primerjavi z evropskim, so lahko Američani resno zaskrbljeni. Njih čakajo precejšnje spremembe, v Evropi pa smo že iz samega razloga, da nas je v bistvu okolje z relativno skromnimi materialnimi viri prisililo v bolj racionalno obnašanje in ravnanje, nekoliko bolj zavedni,” je dejal.

Je pa Potočnik spomnil, da se je svet zavezal k izpolnjevanju ciljev trajnostnega razvoja. “Mislim, da smo tudi s tem dali sporočilo, da razumemo, da na način, kakor smo delovali v preteklosti, ne bo šlo več in da je treba spremeniti ekonomski sistem, način proizvodnje in potrošnje in skozi to nasloviti ključne probleme, s katerimi se soočamo – od podnebnih sprememb do gospodarskih težav,” je dejal. “Tudi jedro vprašanj, povezanih z migracijami in varnostjo, je pravzaprav tu,” je opomnil.

Vse prepogosto se namreč po oceni sogovornika ukvarjamo z vprašanji, ki so bolj posledica kot pa razlog za težave. “Če razlogov ne bomo odpravili, bodo problemi – vključno s problemi migracij in varnosti – ostali z nami,” je poudaril Potočnik.

 

pogovarjala se je Martina Gojkošek

Odpadek postal nov izdelek

Recikliranje embalaže Tetra Pak

Z embalažo Tetra Pak do robčkov

Družba Tetra Pak je v soboto v Mercator centru Kranj Primskovo predstavila recikliranje embalaže Tetra Pak.

»Odzivi obiskovalcev, ki so si ogledali predstavitev, so bili pozitivni. Presenetila jih je enostavnost reciklaže naše embalaže. Obiskovalcem stojnice smo povedali, da ob nakupu petih izbranih izdelkov v embalaži Tetra Pak prejmejo darilo – deset zavojčkov recikliranih papirnatih robčkov,« je povzel Gregor Cerar, predstavnik Tetra Paka.

Recikliranje embalaže Tetra Pak

Ena surovina kroži v reciklirani obliki v več izdelkih.

Konec marca se je namreč začel prvi partnerski projekt krožnega gospodarstva za tovrstno embalažo Z embalažo Tetra Pak do robčkov, partnerji so Tetra Pak kot pobudnik ter Ljubljanske mlekarne, Dana in skupnost Eko iniciativa. Skupaj želijo pokazati, da lahko ena surovina kroži v reciklirani obliki v več izdelkih. Z namenom, da pritegnejo čim večjo pozornost kupcev oziroma končnih uporabnikov izdelkov, od 30. marca do 30. aprila organizirajo posebno akcijo v hipermarketih Mercator po Sloveniji. Krožno gospodarstvo ali zapiranje snovnih tokov je ena glavnih usmeritev Evropske unije v prihodnjih letih, saj naša poraba že dvakratno presega razpoložljive naravne vire. Zato je nujno zavedanje vseh, da iz odpadka lahko nastane nova surovina za nov izdelek.

Vir: Suzana P. Kovačič, gorenjskiglas.si

V Odmevih: Za nekoga odpadek, za drugega surovina

Odpadki kot surovine

Ladeja Godina Košir v Odmevih

Ladeja Godina Košir v Odmevih

V dnevni informativni oddaji Odmevi je Ladeja Godina Košir kot gostja voditeljice Tanje Gobec predstavila koncept krožnega gospodarstva v luči uporabe odpadkov kot surovin. Izpostavila je celovitost koncepta krožnega gospodarstva kot novega ekonomskega modela, pri katerem uporaba odpadnih materialov kot surovin predstavlja eno od pomembnih, ne pa tudi edino komponento. Predstavila je primere dobrih praks v Sloveniji – jeklarska, papirniška, kemijska industrija – kot tudi trende v Evropi. Platforma Circular Change z letošnjo 2. konferenco na temo krožnega gospodarstva pod naslovom “Walking the talk: Enabling circular transformation“, bo 11. in 12. maja v Ljubljani in Mariboru omogočila ustvarjanje novih poslovnih priložnosti v širšem mednarodnem prostoru. Linerani poslovni modeli, ki jih nadomeščajo krožni, so namreč ne le ekonomsko bolj učinkoviti, temveč tudi okoljsko in družbeno koristni. Slovenija ima priložnost, da se pridruži najnaprednejšim evropskim “krožnim” državam.

 

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Presentation of the 2nd Circular Change Conference: Walking the talk – Enabling Circular Transformation

 

Presentation of the 2nd Circular Change Conference

Walking the talk

Enabling Circular Transformation

Ljubljana, 13th April 2017

The presentation of the programme of the 2nd Circular Change Conference 2017 at the House of the EU in Ljubljana was representation of strong partnerships with the Slovenian Government – the co-organiser of the second conference day – , cities of Ljubljana and Maribor, who are hosting the event on 11th and the 12th May, and the Dutch and the Italian Embassies in Slovenia and AmCham Slovenia.
Just after the opening of the Circular Change Academy a video message of the Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia, Dr Miro Cerar, introduced the press conference.  The message of the prime Minister is straight-forward: the time is now in Slovenia and Europe for the transition to circular economy.
Slovenian Government consider that transition moment strategic, confirmed Tadej Slapnik, State Secretary at the Cabinet of the Prime Minister, Head of Partnership for Green Economy, an initiative under which the Government coordinates all ministries and external stakeholders who contribute to the green economic and social transition.
Ladeja Godina Košir, the leader of the Circular Change Platform, introduced the key messages and the speakers on programme of the 2nd Circular Change Conference, which will take place the 11th May at Ljubljana Castle and the 12th May 2017 at Hotel Habakuk, Maribor. Janez Potočnik, The Chair of the Advisory Board of the CC Platform and one of the keynote speakers at the event, underlined that the Circular Change Platform is now recognised as the focal meeting point for the circular economy in the country. He expressed the support to the mission that Slovenia adjoins the most advanced European countries in the circular transition.
The circular transformation is a hot topic at EU level, exposed Franc Bogovič, Member of the European Parliament, EPP.
H.E. Bart Twaalfhoven, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Slovenia, briefly exposed an already advanced state of implementation of circular economy model in the Netherlands, which will be on focus at the Circular Change Conference and exposed examples from the every-day life, a demonstration of sharing economy being rooted in the Dutch culture.
Elisa Scelsa, Managing Director, ITA – Ice, Ljubljana Office, representative of the Embassy of the Republic of Italy, enlightened the Italian best practices and emphasised the full support and trust from her side to the Circular Conference.
The local implementation of the circular transition in Slovenia will be one in the focus of the Conference: Tjaša Ficko, Vice-Mayor of the City of Ljubljana, and Božidar Resnik, Managing Director of Wcycle Institute, representative of the City of Maribor, outlined the full involvement in the support of the event.
A pre-event, Green Plus Digital Is Circular – One Year On, will be hosted by AmCham, as confirmed by Ajša Vodnik, Executive Director, AmCham Slovenia, the traditional partner fo the Conference.
The press conference confirmed the broad partnership created around the Circular Change Conference, believed certain will be an opportunity to share European experiences in the field. Becoming the European Circular Hot Spot in the near future is a natural ambition of the Conference, exposed Jurij Giacomelli, founder of Giacomelli Media, a consulting firm that launched the Circular Change Platform. “This should not be merely  an ambition of the Platform itself, but of all of us, stakeholders, who have to prove the commitment and the ability to become one of the front-running countries, leading the circular transition.”

CCC 2017 Programme