Circular Change 2016 milestones

Regional conference: Successful models of the Circular Economy based on collaboration

14 December 2016: Petrol Energetika and the Circular Change platform jointly organised the first regional conference focused on public-private partnerships for the Circular Economy. With the support of the Partnership for a Green Economy, led by Tadej Slapnik, State Secretary in the Cabinet of the Prime Minister, the conference attracted more than 60 participants from business and local communities and gained a lot of media attention.

National Conference: Circular Economy in practice

 18 November 2016: “Circular economy fundamentally changes the relationship between stakeholders,” was the main message of this conference in Maribor. More than 70 stakeholders actively participated at the conference, which was one of the main events in November’s Circular Economy Roadshow. Six practical CE examples were presented to the audience by six companies: Petrol Energetika, Lumar, Oven, Valtex, Skaza and the project Wcycle. Each of them also described one main challenge, and the participants worked in groups to help them to deliver solutions. The event was organised by the Ministry of Environment, the Partnership for a Green Economy and the Municipality of Maribor, in cooperation with the platform Circular Change, moderated by Ladeja Godina Košir.

Awareness exhibition on re-use in the National Assembly

14 November 2016: The National Assembly of Slovenia hosted a unique exhibition: “Re-use and re-design”, introduced by Depo (store for used and refurbished items) and Komunala Vrnika (Municipal Waste Management Vrhnika). The exhibition was opened by the President of the National Assembly, Dr Milan Brglez, and Brigita Šen Kreže, General Manager at Komunala Vrnika. Circular Change supported the event with intense awareness communication on the importance of re-use as one of the main Circular Economy pillars that households should consider.  

November roadshow – Month of Circular Economy in Slovenia

November 2016: November was dedicated and publicly declared as the Month of Circular Economy in Slovenia by the governmental initiative Partnership for a Green Economy. Circular Change was an active partner and co-organiser of many events, with the aim of spreading the message of the Circular Economy – especially CE business models, success stories and CE best practice to different stakeholders, collaborating closely with government, companies and local communities. There were more than 15 different events all over Slovenia, and Circular Change leader Ladeja Godina Košir actively participated as a guest speaker and expert in round table talks.

Circular Change presented at a meeting of all Ministers dedicated to CE

3 November 2016: The Prime Minister, Dr Miro Cerar, invited Dr Janez Potočnik, former European Commissioner for Environment, to introduce the concept of the Circular Economy to all Ministers in the Government. Ladeja Godina Košir presented the Circular Change Platform and the results achieved in Slovenia in 2016. In a press conference after the publicly broadcast meeting, Dr Cerar and Dr Potočnik officially announced that the Slovenian Government strongly supports Slovenia heading towards a Circular Economy.


Slovenia joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation CE100 Programme

November 2016: The Republic of Slovenia joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s international Circular Economy 100 (CE100) programme. Representatives of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation emphasised in their statement that “The Circular Economy is already receiving exemplary attention across the government in Slovenia, with the Ministries of Environment, Finance, Agriculture, Economic Development, Transport and Education represented at the Slovenian CE100 kick-off workshop, held earlier this month”. Circular Change, as an expert platform connecting all stakeholders focused on the Circular Economy nationally and further connecting them internationally, took over the important role of orchestrator between all the Slovenia multiplayers.


Open Circles: Slovenia Circular Economy “Movers and Shakers”

September 2016: Circular Change runs quarterly events called Open Circles – to meet and talk openly about Circular Economy issues. At Open Circles we chat, connect and share ideas in a very informal atmosphere, hosted by Ladeja Godina Košir from Circular Change. The highlight of each event is the story of one of the CE “movers and shakers”. In September Avant2go, the first electric car sharing in the region, was in the spotlight. The concept was brought to Ljubljana in summer 2016 by visionary Matej Čer, from Avant car. In November we discussed the re-use of goods by upcycling, repair and recycling. This event was co-hosted by Marinka Vovk, Executive Director of a social enterprise with a network of 9 Reuse Centres, Doctor of Biological Sciences and a pioneer in re-use strategies in Slovenia.

Circular Change joined the Partnership for a Green Economy

3 October 2016: Circular Change platform joined the Partnership for a Green Economy and took an active role in designing its action plan for 2017/2018. The first national meeting was led by Tadej Slapnik, State Secretary in the Cabinet of the Prime Minister, and seven other Ministries took part at the Congress Centre Brdo pri Kranju. More than 70 stakeholders from different sectors actively participated in this kick-off event. Their contributions and ideas will be included in the Partnership action plan for 2017/2018.

Advisory Board of CC met for the first time and elected a President

31 August 2016: On the last day of August, AquafilSLO Ljubljana hosted a constitutional meeting of the Circular Change Advisory Board. From September 2016 onwards, the Board, comprised of prominent international experts on the Circular Economy, has been advising and steering the Circular Change action plan and monitoring our progress. The Board members are: Josephine Green, UK, former Senior Director for Trends and Strategy at Philips, now a speaker and consultant on sustainability and Circular Economy culture (and author of Beyond 20:21st century stories); Guido Braam, NL is CEO at Powered by Meaning, and former CEO of Circle Economy and former Executive Director of the NL Circular Hotspot; Edi Kraus, ITA is General Manager at AquafilSLO; Tadej Slapnik , SLO serves as the State Secretary in the Cabinet of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia; and Dr Janez Potočnik, SLO is Partner of SystemiQ and Co-Chair of the UNEP International Resource Panel, and between 2010-2014 was EU Commissioner for Environment. He was unanimously appointed the President of the Board. Ladeja Godina Košir, initiator of the Circular Change platform, was appointed as Executive Director of the platform.

Saying “Yes” to an Invitation to support The Circulars Awards 2017

August 2016: The World Economic Forum’s Community of Young Global Leaders, in collaboration with Accenture Strategy, invited Circular Change to support The Circulars Awards. At the end of the summer, Circular Change officially became one of the supporters of the global Circular Economy awards, The Circulars 2017. In a limited time we identified around 20 potential projects and companies with well-implemented Circular Economy principles in Slovenia, and encouraged them to run for The Circulars Awards 2017. In the end 11 of them succeeded in completing their applications by the end of September, and this result ranked Slovenia in 4th place of all countries by number of participants in this year’s Award process.

International Conference: Embracing the Circular Economy

6 May 2016: At the first international conference, “Embracing Circular Change”, held in Ljubljana on May 6 2016, over 120 participants discussed the challenges of the transition to the new economic model of the Circular Economy. Aquafil, Datalab, Iskraemeco and Avant car – top Circular business cases from Slovenia – were presented at the Conference. The keynote speaker was Circular Economy pioneer Dr Janez Potočnik. At the conference programme director and host Ladeja Godina Košir officially introduced the newly established platform Circular Change and its website She emphasised the ambition of the platform – to connect stakeholders in Slovenia and in the wider region, and to enable them to cooperate, promote innovations and exchange best business practice. The pre-event of the Conference was an AmCham traditional Business Breakfast entitled Circular Economy as an Opportunity for Slovenia – a green reference country in digital Europe.

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