Roadmap: Towards the Circular Economy in Slovenia
Circular Change and a consortium of partners is currently working to bring forth the first Slovenian Circular Economy Roadmap that will pave the way towards transitioning to a circular economy by highlighting best practices, key sectors and proposing policy recommendations through an inclusive multi-stakeholder process.
The project began in September 2017 and will end at the 3rd International Circular Change Conference, 10th and 11th of May 2018, where the final document will be unveiled.
The project team of experts from various backgrounds is being led by the former European Commisioner for the Environment and current co-chair of the UN International Resource Panel dr. Janez Potočnik and includes the Jožef Stefan Institute, Wcycle Institute, Giacomelli media and others. Circular Change serves as the connecting hub and main communication platform.
The Roadmap was commissioned by the Ministry of the Environment of Slovenia. The initiator of the project is the Partnership for a Green Economy, established by State Secretary in Office of the Prime Minister Tadej Slapnik.
The Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia dr. Miro Cerar expressed his support for the project on the 12th of September 2017 at the Celje International Trade Fair, where the project was first introduced to the public:
“For us, the transition to a circular economy is an exceptional opportunity, which will enable the development of new business models and increase the competitiveness of the Slovenian economy. Our ambition is to become a regional leader in the field of systemic transition to a circular economy and join the most advanced European countries, who have already implemented the principles of the circular economy is their central developmental paradigm.”
Key stakeholders and goals
The process of preparing the document joins the Ministry for the Environment and Spatial Planning with a wide range of stakeholders under the network Partnership for a Green Economy as well as all institutions that were recognized as multipliers by Slovenia’s membership in the Ellen MacArthur Foundation: The Slovenian Chamber of Commerce, The Association of Municipalities and Towns of Slovenia, SPIRIT Slovenia – Public Agency for Entrepreneurship, Internationalization, Foreign Investments and Technology; the Strategic Development and Investment Partnership SRIP and the Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy.
The Roadmap will build upon the propositions made in strategic documents Vision of Slovenia 2050, Developmental Strategy 2030 and other sectoral strategic documents.
A key goal of the project is to identify the regional and local opportunities of the circular economy sector in Slovenia. We have thus far organised 12 regional consultations and published the original document Inside the regions of Slovenia (in Slovenian).
Become a Contributor!
The project team is inviting all interested individuals, companies and institutions to share their knowledge, ideas, proposals and recommendations on how to develop the circular economy in Slovenia. The Roadmap strives to be an open document and the process behind it is an inclusive one.