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CC Konferenca 2. dan

Druga mednarodna konferenca o krožnem gospodarstvu – 2nd Circular Change conference

Naslednji izziv: umestiti Slovenijo med krožne voditeljice v svetu

Naložbe v Mariboru pokazatelj razvojnega potenciala krožnega prehoda

Maribor, 12. maja 2017

Dilem ni, priložnost pa je zdaj

 

Slovenija ima veliko razvojno priložnost za prehod v krožno gospodarstvo, s čimer se lahko pridruži vodilni skupini najbolj razvitih evropskih držav, ki na tem področju že dosegajo zavidljive rezultate. Ta priložnost izhaja iz njenih zgodovinskih, družbeno-ekonomskih, geostrateških in naravnih danosti. Še dodatno jo krepi iskanje odgovorov po vsem svetu na razmere globalne absolutne redkosti virov ob naraščajočem številu prebivalstva, ki že danes močno spreminja pogoje gospodarjenja v domala vseh gospodarskih panogah. Spodbujajo pa jo tudi usmeritve EU v krožno gospodarstvo, ki postaja ključni vidik evropske konkurenčnosti. Tak je najpomembnejši sklep udeležencev 2. mednarodne konference o krožnem gospodarstvu, ki ga je v svojem nastopu poudaril tudi premier Miro Cerar.

Sistemska sprememba je stvar sedanjosti in voditeljski izziv.

“Maribor kot regijsko središče prevzema vodilno vlogo na področju krožnega gospodarstva, da s svojim zgledom vodi izvajanje tega strateškega projekta in da oblikuje partnerstvo v urbani regiji za doseganje sinergij za vse prebivalce,” je poudaril župan Mesten občine Maribor Andrej Fištravec. “Dilem ni, priložnost pa je zdaj,”, pa je srednji govor na dogodku povzel nekdanji evropski komisar za okolje  ter sopredsedujoči mednarodnemu panelu za naravne vire (IRP) pri Združenih narodih in predsednik posvetovalnega odbora platforme Circular Change dr. Janez Potočnik.

 

Vizija Vlade RS: zasidrati Slovenijo kot krožno voditeljico na svetovnem zemljevidu

Cilj Slovenije je, da postane zelena referenčna država v digitalni Evropi.

V sklepnem govoru dvodnevnega srečanja je v Mariboru je Predsednik Vlade Republike Slovenije dr. Miro Cerar kot častni pokrovitelj 2. mednarodne konference o krožnem gospodarstvu Circular Change poudaril, da konferenco vidi kot edinstveno priložnost, da se Slovenija predstavi kot ambiciozna država, ki si je zadala, da bo stala ob boku svetovnim zelenim voditeljicam. “Cilj Slovenije je, da postane zelena referenčna država v digitalni Evropi in regionalna voditeljica na področju sistemske tranzicije v krožno gospodarstvo,” je poudaril premier Cerar. “Vlada Republike Slovenije se zaveda, da gre pri prehodu v krožno gospodarstvo za velike, sistemske spremembe, a hkrati ne želi le zasledovati svetovnih trendov, ampak jih v prihodnosti tudi aktivno sooblikovati.” Slovenija ima številne primerjalne prednosti, kot so naravne danosti, ugodna geostrateška pozicija, močne znanstveno raziskovalne institucije in “krožne prebojnike”, kot jih je poimenoval, tako na strani gospodarstva kot lokalnih skupnosti, predvsem pa ozaveščeno in motivirano prebivalstvo.

 

Ključni poudarki dvodnevnega mednarodnega srečanja v dveh slovenskih krožnih mestih

Sistemska sprememba je stvar sedanjosti in voditeljski izziv

Dvodnevni dogodek v organizaciji povezovalne platforme Circular Change se je v petek iz Ljubljane preselil v mariborski hotel Habakuk. Srečanje je rezultat več kot 50 vsebinskih partnerstev, med katerimi je na prvem mestu Partnerstvo za zeleno gospodarstvo, ki ga v Kabinetu Predsednika Vlade RS povezuje državni sekretar Tadej Slapnik. V vlogo so-organizatorja današnjega dne tega mednarodnega srečanja in ki ga odraža častno pokroviteljstvo premiera Mira Cerarja. Med ključnimi partnerji dogodka sta tudi Veleposlaništvi Republike Italije – v sodelovanju z agencijo ITA-Ice – in Kraljevine Nizozemske, AmCham Slovenija, in dve največji slovenski mesti, Ljubljana in Maribor. Pomemben je prispevek številnih drugih deležnikov v samem programu srečanja.

Skupaj z Godino Koširjevo so konferenco sta drugi dan konference odprli župan Mestne občine Maribor Andrej Fištravec, Veleposlanik Republike Italije v Sloveniji Nj. e. Paolo Trichilo, Ministrica za okolje in prostor Irena Majcen in državni sekretar Tadej Slapnik.

Državni sekretar Tadej Slapnik

Udeleženci so najprej prisluhnili dvema uvodničarjema. Nekdanji evropski komisar za okolje Janez Potočnik je v svojem govoru izpostavil sistemske vidike krožne tranzicije. V uvodnem temeljitem premisleku o velikem pospešku, ki ga človeštvo doživlja v 20. in 21. stoletju, in ki vodi do vse težje obvladljivih civilizacijskih neskladij, ki vse bolj ogrožajo možnosti za trajnostno bivanje na (pre)naseljenem planetu, se je nekdanji evropski komisar za okolje osredotočil na izzive Evropske unije ter orisal sodobne izzive za voditelje, ki jih neizogibno potrebujemo za izhod iz sedanjega položaja. Poudaril je zavedanje, da smo vsi skupaj šele na “začetku začetka”, zato so potrebne velike odločitve za prehod v nov ekonomski sistem. Obenem pa izostril vprašanje časovne razsežnosti reševanja trajnostnih izzivov z zavrnitvijo logike prenekaterih, da gre za vprašanja, namenjena prihodnosti. “Vsem tem sporočam, da je ta prihodnost prišla in se imenuje sedanjost,” je svoj nastop sklenil Potočnik.

Potočnik je bil prvi komisar, ki je pripravil obsežni paket ukrepov za spodbudo prehoda v krožno gospodarstvo, ki je bil v nekoliko prilagojeni obliki naposled sprejet konec leta 2015.

Giulio Bonazzi, Aquafil

Predsednik upravnega odbora in direktor Aquafila Giulio Bonazzi pa je prek izjemne osebne izkušnje družbeno odgovornega družinskega podjetnika in vizonarja izpričal izjemen zgled krožne preobrazbe poslovne skupine s sedežem v mestecu Arco v avtonomni pokrajini Trento v Italiji. Družba, ki deluje na treh kontinentih, je svojo intenzivno pot preobrazbe začela sistematično izvajati pred 11 leti. Med drugim so edinstven krožni poslovni model, ki omogoča ponovno uporabo najlona 6 iz ribiških mrež in rabljenih preprog, ki jih zbirajo po vsem svetu in iz njih po lastni, zaščiteni metodi spet pridelajo to sestavino, zasnovali prav v obratu tega podjetja v Sloveniji, ki ga vodi tržaški gospodarstvenik Edi Kraus. Zdaj ta model prenašajo tudi v druge svoje obrate.

 

Pozicioniranje Slovenije kot države voditeljice v krožni tranziciji

Predstavnik Svetovnega gospodarskega foruma (WEF) Attila Turos je predstavil Globalno pobudo tega globalnega gospodarskega združenja za prehod v krožno gospodarstvo (Global Circular Economy Initiative), ki jo vodi in v okviru katere umeščajo našo državo kot eno najpomembnejših zgledov celovitega krožnega prehoda. Poudaril je, da je Svetovni gospodarski forum letos že tretjič podelil svetovno nagrado Circulars, namenjene krožnim prebojnikom. V zadnjem ciklusu izbora je bila Slovenija na četrtem mestu po številu prijav in na prebivalca nesporno na prvem mestu. Turos je med slovenskimi podjetji izrecno izpostavil Valtex. V prvem letu je to nagrado prejel Janez Potočnik. Pojasnil je tudi velik pomen, ki ga imajo za prehod v krožno gospodarstvo povezovalne platforme, kakršna postaja tudi njihova pobuda, ter pri tem izrecno pohvalil sodelovanje s platformo Circular Change. V sklepnem nastopu na konferenci je premier Miro Cerar potrdil, da je Slovenija na dobri poti in sprejel izziv ter na ta način Slovenijo umestil med najbolj ambiciozne evropske države na poti v krožno gospodarstvo.

 

Maribor kot krožno mesto

V nadaljevanju petkovega sporeda so se udeleženci posvetili Mariboru kot krožnemu mestu in podrobneje spoznali načrte za uresničitev njegove obsežne preobrazbe, ki jo združuje projekt Wcycle.

Igor Kos, kabinet župana MO Maribor

Igor Kos z mestne občine je predstavil celovit program pripravljenih krožnih projektov, ki obsegajo ravnanje z vodo, odpadki, toplotno energijo in drugimi viri, ter posegajo v prometno ureditev mesta. Odpirajo nove poslovne priložnosti, denimo, na mariborskem letališču. Ambiciozen načrt vsebuje preoblikovanje upravljanja z viri v mestu (voda, odpadki, energija), odpira nove poslovne priložnosti, vključuje Mariborčane in izboljšuje kakovost življenja.

“MO Maribor izvaja strateški projekt WCYCLE na področju krožnega gospodarstva, v katerega so vključena javna komunalna podjetja mesta Energetika, Snaga, Nigrad, Vodovod in Marprom,” je na konferenci poudaril župan mestne občine Maribor Andrej Fištravec.

 “V okviru tega projekta smo skupaj s podjetji identificirali 18 skupnih projektov, ki jih bodo podjetja v medsebojnem sodelovanju v prihodnjih letih realizirala. Vesel sem, da smo tik pred zasaditvijo prve lopate za izgradnjo tehnološko najnaprednejšega obrata za predelavo in sortiranje mešanih komunalnih odpadkov v evropski uniji, ki je istočasno tudi cenovno najugodnejša v primerjavi z industrijo predelave in sortiranje mešanih komunalnih odpadkov v Sloveniji. Skozi sinergije izvedbe projektov bomo tako zagotavljali optimalno izrabo vseh snovnih virov v mestu, krajšali materialne poti in oblikovali nove produkte, tako pa tudi ustvarili nova trajna zelena delovna mesta. Imamo priložnost, da oblikujemo model za prihodnost, ki bo trajnostno naravnan in da prihajajočim generacijam predamo regijo v boljšem stanju kot je danes.”

Obenem kaže razumeti dobro udeležbo predstavnikov EBRDja, Astrid Motta in Davorja Inđića v obeh omizjih drugega dne kot izrecno znamenje zanimanja za razvojne naložbe v Maribor.

Slovenije kot države voditeljica v krožni tranziciji.

“Druga mednarodna konferenca o krožnem prehodu zagotovo predstavila tisto prst, v kateri lahko “krožna semena” vzklijejo v trajnostne rešitve,” je ob zaključku poudarila programska direktorica Ladeja Godina Košir. “Slovenija je ravno prave velikosti in ima dovolj zahtevno gospodarsko sestavo ter zadovoljivo družbeno kohezivnost, zato je odločitev, da se izkaže kot država voditeljica za temeljito krožno tranzicijo, prava za njeno prihodnost. Tako lahko svoje prednosti pretvorimo v voditeljstvo in s tem v državo priložnosti, znanj in izkušenj na področju prehoda v krožno gospodarstvo, ki jih lahko delimo z drugimi.”

 

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How being Circular pays off: the story of Aquafil

Pictured above: Edi Kraus, AquafilSLO General Manager and a member of Circular Change Advisory Board, offering a toast with Borut Pahor, the President of Slovenia, and Giulio Bonazzi, President of Aquafil Group / Author: Aquafil Archives

It is all too evident that the way we consume resources is causing ongoing environmental degradation and extensive exploitation of our planet’s limited natural resources. We produce, use and throw away things without thinking. Our current linear economic model is pushing us beyond nature’s limits to cope. Thankfully, increasing awareness of a new economic model, the Circular Economy, has enabled companies to seize new opportunities and expand into innovative, eco-friendly territory. Such is the case of Aquafil, one of the leading international players in the production of fibres and polymers, and the inventor and producer of ECONYL®, a polyamide made from 100% recycled raw materials.

Aquafil uses post-consumer waste such as fishing nets, carpets, clothing, rugs, and rigid textiles, as well as pre-consumer waste like oligomers, scraps and others generated from the production of Nylon 6, to produce its innovative textile, ECONYL®. What is more, no waste goes into the environment after its use, since the material can be regenerated an infinite number of times to produce new polymers with quality and technical characteristics equivalent to products obtained from oil, enabling savings of about 7 barrels of oil per tonne of regenerated polymers.

ECONYL® is used in the production of BCF (bulk continuous filaments), a material that can be found in the manufacture of carpet flooring, and in NTF (nylon textile filaments), used in the production of textile clothing. ECONYL® NTF is already receiving attention from the media and being used in garments by brands like La Perla and Adidas, a great step forward in the textile sector given that 20% of the global production of waste comes from textiles and apparel.

To increase the efficiency of the ECONYL® Regeneration System, Aquafil has set up a structured international waste collection network based on partnerships with institutions, customers, and both public and private associations. The ECONYL® Reclaiming Program allows Aquafil to gather large quantities of materials from all over the world, including the United States, Egypt, Pakistan, Thailand, Norway and Turkey.

Not only has all this paid off business-wise, but also, since the introduction of ECONYL® and the Eco-Pledge®, Aquafil’s commitment towards full sustainability, they have reduced water consumption by 15% and increased the amount of recycled non-hazardous waste by 21%. By dedicating their efforts to building a new supply chain that properly identifies waste streams and engages the fish farming industry and communities, their innovative products can truly create an impact by proving that closing the loop not only benefits one closed business unit, but many more communities and consumers at the same time.

Aquafil was established more than 50 years ago in Arco, Italy, where its headquarters are still located, and since then it has become one of the leading players in the production of polyamide 6 both in Italy and globally. Today the group has a presence in eight countries on three continents, with 16 plants employing more than 2700 people in Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, Thailand and China. The production of Aquafil’s ECONYL® material is located in Slovenia.

The production facility, AquafilSLO, recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary on October 13th, alongside more than 300 executives, state officials, and business partners, including Circular Change, a Circular Economy stakeholder engagement platform, where AquafilSLO’s General Manager, Edi Kraus, is a member of the Advisory Board.

The keynote speaker at the ceremony was the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor. He congratulated all the employees, executives and the owners for their 50 years of development and the successful story of “a foreign takeover” in Slovenia. He also stressed that he believes in the business philosophy of sustainable development.

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Giulio Bonzazzi explaining the importance of collaboration between Italy and Slovenia / Author: Circular Change

 

To commemorate this significant milestone, Aquafil Slovenia also released a video highlighting the values and principles that motivate their team to keep delivering high quality products.

In 2014, Aquafil joined the CE100 program founded by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The objective of the CE100 program is to build a global platform that will accelerate and lead market development towards a Circular Economy. This year, after a successful collaboration with Circular Change, Aquafil entered the World Economic Forum (WEF) Circulars Awards. This initiative, led by the WEF and also supported by Circular Change, is the world’s premier Circular Economy award programme, offering recognition to individuals and organisations from commerce and civil society across the globe which have made notable contributions to the Circular Economy in the private sector, the public sector and society in general. Entrants to the awards are leading the way in driving innovation and growth which is decoupled from the use of limited natural resources.

Aquafil is not only being rewarded for its innovative products; the Group uses over 78% green certified energy. Its plant in Slovenia even sends the excess heat generated during production to Atlantis, a waterpark in Ljubljana. This excess heat provides enough thermal energy to supply 100% of the waterpark’s requirements. The close proximity of the two allows both businesses to significantly reduce their environmental impacts on the city. More than 2,000,000 kilograms of CO2 emissions are expected to be avoided each year, corresponding to 1,100 cars each driving 35 km a day.

Aquafil’s circular future looks promising, especially with their profound commitment to the improvement of their Research and Development (R&D) team. Their visionary president, Giulio Bonazzi, firmly believes that in order to make a full transition to the Circular Economy, their efforts need to focus on R&D.

Giulio Bonazzi on the future of Aquafil and the Circular Economy

Giulio Bonazzi on the future of Aquafil and the Circular Economy / Author: Aquafil Archives

“The transition into a Circular Economy is a must. It is not possible to envision a company in the near future doing business with only a linear economy model in mind. Natural resources are going to decrease while waste increases exponentially with the growth of the population. We absolutely must focus all our efforts on R&D in order to be able to use and regenerate products that have arrived at the end of their useful life, or to implement engineering for remanufacturing polices. A key factor in this journey is represented by R&D, and it will surely help in this transitional phase. Sustainability is not a goal, but a way of thinking, a way of being, a principle we are guided by. We cannot be sustainable or circular alone; we all need to incorporate our knowledge into the value chain and think and act accordingly. It’s a journey,” said Bonazzi.

From 100% recycled steel to eco-nylon, meet Slovenia’s circular changemakers

Circular economy entrepreneurship in Slovenia is growing apace. Discover three businesses leading the way.

Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, holds the coveted title of European Green Capital 2016, so this year it’s hosting many activities promoting sustainable development. More than 650 investment projects, both large and small, have been implemented so far, each aimed towards improving the quality of life of Ljubljana residents. One example, the BicikeLj bike-sharing scheme, has registered more than 1.6m journeys – close to the total number of inhabitants in Slovenia.

Tucked between Italy, Austria, Croatia and Hungary, Slovenia, a small EU country, has many reasons to develop circular business models. Most of its companies are suppliers, and as such, they are sensitive to new trends. A spirit of innovation and a large number of SMEs and startups looking for new opportunities represent the strong driving force of Slovenian entrepreneurship. Fostering collaboration and empowering cooperation between businesses, emerging innovators and the regions are crucial for the development of this new economic model.

Aquafil, Iskraemeco and Štore Steel are just three of the circular economy frontrunners based in Slovenia.

WASTE FISHING NETS

Post-consumer fishing nets. Photograph: Aquafil

Aquafil Group is a leading international player in the production of fibres and polymers, primarily Nylon 6, Dryarn and XLA, but also, more recently, it is the inventor and only producer of ECONYL, a polyamide made from 100% recycled raw materials. These materials include post-consumer fishing nets, carpets, clothing, rugs, and rigid textiles, as well as pre-consumer waste like oligomers and scraps generated by the production of Nylon 6.

ECONYL is already used in garments by brands like La Perla and Adidas, which is a great step forward in the textile sector, given that 20% of global waste comes from the textile and apparel sectors. “The demand for ecological nylon is now higher than the quantity we can produce. From the very beginning it has been highly respected by our customers and recognised as a premium material,” proudly explains Edi Kraus, CEO of Aquafil Slovenia.

THE CIRCULAR SMART METER

The Slovenian company Iskraemeco is playing a visible role in the most circular environment so far – the Netherlands. The initiative started in 2013 with the signing of a Green Deal Fair Meter between the social enterprise Waag, the companies Liander and Stedin, and the Dutch government. Following new EU regulations, all households in the Netherlands will be offered a smart meter before 2020. The Green Deal ensures that these meters will not only be smart but fair, and that with every subsequent (cost-based) product development of the smart meter in the chain, the design principles of circularity will be adhered to. The aim is that by 2020 every new smart meter produced will be made from more than 98% used resources and/or materials designed for reuse.

After a 12-month tender process, Iskraemeco was chosen as one of the Fair Meter developers and suppliers. They will deploy up to 2.5m smart meters within the five-year rollout period.

“For some months now we have been analysing all the materials and components in our smart meters. We are finding replacements for all those we identify that might not be gained or produced in a transparent, sustainable, circular and fair way, for instance if they exploit child labour or come from mines in war zones in Africa ,” explained Mojca Markizeti, Fair Meter project manager at Iskraemeco. Together with their partners in the project, they will also develop a supply chain transparency tool to enable other manufacturers to go more quickly and easily down the same path.

100% CIRCULAR STEEL INDUSTRY

The most circular sector in Slovenia, well above the global average, is the steel industry. Globally, only about 29% of steel is recycled, even though steel is 100% recyclable without loss of quality and has a potentially endless lifecycle.

“In Slovenia, every bit of around 600,000 tonnes produced per year is made from recycled (scrap) steel, which comes mainly from waste streams in Slovenia,” explained Marjan Mačkošek, president of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia and CEO at Štore Steel. He admits that going circular is more expensive at first but believes that in the long run the shift is inevitable. “If we take Slovenia as a very good example, we don’t have any natural resources except wood, so we have already been forced for many years to use and reuse resources very rationally and to innovate as much as possible. These are our only key opportunities,” he emphasised.

ENGAGING CIRCULAR CHANGEMAKERS

Dr Janez Potocnik, Dr Maja Makovec Brencic, Ladeja Godina Kosir and Casper Jorna at the Circular Change Conference. Photograph: Matjaz Tavcar

On 6 May, an international conference, Embracing the Circular Change, took place in Ljubljana. Dr Janez Potočnik, former EU commissioner for the environment and one of the champions of the circular economy, was the main speaker and one of the panelists. The event was organised by Circular Change – a newly established stakeholder engagement platform focusing on the circular economy, with the ambition of informing, educating, recognising leaders, interpreting best practice and co-creating pioneering case studies in the transition from a linear to a circular business model. This conference was an invitation to circular changemakers to contribute to the creation of good business in the near future.

This article was originally published on The Guardian.

 

 

Ladeja Godina Košir, initiator and co-founder of Circular Change