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Janez Potočnik med svetovnimi voditelji prehoda v krožno gospodarstvo

Helsinki, 5. junij

Danes se je v finski prestolnici začel Svetovni forum krožnega gospodarstva 2017. Na slavnostni otvoritvi je imel uvodni govor dr. Janez Potočnik, sopredsedujoči Mednarodnemu panelu za vire UNEP, nekdanji evropski komisar za okolje in svetovno priznani strokovnjak za krožno gospodarstvo. Prav Potočnik je kot evropski komisar osnoval prvi sveženj ukrepov za spodbujanje prehoda v krožno gospdoarstvo, ki so ga že tedaj začele izvajati najbolj napredne članice EU, Evropska komisija pa ga je v malce spremenjeni obliki sprejela v naslednjem mandatu, decembra 2015.

Potočnik se je v svojem uvodnem nastopu zahvalil Finski za organizacijo tako odmevnega srečanja, ki utrjuje zavedanje o tem, da je prehod v krožno gospodarstvo izziv sedanjosti. Priznal je, da bi pred tremi leti, ko je kot evropski komisar zagovarjal prvi sveženj ukrepiv za prehod v krožno gospdoarstvo, ne mogel verjeti, da bo  krožna tranzicija dosegla tako moćno zavedanje in vključenost. Pozval je k voditeljstvu k bolj umnemu upralvjanju z viri, saj je čas za ukrepanje že zdavnaj tu.

Dvodnevno srečanje, ki je v Helsinkih zbralo več kot 1500 udeležencev iz celega sveta, organizira finski inovacijski sklad SITRA. Srečanje  se odvija v dneh, ko Finska praznuje 100-letnico svoje nedovisnosti , in poteka v kongresnem centru Finlandia, zgradbe velikega finskega arhitekta Alvarja Aalta, ki je ob svojem odprtju leta 1975 gostilo zgodovinso srečanje Organizacije za varnost in sodelovanje v Evropi (OVSE).

Na Forumu, ki je namenjen spoznavanju, načrtovanju in povezovanju globalnih, nacionalnih in lokalnih procesov transformacije v krožno gospodarstvo, sodeluje tudi delegacija Republike Slovenije, pod vodstvom Tadeja Slapnika, državnega sekretarja v Kabinetu predsednika vlade Republike Slovenije in vodje Partnerstva za zeleno gospodarstvo Slovenije.

Program konference je objavljen TUKAJ, predstavitveni video konference pa TUKAJ.

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Janez Potočnik introductory speaker at the World Circular Economy Forum in Helsinki

Helsinki, 5th June

Today the World Circular Economy Forum 2017 opens doors in Helsinki. Honours of the introductory speech went to Janez Potočnik, the renowned Slovenian expert on the circular economy and Co-Chair of the UN Resource Panel (UNEP). Potočnik was  EC Commissioner for Environment (2010-2014) and is today Partner of SystemiQ and Chair of the Advisory Board of Circular Change.

In his opening speech Potočnik called for more decisive leadership that has to put the transition towards the circular economy in action at the systemic level. In front of over 1500 attendees from around the globe he admitted he would not have believed three years ago, when as the EC Commissioner he was promoting the first package of measures for the support to the circular transition to see the process advance so much and he thanked Finland for organising the high-level event.

A two-day gathering in Helsinki is organised by the Finnish innovation fund SITRA. The Forum takes place in days when Finland celebrates its 100th anniversary and is held in Finlandia Hall, the country’s most renowned congress centre, designed by the architect Alvar Aalto, where in 1975 Helsinki host the historic meeting of the Organisation for cooperation and security in Europe (OCSE).

Please see more on the Forum here.

Circular Economy as major opportunity to improve competitiveness of European continent

“It is fundamentally important to understand that the fact how we produce the product and even before how we design it – is already the moment where the destiny of overall life cycle of the product has been made. Is product repairable, can be refurbished and at the later stage can be recycled. If we create product that consumer can throw away after short time, we are creating a lot of negative influences on environment and human health,” emphasizes dr. Janez Potočnik, co-chair of UNEP International Resource Panel and pioneer and advocate of Circular Economy.

Circular Change team Ana Isabel Munguia Partida, Executive Editor of Media Change, and Taja Košir Popovič, Video & Photography, had great opportunity to speak with Potočnik at the international conference Embracing the Circular Economy in Ljubljana where key Circular Economy experts from the region gathered in May to meet Slovenia business people to discuss trends and future of this new economic model.

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Dr. Janez Potočnik also very well known as former Commissioner for Environment of the European Commission (EK) who introduced the first Circular Economy package in EU.

Potočnik believes that changing economy from linear to circular – is major opportunity to improve competitiveness of European continent.

“Globally we don’t have the alternative and it is also the way to keep industry in Europe,” he thinks.

In interview he explains how to make whole transition easier and why companies will benefit out of it.

 

 

Casper Jorna CE 100 program Lead at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation who also spoke at the conference is convinced: “Future for Circular Economy is very bright.”

Jorna explained the reason to believe so is in the fact that “a lot of corporate collaboration projects is going one where companies started to work together – to find better circular solutions.”

Discover what are the key ingredients for efficient CE collaboration in short interview with Casper Jorna.

 

Guido Braam Executive Director at Netherland Hotspot is connected with Circular Economy since he has got the opportunity to set up network offices for circular economy in Netherland six years ago.

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Guido Braam Executive Director at Netherland Hotspot.

From his experience two or three years are needed for the circular economy projects in companies to bring the results.In interview he emphasized why so called neutral places free of competitiveness are so crucial to encourage circular innovation and collaboration.

 

Also Slovenia is very active in helping businesses transforming old business models to new one’s. Visionary Ladeja Godina Košir, Co-founder and Connector at Giacomelli media this year initiated international Circular Economy platform from Slovenia – called Circular Change (you are reading it right now).

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International conference Embracing the Circular Economy in Ljubljana where key Circular Economy experts from the region gathered in May whit initiator and host Ladeja Godina Košir (first on the right).

With big effort from initiator Godina Košir passionate about establishing strong international connections platform become very noticeable in really short time. As a host of international conference Embracing the Circular Economy Godina Košir explained main goals of the platform are “to connect different stake-holders in the region, to enable them to cooperate and help them in all possible ways to do the transition from linear to more circular business model.”

“We are international platform because we believe that we have to share best practices internationally and to learn from each other globally, “Godina Košir explains.

She adds major benefit for members of the platform “will be tools for this transition and connections with other businesses to exchange experience. Trade missions for members will be organized so members will be able to meet other companies specially in the Europe that are already on the way to circular models.”

In interview she also explains the purpose of a tool called case study yourself.

 

 

 

All four interviews were made and produced by Ana Isabel Munguia Partida, Executive Editor of Media Change and Taja Košir Popovič, Video & Photography.