2nd Latin American and Caribbean Days 2019
May
20
to May 26

2nd Latin American and Caribbean Days 2019

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is organising the second Latin American and Caribbean Days international conference (LAC Days 2019), to be held from 20 to 26 May in Ljubljana and Piran within the framework of Bled Strategic Forum. The event features three sessions with a view to encouraging general bilateral and interregional cooperation with LAC countries. It will be opened by an address from the Slovenian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Miro Cerar, on 20 May. 

 

Fostering bilateral and interregional political dialogue and cooperation, particularly on the environment and the circular economy, the first session entitled EU-LAC – For a sustainable environment and circular economy will be held on 20 May at Ljubljana’s Cankarjev Dom Cultural and Congress Centre. Ladeja Godina Košir, Executive Director of Circular Change, will be among the speakers, presenting good circular economy practices from both Slovenia and Brazil.

The second session, dedicated to strengthening economic cooperation with the countries in the region, is scheduled for 23 May and will explore prospects for business cooperation with selected countries.

A dedicated workshop stretching over several days will be at the core of the third session on science and research, which will aim at promoting cooperation between research institutions and researchers from LAC countries and the EU. The workshop/seminar will be co-organised with EU-LAC Foundation and the Bavarian Research Alliance (BayFOR).

As part of the accompanying programme, Latin American films will be screened at the Slovenian Cinematheque from 22 to 26 May.

 

The conference will be held in the English language.

For programme click HERE (in pdf). To visit their website click HERE.

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Urban Future Global Conference 2019 in Oslo, Norway
May
22
to May 24

Urban Future Global Conference 2019 in Oslo, Norway

The URBAN FUTURE global conference is Europe’s largest event for sustainable cities. It’s the place to meet the most passionate and inspiring CityChangers from all over the world.

Cities are key to a sustainable future of our planet. Massive changes are necessary to fight climate change and social inequalities. So far, much is talked about technological solutions.

We believe, that what is most important for solving the urban challenges are the people driving positive change.

The URBAN FUTURE global conference is the world´s largest meeting dedicated exclusively to CityChangers – decision makers who actively, passionately and effectively make cities more sustainable.

In 2019 the event will be held in Oslo, the European Green Capital 2019. Join us at #UFGC19 in Oslo and become part of the CityChangers-movement!

The thematic areas are changing slightly from year to year, taking into consideration all the discussions we have with stakeholders who are sharing their view on the most relevant topics for the future of cities.

This year, thematic focus is on: Urban Mobility, Built Environment and Architecture, Leadership, Green Business and Innovation.

 

For further details please click HERE.

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Mikser Festival 2019 – Serbia
May
24
to May 26

Mikser Festival 2019 – Serbia

The cultural organization Mikser will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Mikser Festival at a new location at lower Dorcol, Belgrade in May 2019. Strongly future-oriented, this year’s Mikser Festival addresses the phenomenon of sustainability as a new culture of living and doing business. During the 72 hours of continuous dialogue, artists, designers, IT experts, urban planners, ecologists, innovative companies, as well as students, will find common ground in developing a new model for a more altruistic and sensible future.

The festival will introduce more than 1000 participants, a strong b2b platform, a conference dedicated to sustainable development and the concept of circular economy, an exhibition, a ‘green’ hackathon, en eco-bazaar and a gastro market dedicated to the topic of food distribution to vulnerable groups. The 10th Mikser festival will give a synopsis of its decade of work, and it will feature examples of exceptional urban practices that strive towards a more sustainable future!

For more visit their website or read through their brochure.

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World Circular Economy Forum 2019
Jun
3
to Jun 5

World Circular Economy Forum 2019

The 3rd World Circular Economy Forum, hosted by SITRA, will occur on 3-5 June 2019 in Helsinki, Finland. The WCEF2019 will bring together around 2,000 key circular economy thinkers and doers from around the world. This year the forum will have a strong emphasis on the next era of the circular economy and scaling up the transition.

One of the speakers at this year’s forum will also be Circular Change Executive Director, Ladeja Godina Košir. She will be introducing CE Roadmap in Slovenia in the session titled Governance and Circular Economy Roadmaps, held on 3rd June between 14:30 and 16:00.

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The World Circular Economy Forum 2019 will build on the forums of 2017 and 2018. The WCEF 2017 identified key elements of a circular economy and showcased solutions and learnings from around the world. The WCEF 2018 painted visions of a circular future to strive towards and encouraged the world’s leading economies to set out on this path.

In the next era of the circular economy, it’s time to transform “the best kept secret” into global impact. Great solutions have been identified all over the world. We now need to scale things up.

The WCEF 2019 will have a strong emphasis on scaling up the circular economy transition. This involves growing investments into circular economy businesses, spreading and adopting new technologies and making significant regulatory changes that enable the circular economy to flourish.

The WCEF brings together business leaders, policymakers and experts to present the world’s best circular economy solutions.

The next era of the circular economy must be even more circular, but also fairer and more inclusive. The circular economy must benefit both the rich and the poor globally.

Consisting of 17 plenary and parallel sessions with keynotes speeches, thematic discussions and networking opportunities, WCEF2019 is a landmark event of the year. Approximately 2,000 participants are expected to attend the WCEF2019.

The WCEF2019 is by invitation only. If you are interested in attending the event or have other questions about the WCEF2019, send us an email to wcef2019(at)sitra.fi.

For programme and more info visit their website.

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Strokovna kavarna: Plastika naša vsakdanja
Jun
5
9:30 AM09:30

Strokovna kavarna: Plastika naša vsakdanja

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Ekologi brez meja so v projektu Plastika naša vsakdanja od številnih deležnikov, ki so povezani s problematiko plastike, popisali težave in poiskali možne rešitve. Pogledali so tudi v običajen nakupovalni voziček vsakogar od nas in preverili, koliko plastične embalaže je v njem. Rezultate enoletnega raziskovalnega dela bodo predstavili na Strokovni kavarni v sredo, 5. junija, med 9.30 in 13.00 v prostoru Edvard (Igriška ulica 5, Ljubljana).

Na t.i. "hitre zmenke ob kavi" so povabili zanimive in nevsakdanje sogovornike, s katerimi bodo na plastičnih primerih prikazali, kje smo in kam gremo. Pridružili se jim bodo Marko Omahen iz podjetja predelave plastike Omaplast, Delov okoljski novinar Borut Tavčar, lastnik trgovine brez embalaže Rifuzl Primož Cigler, generalna direktorica Direktorata za okolje Tanja BolteNiko Korpar s platforme Circular Change in direktor podjetja Fructal Luka Jejčič.

Udeležba na dogodku je brezplačna

Obvezne prijave sprejemajo do ponedeljka, 3. junija. Prijavite se prek obrazca na tej povezavi.

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Kyoto Symposium - Polyphonic Circular Co-Emergence
Jun
12
3:00 PM15:00

Kyoto Symposium - Polyphonic Circular Co-Emergence

How we human beings have to take steps toward the future? Challenging to such transdisciplinary problems, we need the integration of Eastern philosophy and Western Science, and even polyphonic transformation of our bodies and minds. Through the dialog between experience and science, theory and practice of transformation concerning ourselves, and the dialog between arts and religions, we are discussing the creative problem solving for these issues to the future.

Please click HERE for the symposium’s leaflet.

Programme:

Session 1 - 15:00-15:45

Society with Harmony and Co-creativity

Stephen Hill (University of Wollongong)

Ladeja Godina Košir (Circular Change, Founder and Executive Director)

Tadashi Yagi (Doshisha University)

Session 2 - 15:50-16:35

Saving our Shattered Science and Ourselves

Masatoshi Murase (Kyoto University)

Masahiro Fujino (Kyoto University)

Issho Fujita (Soto Zen Buddhism)

Session 3 - 16:40-17:25

Polyphonic Co-existence

Xing Qi-lin (Founder Tian Zhen Yuan, Principal of Tianzhen traditional culture training school)

Toshiaki Maruyama (Chairman RINRI Institute of Ethics)

Stomu Yamash’ta (Musician)

Discussion - 17:25-18:00

Stomu Yamash’ta

Xing Qi-lin

Toshiaki Maruyama

Masatoshi Murase

Tadashi Yagi

Stephen Hill

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Sistemsko oblikovanje za krožne politike - Vizija za politike krožnega gospodarstva v evropskih regijah
Jul
3
9:00 AM09:00

Sistemsko oblikovanje za krožne politike - Vizija za politike krožnega gospodarstva v evropskih regijah

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Za ogled vabila in programa kliknite TUKAJ.

Prehajanje v krožno gospodarstvo poteka v tesni povezavi z uvajanjem sistemskih sprememb na vseh družbenih ravneh. Razumevanje obstoječih sistemov in njihovega medsebojnega vpliva, iskanje novih sistemskih povezav in alternativnih pristopov pri oblikovanju politik, ki lahko spodbudijo prehod v krožno gospodarstvo, so zato ključnega pomena.

Ne gre torej toliko za vprašanje, kaj moramo storiti, temveč – kako.

Nekaj odgovorov bodo organizatorji ponudili na dogodku Sistemsko oblikovanje za krožne politike, ki ga gostimo kot partner v projektu RETRACE. V goste so povabili govorce, ki bodo v dopoldanskem delu predstavili alternativne pristope oblikovanja politik na področju ogljične nevtralnosti in snovne učinkovitosti v Nemčiji, EU Laboratorij politik za inovativnost oblikovanje evropskih politik in primere dobrih praks EU projektov za prehod v krožno gospodarstvo. Predstavili bodo tudi rezultate projekta Retrace.

Večina med nami se najbolje uči skozi prakso, zato bodo v popoldanski delavnici sodelovali pri iskanju in oblikovanju možnih rešitev na presečišču družbenih inovacij in paradigme krožnega gospodarstva.

Dogodek bo spremljala razstava, na kateri bomo predstavili rezultate projekta RETRACE in primere dobrih praks partnerskih regij.

Simultano tolmačenje bo zagotovljeno v dopoldanskem delu, popoldanska delavnica pa bo potekala le v angleškem jeziku.

Prijava na dogodek je možna preko spletnega obrazca, najkasneje do 17. junija 2019.

Dodatne informacije o dogodku lahko dobite na e-naslovu dejan.hribar@gov.si ali na telefonski številki 01 400 3768.

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Premiera knjige AEIOU voditeljstva Sonje Klopčič
Apr
23
6:00 PM18:00

Premiera knjige AEIOU voditeljstva Sonje Klopčič

Vljudno vabljeni na premiero nove knjige Sanje Klopčič z naslovom ‘AEIOU voditeljstva, Pet pristopov k vodenju za prihodnost’. Premiera se bo odvijala na Škrabčevi domačiji v Hrovači in sicer v torek 23. aprila 2019 ob 18:00 uri.

Knjiga ‘AEIOU voditeljstva’ predstavlja pet modelov in orodij za razumevanje nove kode voditeljstva ter petkrat enajst idej, zgodb in navdihov za rast posameznikov in organizacij. Je vodnik za vse, ki želijo s svojim delovanjem soustvarjati trajnostni uspeh.

Knjiga podkrepi novo kodo voditeljstva z zgodbami izjemnih slovenskih voditeljic in voditeljev, ki so s svojim prizadevanjem za dobrobit skupnosti uspeli izzven Slovenije. Svoje razvojne poti so podelili Violeta Bulc, Aleksander Čeferin, Andrej Božič, Kožica Rejec, Janez Škrabec, Tomaž Lanišek, Ajša Vodnik, Jure Knez, Ladeja Godina Košir, Franc Matjaž Zupančič - Tičo in Ksenija Špiler Božič.

Svojo udeležbo čimpreje potrdite na e-naslov: sonja.klopcic@sk-sp.si, saj so prijave možne le do zapolnitve mest.

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We are kindly inviting you to join the premiere of a new book by Sonja Kloščič, titled AEIOU voditeljstva (AEIOU of Leadership), which will be held on the Škrabec homestead in Hrovača, on 23th April 2019 at 6:00 pm.

The book discusses five models and tools for understanding the new code of leadership and introduces stories of development and growth by great slovenian leaders in their fields: Violeta Bulc, Aleksander Čeferin, Andrej Božič, Kožica Rejec, Janez Škrabec, Tomaž Lanišek, Ajša Vodnik, Jure Knez, Ladeja Godina Košir, Franc Matjaž Zupančič - Tičo in Ksenija Špiler Božič.

As the number of places is limited, please confirm your attendance as soon as possible by e-mail: sonja.klopcic@sk-sp.si.

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Otvoritev razstave Krožno in kreativno
Apr
18
to May 5

Otvoritev razstave Krožno in kreativno

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Kulturno-kreativni sektor (KKS) igra pomembno vlogo pri soustvarjanju sedanjosti in definiranju prihodnosti. V času, ko svetovna populacija narašča in ko doživljamo vplive podnebnih sprememb ter se soočamo z omejenostjo naravnih virov in izginjanjem biotske raznovrstnosti, je jasno, da obstoječi ekonomski model ni vzdržen. Ob tem nimamo pravih, celovitih tehnoloških in drugih rešitev za to, kako naprej. Inovativnost in ustvarjalnost sta ključ do postavljanja pravih vprašanj, ki lahko ob sodelovanju različnih deležnikov vodijo do oblikovanja trajnostno naravnanih sistemskih rešitev za danes in jutri – rešitev, temelječih na načelih krožnega gospodarstva in krožnega, eko oblikovanja.

Krožno gospodarstvo je pristop, ki v nasprotju z linearnim (vzemi – izdelaj/uporabi – zavrzi) poudarja pomen ohranjanja vrednosti v procesu izdelave in uporabe. Stremi k modularni zasnovi izdelkov, ki omogoča njihovo vzdrževanje, obnavljanje, popravljanje, dodelovanje in v zadnji fazi tudi recikliranje. Življenjska doba izdelka naj bo čim daljša, zavrženega materiala in drugih virov pa naj bo čim manj. Od lastništva se pomikamo k souporabi, od izdelkov k storitvam. Zato je ključno, kako pristopamo k snovanju, oblikovanju – najvišje mesto v hierarhiji krožnih pristopov ima zmanjševanje porabe (reduce) materialov in ostalih virov, zato je najbolj krožen izdelek tisti, ki prispeva k spreminjanju naših potrošniških navad v bolj trajnostne in nas vodi k preizpraševanju potrošniškega življenjskega sloga.

Na razstavi Krožno in kreativno, ki je rezultat sodelovanja med platformo Circular Change in Centrom za kreativnost, se bodo predstavili projekti, ki so prispeli na javno povabilo za povezovanje kulturno kreativnega sektorja in krožnega gospodarstva Creative & Circular 2019
Predstavljeni koncepti in izdelki v oblikovanju vsebujejo element krožnosti, ali še bolje – celovit krožni pristop, ki izzive današnje družbe obravnava v obliki rešitev s pozitivnim ekonomskim, okoljskim in družbenim učinkom.

Izmed prispelih predlogov je žirija izbrala tri, ki so najbolje odgovorili na izziv, kako vzpostaviti inovativno rabo obstoječih ali novih materialov (npr. bio materialov), predvsem pa koncepte in izdelke, ki omogočajo spremembo navad iz linearnih v krožne ter nove tipe odnosa med uporabnikom in izdelkom: prehod od lastništva k najemu, od izdelka k storitvi, souporabo, nadgrajevanje itd.

Žirija:

Ladeja Godina Košir, direktorica platforme Circular Change
Matevž Čelik, direktor Muzeja za arhitekturo in oblikovanje
Maja Lalić, ustanoviteljica združenja Mikser (SRB)
Špela Hudnik, Fakulteta za arhitekturo, Univerza v Ljubljani
Marjana Dermelj, SVRK
Katjuša Kranjc, arhitektka in oblikovalka, Raketa, d. o. o.

This project is a part of a partnership network Platform Center for Creativity co-financed by European Union from European Regional Development Fund and by Republic of Slovenia.

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Predstavitev osnutka akcijskega načrta za krožni turizem - Skupnost občin Slovenije
Apr
11
10:00 AM10:00

Predstavitev osnutka akcijskega načrta za krožni turizem - Skupnost občin Slovenije

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V projektu CircE so v Skupnosti občin Slovenije prišli do točke priprave Akcijskega načrta, katerega osnutek bodo predstavil zainteresiranim deležnikom v četretek, 11.4.2019 v Ljubljani. SOS se v projektu CircE osredotoča na potenciale krožnega turizma. V preteklem obdobju so prepoznali priložnosti pa tudi ovire, ki bremenijo preboj na tem področju. Zato so izhodišča za akcijski načrt strnili v tri poglavja:

  1. Priporočila ministrstvom, ki na podlagi Operativnega programa za izvajanje evropske kohezijske politike v obdobju 2014-2020, ključnega izvedbenega dokumenta, ki predstavlja prednostne cilje, kamor bo Slovenija vlagala sredstva kohezijske politike EU, pripravljajo razpise s ciljem uresničevanja nacionalnih ciljev EU za leto 2020.

  2. Priporočila za izboljšanje sistema javnega naročanja, tako z vidika zakonodajnih okvirjev, kot zagotavljanja podpornega okolja, saj je bilo prav javno naročanje izpostavljeno kot ena ključnih ovir za prehod v krožno gospodarstvo.

  3. Pilotna izvedba razpršenega hotela s prenosom prakse projektnega partnerja Regije Lombardija iz Italije.

Sestanek bo potekal v četrtek, 11. aprila ob 10.00 uri, v prostorih MOP, Dunajska 21, Ljubljana (sejna soba v podhodu). Udeležba je brezplačna, prijave so obvezne na naslov sasa.kek@skupnostobcin.si, do torka, 9. aprila.

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Mednarodna konferenca SZE 2019
Mar
31
to Apr 2

Mednarodna konferenca SZE 2019

Slovensko združenje za energetiko SZE vljudno vabi na tradicionalno Mednarodno konferenco SZE 2019, ki bo potekala od 31. marca do 2. aprila 2019 v Grand hotelu Bernardin v Portorožu, Slovenija.

SZE kot naslednik Slovenskega društva za daljinsko energetiko SDDE je prepoznalo moč povezovanja vseh področij energetike za bolj trajnostno in čisto oskrbo z energijo. Program delovanja SZE in program te konference je odprt za vsa področja energetske oskrbe, od proizvodnje preko distribucije do končne rabe s podporo temeljnih in aplikativnih znanj. Samo s povezano obravnavo kompleksnih energetskih sistemov bomo zagotovili tehnično in ekonomsko optimalne rešitve energetske oskrbe. 
Na konferenci bodo tudi tokrat sodelovali številni priznani domači in tuji gostje, prav tako pa se bomo z gosti osrednjega panela sprehodili skozi aktualne trende, politične odločitve in mednarodne usmeritve na področju trajnostne in čiste oskrbe z energijo za ogrevanje in hlajenje.

Direktorica Circular Change, Ladeja Godina Košir, bo 1. aprila v sklopu konference nastopila kot moderatorka okrogle mize: Povezovanje energetskih področij za trajnostno in zanesljivo energetsko oskrbo.

Za več informacij obiščite spletno stran: https://www.sze.si/konferenca-sze-2019

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Okrogla miza: Krožno gospodarstvo - Izzivi prihodnosti
Mar
21
3:30 PM15:30

Okrogla miza: Krožno gospodarstvo - Izzivi prihodnosti

Rotary klub Postojna Cerknica 21. marca 2019 organizira okroglo mizo na temo Krožno gospodarstvo - Izzivi prihodnosti, katere glavne teme bodo: izzivi, zaveze in načini uvajanja krožnega gospodarstva, posledice sprememb gospodarskega modela, posledice zadržanja linearnega gospodarskega modela.

Med udeleženci okrogle mize bodo:

  • mag. Aleš Cantarutti, državni sekretar na MGRT

  • mag. Ladeja Godina Košir, izvršna direktorica Circular Change

  • mag. Sibil Svilan, predsednik uprave SID banke

  • mag. Janez Rebec, predsednik uprave Pivka Perutninarstvo

  • Igor Milavec, direktor Združenja lesno predelovalne in pohištvene industrije, GZS

Ladeja Godina Košir bo prav tako ena izmed uvodnih govornic, kjer bo udeležencem predstavila koncept krožnega gospodarstva.

Obiščite spletno stran Rotary kluba Postojna Cerknica za več informacij: http://www.rotaryslovenija.org/napovednik/item/2214-charter-rotary-postojna-cerknica

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Zeleno Posavje - Za naravo in zdravje
Mar
8
11:00 AM11:00

Zeleno Posavje - Za naravo in zdravje

”Zeleno Posavje – za naravo in zdravje” je dogodek v sklopu evropskega projekta z namenom, da se izboljša ozaveščenost prebivalcev regije Posavje glede pomena ohranjanja narave, okolja in ekologije. K dviganju ozaveščenosti bodo pripeljali ponovna uporaba stvari, koncept krožnega gospodarstva, zavedanje in ohranjanje pomena pitja vode iz pipe, zmanjševanje zavržene hrane, ločeno zbiranje odpadkov in pravilno ravnanje z le temi. Poleg tega je cilj projekta zmanjševanje odloženih odpadkov na viru, predvsem biološkega odpada, kosovnega odpada in plastične embalaže.

Projekt je bil potrjen kot ena izmed operacij za uresničevanje ciljev Strategije lokalnega razvoja na območju LAS Posavje in sicer s strani Ministrstva za gospodarski razvoj in tehnologijo Republike Slovenije. Vodilni partner je Javno podjetje Komunala Brežice, ostali partnerji pa so še Kostak, Javno podjetje Komunala Sevnica, Javno podjetje Komunala Radeče in OKP Rogaška Slatina.

Za več informacij obiščite spletno stran: https://www.komunala-brezice.si/projekti/zeleno-posavje-za-naravo-in-zdravje

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SAVE THE DATE: 2019 Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference
Mar
6
to Mar 7

SAVE THE DATE: 2019 Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference

The Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference is the main gathering of the European circular economy community. The 2019 edition, organised in Brussels on the initiative of the Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee, will take stock of the Circular Economy Action Plan’s achievements, it will set the ground for new horizons in the circular economy and give participants the opportunity to grow their network of circular partners.

Take a look at the programme here.

Registrations are now open!  Please note that the registrations are possible until the full capacity of the venues is reached!

(Due to the expected high interest and to the limited capacity of the premises, participation may have to be restricted to a certain number of representatives per organisation)

 

The conference will explore the action plan’s implementation as a successful framework for the transition, while discussing policies to capitalise on the current global momentum. It will also widen the discussion to consider the circular economy as an enabler to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

On Day 2 (7 March), in cooperation with the Coordination Group members of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform, participatory workshops will showcase successes and identify new challenges and opportunities in areas such as circular cities and climate change mitigation, National circular economy strategies, consumers in the circular economy etc.

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Overview, application and impact of the Circular Economy. How to advance the transition.
Apr
17
1:30 PM13:30

Overview, application and impact of the Circular Economy. How to advance the transition.

Two years after the adoption of EU Circular Economy Package in December 2015, more than half of the initiatives included in the Action Plan have been delivered. To discuss upcoming deliverables, explore new areas of action, and share the first achievements the Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee hosted a Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference on 20-21 February in Brussels.
Our 3 speakers will share their views and opinions on the debate: Is the CE Packaged being well accepted and implemented?; What are the incentives and voluntary commitments being discussed to encourage the transition?; Any existing barriers?; How to increase global action?

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Workshop on the guidance on cascading use of woody biomass
Apr
13
12:30 PM12:30

Workshop on the guidance on cascading use of woody biomass

This workshop aims to showcase existing practices in the resource-efficient and sustainable use of woody biomass. It should also identify new opportunities, chances for cooperation and challenges along the value chain.

Event date: 13/04/2018
Location: Conference Centre Albert Borschette (CCAB), Rue Froissart 36, 1040 Brussels
Organiser: European Commission
Registration: Registration form

Materials and products made from woody biomass play an essential role in our daily lives. In many EU countries, their production is a cornerstone of the economy.

In the transition to a low-carbon, circular economy, woody biomass may also be key, if used resource-efficiently and sustainably: by increased valorisation and technological efficiency as well as better reuse and recycling.

The Commission committed to promoting the efficient use of bio-based resources in the EU action plan for the circular economy. This includes non-binding guidance on the cascading use of biomass by sharing good practices.

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THE BIG BANG FOR SUSTAINABILITY: 50 YEARS CLUB OF ROME
Apr
7
12:30 PM12:30

THE BIG BANG FOR SUSTAINABILITY: 50 YEARS CLUB OF ROME

Anniversary Celebration in Winterthur (on invitation only)

The year 2018 marks the 50 th Anniversary of the Club of Rome’s foundation on the 7 th April 1968. The Club’s million-fold bestselling first report “The Limits to Growth” has been followed by more than 40 subsequent reports, which have had deep impact on the emerging environmental movement and raised global awareness of the urgent need to rethink human activity on our planet in a more sustainable, climate neutral and eco-friendly way.

On 7 th April 1968, a network of entrepreneurs, diplomats, scientists and economists was created in Rome on the initiative of the Italian industrialist Aurelio Peccei and Alexander King, then Science Director of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The group was united in their concern about the future of humanity and the planet and assumed responsibility to make politicians and decision-makers worldwide aware of the most crucial issues of the future. “The Club of Rome” was born.

In the first report on the predicament of mankind, the Club of Rome warned of unlimited
material growth and uninhibited consumption in a world of limited resources: if human
activity was to continue in the same way as between 1900 and 1972, humanity would be about to overshoot the carrying capacity of planet earth until the end of the century. Fifty years later, there is no doubt that the ecological footprint of humanity exceeds its limits each year.

The work of the Club of Rome significantly contributed to the emergence of the global
environmental movement in the 60s and 70s and altered people worldwide to the dangers of climate change, environmental pollution as well as unlimited resource consumption.

The concerns of the Club of Rome have not lost their relevance: Already 50 years ago, the Club of Rome stated that it was possible to alter growth trends and establish new
conditions for a just and sustainable world which allows for stability, sustainability and
global balance.

Today, the central problem is no longer if we can achieve a global standard of living that
does not exceed the limits of our planed but how we can achieve that.

The framework of today’s work of the Club of Rome is based on the findings of the last 50 years in which more than 40 reports were published and 35 National Associations were founded.

The 100 members, worldwide renown experts in their respective disciplines, are still
devoted to the founding principles of the Club: The commitment for a sustainable future
of humankind from a holistic, systemic and long-term perspective. The global challenges facing humanity are interconnected and cannot be tackled as singular, isolated events.

The latest report “Come On! Capitalism, Short-termism, Population and the Destruction of the Planet”, authored by the Co-Presidents Prof. Ernst von Weizsäcker and Dr. Anders Wijkman with contributions by 30 more members of the Club of Rome, will be launched to coincide with the 50 th Anniversary. This report suggests a positive and realistic agenda for the future and states that we have sufficient knowledge to achieve the necessary sustainability transformation and preserve our natural environment, resources and living conditions.

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SEMINAR ON NATIONAL STRATEGIES ON CIRCULAR ECONOMY
Mar
21
7:30 AM07:30

SEMINAR ON NATIONAL STRATEGIES ON CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Presenting Slovenia’s Roadmap in Madrid: Key lessons from 6 European countries

Representatives of six European countries were invited to Madrid on March 21st  2018 to present how their countries are preparing themselves to make the transition from linear to circular economies.

The local NGO Foundacion pa ra la Economia Circular organised the international event together with the Spanish government in order to hear examples from leading European countries and to present the ambitious new Spanish policy framework for the circular economy to the public. Spain’s far-reaching plan features a variety of actions to be taken by all ministries with millions of euros to be allocated to different circular economy projects.

Niko Korpar from CC presented the case of Slovenia with a focus on the upcoming Roadmap: Towards the Circular Economy in SloveniaOther international speakers featured Emanuelle Moesch from the French Institu national de l’economie circulaire, Hari Kerlevi from the Finnish national fund SITRA and Herman Huissman, the esteemed waste management expert representing the Dutch government.

5 key lessons from the event:

1. Concrete goals, time frames and monitoring are key for following through

2. Stakeholder engagement is key to ensure a wide sense of ownership

3. National CE strategies are processes and not “just documents”, should constantly be updated and revised

4. National specifics (history, culture) should be taken into account when creating strategies

5. Find where you can make the most impact and focus on delivering results

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Regional Policy Dialogue Meeting
Mar
9
12:30 PM12:30

Regional Policy Dialogue Meeting

Policy makers are increasingly interested in achieving a sustained economic growth and development without harming the environment. Reducing the environmental impact of SMEs presents one of the key factors in this regard, given that SMEs constitute a vast majority of business population. Decreasing environmental footprint can also be observed as an important business opportunity for SMEs; however they are often faced with a number of limitations in improving their environmental performance (size- related obstacles, financial limitations, skill deficit and knowledge constraints).

Against this background, the fourth regional policy dialogue meeting will serve as a platform to discuss SME greening policies and exchange country experiences and lessons learned. It will convene over 50 senior policy-makers, representing various ministries and SME agencies from the Western Balkans and Turkey as well as senior representatives from the private sector.

The primary objective of the regional policy dialogue is to discuss policies that would facilitate smooth and successful transition of SMEs towards greener economy. By presenting various good practices from OECD/EU countries and hearing private sector testimonials, the meeting will showcase the tangible benefits of implementing these policies for enhanced productivity, competitiveness, as well as creating new business opportunities.

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Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference
Feb
20
to Feb 21

Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference

Save the date! More information and registration is available on the Platform website!

Two years after the adoption of EU Circular Economy Package in December 2015, more than half of the initiatives included in the Action Plan have been delivered. To discuss upcoming deliverables, explore new areas of action and share the first achievements of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform, the Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee will host a Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference on 20-21 February in Brussels.

The circular economy, a joint endeavor

Organised back-to-back with the EU Industry Day, this edition of the Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference will bring together industry representatives, public authorities, NGOs, and citizens to make the transition a truly joint endeavour.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the experiences of key players in the transition to a circular, resource-efficient and low-carbon economy. In addition, they will discuss and share their views on upcoming deliverables and work streams.

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Circular Economy Mapping Week
Feb
10
12:00 PM12:00

Circular Economy Mapping Week

  • 5 Tobačna ulica Ljubljana, Ljubljana, 1000 Slovenia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

CEC is thrilled by the participation, knowledge and network built through the Circular Economy Mapping Week held in over 65 cities worldwide during this past week [5th - 11th February 2018]. During this week, CEC Organizers voluntarily set up group sessions to map the circular initiatives in their cities. Workshops took place in 65+ cities, including Ljubljana, Bangkok, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Madrid, Montreal, New York, London, São Paulo, Singapore and Taipei.

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The Circulars 2018
Jan
22
12:00 PM12:00

The Circulars 2018

The Circulars, an initiative of the World Economic Forum and the Forum of Young Global Leaders, run in collaboration with Accenture Strategy, is the world’s premier circular economy award program. The award offers recognition to individuals and organizations across the globe that are making notable contributions to the circular economy in the private sector, public sector and society. The annual awards are hosted at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos.

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