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Closing Loops – Recipe for a Truly Circular Economy


06 Mar 2018


BluePoint Brussels
Boulevard Auguste Reyers, 80
B-1030  Brussels


Sustainable Dev.
Climate & Environment

Event Location


Event Description

9.00 Registration
9.30 Opening words
Mr. Michael SCHUY, President of EuRIC
From starter to dessert: what are the key ingredients of a circular economy
(Each session will be followed by a 10 minutes Q&A with the audience)
9.45 Session 1: Circular Economy Package
  • Ms. Sarah NELEN, Head of Unit, Waste Management and Secondary Materials, DG Environment, European Commission
  • Mr. Kilian ILIEV, First Secretary, Head of Section “Environment” Permanent Representation of Bulgaria to the EU (TBC)
  • What it takes to close circular loops
  • Completion of the negotiations on the revision of the waste legislation
  • Implementation of the circular economy package and launch of the ‘Plastics Strategy’
10.45 – 11.00: Networking Coffee break
11.00 Session 2: Designing circular products
  • Mr. Gwenole COZIGOU, Director, Industrial Transformation and Advanced Value Chains, DG GROW, European Commission
  • Mr. Ward MOSMULLER, Director EU Affairs, DSM
  • Speaker from SUEZ confirmed
  • Framing eco-design for recycling
  • Dealing with “unrecyclable” products
  • Thinking recycling at design stage: the example of fully recyclable carpets & mattresses
12.00 Showcase session: Pricing externalities – Rewarding recycling
Mr. Manuel BURNAND, Director General, FEDEREC
12.30 – 14.00: Networking lunch
14.00 Session 3: Re-designing waste & chemical legislation to circular flows
  • Mr. Enrique GARCIA-JOHN, Policy Officer - Chemicals, DG GROW, European Commission
  • Mr. Keith FREEGARD, Director, Axion Polymers
  • Ms. Anna-Maria KACZMAREK, Manager Chemicals Policy, EUROFER or
  • Mr. Hans REGTUIT, Stainless Steel and Environment Manager, Team Stainless, EUROFER (TBC)
  • Getting the right interface between waste, product & chemical legislation
  • Acute issues for metals and plastics recyclers
15.00 Showcase session: Fast-track notification for WEEE – A new International Green Deal / NSSR
Mr. Chris SLIJKHUIS, E-waste Recycling / Public Affairs, Müller-Guttenbrunn Gruppe
15.20 – 15.45: Networking Coffee break
15.45 Session 4: End of life vehicle recycling – What comes next?
  • Ms. Artemis HATZI-HULL, Policy Officer, Waste Management and Secondary Materials, DG Environment, European Commission (TBC)
  • Mr. Thomas PAPAGEORGIOU, Chair of the European Shredder Group, Compliance Director at ANAMET Recycling, SEPAN
  • Supporting the enforcement of the ELV Directive
  • Latest challenges for ELV recyclers
16.30 Session 5: China’s new policy on waste imports – Opportunities & Challenges
  • Mr. Francisco PEREZ CANADO, Head of Unit, Market Access, Industry, Energy and Raw Materials, DG Trade, European Commission (TBC)
  • Mr. Hans van de NES, President of ERPA Branch, Director for Business Development of Paper & Plastics Recycling at Sortiva
  • How the EU addresses trade barriers
  • Chinese ban on certain waste imports: first lessons drawn for recovered paper
17.15 Global Recycling Day– 18 March 2018 – An international Day for Recycling
Mr. Arnaud BRUNET, Director General, BIR
17.30 – 19.00: Networking cocktail



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International Commission of Jurists - European Institutions
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