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Closing the loop: Circular Economy Business Models in the Electronics and Agri-food sectors

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The circular economy is at the core of the industrial transformation in Europe and the move towards more sustainable economic models. It is key to EU policy strategies like the Green Deal and economic growth and recovery, and is increasingly being integrated in business strategies, practices and supply chains. Increasing opportunities have helped inspire the uptake of circular business models in industrial applications, but a variety of barriers limit the adoption of circular practices by businesses.

Various circular business models have been emerging in the electronics and agri-food sector to address the waste challenges, the use of resources across supply chains, the socio-economic and environmental demands, land use, energy and water consumption. However, the uptake of such circular business models has been limited in comparison to the scale of challenges linked to the management of waste from these two sectors.

These topics will be addressed at the final event of the CIRC4Life project, when we will look into the lessons learnt from research and demonstrations, and discuss the challenges and policies needed to further boost circular solutions for the electrical and electronic equipment sector and the agri-food value chain.

Day 1 | Circular economy business models in the electrical and electronic equipment value chain - Wednesday, 22/09/2021, 14:00 to 16:00 

Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is among the fastest growing waste streams in Europe, posing several environmental, economic and societal challenges. Various circular business models exist in the market based on collection, repairing, refurbishment, eco-design, recycling and leasing approaches. However, their uptake has been limited in comparison to the scale of challenges linked to the management of WEEE. This event aims to present lessons learnt from the CIRC4Life project, as well as have a discussion on challenges and the policies needed to further boost circular solutions for the EEE value chain.

Day 2 | Circular economy business models in the agri-food value chain - Thursday, 24/09/2021, 14:00 to 16:00 

Production of food has been associated with significant environmental impacts such as CO2 emissions, increased pressure on land use, water and energy consumption. These impacts are further amplified by high levels of losses and food waste across supply chains as well as during the consumption stage. Various business models have been emerging in the agri-food sector with the objective to improve the use of resources across supply chains, including models based on improved production methods as well as utilising side streams from food production and consumption. This event aims to present lessons learnt from the CIRC4Life project and have a discussion on the existing challenges and policies that are needed to further boost circular solutions for the agri-food value chain.

When
September 22nd, 2021 2:00 PM through September 23rd, 2021 4:00 PM
Location
CEPS (online),
Place du Congrès 1,
1000 Brussels,
Belgium
Contact
Phone: +32 2 2293911
Email:
Event Info
Meeting ref
Responsible Mr. Vasileios Rizos
Secretary Ms. Isabelle Tenaerts