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12: Towards a Circular Economy: Saving Raw Materials for the Planet’s Global Future

Breakout / Sustainability
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While the European Union has published an action plan for the Circular Economy in order to implement the UN s Sustainable Development Goal number 12 on sustainable consumption and production, many questions remain unanswered. For example, how can we implement the circular economy effectively at a global level, building on European and other initiatives?


Director-General, JRC - Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Brussels Introduction
Professor and Director, Resources and Environmental Policy, UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, UCL - University College London
Programme Manager, Sustainable Recycling Industries & Life Cycle Management, World Resources Forum, St. Gallen
Chief Executive Officer, METALLO-CHIMIQUE N.V., Beerse
Director, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, JRC - Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Ispra Chair

Vladimir SUCHA

Director-General, JRC - Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Brussels

1985-1993 PhD student and researcher, Slovak Academy of Sciences
1993-2006 Teaching and research of natural nano-particles and their industrial and environmental applications, environmental impact of the waste including possible remediation approaches, Comenius University
2004-2005 Principal advisor for European Affairs to the Minister of Research and Education of the Slovak Republic
2005-2006 Director, APVV - Slovak Research and Development Agency
2006-2012 Director, Directorate General EAC - Education and Culture
2012-2013 Deputy Director-General, JRC - Joint Research Centre, Brussels
since 2014 Director-General, JRC - Joint Research Centre


Professor and Director, Resources and Environmental Policy, UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, UCL - University College London

1990-1995 Research Fellow, Department of Economics, Birkbeck College, University of London
1991-1995 Research Associate, Department of Applied Economics, University of Cambridge
1996 Ph.D., Economics, University of London
1996-2002 Senior Lecturer, Reader and Professor of Sustainable Development, Keele University
1998-2005 Specialist Advisor, Environmental Audit Committee, House of Commons, London
2000-2007 Head of Environment Group, Policy Studies Institute, Professor of Sustainable Development, University of Westminster
2002-2008 Member, Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, London
2006-2010 Chairman, National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP), London
2008-2009 Professor, Energy and Environment Policy, King's College London
since 2009 Professor, Energy and Environment Policy, Energy and Environment Policy, Director, UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, University College London
since 2010 Fellow, Energy Institute, London
2011-2014 Vice-Chairman, DG Environment, Commissioner's High-Level Economists Expert Group on Resource Efficiency and Member, European Resource Efficiency Platform
since 2013 Member, UNEP International Resource Panel, Paris


Programme Manager, Sustainable Recycling Industries & Life Cycle Management, World Resources Forum, St. Gallen

1991-1995 Researcher, German-French Environmental Research Institute, Karlrsuhe
1991-1995 Doctorate, Technical University Karlsruhe
1995-1997 Consultant, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Mexico City
1997-1999 Officer, National Environmental Council
1997-1999 Professor, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, Lima
2000-2001 Project Officer, Wuppertal Institute for Environment, Climate and Energy, Wuppertal
2001-2004 Project Coordinator, Swiss Chamber of Commerce Peru, Lima
2005-2014 Programme Officer, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and coordinator, UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative, Paris
since 2014 Program Manager, World Resources Forum, Switzerland, Coordinator, Roundtable on Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI)

Political Symposium

show timetable


15:00 - 16:00OpeningPlenary
16:30 - 18:30The EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy: Can It Deliver?Plenary
17:00 - 21:00Resilience: A "Situation Room" ExperimentPartner
19:00 - 20:30Democracy Gone Astray?Plenary
20:30 - 21:30Europe State Award CeremonyPartner


08:00 - 09:00Editors' BreakfastPlenary
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 01: Digitalisation and PoliticsBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 02: Resilience: Leadership in Crisis SituationsBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 03: Act Digital, Think Real: Is the Internet a Democratic Space for Everyone?Breakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 04: Promoting the Entrepreneurial SpiritBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 05: Liberté - Égalité - Solidarité: Changing Value Systems in the 21st CenturyBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 06: Impact & Collaboration: New Paradigms of GovernanceBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 07: Stuck in the Middle: Eastern European States and their Relations with the EU and RussiaBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 08: Enlightenment in Europe: A New Social Contract for the Digital Age?Breakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 09: Why Do We Need a Common European Cultural Diplomacy?Breakout
12:00 - 13:30Lunch ReceptionSocial
12:30 - 13:30Fireside Talk with Hanan AshrawiPartner
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 12: Towards a Circular Economy: Saving Raw Materials for the Planet's Global FutureBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 13: The Future City: Inclusive, Connected, ResilientBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 14: Climate Change, Disasters, Migration: Preparing for Emerging RisksBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 15: Innovative Solutions to the "New" Challenge of IntegrationBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 16: Redesigning European Welfare States: Rebalancing the Roles of EU and Member StatesBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 17: The EU's Cooperation with Southern Neighbours in Response to the Refugee CrisisBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 18: And what do WE get out of it? Implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals in EuropeBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 19: Overcoming the Credibility GapBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 22: Together or Torn Apart: Which Values Will Build our Future?Breakout
16:00 - 18:00ReceptionSocial
18:00 - 19:30Turkey between Regional Aspirations and ChallengesPlenary
20:00 - 21:00Brexit and the Future of EuropePlenary


08:00 - 09:00Breakfast Club: Strategies of InfluencePlenary
08:30 - 09:30Sustainable Development Goals: What Big Companies Must Do to Get Things GoingPlenary
09:30 - 10:00COURAGE in Times of Multiple Interconnected Crises: A Bold Attempt to Integrate Art and SciencePlenary
10:30 - 12:30Sustainable Development Goals: Which Social Entrepreneurs Are Already One Step Ahead?Plenary