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The powerful potential of the circular economy on an industrial scale


The European Union aims to develop a sustainable, net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, resource-efficient and competitive economy by transitioning towards a more circular economy. In past decades, the focus on cutting down the CO2 emissions produced by industry has been mainly on the supply side. But how big a difference can the actions of a circular economy make within the demand-side to reduce emissions from heavy industry?

The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra and the European Climate Foundation invite you to discuss the opportunities and future of a circular economy, focusing on the role of the four largest materials in terms of emissions: steel, plastics, aluminium and cement. The seminar will be launching a pioneering study by Material Economics which highlights the role of the circular economy in meeting the targets of the Paris climate agreement by having the potential to reduce a significant amount of annual CO2 emissions from heavy industry by 2050.


Opening words

Director Mari Pantsar, The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra

Key note

Vice President Jyrki Katainen, European Commission

Presentation of the study

“The Circular Economy – a powerful force in climate change mitigation”
Partner, Per Klevnäs, Material Economics

Panel discussion

CEO Kirsten Dunlop, Climate KIC

Head of Climate Office, Bjørn Kjetil Mauritzen, Norsk Hydro (invited)

Chief Sustainability Officer, Gilles Vermot Desroches, Schneider Electric

Event is moderated by

Europe Group Coordinator Martin Porter, European Climate Foundation

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Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 9:00 – 10:30 (registration and coffee from 8:30)


In Brussels, venue will be confirmed later


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8:30 Registration and coffee

9:00 Event starts

10:30 Event closes