Circular economy is both about the environment and about maintaining industrial competitiveness in rapidly changing world. The circular economy aims to be “restorative and regenerative by design, and to keep products, components, and materials at their highest utility and value at all times. It has received significant interest from policy makers, governments, cities and communes, academia, business and other groups in our society.
The ‘Circular Economy Package’ is one of the policy priorities of the EU Commission. It published on 2 December 2015 an Action Plan for the Circular Economy together with revised legislative proposals on waste. This is no less than an effort to rethink our economic model, with measures covering the full lifecycle of products.
In this workshop, we first present the framework that Europe and national authorities are creating to promote the circular economy, and to make the transition from a linear economy to a circular economy happen. Next we will focus on concrete examples showing how such concept is pioneered and implemented, and how it can offer business opportunities We will address strategies of cities and the Harbor of Antwerp with respect to circular economy, Finally we will also highlight some platforms that may help you to implement circular economy in your company, based on new partnerships. In the afternoon the focus will be on cases and challenges from different industry sectors.
Morning : plenary session
08:30 h Registration and coffee
09:00 h Introduction
Philip de Smedt, Cefic
09:10 h Policy in Flanders on the circular economy
Philip Marynissen, Vlaanderen Circulair@VITO
The concept of 'circular economy' will be explained and placed in a Flemish policy context. Principles of CE will be clarified by means of a number of speaking cases.
9:40 h EIT Raw materials
Stefan Milis, EIT Raw Materials
10:10 h The Flemish Symbiose Platform - facilitating Industrial Symbiosis
Johan Gemoets, VITO
Industrial symbiosis implicates that surplus resources generated by an industrial process are redirected for use as a ‘new’ input into another process by one or more other companies. The Flemish Symbiose platform facilitates matchmaking between offer and demand for resources and technologies. The principles of industrial symbiosis and its challenges will be discussed and will be illustrated with some practical realizations.
10:40 h Coffee Break
11:10 h Circular economy and cities : example Antwerp and example Europe
Luc De Rooms, City of Antwerp
Luc De Rooms will discuss effective measures to reduce significantly the number of trucks in the city, eg compacting garbage containers with sensors predicting when containers should be emptied, or to have citizens treat their garden waste in a shared economy (via common utilisation of mulching machines and choppers), the use of barges to transport waste containers over water rather than by truck. Also tell about dream of the city which only would purchase/lease products and services that consist 100 % of recycled materials or buy services instead of products.
11:50 h Circular economy and the port of Antwerp
Isabelle Van Looy, Antwerp Port Authority
Harbors are ideally placed to take a role in the circular economy. They can collect recycle streams and then add value in a number of steps, eg by sorting, cleaning and other treatments. The high productivity and its location make that ambitions of the port of Antwerp are well in line with the strategy of Flemish authorities.
12:10 h The EU Circular Economy Action Plan
Werner Bosmans, EU Commission
The European Commission adopted an ambitious Circular Economy Package on December 2nd 2015. The Circular Economy Package consists of an EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy that establishes a concrete and ambitious programme of action, with measures covering the whole cycle: from production and consumption to waste management and the market for secondary raw materials. The proposed actions will contribute to "closing the loop" of product lifecycles through greater recycling and re-use, and bring benefits for both the environment and the economy. The revised legislative proposals on waste set clear targets for reduction of waste and establish an ambitious and credible long-term path for waste management and recycling.
12:40 h Lunch
Please indicate the choice of your parallel session on the online registration form
Parallel Session 1 : Circular economy in the chemical industry and link to bioeconomy
14:00 h Circular economy in the food industry: from molasses to citric acid and co-products
Lieve Lamberts, Citrique Belge
Citrique Belge uses molasses, a liquid side stream from the sugar production, as raw material for the production of citric acid crystals. Fermentation of the sugar and the subsequent isolation of the citric acid from the fermentation broth lead to the production of different byproducts: (i) mycelium, (ii) gypsum, (iii) a viscous protein rich byproduct and (iv) a solid potassium containing extract. These byproducts have applications in feed, are used as filter aid or in construction, and as fertilizers. Challenges are the further valorization of these byproducts into high value co-products.
14:20 h Application of the circular economy in the chemical industry
Ann Dierckx, Cefic
What can the circular economy mean for an upstream sector as chemicals. Chemistry can be a motor for the circular economy. This is illustrated via a number of examples.
14:40 h Plastics – For a Resource Efficient Circular Economy
Patricia Vangheluwe, PlasticsEurope
How do Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy interrelate and how will we know that solutions identified in the Circular Economy will result in the desired outcomes of reduced CO2 emissions and increased Resource Efficiency? The presentation will show the role of plastics within the Circular Economy, will outline some key challenges for the Circular Economy and offer a path forward.
15:00 h Coffee break
15:30 h Packaging sustainability – importance of partnerships
Gian De Belder, Procter & Gamble
P&G announced in 2010 the short- and long-term environmental sustainability vision. The presentation will outline these goals by providing first the general picture on sustainability, followed by a more in-depth focus on bottle applications. Some examples of recently launched Sustainable Innovation Products will be provided. Throughout the presentation, examples of collaborations will be provided which we believe is a key enabler to move to a Circular Economy.
15:50 h Moving towards a circular bioeconomy – challenges and opportunities
Agnes Borg, EuropaBio - The European Association for Bioindustries
The bioeconomy is circular by nature and concepts of circular economy and bioeconomy are closely related. Rather than developing the two in parallel, closer integration could bring further benefits to the both society and the environment. The presentation will focus on challenges and opportunities for a more circular bioeconomy in the current EU policy context, and the role of industrial biotech.
16:10 h SPIRE PPP
Martin Winter, Cefic
16:30 h Conclusions from session on chemical industry and bioeconomy.
Parallel Session 2 : Circular economy and metal/steel industry and waste treatment industry
Please indicate the choice of your parallel session on the online registration form
14:00 h The circular economy in Flanders, a dream or reality
Werner Annaert, Go4Circle
Flanders is one of the best in class when we speak about waste prevention and recycling. Many private companies were created in order to realize the Flemish waste policy and to collect, sort and recycle all kinds of waste. But is this industry ready to take the next step and go to a circular economy. Is our policy ready to do this? Or are it just words? During this presentation the speaker will give a view on the Flemish recycling sector and on several promising initiatives. But he will also warn for hidden traps and too much story telling.
14:20 h Creating circular value – Recycling as a last resort
Florens Slob, Van Gansewinkel
Recycling is today the most tangible part of the evolving circular economy. If we really want to move towards a true circular economy, recycling has to become the last resort. Still as today’s recycling will be the necessary connecting link in the circular economy. During this presentation you will get insight in how we evolve from solving waste problems towards being a provider of high quality raw materials and how the lessons we can learn from todays recycling practice can be used in shaping the circular economy.
14:40 h Circular Economy of non-ferrous metals : the Umicore examples
Egbert Lox, Umicore
Umicore makes products and provides high quality services along steps of the recycling value chain for 29 elements of the periodic table. For some elements these activities go back more than hundred years in history, others are much more recent, some still in the piloting phase. Selected examples will be described and the corresponding key features explained. Some key remaining challenges , related to the current large scale deployment of the circular economy concept also for these elements in the EU, will be mentioned and pathways towards their solution will be debated.
15:00 h Coffee Break
15:30 h Case study : Circular design of products. Profitable business case Desso
Rob Kragt, Desso
Cradle to Cradle means innovation, health and recycle economy. Desso, a Tarkett company, has the first GOLD certified carpet tiles in the world. Desso recycles used carpet tiles for almost 100 %.
15:50 h Case study : Metals in the EU Circular Economy: a policy perspective
Chris Heron, Eurometaux
This presentation will explain how Eurometaux, the European non-ferrous metals association, is engaging proactively with EU policy makers to secure favourable business conditions for EU high recyclers.
Metals can be recycled multiple times without losing their properties, and are perfectly suited to the future Circular Economy. However, too many metals are still landfilled, incinerated, or exported outside of Europe without guarantee of quality treatment.
EU policy makers can take action to improve the competitiveness of EU quality recyclers, and ensure that metals-containing products are treated properly at end-of-life. The presentation will argue that EU industry has a positive role to play in shaping EU policy to meet business needs.
The presentation will cover the following policy topics:
• Minimum standards for high-quality recyclers
• Traceability across the metals recycling value chain
• Equivalent conditions for waste exports
• Removal of intra-EU trade barriers
• Interaction between chemicals and waste legislation
16:10 h Circular economy for chipboard industry
Tino Mulle, Unilin
The presentation will review the history of how UNILIN has always made use of residu materials from other sectors as raw material for its chipboard. The last 10 year, It is using post-consumer wood as raw material, whereby the principles of cascading use (keep product as long as possible in the material chain, before use as energy) are intensively applied.
16:30 h Conclusions form session on metal industry and waste treatment industry