The Working Group on Circular Economy consists of representatives from different national and regional advisory bodies which have longstanding experience on the Circular Economy. Through communication and coordination, as well as the combined knowledge, expertise, and resources of its members, the working group is able to address a number of relevant issues with regard to the development and implementation of the circular economy concept.
The Working Group is currently chaired by:
Dr. Nicole van Buren
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The EEAC Working Group on a Circular Economy gathered in Berlin on the 10th of October 2018. The meeting focused on the transition to a circular economy in relation to other (major) transitions, such as the energy and climate transition and the transition in food production and consumption. Steering socio-economic development into a more sustainable direction is one of the huge challenges of the 21st century.
Policies that are to be developed are shaped under fundamental uncertainties and cover various required transitions simultaneously, ranging from the energy transition and the transition towards a circular economy to transitions in the food industry, the built environment, climate change adaptation, etc. Some of these transitions are mutually reinforcing, but they may also conflict. Especially in the latter case, policies are facing fundamental choices regarding prioritization, searches for possibilities of issue linking, and the generation of support in the presence of conflicting interests of involved stakeholders.
The aim of this session was to explore the complexities that arise when different transitions start to interact and to discuss the appropriate policy responses that are to be developed. The session started with presentations of some concrete cases, an identification of main challenges and unknown territory. From there onwards, we worked towards a further refinement of the agenda ahead, in which the challenges for the promotion of the circular economy will be central.
A letter with the main findings of the session will soon be sent.
Time to take a turn: relationship between transition challenges and the circular economy, by Vera Susanne Rotter (SRU)
The circular economy and the food system: synergies and possible trade-offs The case of Catalonia, Presentation by Meritxel Rota Claret, CADS
The EEAC, the Council for the Sustainable Development of Catalonia and the Barcelona office of the European Commission are co-organizing a morning seminar to discuss the actions taken by the European Commission on the Circular Economy Package and the consequences of these policies on the economy. Several representatives of the European Institutions will share their view on the process. Amongst them are Joanna Drake (Deputy Director-General for Mobility and Environment, European Commission) Francesc Gambús (Committee member on the Environment,Public Health and Consumer Policy Committee, European Parliament) and Josep Maria Serena (Member of the Council for Sustainable Development in Catalonia). The morning seminar will take place in Barcelona on Monday November 27th, starting at 09.30 am until 12.00 am. The session’s venue will be Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau.
In June 2017, the EEAC working group on circular economy published a document that provides an overview of the strategies and policy initiatives for implementing a circular economy in various European countries; the role played by EEAC Network member councils in the implementation process; and the reflections of these advisory councils on the progress made in implementing a circular economy at the national and regional level. Entitled ‘Europe goes Circular’, this document defines several key challenges, including changing the current economic model, education and raising awareness, behavioural changes, and technology. The workshop will focus on the types of strategies that governments can utilize to address these challenges. The EEAC Network organised an event in which mutual learning on the complex task to implement the circular economy concept was facilitated by presentations and informed debate. Therefore, we several experts from a variety of European countries were invited, to share their knowledge, ideas and experiences. The first session was dedicated to transition strategy theory from a scientific perspective. The session focused on the steps that have been taken as part of the transition path, and the upcoming new phase in the transition to a circular economy. In the second session, representatives of several EU countries shared their strategies for implementing the transition to a circular economy. Which governance strategies have been adopted, what are the noteworthy elements, what has been learned so far? In a brief concluding session, a wrap-up was given, and a summary of the lessons learned was provided. Please find the workshop documents on this webpage.
Europe goes Circular by Nicole van Buren
Status quo of transition: patterns of construction and deconstruction’ by Chris Roorda
Status quo of transition in Germany by Axel Borchmann
Status quo of transition in Belgium by Lieze Cloots
Status quo of transition in France by Emile Pennekamp
Europe goes Circular workshop mainline summary and conclusions
The EEAC Circular Economy Working Group published a document which gives an overview of the strategies and policy initiatives for implementing a circular economy in the different EEAC member countries; the role advisory bodies play in the implementation process and a reflection of the advisory bodies on the progress made in implementing a circular economy at national and regional level. With this document, the EEAC Circular Economy Working Group is aiming to contribute to the process of knowledge exchange, by offering the unique reflections on the implementation process by the advisory councils as gathered in the EEAC Network.
Europe goes Circular: Outlining the implementation of a circular economy in the European area.
Members of the Working Group attended the joint European Economic and Social Committee-European Commission conference entitled ‘Circular Economy: one year after adoption, working together for the future’, and contributed to the establishment of a Stakeholder Forum for the Circular Economy in Europe. The Working Group will shared the messages collected in the outcome document ‘Circular Economy from wish to practice’.
Conference Outcome Document
Outcome document 'Implementing the Circular Economy Package from wish to practice