Circular Economy

The working group 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:

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Dr. Nicole van Buren


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Past Events

Europe goes Circular: challenges in the transition to a circular economy
12 September 2017 - 12 September 2017

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.

In order to share knowledge, viewpoints and experiences the EEAC Network is aiming to have an event in which mutual learning on the complex task to implement the circular economy concept will be facilitated by presentations and informed debate. Therefore, we have invited experts from a variety of European countries to share their knowledge, ideas and experiences with us.

The first session will explain transition strategy theory from a scientific perspective. The session will focus 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 next session, representatives of several EU countries will share 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 will be shared and a summary of the lessons learned will be provided.

As the number of participants at EEAC Network workshops is limited to 35 participants we encourage you to register as soon as possible -but no later than Tuesday 5 September 2017- by using the registration tool.

Please find the Tentative Programme of the workshop session enclosed.

Documents for Europe goes Circular: challenges in the transition to a circular economy:

Programme
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
EEAC Working Group Publication
5 June 2017 - 7 June 2017

The EEAC Circular Economy Working Group has 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.

Documents for EEAC Working Group Publication:

Europe goes Circular: Outlining the implementation of a circular economy in the European area.
Circular Economy: one year after adoption, working together for the future’
9 March 2017 - 10 March 2017

Members of the Working Group will attend the joint European Economic and Social Committee-European Commission conference entitled ‘Circular Economy: one year after adoption, working together for the future’, and will contribute to the establishment of a Stakeholder Forum for the Circular Economy in Europe.
The Working Group will share the messages collected in the outcome document ‘Circular Economy from wish to practice’.

Documents for Circular Economy: one year after adoption, working together for the future’:

Conference Outcome Document
Outcome document 'Implementing the Circular Economy Package from wish to practice
Implementing the Circular Economy Package: from wish to practice
13 September 2016 - 13 September 2016

The EEAC and the Dutch Council for the Environment and Infrastructure (Rli) organized a workshop on the challenges of implementing the concept of the circular economy at the national and regional level.

On 2 December 2015, the European Commission launched a revised set of proposals promoting the transition towards a circular economy. When the proposals will be adopted into legislation, countries need to implement it at both the national and the regional level.

Creating a circular economy poses a challenge for every country, but it also promises benefits and opportunities for innovation.

The goals and methods of a circular economy need to be adapted and tailored to the specific situation of each country and region. Furthermore, every country and region and each local institution will need to devise a policy approach for implementing the circular economy proposals.

The EEAC organized an event in which mutual learning on the complex task to implement the circular economy concept was facilitated by in-depth presentations and informed debate. Several national experts shared their knowledge with the audience.

The PowerPoint presentations are made available online and a mainline summary will be published in the cause of October 2016.

Documents for Implementing the Circular Economy Package: from wish to practice :

Programme
Mainline Summary