CE 2019 Conference – Sustainable transition to a low-carbon, climate resilient circular economy: creating the knowledge base 

CE2019 aims at strengthening the knowledge base and sharing knowledge on the transition towards sustainable circular economy; assessing past activities; identifying policy options and priorities; and planning future actions.The conference is of major strategic nature. It will address the state-of-the-art of science in circular economy. The aim is to identify policy options and priorities via review and assessment of developments. Furthermore, CE2019 offers a platform for sharing information and comparison of points of views. Additionally, the conference is a meeting point and an efficient opportunity for networking of various stakeholders, e.g. natural scientists, social scientists, businesses, investors, local authorities, environmental organisations, museums and schools.

CE2019 conference will involve original knowledge on circular economy policy, multi-functionality, effectiveness and management options. It will help to improve the use of the circular economy concept as well as to enhance the societal transition to circular economy.

Topics of CE2019 include systemic change to the circular economy, trade-offs and synergies of the circular economy, and low-carbon circular economy in cities.

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9:00 – 10:30

Systemic change to circular economy at different sectors and operational levels, Chair: Per Mickwitz, chair of EEA Scientic Committee 

  • Hans Bruyninckx, executive director, European Environment Agency (EEA): Knowledge, skills and governance approaches for systemic transitions  
  • Massimiano Tellini, Intesa Sanpaolo: Sustainable financing supporting the transition to the Circular Economy  
  • Leena Aarikka-Stenroos, professor and CICAT2025 research consortium leader, Tampere University TAU: Circular economy catalysts accelerating the systemic change

Arnoldas Milukas (Head of Unit, Executive Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises (EASME), European Commission) will join the panel discussion.

10:30 – 11:15

Coffee and networking

Poster sessions, exhibition stands are active and hands-on elementary school workshop.

11:15 – 12:45

Trade-offs and synergies between circular economy and other environmental goals. Chair: Hans Bruyninckx, executive director, European Environment Agency (EEA)

  • Sari Kauppi, Finnish Environment Institute and Margareta Wahlström, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland: What kind of barriers can hazardous substances cause for the circular economy and, case demolition and recycling of construction materials
  • Tomasz Okruszko, Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW): Closing the loops on nutrient losses – Bonus Return
  • Enni Ruokamo, Finnish Environment Institute: Circular economy supporting climate change mitigation.
  • Leen Gorissen, Studio Transitio: Biodiversity in a circular economy – How can they benefit each other?

Pavel Misiga (Head of Unit, DG RTD, European Commission) will join the panel discussion.

12:45 – 14:00

Lunch and networking

Poster sessions, exhibition stands are active and hands-on elementary school workshop.

14:00 – 15:30

Low-carbon circular economy in cities, Chair: Tanja Suni, Ministry of the Environment 

  • Ester van der Voet, Leiden University: Urban metabolism – how and why cities leak 
  • Erkki Verkasalo, Natural Resources Institute Finland: Sustainable wood construction chains and cascading approach in the circular economy
  • Johannes Kisser, Alchemia-Nova GmBH (Austria): Circular buildings – demonstrating technical and biological cycles 

15:30 – 16:30

Joint Finnish EU Presidency Event Closing

Moderator: Tomi Korhonen, Business Finland

Closing the Conferences and the Event with a joint synthesis, bringing up also messages from previous relevant events and building up a way forward by delivering key messages for different actors for building up a path to sustainable and resilient circular economy-based society and industry.

  • Paula Havaste, Heureka and NN/Participated pupil: Outcomes from Childrens’ Workshop
  • Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President of the European Commission, Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness: The Role of Science, Manufacturing and Innovation in Boosting Jobs, Growth and Competitiveness – A Sustainable Way for the EU
  • Terhi Lehtonen, State Secretary to the Minister of the Environment, Finland: Priorities of the Finnish EU Presidency 2019
  • Closing of the Finnish EU Presidency Event