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.

Registration is open

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 T-UNI (TY): Circular economy catalysts   

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: What kind of barriers can hazardous substances cause for the circular economy and, case [plastics in the] construction sector
  • Tomasz Okruszko, Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW): Bonus Return 

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 
  • Petri Heino, Ministry of the Environment (Finland): Sustainable wood construction in the circular economy 
  • Johannes Kisser, Alchemia-Nova GmBH (Austria): Circular buildings – demonstrating technical and biological cycles 

15:30 – 16:30

Joint Closing Session, moderated by 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 future and low-carbon, climate-resilient circular economy. 

  • A contribution from childrens’ workshop – Heureka and pupils