The Circular Economy European Summit will bring together global industry experts and professionals from different backgrounds for keynotes, panel sessions and stakeholder dialogues delivering much needed constructive discussion and provocative debate.
Participant sessions will consist of keynotes and active dialogues combined with case studies, networking and circular workshops. The event seeks to boost dialogue between citizens, government and the private sector, with key and innovative experts in the sector. CEES also aims to catalyse the transition towards the creation of urban circular systems that regenerate the economy, ecosystem and citizen wealth.
CITIES AS THE VANGUARD OF THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY
Where material flows, services, industries and resources meet. What's the role of cities in the CE? How can they create effective systems? How can governments foster the positive re-industrialisation of cities?
Cities lend themselves particularly well to circular business models as they act as central infrastructure hubs for key resource flows such as materials, assets, energy, heat and water. Cities also come with a highly skilled workforce and a mix of industries; they provide a fertile ground for innovation and experimentation.
The CEES will be focused on how cities can take advantage of these opportunities and the role of administrations and governments in the creation of effective systems and smart cities.
INDUSTRY TRANSFORMATION: AT THE HEART OF THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY
How to build Circular Urban Systems where industries become regenerative forces?
Industries have been looked at in a negative light for a long time. Contamination of the water, air, soil, as well as noise, has led manufacturing facilities to be sited far away from urban areas. But this does not get rid of the problem. CE proposes a new design approach that avoids externalities and focuses on a sustainable supply chain. Can this design approach be the way to bring industries back into the city? How can this dialogue be rebuilt? What is the role of corporations and SMEs? Business innovators in different areas, from finance to re-manufacturing, will share their experiences and challenges in bringing industries back to town within a systems approach.
THE POWER OF CITIZENS WITHIN THE TRANSITION: FROM CONSUMERS TO USERS
Consumer trends and behaviour changes are leading society towards new relationships based on transparency.
The digital era is characterised by the democratisation of information. Information is power. Citizens are not isolated any more, now that they can easily join efforts to change policies and regulations. They also have great power as consumers, setting trends that companies are eager to follow. Several studies are very optimistic about the CE refreshing the job market after a decade of recession. Are there real possibilities for job creation? What quality of jobs can CE bring?