No future for the waste management sector?

The Commission is aiming to present a new, more ambitious circular economy strategy late in 2015, to transform Europe into a more competitive resource-efficient economy, addressing a range of economic sectors, including the waste sector. The strategy will contain a legislative proposal containing waste targets as well as an action plan for the development of a circular economy in Europe. This plan wants Europe to move away from a linear make-buy-use-dispose model to a system with closed material loops. This can not be realised with legislative targets, but will need a whole array of stimulating measures and a change of mind-set of consumers and all actors in the material value chain. The waste management sector can have a central role in this evolution, but may need to rethink its business approach.

Keynote Session

Fortis - Forum

In this debate we want to explore more how the circular economy will affect the waste industry. We want to learn about similar evolutions in the rest of the world and share the European experiences. We offer a debate with representatives from the policy field and the waste sector and try to learn more about who may be the winners of the new circular model.

Introduction by Mike Van Acoleyen (ARCADIS): The impact of circular economy on the traditional waste treatment sector

Panel discussion, chaired by Karl Vrancken, with panel members:

Maarten Dubois, Senior Manager Cleantech & Sustainability Services EY
Florens Slob, Director Business Development, Van Gansewinkel
Peter Borkey, OECD
Björn Appelqvist, city of Copenhagen
Karel Van Acker, EIT Raw Materials

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