On 20th April 2022, the European Chemical Regions Network (ECRN) is organising a virtual conference “Waste as a feedstock for the circular economy – challenges and opportunities for the chemical industry”. The event will be combined with the launch of the ECRN position paper on waste management and shipment, which was our contribution to the public consultation on the Environmental impact of waste management – revision of EU waste framework.
Waste plays a key role in the transition to a circular economy and it is a priority working area for ECRN. In line with the waste hierarchy, waste generation must be prevented in the first place, starting from the design phase. Moving down the waste management pyramid to the recovery phase, there is a growing number of innovative solutions that use waste as feedstock for products and services other than producing energy (i.e. incineration). The chemical sector is a leading actor in this sense and contributes to keeping resources in the economy and building a circular economy in Europe.
Importantly, waste flows are not limited to regional and national boundaries. That is why the waste policy should be developed and implemented at the European level to guarantee harmonized rules for all stakeholders and to protect the environment and human health against the adverse impacts that could be caused by the improper shipping or management of waste.
Several experts and policymakers from EU institutions, regions, industry, and relevant stakeholders will join the debate. The aim of the conference is to bring together key actors and stakeholders that are shaping the European circular economy to discuss how current policies can be improved to speed up the transition and to present best practices that can be replicated to effectively reduce the costs and time needed to implement new technologies.
Moderator: Mr. Folco Ciulli, ECRN Executive Director
10:00 - 10:10
Welcome & Keynote speech
Minister Stephan Satijn - Regional Minister for Economy, Land Management, and Education of the Province of Limburg (the Netherlands)
10:10 - 10:15
European Chemical Regions Network - Introduction
Ms. Monika Banka - ECRN Policy and Network Coordinator
10:15 - 10:50
The role of regions in supporting the circular economy and the chemical industry: challenges and expected legislative changes
Mr. Stefano Panozzo - Secretariat-General of the European Committee of the Regions, the ENVE Commission
Ms. Yolanda Schmal - ex-tax concept, Province Noord-Holland (the Netherlands)
Mr. Lieven Top - Waste and the circular economy: challenges ahead, Flanders (Belgium)
Ms. Luisa Mascia - Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking
10:50 - 11:30
Best practices to manage waste and tackle bottlenecks
Ms. Maria Dolors Núñez Sanchez - chemistry, enabling driver of the green transformation - Catalonia success stories (Spain)
Ms. Agnieszka Zdanowicz - Vice-president, The Waste Management and Recycling Cluster (Poland)
Mr. Mattia Adani - CEO of NowalChimica and Member of the General Council of Chemical Industry Assolombarda (Italy) - Bi-Rex project
Mr. Frank Schaap - Chemelot strategy 2050 and the challenges of using waste as circular feedstock, Limburg (the Netherlands)
11:30 - 12:00