Programme

Circular Economy

High-Level Plenary Opening Session

10h30
Ministerial session: National perspectives presented by different ministers

Ministerial interventions will address the following topics:
- Illustration of technological transformation in action & national visions on the transition to sustainable development models
- What are the changes needed in the national and international policy environment to facilitate technological transformations
- Key enablers for scaling up the deployment of market-ready integrated technological solutions at scale

11h45
Introduction Expert Group Meeting on STI Roadmaps for the SDGs

STI roadmaps for the SDGs are considered as a powerful multi-stakeholder engagement tool to plan, communicate and facilitate actions, track progress, and foster a learning environment for utilising Science, Technology & Innovation to achieve the SDGs. G-STIC 2018 will co-host the next Expert Group Meeting on STI roadmaps for the SDGs, together with the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. This offers all G-STIC participants a unique opportunity to impact the conversation about technological innovation for the SDGs.

Michiharu Nakamura

Session 1 – High-level dialogue on policy actions based on the G-STIC 2017 outcomes

Chair person: Karl Vrancken

Circular Economy represents a fundamental alternative to the currently predominating linear take-make-consume-dispose model that is based on unlimited resource extraction but disregards the natural boundaries of planetary resources. This high-level session will discuss the policy actions that are needed to enhance the use of circular technologies, innovations and practices in different regions of the world based on the findings and recommendations of G- STIC 2017. After an opening keynote lecture we will have a debate with representatives of leading international organisations and initiatives in the circular economy field.

14h00
Panel Discussion
Circular Economy

How do we make the key findings of GSTIC 2017 more actionable and what is needed to enhance the use of technologies and innovations that follow an increasingly circular business model?

Moderator Karl Vrancken discusses this topic with all Circular Economy panel presenters.

Karl Vrancken

Plenary Session

17h00
Ministerial Policy Dialogue

Identification of critical policy levers to bring integrated technological solutions to the market at the national level

Partner Event: FUTURING H2020 Project Outreach Event – Re-industrialisation of Europe in the Circular Economy

Chair person: Lukas Borunsky

Within the context of the FUTURING Project Outreach Event at G-STIC 2018, a short introduction to the project will take place, summarizing the methodology followed and highlighting the importance of modernizing European Industry, within the context of circular economy. Circular economy represents the achievement of a great transition from a linear way of producing/consuming/wasting to a global circular optimization of the flows of products, services and sustainable employment, with several financial, societal and environmental benefits when implemented correctly. Effort should be given to facilitate the integration and maturity of technological solutions applied across different disciplines and sectors and to demonstrate how they can work in combination towards novel Circular Economy implementations. Aspects from a company’s point of view, related to Industry 4.0 and corporate responsibility, as well as additional circular economy implications for manufacturing companies, will be discussed during the session.

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Plenary Session

Partner Event: FUTURING H2020 Project Outreach Event – Re-industrialisation of Europe in the Circular Economy

Chair person: Lukas Borunsky

Within the context of the FUTURING Project Outreach Event at G-STIC 2018, a short introduction to the project will take place, summarizing the methodology followed and highlighting the importance of modernizing European Industry, within the context of circular economy. Circular economy represents the achievement of a great transition from a linear way of producing/consuming/wasting to a global circular optimization of the flows of products, services and sustainable employment, with several financial, societal and environmental benefits when implemented correctly. Effort should be given to facilitate the integration and maturity of technological solutions applied across different disciplines and sectors and to demonstrate how they can work in combination towards novel Circular Economy implementations. Aspects from a company’s point of view, related to Industry 4.0 and corporate responsibility, as well as additional circular economy implications for manufacturing companies, will be discussed during the session.

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Session 2 – Advanced Sorting and Characterization

Chair person: Karl Vrancken

Combining smart characterization and automated sorting through advanced robotics opens up new possibilities for re-use, remanufacturing and recycling. Session 2 focuses on technologies forhigh quality and high throughput treatment of materials flows. Advanced sorting systems use combined detection systems and machine learning provides detailed mass and composition data of complex waste flows without sampling. The use of robots opens new possibilities for the dismantling and separation. Additionally it allows for continuous processing of materials. This provides a new basis for closing material loops.

Session 3 – Virtual Product Chains

Chair person: Karl Vrancken

The life cycles of materials and products should be monitored to enable the redirection of materials into their optimal route. This may be done through tagging and identification systems. However this is only part of the solution. The linking of product chains with data science generates a circular approach to handling the life cycle of materials and products. Blockchain, for example, can be used as a data communication method, whilst digital twins offer an efficient and effective way of managing and interpreting product data. This session focuses on applying data science and its concepts to circular economy, aiming to further introduce the world of digital into material production chains.

Session 4 – Mapping Urban Metabolism

Chair person: Karl Vrancken

Increased urbanization offers various circular opportunities and challenges. Cities play a central role in developing material management systems, with active management of construction materials being essential for the development of circular building practices. Session 4 focuses on the urban metabolism and brings various approaches to material sourcing and management together that build a functioning, complex, circular system.

Industry Night

Plenary Session – Expert Panel Discussion: How to improve the quality of the content of sustainable technology databases?

09h00
Participating experts

Plenary Session – Presentation of the key findings of the thematic sessions of G-STIC 2018

Plenary Session – Presentation of the key findings of the cross-cutting themes of G-STIC 2018

12h00
Interactive discussion

- ICT
- Climate-smart technology
- Sustainable technology and development
- Urban development & Cities
- Youth engagement
- Gender mainstreaming

Plenary Session

Thematic partners

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