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Closing Loops – Recipe for a truly circular economy

6 MARCH 2018:

Bluepoint, Brussels 

EuRIC organizes on 6 March 2018 its Annual Conference on “Closing Loops – Recipe for a truly circular economy”. Taking place in the Business & Conference Centre of the Bluepoint Brussels, this major event will feature high-level policy makers and influential recycling industry executives. Particular emphasis will be put this year on the different ingredients needed across the value chain to move towards a genuine circular economy. In addition, unparalleled networking opportunities offered by EuRIC Annual Conference will allow you to make the most of single-day conference.

  • Conference moderated by Hajo FRIEDRICH – Professional Moderator

    Opening Words
    Mr. Michael SCHUY, President of EuRIC 
    From starter to dessert: what are the key ingredients of a circular economy
    (Each session will be followed by a 10 minutes Q&A with the audience)
    Session 1: Circular Economy Package
    Ms. Sarah NELEN, Head of Unit, Waste Management and Secondary Materials, DG Environment, European Commission
    Ms. Eve TAMME, Counsellor for Environmental Affairs, Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU
    What it takes to close circular loops
    Completion of the negotiations on the revision of the waste legislation
    Implementation of the circular economy package and launch of the ‘Plastics Strategy’
    10.45 -11.00
    Networking Coffee break
    Session 2: Designing circular products
    Mr. Gwenole COZIGOU, Director, Industrial Transformation and Advanced Value Chains, DG GROW, European Commission
    Mr. Andreas KESSLER, Director Business Unit Plastics, SUEZ Recycling and Recovery - Benelux and Germany 
    Mr. Ward MOSMULLER, Director EU Affairs, DSM
    Framing eco-design for recycling
    Dealing with “unrecyclable” products 
    Thinking recycling at design stage: the example of fully recyclable carpets & mattresses
    Showcase session: Pricing externalities – Rewarding recycling
    Mr. Manuel BURNAND, Director General, FEDEREC
    12.30 - 14.00
    Networking lunch
    Session 3: Re-designing waste & chemical legislation to circular flows
    Mr. Enrique GARCIA-JOHN, Policy Officer - Chemicals, DG GROW, European Commission 
    Mr. Keith FREEGARD, Director, Axion Polymers 
    Ms. Anna-Maria KACZMAREK, Manager Chemicals Policy, EUROFER &
    Mr. Hans REGTUIT, Stainless Steel Environment Manager, Team Stainless, EUROFER 
    Mr. Christer FORSGREN, Head of Technology & Environmental Science of Stena Metall Group, Adjunct Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Industrial Materials Recycling, Chalmers University of Technology
    Getting the right interface between waste, product & chemical legislation
    Acute issues for metals and plastics recyclers
    Showcase session: Fast-track notification for WEEE – A new International Green Deal / NSSR
    Mr. Chris SLIJKHUIS, E-waste Recycling / Public Affairs, Müller-Guttenbrunn Gruppe 
    Dr. Robine van DOOREN, Project Lead, Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO)
    15.40 - 16.00
    Networking Coffee break
    Session 4: End of life vehicle recycling – What comes next?
    Ms. Artemis HATZI-HULL, Policy Officer, Waste Management and Secondary Materials, DG Environment, European Commission 
    Mr. Thomas PAPAGEORGIOU, Chair of the European Shredder Group, Compliance Director at ANAMET Recycling, SEPAN
    Supporting the enforcement of the ELV Directive
    Latest challenges for ELV recyclers
    Session 5: China’s new policy on waste imports – Opportunities & Challenges for recovered paper market
    Mr. Hans van de NES, President of ERPA Branch, Director for Business Development of Paper & Plastics Recycling at Sortiva
    Supporting the enforcement of the ELV Directive 
    Latest challenges for ELV recyclers
    Global Recycling Day– 18 March 2018 – An international Day for Recycling
    Mr. Arnaud BRUNET, Director General, BIR
    17.30 – 19.00
    Networking cocktail
  • For your convenience, EuRIC has arranged for you block-bookings with preferential prices in two hotels located nearby the Conference venue.

    Take advantage of them by booking your accommodation in one of them as soon as possible:

    Gresham Belson Hotel

    Price / night

    • 140€ for a Classic Single Room (25 m²)
    • 160€ for a Classic Double Room (25 m²)
    • 170€ for an Executive Single Room (35 m²)
    • 190€ for an Executive Double Room (35 m²)

    These rate include the following:

    • Breakfast buffet (with healthy corner)
    • Wi-Fi in the entire hotel
    • Use of the fitness room
    • Shuttle service hotel <-> Airport (upon prior request at the hotel)
    • Shuttle service hotel <-> Diamant Building (upon prior request at the hotel)

    Book online

    Hotel Berlaymont Brussels EU

    Price / night

    • 159€ for a single comfort room
    • 174€ for a double comfort room

    Offer available until 31.01.2018


    • Breakfast buffet (with healthy corner)
    • Wi-Fi in the entire hotel
    • Tourist taxes not included (4.24€ per room / per night)

    To benefit from the preferential offered by the Hotel Berlaymont Brussels EU, please click on book now hereunder.

    Hotel information

    Book now

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When & Where

06 March 2018

from 9:00 to 19:00 (CET)

Bluepoint Brussels
Boulevard Auguste Reyers 80
1030 Bruxelles

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