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Closing the raw materials loop: Recycling and Europe's low carbon future

Energy, Environment and Climate
Date: Thursday, 18 October 2018 09:00 - 13:00

Venue: Renaissance Brussels Hotel


We think there is a big potential for the EU to more closely align its circular economy and climate change agendas in the next political cycle.

Join us to debate what EU policy and market actions are required to establish a world-leading recycling industry for the raw materials of our low-carbon future.

  • How can Circular Economy principles be built into the EU’s 2050 low-carbon vision?
  • How can Europe’s urban mine improve materials supply for batteries, mobility and renewable energy?
  • What’s needed to establish EU industry leadership in the recycling of strategic raw materials?




9:15-9:35 - Introductory remarks

Rønnaug Sægrov Mysterud, Vice President Head of EU Affairs, Norsk Hydro

9:35-9:45 - Video keynote

Maroš Šefčovič, European Commission Vice President for the Energy Union


Market spotlight

9:45-11:00 - Supplying raw materials for battery value chains: How to establish EU industry leadership?

  • Lowri Evans, Director General DG Grow, European Commission
  • Denis Goffaux, Chief Technology Officer, Umicore
  • Karen Hanghøj, CEO, EIT Raw Materials
  • Julia Poliscanova, Manager Clean Vehicles, Transport and Environment

 Policy debate

11:30-12:40 - What actions are needed to break Europe’s circular economy and low-carbon policy silos?

  • Reinhard Bütikofer, Member of European Parliament
  • Jo Rogiers, Senior Vice President Technology, Aurubis
  • Eve Tamme, Counsellor Environmental Affairs, Estonia Permanent Representation
  • Marc de Wit, Director Strategic Alliances, Circle Economy

 12:40-13:00 - Closing reflections

Janez Potočnik, Chair of UN Resource Efficiency Panel


Registration conditions

EUR 150 for trade associations and private companies

Free for policymakers, journalists, academia and NGOs




All Dates

  • Thursday, 18 October 2018 09:00 - 13:00

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