The Belgian Presidency of the EU Council is pleased to play a pivotal role as a partner in the World Circular Economy Forum, reflecting the European Union's concerted efforts to transition towards a more sustainable and circular economy. To reach the climate goals a systemic change is needed and as President of the Council, Belgium will lead the European agenda towards a circular society at all levels of society and promote cooperation among the Member States to reach those goals.

During the WCEF2024 Circular Flanders, Walloon Region, Brussels Region and the federal government, will demonstrate how we evolved from experiments and frontrunners to a circular common practice in our companies, cities, knowledge institutes and citizens.

Register for 17th of April

 

Program 

8:30 - 9:30
Registration and Networking at SQUARE Brussels Meeting Centre
 
9:30 - 11:00
Plenary hosted by BE Presidency:
What governance is needed to achieve a new economic system? How do we measure whether the transition is happening quickly enough and in the right direction? High level speakers will address critical aspects of advancing circular principles. 
This opening sets the foundation for a day filled with insights and inspiration.
 
11:00 - 11:30 Break
8:30 - 9:30 Registration and Networking at SQUARE Brussels Meeting Centre
9:30 - 11:00 Plenary hosted by BE Presidency:
What governance is needed to achieve a new economic system? How do we measure whether the transition is happening quickly enough and in the right direction? High level speakers will address critical aspects of advancing circular principles. 
This opening sets the foundation for a day filled with insights and inspiration.
11:00 - 11:30 Break
11:30 - 13:00
Systemic Innovation: Drivers for a more Circular Economy in Belgium and Europe

The concept of a circular economy lies at the core of the innovation strategies across the three Belgian Regions. The imperative for groundbreaking, unconventional innovations, spanning both technological and non-technological realms (such as behavioural shifts), is essential at diverse levels to effectively propel the necessary shift. In this session research results, good practices and inspiring speakers will demonstrate the European systemic innovation.

Procuring Change: Navigating the Circular Economy Through a Strategic and Social Lens

Public and private buyers play a pivotal role in promoting circular practices. The European Commission aims to mandate green procurement criteria in sectoral legislation, fostering circularity. Circular procurement, reported in the CSRD, aids private firms in achieving sustainability goals. Overcoming behavioural challenges is key. This session explores cases where authorities and companies successfully adopted social and circular procurement.

Embracing Circular Manufacturing: Adopting Repair Solutions

Manufacturing and repair will play a pivotal role in a global, circular economy. Various EU member states have experimented, learned, failed – but also succeeded. It is time to take stock of what works – and what can be scaled up to make repair truly mainstream. We’ll cover policies, business models, technology, skills and design for repair as fundamental transition paths. In a co-creative session, we let stakeholders and Member States learn and leap. If you feel energised to tackle these questions with us, join our session!

Mastering high-R strategies for plastics in the Circular Economy?

Discover the power of R-Strategies for responsible plastic use, minimizing impact on people and the environment. 
Join us for a dive into Belgian success stories in B2B plastic packaging reuse and unravel the future of plastics in healthcare. Explore the 'design for recycling' vs. 'reuse' debate and identify key strategies for a sustainable path forward.

Company visits in Brussels

Limited to 40 people

14:30 - 16:00
Information Flows in a Circular Economy: Monitoring, Metrics, and Digital Evolution

Two focal themes within CE are the development of monitoring instruments and the potential of the digital transformation. What essentially binds these two themes are the search for and the needs of information. For this session we will highlight case studies about CE monitoring at country/regional level, at the city level, circularity assessments for companies, developments of digital product passports and more.

Circular Hubs: Multilevel Approach Creating Impact in Practice

The European Circular Economy Action Plan was a necessary legal step, but for a complete economic transformation, specific accelerator mechanisms like circular hubs are necessary. They embody a decentralised capacity for orchestration along the value chains and across geographical/administrative levels. The emergence of different types of circular hubs expresses the functional needs for system innovation: information and knowledge sharing, business development and partnering, industrial and logistic focal points and more.

Challenges and opportunities of the European Circular Economy Battery Industry

Batteries are a key technology to drive the green transition, support sustainable mobility and contribute to climate neutrality by 2050. In this session stakeholders throughout the value chain will give their view and concrete examples on the impact of the new Batteries Regulation. This European regulation will ensure that, in the future, batteries have a low carbon footprint, use minimal harmful substances, need less raw materials from non-EU countries, and are collected, reused and recycled to a high degree in Europe.

Towards a Circular Built Environment using Bio-Based and Reclaimed materials 

This session will take construction professionals through the learnings of European projects on improving the building process and design principles to drive the uptake of reclamation and reuse of building materials and components. Another challenge is the difficulty for biobased construction materials to be seen as equivalent for customary materials. Via several European cases this session will demonstrate how circular construction can become the new normal.

Company Visits Wallonia and Flanders

Limited to 40 people

11:30 - 13:00

Systemic Innovation: Drivers for a more Circular Economy in Belgium and Europe

The concept of a circular economy lies at the core of the innovation strategies across the three Belgian Regions. The imperative for groundbreaking, unconventional innovations, spanning both technological and non-technological realms (such as behavioural shifts), is essential at diverse levels to effectively propel the necessary shift. In this session research results, good practices and inspiring speakers will demonstrate the European systemic innovation.

Procuring Change: Navigating the Circular Economy Through a Strategic and Social Lens

Public and private buyers play a pivotal role in promoting circular practices. The European Commission aims to mandate green procurement criteria in sectoral legislation, fostering circularity. Circular procurement, reported in the CSRD, aids private firms in achieving sustainability goals. Overcoming behavioural challenges is key. This session explores cases where authorities and companies successfully adopted social and circular procurement.

Embracing Circular Manufacturing: Adopting Repair Solutions

Manufacturing and repair will play a pivotal role in a global, circular economy. Various EU member states have experimented, learned, failed – but also succeeded. It is time to take stock of what works – and what can be scaled up to make repair truly mainstream. We’ll cover policies, business models, technology, skills and design for repair as fundamental transition paths. In a co-creative session, we let stakeholders and Member States learn and leap. If you feel energised to tackle these questions with us, join our session!

Mastering high-R strategies for plastics in the Circular Economy?

Discover the power of R-Strategies for responsible plastic use, minimizing impact on people and the environment. 
Join us for a dive into Belgian success stories in B2B plastic packaging reuse and unravel the future of plastics in healthcare. Explore the 'design for recycling' vs. 'reuse' debate and identify key strategies for a sustainable path forward.

Company visits in Brussels

Limited to 40 people

14:30 - 16:00

Information Flows in a Circular Economy: Monitoring, Metrics, and Digital Evolution

Two focal themes within CE are the development of monitoring instruments and the potential of the digital transformation. What essentially binds these two themes are the search for and the needs of information. For this session we will highlight case studies about CE monitoring at country/regional level, at the city level, circularity assessments for companies, developments of digital product passports and more.

Circular Hubs: Multilevel Approach Creating Impact in Practice

The European Circular Economy Action Plan was a necessary legal step, but for a complete economic transformation, specific accelerator mechanisms like circular hubs are necessary. They embody a decentralised capacity for orchestration along the value chains and across geographical/administrative levels. The emergence of different types of circular hubs expresses the functional needs for system innovation: information and knowledge sharing, business development and partnering, industrial and logistic focal points and more.

Challenges and opportunities of the European Circular Economy Battery Industry

Batteries are a key technology to drive the green transition, support sustainable mobility and contribute to climate neutrality by 2050. In this session stakeholders throughout the value chain will give their view and concrete examples on the impact of the new Batteries Regulation. This European regulation will ensure that, in the future, batteries have a low carbon footprint, use minimal harmful substances, need less raw materials from non-EU countries, and are collected, reused and recycled to a high degree in Europe.

Towards a Circular Built Environment using Bio-Based and Reclaimed materials 

This session will take construction professionals through the learnings of European projects on improving the building process and design principles to drive the uptake of reclamation and reuse of building materials and components. Another challenge is the difficulty for biobased construction materials to be seen as equivalent for costumary materials. Via several European cases this session will demonstrate how circular construction can become the new normal.

Company Visits Wallonia and Flanders

Limited to 40 people

16:00 - 17:30

Closing drink & matchmaking

16:00 - 17:30
Closing drink & matchmaking