Circular economy - energy and more
The EU Circular Economy agenda is moving forward. It is about going full circle: really closing the loop. While energy efficiency and clean energy play a key role in many policy interventions in this field, circular economy goes even broader. Based on a full life cycle approach, it also factors in aspects like material sourcing, production and use, durability and flexibility, and end of life options. This is a real challenge, but necessary, if we are to achieve maximum energy and financial savings, and optimise value and use from all raw materials, products and waste.
We will hear from companies and organisations how existing EU tools designed for sustainable consumption and production help them using energy and resources in a smarter way. So, if you want to know:
- How your company can benefit from circular economy thinking and save costs
- How you can lead the transition to more sustainable consumption
- How you can make the most of existing EU initiatives
This is the session for you!
- The challenge to create a competitive and sustainable battery manufacturing industry in Europe is immense, and Europe has to move fast. Leading industry stakeholders explain how the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) method will contribute to achieve this objective.
- Many innovations linked to energy are developed by small enterprises but it can be hard to prove the technology performance and convince customers and investors. The Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) pilot programme helps with a proof of performance based on sound testing and verification procedures, as is explained by a technology developer.
- Energy use is an environmental hotspot for production of consumers' products, whether it’s a pair of sneakers or a hotel room. An EU Ecolabel certified company gives insights of their success in making its business more energy efficient by following EU Ecolabel criteria for products and services.
- The EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is a management instrument that helps organisations optimising their internal processes, achieve compliance with legal obligations, reduce environmental impacts, and use resources more efficiently. An EMAS-registered company explains the positive impacts that this has had on its energy consumption.
- Buildings have a great potential in supporting goals linked to circular economy and energy challenges. "Level(s)", a voluntary reporting framework, has been developed in collaboration between the European Commission and sector experts. A major international Real Estate manager sets out the benefits of this common language and sustainable buildings in general.
- Increased share of recyclates in plastics results in reduced energy consumption and CO2 emissions. The objective of the pledging campaign on recycled plastic content under the EU plastics strategy is to ensure just that. One of the companies signing up for this discusses the challenges and opportunities on the company level.