EUROCITIES members took part in three panel sessions during the second stakeholder conference on circular economy which attracted over 600 participants and was held in Brussels from 20-21 February.
EUROCITIES position paper was presented by Mette Skovgaard, senior policy advisor from Copenhagen in the high-level panel debate which reflected on what’s next after the EU strategy for plastics? Håkon Jentoft, senior executive officer from Oslo was part of the panel debate on extended producer responsibility schemes, advocating cities’ priorities for this important instrument. On the second day of the conference, the EUROCITIES organised panel, was devoted to the circular economy urban agenda partnership, where more than 30 attended learn about the latest action plan of the partnership.
EUROCITIES task force on circular economy met on 21 February and was moderated by Eveline Jonkhoff, chair of the Circular Economy task force and strategic advisor on circular economy at the city of Amsterdam.
Zala Strojin Božič gave a presentation on the latest circular economy developments in Ljubljana. The main highlight is the creation of a new position of circular economy manager, helping the mayor and vice-mayors to better include circular economy into all policies of the city. Franziska Howorka Samii gave a presentation showcasing some of Vienna’s circular economy initiatives, including an integrated waste and bio-waste management system, a re-use store and an eco-business plan.
The audience was debriefed on the Urban Agenda Partnership on circular economy, thanks to a presentation by Håkon Jentoft, circular economy partnership coordinator from the city of Oslo. Last, Josefina Lindblom, policy officer at the European Commission, gave a presentation on energy performance in buildings and Level(s), the new tool from the Commission for performance based indicators.