The European Commission (EC) and European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) hosted the 2019 European Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference on March 6 and 7 in Brussels. As we move towards a more circular way of approaching production and services instead of a linear way, it is important that governments, businesses and societies are working together on a local level to implement these new creative ways of sustainable solutions.

At the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference, it is all about networking, learning and redefining the meaning of the circular economy. Various speakers entered the stage to talk about their way of working on sustainability issues. Including Jyrki Katainen – Vice President of the European Commission for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness while talking about climate change mitigation and adaptation towards a sustainable future.

This year, the following innovative format was followed:

Day 1: The European Commission had hosted the first day to put together an efficient framework for the coming transition, the program of day one contained implementing policies, capitalizing certain business opportunities and environmental changes and challenges according to the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals Agenda set out by the Paris Agreement in 2015.

Day 2: The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) had hosted day two together with a Coordination Group part of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform. The day featured a total of eight different activities, these activities ranged from workshops, to sharing various successful implementations, new upcoming challenges on an international level on how to inform the public and how to make way for new current and future innovations.

Materials and books from the Commission were used as guidelines combining availability and accessibility for more healthy and sustainable alternatives. Parallel sessions included:

 Circular Industrial Creation
 How to protect Natural Capital
 A Circular Economy: How to Inform, Inspire and Empower Citizens
 Examples Circular Economy Global Leaders
 Investing Circular Transition
 Achieve solutions for zero plastic use

Participatory workshops
 Circular Strategies in Europe
 Consumer Insights for the Circular Economy
 Social Dimensions of the Circular Economy
 Circular Capitals and Climate Change Mitigation
 Circular Public Adaption
 Tools for Measuring the Circular Transition
 Creative Innovation for a Circular Economy
 Bio-Circular Villages for Rural Areas
“As we create the future of our upcoming generations, it ́s valuable to not forget those who come”


About Ramon Rahangmetan

Greenubuntu Evangelist Ramon Rahangmetan (24 years old) was born and raised in The Netherlands. He has been writing articles about mainly Space, Unity and Climate Change. He has been involved as a knowledge platform member for the World Economic Forum (WEF), the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Artificial Intelligence Alliance (AIA). He is also working in the Hospitality Management Industry and is a Co-founder of a youth-led NGO called Circle of Sustainable Europe (CoSE). Connect with him on LinkedIn.