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The carbon-neutral industry in the circular ​ economy

Tuesday 4 June at 14.00-15.30


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The use of materials is growing globally – and so are the associated emissions. Today, a few key materials – steel, plastics, aluminium and cement – account for 20% of global emissions. If their use is unchecked, the emissions from the use of these materials alone will cause a global warming of two degrees. Therefore, significant changes are required in the way materials are produced, used and disposed of. The circular economy can reduce emissions and offer a competitive advantage to pioneers in this sector. The session brings together experts and those from the industry to discuss how a net zero-emissions materials industry can be achieved in Europe and globally.

14.00 Opening words
Keynote: Circular economy potentials in key raw materials sectors ​
Per Klevnäs, Co-founder, Material Economics See the presentation
Commentary note from European Commission perspective​
Gwenole Cozigou, Director, DG GROW, European Commission
Industry comments​
Martin Pei, Executive Vice President and CTO, SSAB​ See the presentation
Lorraine Francourt, Director of Chemicals Management and Circular Economy, Dow​
Egil Hogna, Executive Vice President, Head of Extruded Solutions, Hydro See the presentation
Panel discussion
15.30 Key takeaways


Janne Peljo, Project Director, Sitra



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