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The carbon-neutral industry in the circular ​ economy

Tuesday 4 June at 14.00-15.30


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





The World Circular Economy Forum 2019 in Helsinki, Finland on 3-5 June 2019 built the next era of the circular economy.



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