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The circular economy as an accelerator for a sustainable recovery

Tuesday 29 September 2020 at 12:00-13:15 (UTC+3)


Lead organisers: The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra with the European Commission

The opening session explains the current state of the global economy and elaborates how the circular economy could help the economy reboot and come back better than before. It also makes a strong case for circularity in combatting climate change and biodiversity loss. The circular economy provides opportunities to reboot the economy, but the world needs good examples and investments. This session will address the recovery in the context of the European Green Deal, bringing into the discussion the role of private and public financing as well as presenting ongoing concrete actions.


12:00 (UTC+3) Opening words
Keynote speakers
Frans Timmermans
, Executive Vice-President, European Commission
Inger Andersen, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme
Stientje van Veldhoven, Minister for the Environment of the Netherlands
Moderated dialogue on rebooting the economy with circular solutions
Veera Heinonen and Tim Forslund, Sitra (Moderators)
Jyrki Katainen, President, Sitra
Roald Lapperre, Director General, Environment and International Affairs, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, the Netherlands
Moderated dialogue on sustainable recovery measures in the context of the European Green Deal
Veera Heinonen
and Tim Forslund, Sitra (Moderators)
Markus Beyrer
, Director  General, BusinessEurope
Virginijus Sinkevičius
, European Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries
Final remarks
Krista Mikkonen, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Finland
13:15 (UTC+3) Session ends

All sessions of the WCEFonline will be moderated by Veera Heinonen and Tim Forslund of Sitra.

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