SINCERE partners attend Chatham House rountable

On 8 December 2017, partners from the SINCERE project attended a high-level roundtable event at Chatham House on circular economy in Europe and China. The event was organised by the Hoffmann Centre of Sustainable Resource Economy from Chatham House in collaboration with the SINCERE project.

Below is the agenda for the workshop:

09.00 – 09.15    Welcome and Introduction

Speakers will make opening remarks and explain the objectives and anticipated outcomes for the roundtable. Speakers will also give short reflections on the current state of Circular Economy policy, where it is heading as well as summarize discussions from the final SINCERE Conference at UCL on 7 December.

09.15 – 10.45    Session 1 | Circular Economy policy landscape in Europe and China

This session will focus on circular economy policy frameworks in China and the EU. Speakers will give a brief overview of policy developments reflecting on specific areas of regulatory reform, how to best support innovation in a circular economy and how governments can encourage new entrants and business models.

11.00 – 12.30    Session 2 | Innovation in Delivering Circular Economy Policies

This session aims to explore innovative methods in which circular economy policy has been delivered in China and Europe. One factor and mode of delivery affecting policy developments in both regions is the rapid development of information technology. This development has occurred in parallel to transitions in product and business model design and waste management, with urban areas or regional clusters often acting as hubs for delivery. Speakers will provide short introductions to each method of delivery to stimulate the discussion.

12.30 – 13.00    Looking Ahead & Setting Priorities

This session will consider some of the key future policy ‘challenges’ and questions for both China and Europe in the circular economy, including financing innovation, the changing jobs & skills market, policy leadership and international trade and geopolitics. Participants will be asked to explore possible solutions, policy priorities and propose specific areas for enhanced EU-China collaboration on circular economy, including potential areas of opportunities and for further dialogue.