ReNEW in Brussels
Economic growth key to circular economy
The need to move the circular economy debate away from waste management and focus on the economy was one of the key points made during the ReNEW workshop and networking event, held in Brussels in May 2015.
Over 70 participants from research, industry and goverment attended the event in the Office of the Northern Ireland Executive on 28 May.
Anke Moellers, the Interreg IVB Programme's Project Officer for ReNEW, kicked off proceedings, followed by ReNEW speakers - Elaine Groom, Kris Broos and Martin Doherty - who gave a history of the project, its achievements and an examination of the way forward.
Guest speakers Ken Webster, from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and Karl Vrancken from EIT KIC Raw MatTers, gave presentations on their perspectives of sustainable materials management and the circular economy, which led to lively discussion among participants.
Coincidentally, the circular economy package was relaunched in Brussels on the same day and is now open for consultation until 20 August.
The afternoon session was introduced by Catherine Eginard, from the Executive Agency for Small and Medium Sized Enterprise (EASME), who gave a very comprehensive presentation on two Horizon 2020 funding mechanisms; the FTI pilot scheme and the SME instrument.
There were also a number of opportunities to network, with ReNEW partners presenting their technologies and also hearing from potential industrial collaborators.