Session 3.2

Fostering investments in support of the EU’s Circular Economy Package

In collaboration with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Developing a European circular economy is a key driver of the EU’s sustainability agenda. It relies on sustained investments in technological upgrades and support for advancements in innovation. Such efforts are key for the EU to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon, green economy while maintaining global competitiveness and economic growth.

The EBRD will host a lively discussion during the EU Green Week in Brussels on the role of policy and financial support programmes in enhancing circular economy investments and green innovation activities, by European industries, Member States and EBRD countries of operation.

The session will explore the most up to date developments and on-going initiatives to support the transition to circular economies, from policy recommendations to circular economy financing tools. Some examples of topics for discussion will be: understanding linear risks for businesses, the need for harmonised circular economy taxonomy, and supporting policies and instruments for wider investments in green innovation and boosting circular transformation of businesses.

Recording of the session

Speakers:

Gianpiero Nacci, Deputy Head of Energy Efficiency & Climate Change, EBRD

Pavel Misiga, Head of Unit, Eco-Innovation, Directorate-General for Research & Innovation, European Commission

Jan Raes, Sustainability Advisor, ABN Amro

Astrid Motta, Principal, Energy Efficiency & Climate Change, EBRD

Konca Çalkivik, Business Council for Sustainable Development in Turkey

Kemal Demirkol, Managing Director, Sustainability & Innovation Expert, GTE

Bruno Pozzi, Regional Director for Europe, UN Environment

Kestutis Juscius, CEO, AUGA Group

Moderators:

Gianpiero Nacci, Deputy Head of Energy Efficiency & Climate Change, EBRD

Astrid Motta, Principal, Energy Efficiency & Climate Change, EBRD