The ambition is to trigger a step change towards implementation of industrial symbiosis, industrial-urban symbiosis and circularity, taking advantage of favourable regional specificities. Setting up several H4C should lead to the reuse of hundreds of millions of tons of waste and water, avoiding landfill and decreasing pressure on water resources.
They would also allow GHG emission reductions in the same range, while drastically decreasing the emission of hazardous substances in the environment. H4C will create attractive opportunities for municipalities/regions presenting a high job creation potential in addition to sustainability benefits.
These hubs should become lighthouse examples of win-win cooperation between industry, public authorities and civil society on circular economy beyond 2025 spreading all over the EU and contributing significantly to 2030 sustainability target.
- Jürgen Tiedje, Head of Unit, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission
- Greet Van Eetvelde, INEOS/UGent
- Elina Ojala, City Of Lahti
- Tue Robi Jensen, Kalundborg Symbiose
- Arvea Marieni, Brainscapital