A major conference coming up in Greece will seek to push forward the European Union’s drive to promote circular economy in the islands of the Mediterranean, identify good practice and generate synergies between different players, both at a policy-making and industrial level.
The CirCLE2018 conference (“Challenges for the Islands in the era of Circular Economy”) is being organised under the auspices of the European Commission with the support of organisations including Greening the Islands. It will be held in Chania, Crete, Greece from 20-22 September. The agenda features a talk by Gianni Chianetta, director and scientific co-ordinator of Greening the Islands on the current and future challenges for EU islands.
The overall target is to bridge knowledge gaps by exchanging ideas between EU officials and policy-makers, EU funds and programs’ national managers, financial institutions, large enterprises and SMEs, academic and research institutions and EU co-financing instruments.
The main aims of the conference are to explain the new circular economy framework, share good practice and encourage networking and dialogue; it will focus on economic and territorial cohesion, capacity building, transferability and regional co-operation and span topics such as:
EU islands’ circular economy challenges and opportunities
- Clean energy islands initiative
- Renewable energy sources
- Waste management and plastics
- Blue growth
- Insularity issues
- EU co-financing and relevant instruments
- IT and smart islands initiatives
During the dedicated business forum session, institutions, businesses and policy-makers will meet to exchange their views for transforming ideas into business opportunities, supported by innovative funding and financing tools fostering circular economy business models and eco-innovation. The parallel Interprogramme synergies roundtable will boost the interaction between major strategic programme frameworks and the capitalization of common priorities and policy positions.
Details are available at www.circle2018.eu.