From a plan to reality: making the Circular Economy happen

On April 21st, our event on the Circular Economy took place in the Thon Hotel EU. Thank you all for making it a success. It was a pleasure to witness such lively and diverse debate. 

The new circular economy holds the promise that Europe will reach its full recycling potential and its core environmental and sustainability objectives. European Aluminium decided to invite top decision makers, thought leaders and stakeholders to have a fundamental debate about how we can make it happen. 

Panellists and audience were invited to debate around two angles: the Circular Economy in real life & how to make the Circular Economy proposal fit for purpose? 

Re-live the highlights of the day on Twitter (@EU_Aluminium) or using #GoCircular.



"You are an important patner in making the circular economy a reality. Aluminium is infinitely recyclable, and it doesn't lose any properties during the recycling process". Mr Karmenu Vella, European Commissionner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries during his opening speech. 

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09:00 – 09:20: Keynote Speaker: Mr. Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission

09:20 – 09:30: Mr. Pierre Vareille, Chairman European Aluminium and CEO Constellium

Moderator: Mrs. Sonja Van Renssen

09:30 – 10:45: Session 1: The Circular Economy in real life

• Mr. Thierry Nowaczyk, EU Environmental Affairs Director, Airbus Group

• Mr. Franco Bove, Chief Operating Officer, Guala Closures Group

• Dr. Beate Kummer, Adviser, Scholz Holding Germany


10:45 – 11:15: Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:45: Session 2: How to make the Circular Economy proposal fit for purpose?

• Mr. Carsten Bermig, Cabinet Member of Commissioner Bieńkowska, European Commission

• Mr. Stephan Raes, Head of the Economic Department of the Permanent Representation of the Netherlands

• Mr. Reinhard Bütikofer, Member of the European Parliament, the Greens/EFA, ITRE Committee

• Mr. Stéphane Arditi, Products and Waste Policy Expert, European Environmental Bureau

• Mr. Kjetil Ebbesberg, Vice-Chairman European Aluminium, member of Hydro’s Corporate Management Board & Executive Vice President of Rolled Products

12:45 – 13:00: Conclusions: Dr. Gerd Götz, Director General European Aluminium

13:00 – 14:30: Walking lunch

Why the Circular Economy matters

During our event, we featured a 2-minutes animation made in collaboration with Eurométaux. Find out more about why it matters and why we need policy-makers' help to prevent metals from being landfilled, incinerated, or exported outside of Europe.