21 APRIL 2016

From a plan to reality: making the Circular Economy happen

Thursday 21 April 2016 | 9:00 – 13:00; Thon Hotel EU, Brussels



The new circular economy holds the promise that Europe will reach its full recycling potential and its core environmental and sustainability objectives. 

European Aluminium is delighted to invite top decision makers, thought leaders and stakeholders to have a fundamental debate about how we make it happen. 

Join our panellists to debate: The Circular Economy in real life & How to make the Circular Economy proposal fit for purpose? 

Ask your question using #GoCircular or @EU_Aluminium!


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

Showcasing industry's best practices

During this event, you will be invited to discover our poster session during coffee and lunch break. Together with our members, we have gathered some of the industry best sustainability practices. It will be the opportunity to see that our commitment is tangible and builds on long standing values.

“Circular Economy is not just a great concept. It is a pillar of our commitment to contribute to sustainability targets. It is a new way to rethink and build a new economy model, our ways of producing and consuming”

Pierre Vareille, Chairman European Aluminium & CEO Constellium

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