Green Week: From a linear towards a more circular economic model
Europe's largest environment conference – Green Week – focused on the economic debate this year. Under the banner “Circular economy – saving resources, creating jobs” over 3000 participants debated how Europe must move from its current linear economic model towards a more circular one.
Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said: "Europe's competitiveness will be determined by its ability to use resources efficiently and there will be no place for waste. We need to move away from our throwaway culture and switch to a more circular model, cutting waste and turning it into a resource. That means innovative products designed to last, to be repaired and to be recycled, and business models to match. New businesses, new jobs, less environmental impact and a better quality of life for all Europeans."
The conference aims to show that the logical solution for Europe in a resource-constrained world is a more circular economy where almost nothing is wasted, the re-use and remanufacturing of products has become standard practice, and sustainability is built into the fabric of society. In the coming weeks the Commission will set out new proposals to help Europe move to a more circular model, with a special focus on better waste management, and how it can help the EU use scarce resources more efficiently.
Green Week kicked off with a summit on "New Environmentalism", bringing together celebrities, thinkers, activists, entrepreneurs, leaders and film makers to discuss why green thinking has still not broken through into the mainstream of social discourse. Using a TED-style format, each speaker drew on their personal experiences to outline what has worked and what has not worked over the past 40 years, and where they think the environmental movement needs to go from here.
Green Week was a unique opportunity for debate and exchanges of experience and best practice and ENEP was selected as one of the successful organisations and companies that were showcasing best practices among the 40 stands making up the exhibition. READ MORE