Workshop: Circular economy readiness. Addressing barriers in preparation for the circular economy

SESSION H14 / / 17:40 - 19:20
Workshop: Circular economy readiness. Addressing barriers in preparation for the circular economy
Chair / Presidente: R. Dunk, C. Fletcher (UK)

In this workshop session delegates will explore the concept of Circular Economy Readiness and its application to the waste and resource management sector. Circular Economy Readiness is based on the similar concept of Carbon Capture Readiness, which aims to prepare the power sector for the future implementation of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). For example, planning requirements for new fossil-fuel combustion plants within the EU include provisions such that carbon capture technology can be retrofitted in the future. This allows the immediate need for additional capacity to be met whilst addressing the risk of lock-in. This can be compared to the barriers that affect progressive waste management, where the immediate need for increased sanitary disposal may be viewed as more pressing than the need for fully circular waste management practices. Building on the outcomes of an exploratory workshop (held at the Symposium of Urban Mining and the Circular Economy (SUM), Bergamo, 2018), this session looks to explore circular economy readiness within the waste and resource management sector in more detail. The aim of this session is to create a forum for ideas and discussion regarding the interpretation and implementation of circular economy readiness within different waste management systems taking into account local priorities, infrastructure and customs.

Introductory lecture:
C. Flethcer, R. Dunk (UK)
Introducing the concept of circular economy readiness and outcomes of the SUM Workshop