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Thursday, 26 September 2019

Draft agenda  


Discussion corner 4: Business models for the future: what works, what could young people do when they start working? What should they study for?


Opening address

The moderator of the EREK International Conference will be Connie Czymoch.

Welcome address

- Representative of DG Environment, European Commission.


Global outlook conversation


- Julien Guerrier, Director at EASME - Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises.

Véronique Willems, Secretary General at SMEUnited.

- Martin Vogt, Managing Director at VDI ZRE - VDI Centre for Resource Efficiency. 




Debrief of the discussions of the first day
Moderators of the parallel sessions to show the results of the first day.

Cluster collaboration for Resource Efficiency uptake
Discussion on how green industrial clusters can enhance the use of clean technologies and promote more resource efficient activities.


- Lisanne Saes, Senior Consultant, Technopolis Group, EREK coordination team. 

- Mirjana Kranjac, Cluster Assitant Manager at Ecopanonia, Provincial Secretary for Economy and Tourism, Government of Vojvodina and Professor at Faculty of Engineering Management, Belgrade.

Kaspar Nielsen, project manager and ECEI Assessor at Cluster Excellence Denmark.


Business & policy debate
Hand-in-hand or on opposing teams? From business model blueprints for resource efficiency to green public procurement and circular economy: why do policies matter and how do they drive business and eco-innovation?

- Anne Lenaerts, Sales and Marketing Director of NNOF.

- Ismo Ulvila, Policy Officer - Climate Finance at DG Clima, European Commission.

- Ilektra Papadaki, Policy Officer - Sustainable Industrial Policy and Construction at DG Grow, European Commission.

- Arthur ten Wolde, Executive Director at Ecopreneur.


Coffee Break

Discussion corner 5: Discussing support programmes and funding opportunities

Moderator: Pavel Ruzicka, Environmental Consultant, Enviros, EREK partner.


The challenges and the opportunities ahead

Martina Fromhold - Eisebith, Professor and Chair of Economic Geography at RWTH Aachen University and Member of the German Advisory Council on Global Change.

Thomas de Romagnoli, Project Manager Circular Economy at Bruxelles Environment.



- Ulla Engelmann, Head of Unit - Advanced technologies, Clusters and Social Economy, DG Grow, European Commission


Side events (with a light lunch)

Visit to Brussels’ Circular Economy Champions

Visit to the BEL Conference Centre (TBC)

The moderator of the EREK International Conference will be Connie Czymoch.