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Panel 9: The Circular Economy as a driver for jobs and industrial development

Tuesday 28 June, 11:30-13:00

The Circular Economy means ‘closing the loop’ of material flows. By feeding the industrial production system with re-used, repaired or upgraded products and recycled materials, industrial systems keep the value, the materials and the energy embedded in industrial products longer in use. It is a necessity in a planet with finite mineral resources. It is an alternative to the current “linear” economy where matter flows from the mine to the landfill. It represents a major shift in our economic and industrial systems.

The Circular Economy entails a risk for jobs, because the number of short-lived industrial items being produced will diminish. On the other hand, it also entails a large potential for economic development in Europe, in industrialised processes for maintenance, repair, upgrade, disassembly and recycling. Additionally, reusing materials instead of producing industrial items from primary raw materials massively lowers the energy consumption of industry. If managed right, the Circular Economy can reconcile the objectives of employment in industry, of climate protection and of mineral resources preservation. This panel will explore how these objectives can be reached.


  • Hugo Schally, European Commission, DG ENVI  
  • Adrian Deboutière, Institut de l'Economie Circulaire - PRESENTATION
  • Patrik Björnström, Sveriges Ingenjörer

Discussant: Luc Triangle, industriAll Europe

Moderator: Laurent Zibell, industriAll Europe - PRESENTATION

Read the short summary of this panel debate.

For further reading:

Policy brief "An industrialised Circular Economy"

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