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Hamburg Sustainability Session #2: Towards a Circular Economy

November 5: 10:00 - 11:30

This event will be carried out in English language. 

Today’s major societal challenges, such as increasing waste generation and resource depletion, call for holistic approaches that support new sustainable growth models. The Circular Economy has become a widespread paradigm that aims at closing material and energy cycles to reduce or eliminate waste and carbon emissions. With a strong political tailwind, the European Green Deal is paving the way for circular approaches by initiating a set of targets and concrete actions relevant to all sectors of the economy.

HAW Hamburg and EY invite you to take part in the second Hamburg Sustainability Session, during which keynote speakers will provide diverse perspectives on the concept of Circular Economy. In particular, the goal is to grasp the potential of the Green Deal, to learn how research is developing sustainable methods along product lifecycles, and to showcase how cooperation between industries can create synergies and enable the Circular Economy. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to discuss what has been presented and to network with other participants.

This second Hamburg Sustainability Session takes place on Thursday, 5th November 2020, from 10.00 – 11.30 (CET) online. Our three keynote speakers Paolo Da Silva Lemos, European Commission/DG Environment, Brussels, Dr. André Wolf, Head of Research Unit „Global economy, and international trade“ & „Energy, Climate and Environment“/Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI), Germany, and Per Møller/Kalundborg Symbiosis, Denmark, will present how the EU’s Circular Economy strategy is reflected in distinctive approaches, research activities and inspiring corporate practices.


10:00-10:10 / Introduction by the organizers

10:10-10:30 / Keynote 1: The Green Deal as lever towards a Circular Economy – the case of the digital product passport initiative
Paulo Da Silva Lemos, European Commission, DG Environment, Circular Economy and Green Growth, Sustainable Production, Products and Consumption

10:30-10:50 / Keynote 2: Bioplastics in food packaging: potentials and challenges from an environmental point of view
Dr. André Wolf, Head of Research Unit „Global economy, and international trade “ & „Energy, Climate and Environment“, Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI)

10:50-11:10 / Keynote 3: A smart green transition through Urban Industrial Symbiosis
Per Møller, Kalundborg Symbiosis, DK

11:10-11:30 / Virtual discussion and exchange, networking

From 11:30 / End of the event

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Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg)

European School of Sustainability Science and Research (ESSSR)

Cintia Nunes, Nico Ulmer, Franziska Wolf

esssr( at )

+49 40 428 75 6324


November 5
10:00 - 11:30
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