3. november 2015 / BRDO CONGRESS CENTRE

Why Circular Economy Conference?

Industrial era is marked by a linear model, which completely depends on limited natural resources, with a growing world population as an additional pressure. As a response to those risks, circular economy model has developed. The conference aims at answering two key questions for Slovenia: will we actively participate in creating circular economy, or will we only observe; and in case we decide on active participation, how will we manage the transition and what we need?

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Whom is the conference for?

Circular economy requires the cooperation among different stakeholders for removing the obstacles they face during their transition towards new economy model. Target groups of the conference are: enterprises and SMEs, universities, faculties, students, research institutes and centers, different ministries, R&D centers and institutes, publicly held companies, municipalities, regional development agencies, NGOs, political parties, media. The conference will be an excellent opportunity for networking.

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How the conference will achieve its aim?

The conference will bring together speakers and participants from a wide scope of society, which will present current developments on EU level. Three afternoon parallel tracks will be dedicated to the presentation and discussion about best examples from different European countries. The closing part of the conference will be dedicated to the current situation in Slovenia and discussion among different ministries and business associations, trying to find the answers to the two key questions of the conference.

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Registered participants





Conference has a joint introduction, closing panel discussion and three parallel tracks.
Free Ljubljana-Brdo shuttle.
Day 1
03 Nov 2015
Day 2
04 Nov 2015
Day 3
05 Nov 2015
Day 4
06 Nov 2015
Day 5
07 Nov 2015


The European Commission announced a new, more ambitious circular economy strategy to be published by the end of 2015. In May 2015 the Commission published the Circular Economy roadmap and launched a public consultation on the subject, which was opened until the 20th August 2015. Nevertheless, some countries, regions and corporations recognize the opportunities the model creates. Why and how? Why is the collaboration of different sectors and stakeholders crucial?
  • Moderator: Petra Miklavc


Irena Majcen, Minister, Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning

Opening speech
Irena Majcen

Zdravko Počivalšek, Minister of Economic Development and Technology

Opening speech
Zdravko Počivalšek

Dr. Miro Cerar, prime minister

Opening speech
Dr. Miro Cerar

New circular economy package

Video address
Karmenu Vella

Circular economy – a competitive edge

A circular economy transition could improve European competitiveness and create better economic, social and environmental outcomes than the current development path, giving rise to annual benefits of around EUR 1.8 trillion a year. The presentation will outline the opportunities of a circular economy and provide insights into the transition pathways for businesses, regions and municipalities.
Stephanie Hubold
10:00 - 10:30


Redesigning products and business models

Albin Kälin

Economic growth and new jobs

Dominic Hogg

Transition to a circular economy: the Flanders’ Materials Programme

Through an extensive system of waste collection, sorting and recycling, Flanders has become the global leader in the field of waste treatment over the past thirty years. The existing knowledge, facilities and legislative framework allow Flanders to realise the shift to sustainable materials management.
Jorn Verbeeck
12:00 - 13:00



One of the most important steps towards circular economy is product redesign and redesign of business models. How do businesses approach this redesign? How can effective design help closing the loop at the end of the product lifetime?
  • Host: Marjana Dermelj, Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy

New services replacing products

Philips focuses on new business models that enable us to control the total lifecycle of products, thus providing the opportunity to maximize and monetize innovation in asset productivity.
Markus Laubscher

Closing material loops and upcycling – polyamide 6

In 2007 Aquafil established ECONYL process for the regeneration of the basic raw materials for their products from waste fishing nets, textile parts of carpets and industrial residues in Julon (Ljubljana). Julon is the only company that process polyamide 6 waste to such extent.
Denis Jahič

INDUSTRIAL SYMBIOSIS Delivering the Circular Economy

How Industrial Symbiosis addresses the circular economy issue through a high engagement model focused on business opportunities.
Peter Laybourn

Timber window from cradle to cradle

Timber window consists of a number of materials and not just of wood. How to choose appropriate materials in the stage of development of new windows and what to do with timber windows after the end of life-time?
Aleš Ugovšek
15:00 - 15:15



Materials and products at the end of their life cycle are resources for circular economy. To harvest the benefits of circular economy all stakeholders need to cooperate. In the linear production model, waste means costs. Waste prevention, reuse and closing the loop by efficient separate collection and recycling may bring opportunities to local communities. How can municipalities contribute to the efficient use of resources? How can municipalities benefit from collecting materials and closing the loops?
  • Host: Alenka Gorza Jereb, director of Chamber of Local Public Economy

Adopting Responsible Tourism – The Irish Experience – 2000 to 2015

Tracing the growth of responsible tourism in Ireland since 2000 with a specific focus on resource efficiency and waste management.
Maurice Bergin

Repair and ReUse networks – Added value for local communities!

R.U.S.Z. initiated the Repair Network Vienna in 1999 - a success story. Meanwhile Repair and ReUse networks are mandatory part of the EU waste legislation (Waste Framework, Art. 11) fitting perfectly into the concept of Circular Economy.
Sepp Eisenriegler

Contarina. Successful and integrated waste management model.

Revolutionising the recycling system, how 50 municipalities in the Veneto Region boasts an 85 % recycling rate.
Marco Mattiello

Giving packaging waste a new chance: Plastic Bottle for Plastic Bottle project.

Each company in Slovenia should ask themselves what more it may do in the field of waste management and packaging waste management - with separate collection at a source as a first step. At least some type of recovery is possible for majority of waste or materials in waste, giving those materials new forms of use.
Katja Slokan
15:00 - 15:15



Phosphorus is one of the essential nutrients for plants, animals and humans. There is no substitute and there never will be. At present, large amounts of phosphorus are wasted all along the food production cycle, often causing environmental problems such as water pollution. One of the phosphorus recovery solutions is composting food and biodegradable waste. How are different stakeholders managing to prevent food waste? How may food waste be incorporated into natural cycles? How can it contribute to higher quality of food production and lessening impacts on the environment?
  • Host: Ladeja Godina Košir, Giacomelli media, connector and managing director

Local communities and food waste prevention

The presentation will focus on WRAP’s work with local communities across the UK to reduce the amount of food waste produced by households and how this fits within a wider programme of work to improve the overall management of food waste in the UK.
Linda Crichton

Smart to the future without food waste

Using tehnology and new forms of cooperation opens the path towards the future with less food waste. Creating new business and cost efficient system enables answering the question what we may do about the problem by exploring how we may make sure that the food is being used or reprocessed on time. New business opportunities and new products are created along the way.
Dalibor Matijević

Separate collection of biowaste: principles, benefits and successful case studies (also in dense city centres)

The key role of organics in optimized systems for maximised use of resources. Operational principles for cost‐optimised and performing schemes for separate collection, and related facts and figures, with particular focus on the case of Milan (largest formal scheme for food waste).
Enzo Favoino

Benefits of compost use in agriculture

Large amount of wastes containing organic carbon (C) and nutrients from agro-industrial and municipal origins are produced daily, mainly in the ‘‘developed societies’’. The proper use of such by-products after composting to restore or to increase soil fertility has been well known for over 2000 years, since Roman Empire.
Claudio Ciavatta
15:00 - 15:15



Discussion among the panelists and conference participants will answer the main two questions: Will Slovenia become an active part and co-create circular economy, or will simply observe? If we decide to make a transition to circular economy, how we’ll do it and what we need?
  • Moderator: Petra Miklavc

Tanja Bogataj, State Secretary, Ministry for environment and spatial planning

Tanja Bogataj

Tomaž Boh, State Secretary, Ministry of education, science and sport

Tomaž Boh

Branko Meh, President, The Chamber of Craft and Small Business of Slovenia

Branko Meh

Marjan Mačkošek, President, Chamber of commerce and industry Slovenia

Marjan Mačkošek

Photo gallery




Location of the conference

Brdo Congress Centre
Predoslje 39, 4000 Kranj
040 255