- Circular Economy, a chance for sustainable development of non–urbanized areas
- Ministerial conference and workshop on the role of boreal forest in CO2 balance – assessment and legal framework
Circular Economy, a chance for sustainable development of non–urbanized areas
Place: Tuczno (near Wałcz)
Date: 9-10 May 2016
The transition towards circular economy in Europe and beyond recently appeared to be a solutions-based perspective for achieving sustainable growth within the environmental limits. The resource scarcity, uncertain situation on the resource market, unstable prices and the decreasing competitiveness were the main factors for Europe to start looking at the economy differently. There is no further place for the linear economy which is based on the way of dealing with goods like it was for decades, means: take-make-use-dispose.
The shift to a circular economy requires a fundamental changes in the whole value chain, from product design to the consumption patterns while creating the new business models.
Aim of the upcoming conference is to exchange experiences and share best practices in the area of circular economy among member states. Keeping in mind that frontrunners from the private sector are leading the way on CE, to drive broader change it is crucial to have a full support from the government. Base for this upcoming change is to spread best studies, invest in the innovation, make a proper business to business networking and collect data.
Session 1: Food is no waste
Significant changes in the food supply chain are needed. Now 1/3 of our food is wasted. On one hand we are consuming products in unsustainable way, on the other the demand for healthy and high quality products is getting stronger. One of the upcoming challenges will be delivery of the organic food in the reasonable prices. There is a need to reduce losses during the production and distribution processes. Tackling this challenges will cause an effort from both sites producers and consumers. Taking this into account the circular food management system should be healthy and close to non-waste.
Session 2: Reuse and reparability chance for a product circularity
Now the new trend throughout companies and governments is to delay product replacement by making the use phase longer during the product life cycle (e.g. through extended warranties), shared ownership and leasing instead of purchasing. Significant role in the circular economy implementation would play a service sector, it has been already recognized as a one with great potential. In particular, the fixing, maintenance and lending service. Repairs can be undertaken in comparatively small workshops scattered widely throughout the country wherever there are goods in need of renovation and customers for them, as is still the case with car-repair workshops. These enterprises can be located in any rural or urban area with high unemployment, making reconditioning a doubly attractive proposition for job creation.
The conference will be organized jointly with the side event – exhibition of polish companies presenting green technologies - to strengthen the process of building circular economy.
Ministerial conference and workshop on the role of boreal forest in CO2 balance – assessment and legal framework
Place: Tuczno (near Wałcz)
Dates: 26-29 April 2016
Questions to be answered:
- Why boreal forests?
- Production forests as carbon and biodiversity reservoir.
- Legal bases of inclusion of CO2 absorption by forests for climate policy enforcement.
- Methods of measurement of CO2 content in forest and rate of CO2 absorption by forests from air.
- Management methods for CO2 absorption in forests for sustainable development of rural areas (new jobs, biodiversity, changes of CO2 concentration in air…).
- Forest carbon holding concept.
Presentations and speeches
Tuczno is a small town in the north-west Poland. It is a picturesque place with its gothic-renaissance castle, beautifully decorated church and charming landscape full of forests and lakes.