World Resources Forum 2019: Closing Loops

The next edition of the World Resources Forum is taking place in the heart of Antwerp, Belgium from 24-27 February 2019 in collaboration with the Public Waste Agency of Flanders (OVAM). This time, business leaders, policy-makers, NGOs, researchers, entrepreneurs, the media, and students will share solutions and practices undertaken to move from a linear and fossil to a circular and low carbon economy.

The general theme for the Forum is ‘Closing Loops – Transitions at Work’ and with this theme, the WRF 2019 wants to focus on hands-on sharing of best practices. Indeed, the vision and knowledge to close cycles and to evolve towards a circular economy are often already available. So, a necessary and urgent next step is to put theory and knowledge into practice, for which networking with peers and other stakeholders can be a key driver.

The conference will put the spotlight on:

  • Cities and regions as laboratories for circular change
  • Circular economy as an enabler for climate change
  • Circular bio-economy: food and bio-based materials
  • Industrial transformation: the role of industry 4.0 as a technological driver for the circular economy
  • Non-toxic cycles
  • Soil and land as valuable resources: the circular economy and spatial planning
  • Sustainable waste and materials management
  • The role of harbors in global resource policy, and specifically on e-waste

Distinguished speakers include: 

  • Dr. Saskia Sassen, Professor, Columbia University
  • Peter Sabbe, CEO, Recupel
  • Sandrine Dixson-Decleve, Co-President, Club of Rome
  • Dr. Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director, European Environment Agency 

News and updates about the program and registration process are available on the WRF 2019 website.

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