European Forum on Science & Education for Sustainability
6 October 2020, virtual event - live from Berlin

Strengthening Circular Economy for SDGs

The first Circular Economy Action Plan, presented by the European Commission in late 2015, already outlined the potential of a Circular Economy to advance all dimensions of sustainability: a contribution to the economic competitiveness of the European Union, the creation of new business opportunities and local jobs, and the conservation of resources to reduce climate change, biodiversity loss, and air, soil and water pollution. Consequently, progress towards a Circular Economy can contribute to numerous Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular Responsible Consumption and Production (SDG 12).

The aim of the Workshop on Circular Economy as part of the EFSES 2020 is to discuss with stakeholders from science, industry, politics and civil society how science and innovation can contribute the ambitious goals of the European Green Deal and the new Circular Economy Action Plan – based on the example of circular traction batteries.

Session 1: Accelerating Circular Economy for SDGs – Traction batteries as example
The aim of this session is to introduce the challenges and opportunities of the transformation to a Circular Economy through the use case of traction batteries. Results of the respective Working Group of the Circular Economy Initiative Germany will be presented. Participants will discuss how to how accelerate the transition in the EU towards a Circular Economy for traction batteries, in interaction with adjacent sectors like manufacturing, mobility, energy and data.

Session 2: Leveraging EU research to support implementation of a Circular Economy
The aim of this session is to identify gaps of the research agendas of Horizon 2020/ Europe in implementing the perspectives of the new Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP). The focus of the discussions is on how the strength of EU research projects can advance insights into the life-cycle management of traction batteries. Input to the session will be provided through an overview of the current funding landscape of the EU Commission with regards to traction batteries and a first analysis of how they contribute towards implementing circular economy strategies.


Workshop leader: Bernd Schäfer, CEO and Managing Director of EIT RawMaterials
Workshop leader: Vera Susanne Rotter, Head of the Department of Circular-Economy and Recycling Technology

Input: Janez Potočnik, Co-Chair of the International Resource Panel and Partner at SYSTEMIQ

Prof Arno Kwade
Prof Christian Hagelüken
Prof Holger Kohl,
Prof Christoph Hermann
Prof Daniel Goldmann
Dr Susanne Kadner