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Media conference at the event venue on 15 April at 10:15 CEST

High-level representatives of the WCEF2024 team will share their expectations for the Forum and answer questions at a press conference on 15 April at 10:15 (CEST, UTC+2) in the Media Room (at the SQUARE Brussels Meeting Centre, Room #206). The briefing is limited to journalists accredited to attend the event on the spot.

Media kit and press releases

Here you can find background information on the circular economy and the World Circular Economy Forum. You’ll find story ideas, contact information of experts for your interviews as well as recommended readings.

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Releases of reports and briefings

Mon 15 April 15:15 CEST at the parallel session #5 “Circular business solutions for nature”
[Launch] Listing: European companies’ leading circular economy solutions for nature

The purpose of the list, compiled by Sitra, is to provide practical examples of how biodiversity loss can be tackled using companies’ circular solutions, while at the same time generating successful business. Sitra has been looking for companies that will:
– Offer circular solutions that help prevent biodiversity loss and turn harmful environmental impacts into measures to strengthen biodiversity;
– Unlock more value from existing resources and reduce the need to use new resources;
– Operate in those sectors that have the biggest impact on nature, in particular food production and agriculture, buildings and construction, fibres and textiles, and the forest sector.

Mon 15 April 18:30 CEST at the workshop “Scaling up circular design for plastic products”
[Launch] Policy brief: Circular Design of Plastic Products

The Global Alliance on Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency (GACERE) provides an overview and suggestions on potential approaches to the establishment and scaling up of design of plastic products in support of the transition to a circular economy. Specifically, this brief intends to provide useful information, to the members and stakeholders of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, without prejudging the outcomes of the negotiations. Promoted initially by the European Union and Japan, it will include good practices and experiences from Global North and Global South countries, and will strive to reach the broadest possible audience globally and already inform the decisions made in Ottawa at INC-4 (23-29 April).

Mon 15 April, online at
[Launch] Publication:Handbook: Finland – Local solutions are born here

The winning concept for local circular solutions is public-private partnership. System-level change requires new forms of collaboration and support between the public and the private sectors to create and mainstream new business models. In Finland, several local pilots have already proven to be successful. This Handbook will share the key components of collaboration and hand over the keys to other countries for scaling up these solutions.

Mon 15 April
[Announcement] Joint announcement with MDBs (multilateral development banks) on a shared vision for circular economy

African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, European Investment Bank and the World Bank Group, will publish the first shared vision for circular economy finance.

Wed 17 April 10:00 CEST at the accelerator session “Partnerships for circularity: tackling the critical raw material value chain
[Launch] Briefing: External supply of critical raw materials for the net-zero transition

This briefing by the Institute for European Environmental Policy and commissioned by Sitra, reviews existing frameworks for trade of and cooperation on critical raw materials with key partners such as Chile, Canada, Namibia and Kazakhstan. The briefing also highlights the role of strategic partnerships and projects to secure an external supply of critical raw materials. Reinforcing the objectives of the European Critical Raw Materials Act, this briefing provides recommendations on the sustainability of the EU trade patterns in the sector.

Wed 17 April 10:30 CEST at the accelerator session “Accelerating extended producer responsibility systems worldwide
[Launch] Policy brief: Extended Producer Responsibility: Basic Facts and Key Principles

Developed in the framework of the Global Action Partnership for Extended Producer Responsibility (the GAP for EPR) with contributions of OECD, GIZ, WWF, UNEP, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the PREVENT Waste Alliance.

Wed 17 April 16:30 CEST at the accelerator session “Overview of Nordic policies and their impact on circular entrepreneurship
[Launch] Publication:Nordic Circular Policies and Regulations

The circular economy transition of the Nordic region is dependent on harmonised nation-specific legislation and common implementation of EU law. This white paper by the Nordic Circular Hotspot provides an overview of each Nordic country’s circular economy strategies, policies and regulations, and can be used as a resource in mapping the status of the Nordics’ circular economy transition.

Wed 17 April
[Announcement] Joint announcement with National Promotional Banks on the JICE (Joint Initiative for Circular Economy)

The European Union’s largest public promotional banks and institutions will provide updates and news on their Joint Initiative for Circular Economy. This initiative, launched in 2019, aimed to provide at least €10 billion of financing for circular economy projects by the end of 2023, thus over a five-year period. Announcement is jointly published by Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego (BGK – Poland), Caisse des Dépôts Groupe (CDC – France), including Bpifrance, the French investment bank, Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP – Italy), Instituto de Crédito Oficial (ICO – Spain) and Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW – Germany) and the European Investment Bank (EIB).

Thu 18 April
[Announcement] Circular City Centre

The European Investment Bank and the European Commission will announce new support to help EU cities in their circular economy transition.