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Janez Potočnik joins us to discuss scaling the circular economy in Europe

October 16, 2020

We are pleased to welcome Janez Potočnik,* co-chair of the International Resource Panel and Partner at SYSTEMIQ, on the next episode of our Explore the Circular Economy live show, entitled The Next Step: A Circular Economy at Scale, following the publication of his article The European Green Deal and a Post-Covid-19 Prosperity on Circulate today.

The live show will be broadcast at 12pm GMT+1 (1pm CEST) on Tuesday, 20th October on our YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter channels. Follow our channels, and we’ll notify you when the episode goes live. You can also add a reminder to your calendar.

In conversation with our Executive Lead for Institutions, Governments, and Cities, Jocelyn Bleriot, Janez Potočnik will bring his unique insight to the last ten years of circular economy implementation at EU level — and discuss the next steps for scaling it further.

Additionally, in The European Green Deal and a Post-Covid-19 Prosperity, an article published today on our Circulate platform, Janez Potočnik shares his thinking on the opportunities presented by the recovery ‘to transform the EU into a fair and prosperous society.’

He writes: “Many people are saying that the world after Covid-19 will be different. It will not be different. It will be the same as it was  —  but we will hopefully understand it better.”

In these challenging times, he explains, where we are more vulnerable and fragile, but also more interdependent than ever, we need to rethink how we manage risks. We need to be better prepared and create resilient economies and societies. The European Green Deal, with the circular economy as its core, appears more relevant than ever.

*Janez Potočnik was European Commissioner for Environment from 2009 until 2014. A former Minister for European Affairs of Slovenia, Potočnik is today co-chair of the International Resource Panel (IRP) and serves as a special advisor on sustainability to European Commissioner for the Environment & Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevičius.

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