How to deal with circular economy in the Danish life science sector
In spring 2019, the European Commission adapted a comprehensive report in the implementation of the Circular Economy Action Plan. The transition to a more circular economy in the EU, where the value of products, materials and resources is maintained in the economy for as long as possible, and the generation of waste minimised, is an essential contribution to the EU's efforts to develop a sustainable, low carbon, resource efficient and competitive economy. Such transition is the opportunity to transform our economy and generate new and sustainable competitive advantages for Europe.
Included in the scope of Circular Economy in the EU are actions that reduce the presence of chemicals of concern and improve tracking of such chemicals in products. The goal is to increase the use of secondary raw materials.
Recycling is a key word
Recycling of materials and chemicals is an important step towards circular economy, and circulation of materials and chemicals will enhance the environmental performance, lower the product prices, and thereby increase companies’ competitiveness. The life science and medico sectors are important sectors in Denmark, both measured by number of jobs and in percent of Danish export. In order to maintain Danish competitiveness at the international market implementation of circular economy in these highly regulated sectors is of high importance.
DHI A/S and Biopeople co-organise the High Tea event on ‘Circular economy in the life science sector – challenges and opportunities‘ on 21 October. At this meeting the audience will be learn about sustainable life science projects carried out in public organisations as well as in private companies. Presentations are combined with an opportunity to network with other stakeholders interested in this highly challenging and interesting field.
Programme and speakers
15:00 -15:10 Welcome and introduction by Jane Nøhr, Biopeople
15:10 -15:25 ‘Non-toxic material flows in a circular economy’ by Margrethe Winter-Nielsen, DHI A/S
15:25 -15:40 ’Anæstesi og cirkulær økonomi’ by Mette Skriver, Glostrup Hospital
15:40 -16:10 Tea break
16:10 -16:25 ’Circular economy – business models and policy’ by Markus Bjerre, Danish Business Authority
16:25 -16:40 ‘Chemicals in the circular economy’ by Jens Tørsløv, DHI A/S
16:40 -16:55 ‘Chemicals for a sustainable future’ by Hanna Løyche, BASF A/S
16:55 -17:10 Q&A
17:10 -17:30 Networking