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What’s the role of chemistry to close the loop and prepare for a more circular rebound? Solvay CEO Ilham Kadri addressed this question at the EURACTIV virtual conference on December 1st, 2020. Kadri presented new business models for the chemical industry to tackle the planet's stringent challenges.

This event took place as the circular economy is gaining attention and prominence as a key contributor to halting climate change and resource scarcity while radically challenging and transforming our current ways of living. 

The European Union’s Green Deal aims to help businesses grow in a sustainability-conscious manner, so they contribute to a sustainable and circular economic rebound. 

The circular economy by definition is a collaborative project. Its success requires alliances between suppliers and customers all along the value chain as well as a systemic approach where cross-sectoral policy goals enable and accelerate the adoption of circular economy solutions. 

 

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The panel addressed questions such as:

  • What opportunities and challenges do new business models in the chemical industry bring?
  • How can the chemical industry bring about quick change to enable a truly circular economy?
  • Are the benefits of a circular economy - environmental, economic and social - clear to producers and consumers alike?
  • What role for consumers? Are they willing to pay more for a product that is designed to be re-used or recycle

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Speakers

Keynotes 

Ilham Kadri, CEO, Solvay
Kerstin Jorna, Director-General, DG GROW, European Commission
 

Panel 

Cristina de Avila, Head of Unit, Sustainable Chemicals, DG ENV European Commission 
Michael Koch, CEO, Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials
Andrew Morlet, CEO, EMF
Céline Charveriat, Executive Director, IEEP
Pascal Chalvon Demersay, Chief Sustainability & Energy Officer, Solvay

 

Moderator 

Dave Keating, Journalist, EURACTIV

 

Event timetable

9:30 - 9:35 Introduction and House rules
9:35 - 9:45 Introductory keynote
9:45 - 9:55 Keynote address
9:55 - 10:55 Moderated discussion and Q&A
10:55 - 11:00 Closing statements

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New circular economy business models for the chemical industry

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Can chemistry serve as a catalyst for a green and circular rebound?