Seminar: Addressing international impacts of the Dutch circular economy transition

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With its Government-wide programme for a circular economy, the Dutch Government aims to achieve a fully circular economy for the Netherlands by 2050. The circular economy is not an end in itself but a means to reduce environmental impact (e.g. combatting climate change and environmental pollution, and reducing biodiversity loss) and to improve the security of supply of material resources. As achieving a circular economy requires action throughout the whole value chain, this also affects low- and middle-income countries that are connected to the Dutch economy.

At the request of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a new PBL policy brief addresses the risks and opportunities of the Dutch circular economy transition for low- and middle-income countries, and provides a policy perspective to strengthen the international dimension in Dutch circular economy policies. The policy brief will be published on 9 May 2022 and presented and discussed at the seminar on 16 May 2022.

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International impacts are not yet an integral part of current circular economy policies in the Netherlands. The policy brief concludes that creating a circular economy with positive impact abroad requires safeguards for low- and middle-income countries and enhanced coherence between national circular economy policies and international policies on trade and development cooperation. This can help to strengthen the Dutch circular economy transition as well as contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, in the Netherlands and abroad.

In this seminar, we will present the key messages of the policy brief. Four experts on the topic of circular economy, global trade and just transitions will reflect on these messages and discuss the importance of taking a global perspective for the Dutch circular economy transition. The seminar will be concluded with a reflection on the key messages of the policy brief by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.

The main points that will be addressed are:

  • What is the role of global trade in the Dutch circular economy transition?
  • How can low- and middle-income countries play a role in the Dutch circular economy transition? What are the challenges and opportunities?
  • How can the Netherlands work towards a more inclusive circular economy transition, with positive impact in low- and middle-income countries?

Programme

Time Description
14:30 Reception at PBL
15:00 Opening and presentation of the main results of the policy brief
  • Hester Brink, Researcher, Department of Integrated Environmental Policy Analysis, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency
15:15 Panel discussion and Q&A with the audience
  • Shunta Yamaguchi, Policy Analyst, Environment and Economy Integration Division, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Jeske van Seters, Associate Director, Sustainable African economies and climate action cluster, European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)
  • Patrick Schröder, Senior Research Fellow, Environment and Society Programme, Chatham House
  • Susanne Yvonne Karcher, Co-Founder and Executive of African circular Economy Network (ACEN)
16:15 Reflection and summary of main messages
  • Paul Lucas, Senior Researcher, Department of Integrated Environmental Policy Analysis, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency
  • Carmen Hagenaars, Deputy Director Inclusive Green Growth, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Marieke Begthel-Spijkerboer, Deputy Director Sustainable Environment and Circular Economy Directorate, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management
16:30 Closing and networking drinks at PBL

Register

If you would still like to attend this lecture, please contact us at PBL-evenementen@pbl.nl.