Ports and circular economy in a global market

In a circular economy, emphasis lies on locally closed material loops, local production and local solutions for waste and materials management. However, the reality of a global market today often goes in the opposite direction. This encourages us to look into the mechanism of the global market and its key actors, specifically ports as key players in this context, in order to evolve towards circularity worldwide. What innovative instruments can be developed and what good practices can be shown to manage the global material flows in a sustainable manner?

  • What mix of policy instruments that can be applied to stimulate closing loops worldwide: eg. Extended Producer Responsibility, reverse logistics, trade rules related to waste management, regulation of waste shipment.
  • What  good practices showcase on how to manage the global material flows in a sustainable manner. How can material leakage with adverse effects to vulnerable regions be avoided? Is global trade in materials sustainable and what do we need to better ensure a circular global market?
  • Workshops can focus on the global movements of a particular material or product flow, like plastics, cars, electronics.
  • A particular focus under this conference topic will be put on the role of ports: What role can they potentially play to strengthen circular economy globally as an actor in the global movement of products and materials, as a gateway to and from their markets, and as industrial clusters for circular economic activities.

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