OECD and Nordic Innovation webinars: Circular Economy in Cities and Regions

11:00 - 16:00
Webinars. Circular economy in cities and regions. 31 march 2020.

Due to the recent developments with the COVID-19 pandemic and in the interest of ensuring health and safety for all, the roundtable originally scheduled to take place in Oslo on 31 March is now postponed until later in the year. Instead we are hosting two online webinars on the same date.

Webinar: Spotlight on the circular economy in cities and regions


Moderator: Ms. Aziza Akhmouch Head of the Cities, Urban Policies and Sustainable Development Division, OECD

11.00-11.40: Launch of the three OECD reports

Groningen (Netherlands), Ms. Glimina Chakor, Deputy Mayor

Umeå (Sweden), Ms. Janet Ågren, Deputy Mayor

Valladolid (Spain), Ms. Rosa Huertas Gonzalez, Director of the Innovation, Economic Development, Employment and Commerce Department

11.40-11.50: Highlights from a peer-reviewer

Amsterdam (Netherlands): Ms. Eveline Jonkhoff, Strategic advisor and program manager circular economy

11.50-12.00: Q&A by Zoom chat

12.00- 12.15: The next generation of circular case studies:

Glasgow (United Kingdom), Ms. Cheryl Robb, Cities & Regions Manager, Zero Waste Scotland

Granada (Spain), Mr. Agustín Castillo Martínez, General Coordinator of Public Works and Urban Development

Ireland, Ms. Bernie Kiely, Assistant Principal, Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment

12.15-12.30: Highlights from Nordic Countries

Oslo (Norway), Mr. Håkon Jenthoft, Senior Executive Officer, International Relations

Nordic Innovation, Mr. Elís Benediktsson, Senior Innovation Advisor

12.30-12.45: Q&A by Zoom chat

12.45-13.00: Conclusions, Ms. Oriana Romano, Head of Unit, Water Governance and Circular Economy, OECD

The second webinar will take place after a lunch break. The first session will begin at 14.30.

Webinar: What’s new and how to measure circularity at local level?


Moderator: Ms. Aziza Akhmouch, Head of the Cities, Urban Policies and Sustainable Development Division, OECD

14.30-14.50: Key Findings from the OECD Survey on the Circular Economy in Cities and Regions and the OECD framework to measure circularity at the local level

Ms. Oriana Romano, Head of Unit, Water Governance and Circular Economy, OECD

14.50- 15.10: Measuring the circular economy:

Mr. Arturo de la Fuente, Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission, Eurostat
Ms. Ashima Sukhdev, Government & Cities Programme Lead, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

15.10-15.30: Q&A by Zoom chat

15.30-15.50: Discussion

Mr. Walter Stahel, Founder-director, Product-Life Institute Geneva, Switzerland
Mr. David McGinty, Global Director, PACE
Mr. Anders Wijkman, Chair, Climate-KIC

15.50-16.00: Wrap up and conclusions by the OECD


Hanna Törmänen

Hanna Törmänen

Innovation Adviser
Hanna has background in Nordic and international exports, public-private cooperation, project management and market analysis. Her focus at Nordic Innovation is to support Nordic businesses and ecosystems in their transition towards sustainable and circular business models.


Portrait Marthe Haugland

Marthe Haugland

Senior Innovation Adviser
Marthe combines her international experience with her knowledge of business development and innovation to promote Nordic cooperation within the circular economy. She belives Nordic cooperation can drive the systemic change and give Nordic companies a competitive edge going forward.

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