Making the Circular Economy Work

On 29 March 2023, our Vice-President for Circular Economy John Carley hosted this webinar to guide local and regional public authorities in their circular economy strategies.

Speakers’ slides

If Europe wants to become the first climate neutral continent, it has to change its growth paradigm to endorse circular economy. Transition to a more circular economy requires changes throughout value chains, from new ways of turning waste into a resource to new modes of consumer behaviour.

This change also need to take place at local level. How can European cities and regions become circular? Should they develop a cross-sectoral circular economy strategy or focus on specific areas only? What are the areas where the circular model can be applied?

These are some of the questions addressed in this webinar. Our speakers analyse various aspects of the circular economy, from bioenergy to industrial and urban symbioses, including local strategic planning.

Co-organised by FEDARENE and the South East Energy Agency (IE) in the framework of John Carley’s Circular Economy Vice-Presidency, this webinar is specifically targeted to local and regional authorities and their stakeholders to support them in their circular economy actions.


Moderated by Michael Doran, South East Energy Agency (IE)

  • Bioenergy in the circular economy by John Carley, Vice-Presidency for Circular Economy in FEDARENE and Chair of the South East Energy Agency (IE)
  • Circular Economy initiatives underway in the Local Government sector by Ciarán Hayes, 2021 Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow and former chief executive of the Sligo County Council (IE)
  • Maribor’s Circular Economy Strategy by Brina Novak, Professional Associate at Podravje-Maribor Regional Development Agency (SI)
  • Industrial and urban symbioses – a part of the circular economy by Katja Hagström, Development manager at the Örebro Energy Agency (SE)