In March 2020, the European Commission launched its Circular Economy Action Plan, one of the major elements of the European Green Deal, the growth strategy of the European Union. The European Ceramic Industry plays an active role in this transition with sustainable products and has developed numerous solutions to minimize the consumption of raw materials and the waste generated during the production process, as well as to increase the rate of reuse and recycling of its products.
In this context, Cerame-Unie published a Brochure on Circular Economy and Sustainability | Best Practices from the Ceramic Industry, highlighting how the Ceramic Industry contributes to the shift towards circular economy through innovative production processes and sustainable products, and organized (between June and October 2020) a series of public webinars on the contribution of the ceramic industry to circular economy. The Kick-Off webinar provided an overview of the ceramic industry’s contribution to circular economy and was followed by two sectoral webinars dedicated to sustainable construction through circular economy and the contribution of refractories to circular economy.
The Webinars were moderated by Kathryn Sheridan (CEO & Founder, Sustainability Consult) and gathered stakeholders from various backgrounds: Cerame-Unie Members, high-level representatives of the European Commission, Members of the European Parliament, representatives from Member States, European Associations, Research & Innovation entities, Universities, and stakeholders from the ceramic industry value chain.
This Report provides an overview of the key messages shares by the speakers and the discussions developed during the Cerame-Unie’s Cycle of Webinars on Circular Economy.