Challenges & opportunities

Digital circular economy as a cornerstone of a sustainable society

Circular economy is a crucial contributor to sustainable development and the achievement of the climate goals. The transition in our consumption and production patterns that is needed to reach the Sustainable Development Goals, is enabled by digital technologies. The technologies to do that exist but they are insufficiently integrated into current business practices.

Digital transformation is driven by continuous technological innovation. This includes functional electronics in particular, which are at the interface of nano-electronics, flexible and printed electronics and smart systems. Functional electronics encompass the capability to integrate key digital technologies with cognitive functions, shifting from purely physical integration to functional integration.

Technology providers face a lot of innovation challenges to enable such a digital transformation. But it is also crucial for them to understand their precise role in the transition towards a circular economy. In addition, they need to understand and mitigate the environmental and societal risks related to the implementation of a digital circular economy.

Conference programme

Circular Economy sessions

Thematic opening session

Digital technologies for circular value chains

Digital technologies enable new circular value chains. Hence, digital solutions provide an opportunity for capitalising on existing circular economy solutions and capturing additional value. That creates a need for new circular business models such as Products as a Service (PaaS), sharing platforms and peer-to-peer interactions. Although there is a general awareness about the need for a digital circular economy, too little connections exist between the digital and circular economy communities. Debate and interaction between both communities is therefore essential to start building bridges and creating a solid basis for a common vocabulary.

Deep dive sessions

Building a digital circular economy

Thematic closing session

Smart connections between the Green Deal and the Industrial Strategy

The COVID-19 crisis has shown that digital technologies will play a central role in the future of our society. In this closing session, we will discuss how digitalisation will enable a circular economy and a more sustainable society. We look in particular at the connections between the European Green Deal and the European Industrial Strategy. Both key policy documents for the post-corona period are driven by the Circular Economy Action Plan and the Digital Europe Programme. Key players from the industry and the European Commission will enter into debate and present their insights.

Thematic coordinator

Circular economy



Digital circular economy
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