EU Policy Workshop 'Biowaste in the Circular Economy' hosted by the European Committee of the Regions'

Date:   Wednesday 6 September 2017

Time:   9.30 - 15.00 h

Venue:      European Committee of the Regions, Jacques Delors Builing

                        Rue Belliard 101, Brussels (BE)



The European Compost Network is organising the workshop ‘Biowaste in the Circular Economy’. This workshop comes at a time when European policy makers have important decisions to make about the sustainable management of biowaste in Europe. This event for key stakeholders in European biowaste management will discuss the current legislative process and practical experiences on the implementation of separate collection of biowaste in different types of European countries.

The event will be a key opportunity to get an update on the process and to network with key stakeholders.

Workshop website



Stakeholder Conference 'Closing the loop' on the 25th June 2015 in Brussels (BE)

As part of the process to develop a more ambitious circular economy package, the European Commission organised a circular economy conference in Brussels on 25 June 2015. The circular economy package due in late 2015 will lay out the opportunities for green growth and build on previous EU resource efficiency and innovation initiatives.

More than 700 participants followed the discussion at the Circular Economy Conference on 25 June in Brussels. The conference consisted of an opening plenary (keynote and panel discussion), a series of break-out sessions addressing specific aspects of the circular economy, and a closing panel with institutional representatives.

The key conclusions of the debate will feed into the public consultation on Circular Economy (closing date 20 August) and on waste markets (closing date 4 September). The new package is expected to be adopted by the end of this year.

The presentations from plenary and individual sessions and the key conclusions are available on the website of the European Commission:

The opening and closing speeches can be read here: F. Timmermans, K. Vella, J. Katainen.

‘The Role of Biowaste in the Emerging Circular Economy’ on the 24th June 2015 in Brussels (BE)

The European Parliament’s Intergroup on ‘Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development’ (EP CCBSD) has organised a policy debate on ‘the role of biowaste in the emerging circular economy’, which is a valuable resource for growth and job creation in Europe. The topic was initiated and supported by the European Compost Network and more than 100 participants followed the debate. Stakeholders highlighted the key role that biowaste will have in the emerging circular economy and called upon EU decision-makers to support the proper management of biowaste as it will contribute to a more sustainable and resource-efficient Europe.


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AD EUROPE 2014 20th-21st February 2014 in Dublin (IE)

The European conference on anaerobic digestion and composting, AD Europe, Dublin 20th-21st February 2014, brought together 193 professionals in renewable energy, organic waste and agricultural residue treatment, regulators and scientists from 22 countries around the world. The conference was jointly organised by the ECN and Cré - Composting and Anaerobic Digestion Association of Ireland. With 39 speakers covering topics from composting to anaerobic digestion, the conference was a vibrant forum to exchange knowledge and explore emerging techniques in the AD and composting sector. There was plenty of entertainment for delegates with a food fair one evening, another evening was the conference banquet followed by Irish dancing. During the conference banquet there was a raffle and raised €1,100 for the Irish Cancer Society.

The programme can be downloaded here.

ECN/PIGO Biowaste Seminar 8th October 2013 in Poznan (PL)

In co-operation with the Polish Waste Management Association 'PIGO'  the ECN/PIGO Biowaste Seminar 2013 'Implementation of Organic Waste Management in Europe - EU policy strategies an national developments' was held on the 8th October 2013 in Poznan, Polen.

The seminar was kindly sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and supported by DG Environment of the EU Commission.

65 people from the following countries attended the workshop:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Italy, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain.

Programme (pdf for download): Programme ECN_PIGO Biowaste Seminar Poznan2013

Presentations (pdf for download):