Prof. Kalimo in a major Circular Economy conference: “The nothing and everything of global governance”

Building on its leading World Circular Economy Forum 2017, held in Helsinki in June with more than 1600 participants, the Research Innovation Fund SITRA organised on Wednesday 12 October in Brussels a high level seminar on “the EU advancing a Global Circular Economy” . In his keynote speech, the European Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen explained that for him, the circular economy has become a megatrend, just as is digitalisation, and that the EU is in a leadership position in driving it. This view was shared by the former EU environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, who stressed how the globe is for the first time facing a human-generated systemic crisis that threatens its entire existence. He then engaged in an exchange of thoughts with IES Professor Harri Kalimo, who outlined in his speech how the global nature of the circular economy posed a governance challenge. The speakers agreed that there are currently no specific, yet countless partly relevant legal frameworks for governing the global Circular economy. Orchestrating the global circular economy across the multiple levels of governance thus requires careful consideration, as environmental treaties, trade agreements or international institutions such as the UN resource Fund, do not yet provide for obvious solutions.