The H2020 NEW_InnoNet Project Final Conference: Unleashing the power of secondary metals and plastic in a circular Europe


The H2020 NEW_InnoNet Project Final Conference: Unleashing the power of secondary metals and plastic in a circular Europe

When: 7 June 2017,  9:00 – 13:00

Where:  Kilta Sali, Lapinrinne 1, 00180 Helsinki, Finland


For 30 months the NEW_InnoNet  (Near Zero European Waste Innovation Network), an initiative under the flag of the Horizon 2020, worked hand in hand with over 160 stakeholders and 770 followers to find effective ways of unleashing the potential of secondary materials such as metals and plastics  recovered from electric and electronic waste (WEEE), end-of-life vehicles (ELW) and plastic packaging waste (PPW).

The aim of this joint effort is to facilitate the development and market uptake of business oriented innovations for circular economy in automotive, electric/electronic equipment and plastic packaging value chains.

Now it is high time to share with the global circular economy community where we have arrived in terms of:

  • Finding bottlenecks hampering the switch to circular economy approaches in the focused value chains.
  • Defining a common business oriented vision and the innovation roadmaps towards the near-zero objective for plastics and metals in these value chains.
  • Identifying use cases where the circular economy concept is a cornerstone as inspiration for new business models relevant for WEEE, ELV and PPW.
  • Setting up a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda with a portfolio of themes and specific research and innovation actions that are both: a response to the real challenges identified by the stakeholders and an opportunity for developing projects that correspond in full to the needs of the circular economy.

Why and Who?

Achieving the transition to a circular economy for WEEE, ELV and PPW requires improved cooperation and reduced conflicts of interest between different value chain players. Also knowledge on promising business models and best practices need to be bundled, to identify economic opportunities and potential for targeted innovations. New_InnoNet as a  facilitator of these processes invites all organizations interested in circular economy projects for such materials as metals, plastics and minerals from WEEE, ELV and plastic waste packaging originating from such value chains as automotive industry, electric and electronic equipment and consumer goods.

We extend our invitation in particular to manufacturers from such industries as electric and electronic equipment, vehicles, consumer goods and packaging, waste managers, producers of recycled intermediates, industry manufacturers using metals, plastics and minerals recovered from WEEE, ELV and plastic waste packaging, technology and service providers, research and academia, consumer representatives, standardization and certification bodies, financial organizations and investors.


Agenda - [PDF]

09:00 – 10:30

Session I: Key findings of the NEW_InnoNet project

The objective for this session is to present and get stakeholders feedback on the key accomplishments of the NEW_InnoNet project.


09:00 – 09:10

NEW_InnoNet: where we have arrived

Project Coordinator Tjerk Wardenaar, PNO Consultants


09:10 – 09:30

NEW_InnoNet use cases: innovation practices, scope, lessons learned

Pierre Menger, Tecnalia

In the frame of NEW_InnoNet project, use cases are understood as innovation good practices for a transition to zero waste and circular economy. Concretely, use cases represent practical experiences of innovative technologies, innovative businesses and other supportive instruments like financial or economic instruments (i.e. incentives), innovative collaboration forms among stakeholders, and implemented innovative regulation instruments etc-The works around the use cases shall enable to identify evidence base information which could serve as basis for defining priority policy lines to help boosting the transition towards a near zero waste economy.


09:30 – 09:50

A strategic research and innovation agenda for effective material recycling from ELV, WEEE and plastic packaging waste streams – an overview

Carl Jensen, IVL

The purpose of this agenda is to form a basis for future EU research and innovation actions to boost material recycling, prevent the loss of valuable materials recovered from End of life vehicles (ELV), Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and Plastic Packaging Waste (PPW). The main target group of the agenda is EU and national level policy makers responsible for the development and implementation of innovation and research policies addressing the materials and waste streams in focus. The agenda will also inspire other stakeholders, including business, scientific and consumer communities, to undertake bottom-up efforts towards the near zero waste objective for the materials in question.


09:50 – 10:10

Policy recommendations to unleash the power of circulating materials

Asa Stenmark, IVL

The policy recommendations gathered in the policy briefs worked out together with stakeholders under the NEW-InnoNet project specify measures that should be taken to deliver sufficient supply and generate demand through the right price for raw materials, design improvements, well-functioning monitoring, and guidance to and enforcement of legislation.


10:10 – 10:30


Moderator: Tjerk Wardenaar, PNO Consultants

Focus: How will the industry, researchers and policy makers use the documents (Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda, Policy brief, road maps, use cases) developed within NEW_InnoNet?

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee and snacks break

11:00 – 12:45

Session II: The way forward

The objective of this session is to focus n and discuss with the stakeholders the context, uptake, implementation into market practice and follow up on the NEW-InnoNet results

11:00 – 12:00

Reflections from key stakeholders on NEW_InnoNet results and next steps:

  • Emmanuel Katrakis, European Recycling Industries’ Confederation, EuRIC
  • Bernard Merkx, CEO GreenWavePlastics and Honorary President of Plastic Recyclers Europe, PRE
  • Klaus Peters, European Steel Technology Platform, ESTEP

  • Gert-Jan van der Have, Auto Recycling Netherlands, ARN

12:00 – 12:15

How can the platform support NEW_InnoNet stakeholders in the future?

Tjerk Wardenaar, PNO


12:15 – 12:45

Panel Discussion – The way forward

Moderator: Pierre Menger, Tecnalia

12:45 - 13:00

Summary and farewell

How to register?

To register use the registration form available from the NEW_InnoNet project web site under the following link or contact the organizers:

Izabela Ratman-Klosinska, Mateusz Korcz; Institute for Ecology of Industrial Areas, 6 Kossutha Street, 40-844 Katowice, Poland; Telephone +48 32 254 60 31 ext. 269 or 243  e-mail:;

Registrations to the event will be accepted on a first came first served basis. Number of participants is limited to 60.

IMPORTANT: The NEW_InnoNet Matchmaking event is organized as a side event of the World Circular Economy Forum. Our registration is for this event only. If you would like to participate in the Forum please register separately with the organisers of the WCEF2017. Participation in the WCEF is by invitation only. If you are interested in joining, please contact for your registration link.