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Challenges in developing methods to assess the progress of our economy towards circularity

CE Center Workshop

On Thursday 6th June, the Circular Economy Policy Research Centre organized an academic workshop about the challenges in developing methods to assess the progress of our economy/society towards circularity/sustainability.

At this workshop the first results of the development of our circular economy monitor were presented. Besides, other perspectives, developments and points of view from a broader perspective on challenges in monitoring were presented as well.


Workshop report: 

Date: Thursday 6 June 2019

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08h15 Registration

08h45 Setting the scene of the workshop
– Prof. Karel Van Acker, president of the CE Center, Sustainability Assessment of Material Life Cycles, KU Leuven

08h55 Circular Economy Indicators: What do they measure?
– Gustavo Moraga, researcher of the CE Center, Department of Green Chemistry and Technology, Ghent University

09h20 Benchmarking farm sustainability performance
– Prof. Steven Van Passel, Departement Engineering Management, University of Antwerp

09h45 Sustainable development indicators to measure progress towards the SDGs
– Johan Pauwels, Task Force on Sustainable Development, Federal Planning Bureau

10h10 Circular economy through the ECOOM lens: patents, R&D and innovation indicators
– dr. Julie Callaert and dr. Machteld Hoskens, Centre for Research & Development Monitoring, KU Leuven

10h35 Coffee break

10h50 A circular economy monitor for Flanders
– dr. Luc Alaerts, manager and researcher of the CE Center, Sustainability Assessment of Material Life Cycles, KU Leuven

11h15 Alternative welphare indicators: the Index of Sustainable Economic Welphare for Flanders
– Brent Bleys, Centre for Sustainable Development, Ghent University

11h40 Scenario evaluation of ecosystem services
– dr. Dirk Vrebos, Ecosystem Management Research Group, University of Antwerp

12h05 Potential of life cycle thinking tool for sustainability evaluation of the circular economy
– Prof. Wouter Achten, Institute for environmental management and land use planning, Université Libre de Bruxelles

12h30 Lunch with vegetarian and vegan sandwiches


Auditory A. Michotte, Tiensestraat 102, Leuven

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