Program 2022

N/AIndividual Arrival in Germany
Transfer to Neubrücke or St. Wendel by train
N/ASightseeing Tour | Optional & Own Agenda
19:00Dinner Reception | Mensa - Environmental Campus Birkenfeld
08:45Welcome & Keynote Address: Tackling the daunting carbon/climate challenge – zero-emission & circular economy approach
Professor Dr. Peter Heck | Managing Director, IfaS
10:30Guided Technology Site Visit - 1
Technologies for Zero Emission at Europe's premier Zero Emission campus
11:30Lunch | Mensa, ECB
12:30Transfer to Neubrücke (Nahe)
12:45Guided Technology Site Visit - 2
13:00Transfer to Morbach
13:30Guided Technology Site Visit - 3
Renewable Energy landscape, Morbach: repurposing a waste land for RE generation
15:30Transfer to Kirchberg - Rhein-Hunsrück Entsorgung
16:00Guided Technology Site Visit - 4
Greenery Waste Treatment & Energy Production
17:15Transfer to ECB, Birkenfeld
18:30Dinner | Mensa, ECB
08:15Transfer to Trier
09:30Welcome Address by Mr. Arndt Müller | CEO, SWT
10:00Guided Technology Site Visit - 5.1
Energy & Technology Park: green buildings and application of energy efficiency
14:00Guided Technology Site Visit - 5.2
Energy autarky wastewater treatment
16:00Guided Technology Site Visit - 5.3
Sustainable illumination solutions and digital infrastructure
17:00Transfer to Simmertal
18:30LED Lightshow at Simmertal Castel
19:30Dinner reception | Simmertal
21:30Transfer to ECB, Birkenfeld
08:30 Registration
Welcome Address & Keynotes
09:00Welcome Address
Prof. Dr. Peter Heck | Managing Director, Institute for Applied Material Flow Management (IfaS)
09:10Welcome Address
Prof. Dr. Dorit Schumann | President, Trier University of Applied Sciences
09:20Circular Economy: a paradigm shift in climate protection in Rhineland-Palatinate
Premier of Rhineland-Palatinate (TBC)
09:30The Impact of Life-Long-Learning on Circular Economy and Sustainable Development: insights into the DAAD alumni special project
NN | German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
09:45The Nexus Approach to Decarbonising Economies
Prof. Dr. Peter Heck | Managing Director, Institute for Applied Material Flow Management (IfaS)
10:30 – 10:45 Coffee Break
The Circular Economy Policyscape
10:45From Paris to Now: decarbonisation as a catalyst for development
11:00EU's Perspective of Circular Economy and its Role in Decarbonisation
William Neale | Adviser for Circular Economy, Directorate B, Circular Economy & Green Growth, DG Environment, European Commission
11:15Decarbonising Germany: achieving energy security and economic growth
NN | Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action of Germany (TBC)
11:30North-South Collaboration for Carbon Removal and Economic Growth in Mauritania
NN | Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania
11:45Panel Discussion
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch Break
Financing Circular Economy
13:00The Role of European Investment Bank (EIB) in International Circular Economy and Carbon Neutrality Actions
Dr. Patrick L. Dorvil | Senior Sector Economist, European Investment Bank (EIB), Luxembourg
13:15National Investment Strategies for Achieving Carbon Neutrality
NN | KfW Bankengruppe, Germany
13:30DEG's Support Portfolio for the Transition Towards Carbon Neutrality/Net-Zero
NN | Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG)
13:45Support Programmes for Circular Economy: BNP Paribas' active role
NN | Circular Economy Expert, BNP Paribas
14:00Panel Discussion
European Innovations for Circular Economy
14:15Renewable Energy-Water Nexus: climate-proofing the water supply
Eng. Joachim Käufler (TBC) | CEO, SYNLIFT Industrial Products GmbH & Co. KG
14:30Powering Circular Economy: advances in green hydrogen as a commercially viable alternative energy supply
Eng. Stefan Reif (TBC) | Senior Business Development Manager, HYDROGENIOUS LOHC TECHNOLOGIES GmbH
14:45Advances in Fluid Transportation: solutions for resource efficiency and climate protection
NN | KSB SE & Co. KGaA (TBC)
15:00Panel Discussion
Global Circular Economy Frontier
15:00Actions Supporting the SDG's in Namibia: the role of biomass value chains
Mr Colin Lindeque (TBC) | Managing Director, Carbon Capital (Pty) Ltd, Namibia
15:15Long-term Net Zero Strategy of Cerveceria Nicaragua Brewery
NN | Sustainability Manager, Cerveceria Nicaragua Brewery (TBC)
15:30Resource Efficiency and Decarbonising in Manufacturing Sector: pulp and paper manufacturing
NN | Sustainability Manager, Cartones Yaguarete Group, Paraguay (TBC)
15:45Panel Discussion
Education, Research and Partnerships for CE
16:00Pan-African–German Partnership for Building Resilient Cities
Prof. Dr. Askwar Hilonga (TBC) | Director Gongali Model & Senior Lecturer Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology
16:15European Initiatives for International Sustainable Development
NN | Ecoliance Rheinland-Pfalz (TBC)
16:30European Union Funding Opportunities for Decarbonising Research
NN | The European Union (TBC)
16:45Education for Circular Economy: the IMAT international university network
Dr. Michael Knaus | Institute for applied Material Flow Management (IfaS)
17:00Panel Discussion and Closing Remarks
08:15Transfer to Forbach, France
10:00Guided Technology Site Visit - 6
Bio-waste Management Solutions by SYDEME: multiple options for sustainable bio-waste valorisation
12:30Transfer to Kaiserslautern
15:00Guided Technology Site Visit - 7
Centralised waste management by ZAK
16:30Transfer to ECB, Birkenfeld
18:00Farwell Dinner | Mensa - Environmental Campus Birkenfeld
BIRKENFELD, Loretta Room - ECB
09:00Open Forum: Business Opportunities, Partnerships and the Way Forward

NOTE: Programme subject to change without prior notice.

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