“All roads lead to Rome”, says the ancient proverb. We would like to put our own twist in it: all the EU roads are currently leading to South Africa. While Business Beyond Borders is getting ready for its matchmaking sessions for water, power and waste management SMEs and clusters at African Utility Week on 16-18 May, this BBB event takes a true holistic approach when considering the EU’s Circular Economy Mission to South Africa, happening just two weeks before.
What are the Circular Economy Missions?
Carried out by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for the Environment (DG ENV), the Circular Economy Missions seek to promote sustainable and resource-efficient policies through high-level political and business meetings in non-EU countries. Focusing on the strengthening of ties between the European Institutions and third countries’ NGOs, companies and other relevant stakeholders, the Circular Economy Missions are another step towards the expansion of green businesses (particularly SMEs) and environmental awareness.
Besides establishing a forum for the discussion of environmental challenges faced by the host countries, the Circular Economy Missions provide matchmaking opportunities between European and local views. Past Circular Economy Missions included visits to countries such as China and Chile.
What can participants expect from the Circular Economy Mission to South Africa?
Taking place on 2-5 May, the Circular Economy Mission to South Africa will be headed by DG ENV’s Director-General Daniel Calleja and will feature events and activities in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban. Discussion topics will include the added value of the circular economy in the mining and value chain and sustainability transition. Visits to good practices initiatives on the use of plastic and pitching sessions from Circular Entrepreneurs are also included in the programme. The complete agenda is available here.
How can I follow the Circular Economy Mission to South Africa?
Unfortunately, the registration period to join the Circular Economy Mission to South Africa closed on 31st of March, but interested parties can nevertheless follow all the developments on DG ENV’s Twitter account. Business Beyond Borders will also share the highlights of the Mission on its own Twitter account.
For further information about Circular Economy Missions, visit DG ENV’s website.