For the fifth time since 2012 the German Environment Agency (UBA) is hosting the international conference "European Resources Forum" (ERF) on November 03, 2020. In 2020 the conference takes place as a virtual online conference. A central topic of the event will be the European Green Deal of the European Commission: "The European Green Deal – New impulses for a resource efficient Europe in a circular economy" is the title of the central panel discussion of the ERF 2020 with members of the European Parliament and the co-chair of the International Resource Panel of the UN, Janez Potocnik (tbc). The conference will be opened by UBA President Dirk Messner together with the Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze, EU Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans (tbc), Hans Bruyninckx (European Environment Agency) and the Dutch State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven.
Around 70 top-class speakers from Europe and around the world will discuss a wide range of topics. This ranges from the role of renewable energies or questions about ecological design to topics such as sustainable lifestyles, resource-efficient buildings or the ecological water footprint.
Dr. Carolin Baedeker, Vice-Director of the Sustainable Production and Consumption Division at the Wuppertal Institute, will lead the session 12 "Learning about resource efficiency – The role of the higher education system."
The ERF 2020 addresses decision-makers as well as experts from politics, administration, business, science and civil society. Further information regarding the program and registration can be found on the conference homepage in the link below.