This year we will celebrate the European launch of Worldwatch Institute's flagship publication together with the opening event of our Circular Economy initiative.

We think we understand environmental damage: pollution, water scarcity, a warming world. But these problems are just the tip of the iceberg. Deeper issues include linear economic model, food insecurity, financial assets drained of value by environmental damage, and a rapid rise in diseases of animal origin. These and other problems are among the underreported consequences of an unsustainable global system.

The event will focus on these challenges and provide insights from leading experts on how to support the transition from the current economic model towards a circular based economy in which biological materials are designed to reenter the biosphere and technical materials are designed to circulate with minimal loss of quality.

See presentations from the event

A big thank you for everyone who attended the event and those of you who missed it, we hope you will enjoy the slides.

Tim Jackson-The Trouble With Growth

Ken Webster-Circular Economy

Tom Prugh- Confronting Hidden Threats to Sustainability

Worldwatch & Circular Economy

See photos from the event



Moderator: Thomas Færgeman, Journalist, Politiken

13:30 Moving Towards a Circular Economy - Setting the Scene
Bo Normander/Julia Vol, Worldwatch Institute Europe

13:45 Introduction and Overview
Ed Groark, President, Worldwatch Institute, USA

14:05 Confronting Hidden Threats to Sustainability: the 2015 State of the World Report
Tom Prugh, Co-Director of State of the World, Worldwatch Institute, USA

14:25 The Trouble With Growth
Tim Jackson, Professor, University of Surrey, UK (author

of book chapter in SOW2015)

14:45 Break - coffee, tea and refreshments

15:00 Putting Circular Economy on the National Agenda
Ida Auken, Member of Parliament and former Minister of the Environment

15:20 How to Accelerate the Transition to a Circular Economy
Ken Webster, Head of Innnovation, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, UK

15:40 Panel discussion and questions from the audience

16:30 Mingling and networking

Our Circular Economy Intitiative brings together stakeholders for sustainable solutions. Read more about circular economy here