European Forum on Eco-innovation will be held in Austria on May 7 and 8, 2019. The forum will explore eco-innovation solutions and policies for improving circularity in the textile sector. It will bring together companies, public authorities, financiers, NGOs, innovators and researchers that are working on developing and deploying effective new technologies, innovative business and governance models, and policies that can deliver a circular textile economy.
The event will showcase companies and private and public sector initiatives in support of innovative solutions that make the textile sector more circular throughout the whole product lifecycle. The presentations and discussions will explore what has worked well and why, where the bottlenecks are, and how the enabling environment needs to change so that the right innovations are developed and put in place. An important objective of the event will be to formulate recommendations for future policy measures and instruments for the European Commission and public authorities at the national and local levels.
Among the issues in focus are: innovations that could lead to a more effective waste management, collection, recycling, shipment across borders; solutions for consumer engagement and awareness, including private consumers, supply chains and public procurement; and new business models that deliver circularity, including reuse, leasing, renting, sharing.