Agenda Circular Economy Hotspot 2019
Circular Economy Hotspot 2019

Circular Economy Hotspot 2019

It is one of the largest international events dedicated to the circular economy… And this year, it is taking place right here! Want to discover how Belgium is transitioning to a circular economy? Join us from 18 to 22 November for the Circular Economy Hotspot!

Following in the footsteps of the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Scotland, the 2019 The Circular Economy Hotspot brings together entrepreneurs in the circular economy and sustainable development from all over the world, here in Belgium. Whether you want to find out more about projects in the circular economy on a federal level, in Flanders and/or in Wallonia, or you are simply interested in meeting overseas companies in your sector, it is an unmissable event!

A unique opportunity to showcase your expertise 

On 18 November, we welcome you to Brussels town hall, where you will get a first glimpse of projects developed on a federal level with an inspirational range of speakers.

The following day, you will participate in a themed tour of your choice in the Hainaut province, Antwerp, Brussels or Ghent (see route description below).

Finally, from 20 to 22 November, you can take part in G-STIC for no additional fee! This event will build upon the first two days, giving you the opportunity to attend a range of themed sessions related to the circular economy and sustainable development.

Summary of the themed tours (19 November)


Antwerp is home to the world’s largest chemical cluster and this hub is reinventing itself! Many major businesses operate production facilities here.

Sustainable chemistry is one of the key points of interest in Antwerp.

During the tour, we will be visiting or introducing the following projects:



The port and centre of Ghent are two hotbeds of circular economy innovation within the city.

Business leaders, entrepreneurs, town planners and universities have joined forces in initiatives to recover various resources (CO2, plastic, building materials), which they have implemented and aim to scale up.

These projects are a key point of industrial symbiosis and urban development in Ghent. 

On this tour, we will discuss the development potential of the city and these projects. It will be an opportunity to share ideas and experiences in order to improve circular economy practices.



The transition towards a circular economy is crucially important for cities, and for it to work, the economy must take into account the fundamental needs of people as well as the realities on the ground.

Brussels is a densely populated urban region. Due to this fact, it presents an interesting challenge in terms of the management of material streams.

The tour of Brussels will focus on locations conducive to circular economy innovation and experimentation that have given rise to the creation of new economic activities.

In the capital of Europe, we will meet some of the pioneers of Brussels’ circular economy, both in dedicated incubators and temporary premises, use of which helps avoid wasted capacity.



For almost 60 years, the inter-municipal, multi-sectoral company IDEA has been working to promote the “Cœur du Hainaut” (Heart of Hainaut) region, a competitive, dynamic and inclusive area with a population of over 540,000, located in the South-East of Belgium.

Its reputation and qualities have helped the “Cœur du Hainaut” attract major international groups, looking to do business in the region.

The “Cœur du Hainaut” sees itself as a place for experimentation, aiming to kickstart the transition to a circular economy.

A key partner to business, IDEA supports companies and raises their awareness of the principles of the circular economy and the opportunities such practices offer.

The planned tour will be an opportunity to discover the best practices implemented by businesses specialising in industrial ecology, recycling and eco-design.

Any questions? Contact Anneleen, Sabrina or Anthony!

Sabrina Boukarfa

Head of communications at FIDO-IFDD (Federal Institute for Sustainable Development)


Anneleen Malesevic

Communicatieverantwoordelijke bij het FIDO-IFDD (Federaal Instituut voor Duurzame Ontwikkeling)

Anthony Naralingom

Sustainable economy at

Tel: 02 800 00 52

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