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Webinar: Reducing pollution and waste through cooperation

From 6/10/2021 to 6/10/2021

CIRCUSOL is pleased to invite you to “Circular supply chains: Reducing pollution and waste through cooperation - Lessons from the solar power industry” on Thursday, 10 June 2021, 15:00 – 16:15 (CET).

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Solar energy is one of the most promising forms of renewable energy sources contributing to CO2 reduction targets. There has been an ever-growing deployment of solar photovoltaic panels. However, as the PV market grows, so will its demand for raw materials, as well as its waste output and related pollution. Lifetime extension of products, components and materials, realised via reuse and repair is one of the cornerstones of a circular economy – a concept with vast potential for pollution mitigation.

How to reduce the environmental impact of solar PV modules and how to develop a circular value chain in the solar PV sector? The solution lies in a better collaboration of all actors in the supply chain.

In this session we will openly discuss environmental and economic challenges regarding circularity in the solar PV sector. The speakers will shed light on good practices which can inspire also other sectors. 

The event is organised under the umbrella of the EU Green Week 2021.
Date & time of the event: Thursday, 10 June 2021 15:00 – 16:15 (CET)


15:00 – 15:10 Introduction

  • Tom Rommens, VITO
  • Naoko Tojo, Lund University
  • Anse Smeets, VITO: Environmental assessment of PV and reducing the pollution 

15:10 – 15:30 Key presentations

  1. The circularity of solar PV - Tadas Radavičius, SoliTek

  2. Waste reduction - Arvid van der Heide, Imec

  3. The transition from a waste society to a circular society - Wolfram Palitzsch, LuxChemtech

  4. Solar circular supply chain from service providers’ point of view – Lisa Wendzich, SunCrafter

15: 30 – 16:05 Panel discussion & Q&A

Moderator: Naoko Tojo, Lund University 

16:05 – 16:15 Lessons Learned and Closing Remarks

Tom Rommens, VITO 

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