European Resources Forum in virtual conference format

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For the 5th time, the German Environment Agency will organise the European Resources Forum (ERF) on 3 November 2020. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the English-language conference will take place virtually as an online event for the first time. More than 500 participants from over 40 countries are expected to attend.

A central topic of the event will be the so-called 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 Potočnik. The conference will be opened by UBA President Dirk Messner together with the Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze, EU Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius, Hans Bruyninckx (Executive Director, European Environment Agency) and the Dutch State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven. Around 80 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, via interlinkages on the subject of sustainable resource use in the chemical industry, in the health sector or in the education sector, to topics such as sustainable lifestyles, resource-efficient buildings or the ecological water footprint.