🌟 B&B Panel: Squaring the Circle: On the Road towards a Digital Circular Economy (EN)
10-02, 12:00–13:30 (Europe/Berlin), ADA
Language: English

Does social prosperity always have to be linked to resource consumption? Digitalisation holds the promise of being able to break such a link and lead to a genuine circular economy. At the same time, digitalisation itself eats up vast amounts of resources. Which economic models will lead us into the circular economy?


Does social prosperity always have to be linked to resource consumption? Digitalisation holds the promise of being able to break such a link and lead to a genuine circular economy. The sharing economy offers interesting approaches here in the areas of reusing, repairing and recycling. At the same time, digitalisation itself eats up vast amounts of resources. Market concentrations fuelled by digitalisation damage regional economic cycles and socio-ecological innovations. With the Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP), the EU Commission has presented a package of measures that is to be concretised and implemented in the coming years. How can it strengthen a digital circular economy and lead digitalisation itself into the circular economy? This section also asks the big economic questions: Which economic models will lead us into the circular economy? Which economic sectors will have to shrink, which ones might have to grow? Representatives from theory and practice will discuss these questions.

Andrea Vetter is a transformation researcher, activist, teacher, journalist, friend and mother, using degrowth, commons and critical eco-feminism as tools. She is co-author of The Future is Degrowth and author of "Konviviale Technik. Eine empirische Technikethik für eine Postwachstumsgesellschaft". She is co-founder of the post local rural cultural and activist hub “Haus des Wandels”, located between Berlin and the Polish border. She is editor of the popular magazine for transformation “Oya” and fellow of the “laboratoy for new economic ideas” in Leipzig (Germany). She is member of NOWnet (Network for Economic Transformation) and "Netzwerk Vorsorgendes Wirtschaften".

Vivian Frick is a researcher at the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW). She works on topics in the field of social-ecological and digital transformation.

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Andrea Cardoso is a professor in the Business and Economics Faculty of the University of Magdalena, Santa Marta, Colombia, where she also serves as director of the Energy Transitions students' research group. She holds a European Joint Master's degree in Water and Coastal Management from the University of Plymouth, U.K., and Cadiz University, Spain. She received her MSc and PhD in environmental studies from the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Autonomous University of Barcelona. Andrea’s research addresses the political ecology of the global coal chain, just transition and climate justice.

Johanna Sydow is Senior Advisor for Resource Policy at the NGO Germanwatch (Berlin). Since 2014 she works on circular economy and sustainably mineral supply chains and has been asked several times for advice as expert to hearings in the German parliament is part of the Resource Commission of the German Environmental Agency. She has worked for the Heinrich-Böll Foundation Europe (Brussels), Misereor (Berlin), the University of Sussex (UK) and Universidad Andina (Ecuador) and is co-founders and chairwomen of the organisation Runder Tisch Reparatur (round table repair). Currently she is part of the OECD Expert Group to develop a Particial Tool on Environmental Due Diligence in Minerals Supply Chains. She has conducted field research on the social impact of mining in Ghana, Peru and Ecuador and published on the impact of CSR on local communities. She holds a Master Degree in Environment, Development and Policy from the University of Sussex, UK and a Master Degree in Sociology from the University of Bielefeld, Germany.

Almut Nagel is working in the European Commission, Directorate General for Communication Networks, Content and Technology, in the unit CNECT.F.1 “Digital Transformation - Coordination of Digital Strategy and Green ICT”. She is policy officer in the field of Green Digital Transformation and works among other things on the European Digital Product Passport as part of the proposed “eco-design for sustainable product regulation” and with businesses of the European Green Digital Coalition towards methodologies to measure the net environmental impact of ICT solutions.