At this year’s Conference for Circular Economy Entrepreneurs under the motto “ActInCircles”, the focus was not only on specialist knowledge, but also on specific tools, which help to put said knowledge into practice. The future belongs to the circular economy, because it respects limited resources and harnesses new business potential. Proponents of the circular economy combine profitability with a long-term perspective.
The CE² – Circular Economy Entrepreneurs – conference took place this year on 17 September 2020 in Interlaken, bringing together key Swiss players from economy, research and politics, shaping today the business models of tomorrow. The event was kicked off by former Swiss federal councillor Doris Leuthard.
In addition to keynote speaker Caroline Stern, Head of Circularity at Hilti, the event included several interesting Deep Dive Sessions. Participants could immerse themselves in various topics related to the circular economy and responsible entrepreneurship. Topics included circular innovation, accelerating international growth, design, and investment.
Switzerland’s most influential environmental prize is awarded to innovative companies which combine economic success with ecological impact. The Environmental Award for the Economy was narrowed down to five finalists from a selection of 40 nominations.
This year’s winner is a pioneer in the urban mining segment and thus acts as a lighthouse for the construction industry. The family-run business recognised the enormous significance and potential of the sustainable economy as early as 1983 and has invested heavily in the segment ever since. Today the Eberhard Building Materials Recycling Centre handles up to 450 000 tonnes of mineral building rubble per year, processing it for use in new buildings – without any loss in quality. The new Europaallee road in Zurich is a prime example of this, being constructed from 99 percent top-quality recycled building materials.