Virtual Round table – Building the Circular Economy through public policy; perspectives from Ireland and Catalonia.
Paul McDonald – Principal Officer at the Department of Climate, Environment and Communications. Waste Policy – Plastics, Remediation and Producer Responsibility Division. Government of Ireland (Ireland).
Mireia Cañellas Grifoll – Head of the Sustainable Development Unit at the Ministry of Territory and Sustainability. Directorate-General for Environmental Policy and Natural Resources. Government of Catalonia (Spain).
In this round table, Mr McDonald and Ms Cañellas will share their experience in promoting circular economy strategies within their contexts. During this conversation, we will discuss why the Catalan and Irish governments decided to promote circular economy strategies, what were the main challenges when bringing the idea of the circular economy to public stakeholders in each context, and what are their main expectations and hopes by promoting the circular economy in Ireland and in Catalonia. At the end of the event, an open discussion will be held and we will have the opportunity to compare how the circular economy is perceived at the governmental level and with a relative distance to the European bubble in Brussels.