Veerle Labeeuw, Circular Economy Facilitator

CIRCULAR FLANDERS (BELGIUM)

As a circular economy facilitator with Circular Flanders, Veerle Labeeuw works with over 100 businesses and dozens of local authorities to scale up circular solutions across the Flemish region of Belgium.

The Government of Flanders launched Circular Flanders early 2017 to help the region transition to a circular economy by 2050. It builds on the success of Flanders’ Material Program whose world leading approach was recognized with a “circular” award at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2016.

Circular Flanders brings together governments, companies, civil society, and the knowledge community to apply circular economy approaches. Their initial priorities are circular cities, circular business strategies and circular purchasing.

At Powering the change, Veerle will share how business is driving the move towards a Flemish economy that uses resources to create more value by design and provide insight into how businesses and governments are working together to leverage procurement opportunities to scale up innovative approaches. She will also share initial results of Circular Flanders’ tool to evaluate how “circular” projects are, and their work with the OECD to use available data at the city level to drive strategy.