1. LONG-TERM SUSTAINABILITY FOR THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY
The panel focuses on topics related to the emergence and challenges of the transition to the circular economy, analysis and delivering of good practices for transforming the economic relations from linear to circular models in various sectors and strategic industries, analysis of value added chains through the prism of the circular economy.
National and global policies and business strategies to implement the circular economy model (incl. sustainable consumption and production patterns), the benefits for the human health and public wellbeing, and the future challenges are also in the panel discussions. Sustainability thinking and eco design implementation in products and operations are also among the topics.
2. RESOURCE EFFICIENCY AND ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS
The panel will discuss the challenges arising from climate change, its consequences and negative impacts on the environment, as well as innovative solutions to overcome them. Among the main topics in the panel will be the development of the models of green and blue economy in industry, services, tourism, eco-design, legislative changes and effective management solutions to reduce resource consumption, create materials, products, services and business models for longer use and preserve their value. Sustainable development goals through increasing security of supply will be discussed key raw materials, repair and reuse, waste generation and management, trade in secondary raw materials within and outside the EU.
3. FINANCIAL ASPECTS, INVESTMENT STRATEGIES AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY
The panel will discuss and seek solutions for topics related to problems of financing the circular economy, innovative trends in environmental accounting, applications of environmental reporting standards. Major economic, legal and political challenges arising from the lack of standardization, as well as micro- and macro-level efforts to overcome their negative impacts will be the focus of the panel.
4. CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROTECTION - FROM SECURITY TO RESILIENCE
Critical infrastructure and the operations impact all aspects of sustainability. Infrastructure and especially critical infrastructure is crucial for the development of economies. Studying these impacts on the surrounding environment in the course of building the infrastructure is of utmost importance in the current dynamic and turbulent political and economic space and time. Predicting the processes and implementing adequate measures to overcome the negative impacts of the facilities on sustainability would allow to integrate preventive, corrective and ongoing maintenance to ensure the critical infrastructures within desired limits will be among the aspects discussed in the panel.
5. EU SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - THE EUROPEAN VALUES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE, DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE, SOCIAL MARKET ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
The objectives of the EU set out in the Treaty of Lisbon are related to defending and promoting its values and interests. They are achieved through actions leading to peace contribution, security and sustainable development. The Glasgow Declaration for a smooth and sustainable green transition highlights the need for solidarity, shared interests and approaches to fair management of resources and profits. The contribution to democratic governance, mutual respect between peoples, the path to more complete liberalization of trade, the protection of human rights, fair social market economy will be the focus of the discussions in this panel.
6. FLOOR OF YOUNG SCIENTIST
Doctoral students and young scientists will have the opportunity to present results of their research, exchange ideas and experience in the fields of sustainable development, circular economy, sustainable management of strategic infrastructures and others.