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Leiden Asia Year: EU-China Seminar on a Circular Economy

  • Prof. Arnold Tukker
  • Prof. Wei-Qiang Chen
  • Prof. Ruud Balkenende
  • Dr. Bin Guo
  • Prof. Ling Han
  • Prof. Derk Loorbach
Tuesday 12 December 2017
Schouwburgstraat 2
2511 VA The Hague
Room A006-Auditorium.

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Organised by

Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML), Leiden University, with support of the IntCEB project of the EIT KIC Raw Materials and the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Sustainability


China and the European Union are economies that rely heavily on imports of large amounts of resources. For instance, in relation to its large infrastructural investments, China now uses about 50% of the cement and steel globally. Both China as the EU have strong policies in place that stimulate an efficient raw materials management, resource-efficiency, and a circular economy.

CML leads a project on International Intelligence on Circular Economy Business opportunities between the EU and China (IntCEB), funded by the KIC Raw materials of the European Institute of Technology. Prior to an IntCEB meeting between European and Chinese experts, a public evening seminar will be organised on the Circular Economy in the EU and China. The seminar will feature some prominent Chinese scientists working on a circular economy, next to prominent experts from the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Sustainability on the same topic. The seminar is free of charge an open for all who are interested. The seminar is organised in the context of the Leiden Asia year with additional support of the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Sustainability (CfS)

Programme (tentative)



17.15 - 17.30


17.30 - 17.40


  • Opening remarks and workshop objectives (Prof. Arnold Tukker, scientific director CML and LDE CfS)

17:40 - 19.00

Presentations section (15-20 min each  inclusive Q&A)

  • Prof. Wei-Qiang Chen, Institute of Urban Environment, CAS, China: Current progress on urban metabolism and circular cities  in China;
  • Prof. Ruud Balkenende, TU Delft: Circular product design (TBC);
  • Dr. Bin Guo, University of Heidelberg / Deutsch-Chinesischer Akademischer Austauschdienst: Ecoindustrial Parks and industrial symbiosis in China;
  • Prof. Ling Han, Peking University: The Bottom-Up Needs and Top-down Infrastructure under the Urban Metabolism  - Case Study in Beijing;
  • Prof. Derk Loorbach, Erasmus University Rotterdam : Transition management for a circular economy (TBC).

19:00 - 19:30

Panel discussion: Knowledge frontiers of circular economy research in the EU and China

  • Panel: Invited experts
  • Discussion with the audience


Closing remarks

Project management

Dong Liang (l.dong@cml.leidenuniv.nl) and Arnold Tukker (tukker@cml.leidenuniv.nl),  CML, Leiden University.


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