Events

Upcoming CHAMPION Events

Health and safety in the transition to a more circular and bio-based economy

Tuesday 10 January 2023, 11:00 CET

Fourth in a series of CHAMPION webinars.

The importance of transitioning to a more circular and bio-based economy is well known, but care must be taken that newly developed or recycled materials don’t introduce any new health risks; these can negatively impact the business case, public support and undermine the gains in sustainability that are the main drivers for the transition in the first place. Avoiding known toxic compounds is obviously needed, but is not enough: newly designed materials must be safe, and recycled materials need to avoid transferring any kind of contamination from their previous useful life to their next useful life. In the next CHAMPION webinar, two experts will explain these issues and what can be done in practice to tackle them.

Frieke Heens is a Circular economy advisor at RIVM (the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment), focusing on the health and safety aspects of the circular economy transition. She works on research, solutions and policy advise and how to monitor the safety aspects of circularity. She will discuss the health aspects of designing circular material flows and related challenges and opportunities. Secondly, for the development of new, more sustainable materials, she will discuss the role of the safe and sustainable-by-design approach to achieve the paradigm shift towards a circular economy.

Dr Barbara van Vugt-Lussenburg is a Project leader at BioDetection Systems (BDS, partner in the CHAMPION project). She will explain how effect-based bioassays can be used for safety assessment in a context of green chemistry and circular bio-economy (mixtures, waste, recycling, new materials). She will provide insight into the mechanism behind such tests and how the results can be applied. Using examples from the CHAMPION project and other related projects, she will demonstrate a practical approach toward ‘safe-by-design’.

Following each presentation, participants will have the opportunity to share their views and questions in an interactive discussion.

Register for free at: champion-webinar-4.eventbrite.co.uk

 
 
Past CHAMPION Events
CHAMPION Webinar 3: Bio-polymer biodegradability: State-of-play and examples from practice - Part 1

This video is a recording of Part 1 of the CHAMPION Project Webinar series - Webinar 3, held online on 12 October 2022.

Biodegradability expert Maarten van der Zee (Wageningen Food & Biobased Research) explains the key aspects of measuring biodegradability, common misconceptions and current issues, including standards, labeling and EU policy. 

CHAMPION Webinar 3: Bio-polymer biodegradability: State-of-play and examples from practice - Part 2

This video is a recording of Part 2 of the CHAMPION Project Webinar series - Webinar 3, held online on 12 October 2022.

Astrid Van Houtte (OWS, Organic Waste Systems, CHAMPION project partner) shared some biodegradability results of common bio-based polymers and of CHAMPION’s products so far, showing that our bio-polymers can be both high-performance and biodegradable. 

This video is a recording of the CHAMPION Project Webinar series - Webinar 1: Progress in Materials Designed for a Circular Economy, held online on 6 April 2022.

The CHAMPION Project's Dr Rolf Blaauw of Wageningen University & Research presented promising bio-based resins for coatings and adhesives, and selecting polymers and materials for a circular biobased economy.

CHAMPION Webinar 1: Promising bio-based resins: safer, more sustainable and circular
Webinar 2: Deep Change in Practice: True Circularity in a Bio-Based Transition - Part 1

This video is Part 1 of a recording of the CHAMPION Project Webinar series - Webinar 2: Deep change in practice: True circularity in a bio-based transition, held online on 15 June 2022.

Philippe Willems, CEO of CHAMPION project partner Orineo, shared his vision of designing products so that after a useful life they become high-quality raw materials instead of waste.

Webinar 2: Deep Change in Practice: True Circularity in a Bio-Based Transition - Part 2

This video is Part 2 of a recording of the CHAMPION Project Webinar series - Webinar 2: Deep change in practice: True circularity in a bio-based transition, held online on 15 June 2022.

Albin Kälin, CEO of EPEA Switzerland, has a long track record in implementing the Cradle-to-Cradle design philosophy in practice. He shared his vision on the role of bio-based polymers and products for a circular future.