The Way Forward to Circularity

International Conference in Berlin - Preventing, Reducing and Managing Waste: Local Approaches for Global Challenges

Tue, Nov 29 - Wed, Nov 30 2022
Europe/Berlin: All day
Futurium Berlin, Alexanderufer 2, 10117 Berlin, Germany

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What to expect

The two-day conference is intended to foster international cooperation and partnership between the partner countries of the Export Initiative and German technology and service providers. The conference creates a platform for global knowledge sharing and market exploration for green and sustainable development by bringing together international partners from private and public sector, experts, and political decision-makers. It provides ground for discussions on innovative concepts and technologies and how to customize them to specific local conditions. From keynote speeches, panel discussions, world-cafés and get-togethers, there will be numerous occasions to meet and connect for future projects.

The conference highlights and promotes the cross-fertilization of sustainable infrastructure and innovative technology solutions. Together, they lay the foundation for better environmental and living conditions worldwide.

Registration I Online participation

The conference is planned as an onsite event with a focus on personal exchange. Nevertheless, due to the high number of registrations, we offer a stream to follow the keynote speeches and panel discussions online. Please register (green button on this page) to receive the link.  

The registration to participate in presence is closed. If you have registered for the onsite event and are unable to attend the confernce in Berlin, please let us know by writing an e-mail to


If you are travelling with big luggage please make sure to lock it either at the hotel or at the public lockers at the main station close by. The Futurium has no capacity to store big luggage! Thank you for your understanding. 

COVID-19 Safety Measures

Your health and wellbeing are important to us. We implemented a range of precautions to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in order to ensure we can meet personally in a safe way, whilst maintaining the best possible conference experience:

  • If you feeling sick or have any COVID-19 associated symptoms, please stay home or at the hotel and participate online, if you want.
  • #test: please bring a negative antigen rapid test result (not older than 24h) from a supervised / certified test center. Please show the certificate at the registration counter when you arrive. We cannot register you without a negative antigen rapid test result. 

You can get tested at the 24h open test center at the IntercityHotel close to the Berlin main station (or any other official test station.)

Address: IntercityHotel, Katharina-Paulus Str.5, 10557 Berlin

Opening hours: 00:00 – 24:00

You can either book an appointment in advance or go there directly (according to the test center less than 5 minutes waiting time). 

Of course, the precautions will be adapted, if necessary due to the latest developments and official regulations (English / German).  

Event Location I Futurium 

The conference will take place at the Futurium, the house of futures, which is in walking distance to the Berlin main station. You can easily reach the event location by bike or public transport (further information).  

Alexanderufer 2
10117 Berlin

On Tuesday the normal exhibition is closed. On Wednesday you have the chance to visit the exhibition during the opening hours between 10:00 - 18:00. The current topic is "Future of Urban Mobility"

Photographs and Videos

Please note that photographs and videos will be taken throughout the event. We consider your participation in the event as consent that the photos may be used in the context of public relations for the Export Initiative Environmental Protection. If you do not wish to be photographed, please contact the GIZ EXI team or the photographer at any time.

Program of the conference

Please find below the current agenda. We will update the program here regularly. 




Day 1: Tuesday, 29.11.2022

08:00 – 09:00

Arrival, registration, negative Covid-19 antigen rapid test certificates check at the entrance

09:00 – 10:15

Session 1: Opening

Welcome note, Dr. Christiane Rohleder , State Secretary, BMUV

Welcome note, Ingrid-Garbiela HovenGIZ

Video: Presenting the GIZ Global Project to support the Export Initiative Environmental Protection

Keynote: "Challenges of Circularity", Dr. Helmut Maurer former European Commission

10:45 – 12:15

Session 2: Bending the Linear Economy

Opening Statement, Jonathan Uhde, BMUV

Keynote: "International trends to bend the linear economy for plastics", Jan Peter Schemmel, Öko Institut e.V.

Keynote: "Keynote: Jordan on the road to a circular economy: The role of the waste management framework law and the EPR-system", H.E. Dr. Mohammad Khashashneh, Sectretary General, Jordan Ministry of the Environment

Panel discussion: "Experiences from different countries"

  • "Waste management in Egypt - not just a necessity but a growing development opportunity", Dr. Nagwa El Karawy, Waste Management Regulatory Authority, Government of Egypt
  • "Thailand’s Bio-Circular Green Economic Model to Guide an Ecosystem for Single-Use Plastic Prevention" Ph.D. Somboon Sahasithiwat, National Science and Technology Development Agency under the Thai Ministry  of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation
  • "Eco-design and minimum standards as tools towards a circular economy", Isnazunita Ismail, Environmental Technology Research Centre 
  • "Organic waste – a misprized resource", Mukesh Bahadur Singh, Ministry of Housing and Uran Affairs, India

Keynote: "Strong partners, closed loops - the importance of cooperation for circular economy", Sofie Geisel, DIHK Service GmbH

14:00 – 17:00  

Session 3: Green solutions in urban areas: incentives, raising awareness and pilot experiences

Opening Statement: "Urban Metabolism what is it all about?", Alexander Charalambous, Senior Partner at Living Prospects and Convener of the Circular Economy Solutions Dialogues (CESD)

Panel discussion: "Intermunicipal cooperation in the Poltava Region, Ukraine", 

  •  Andriy Simonov,  Pyriatyn city council
  •  Vitaliy Kolisnichenko, Grebinka city council
  •  Anatoliy Titenko, Novoorzhytske settlement council
  •  Oleksandr Vasylenko, Chornuhy settlement council

Concrete measures and solutions: How can we steer or influence the process and behaviour?

Discovery Stage          

Solution Stage

  • "National Clean Air Programme for human well-being in Indian cities", Ravindra Kumar Tiwari, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change
  • "Digital application (PRANA) for National Clean Air Programme management and monitoring", Raghu Babu Nukala & Sonal Jain, GIZ 
  • "How Shah Alam City Council and the business community ban single-use plastic", Haslina Ab Aziz, Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) 

Keynote: "People are key: how to foster circular behaviours", Dr. Anna Pegels, IDOS 

Breakout discussions: Incentives and raising awareness

17:00 – 20:00

 Networking reception at Futurium

 Day 2: Wednesday, 30.11.2022

08:00 – 09:00

Arrival, Registration

09:00 – 12:30

Session 4: Forward-looking Technologies and Business Models

Keynote: "Sustainable circularity: Embedding technologies into a systemic transformation process", Dr. Henning Wilts, Wuppertal Institut

Panel discussion: "Experiences from different areas"

Keynote: "Take back for take away - an attractive alternative?", Fabian Barthel, Vytal

Keynote: "Reuse Revolution - Lessons from building reuse solutions in Indonesia and Malaysia", Anne Poggenpohl, ENVIU

Plenum: "Implementation of Re-Use-Systems: what does it take?"

Breakout discussions: "Forward-looking technologies and business models" 

14:00 – 15:15

Session 5: Partnership and Cooperation

Cooperation Talks: Partners in Dialogue 

Keynote: "Presenting the Greentech Knowledge Hub", Dorothee Bürkle, GIZ 

15:45 – 16:30

Session 6: Panel Discussion and Closing

     Dr. Helmut Maurer, EU (former European Commission)

     Nilgün Parker, BMUV, Export Initiative Environmental Protection

     Christina Laun, BMZ

     Markus Lücke, GIZ

Social Media

If you would like to tweet or post something on social media from the conference, we are happy if you tag GIZ, BMUV and use the hasttag #thewayforwardtocircularity

Sustainable event management

In the spirit of sustainability, we have endeavored to design the conferences as environmentally and socially friendly as possible. Following the GIZ “Guide – Sustainable Event Management” and the BMUV’s “Guideline for Sustainable Organization of Events” we implemented a maximum of sustainable measure across all fields when and wherever possible, including (but not limited to) the highlights listed below: 

  • Event venue: The Futurium is Germany’s most sustainable federal building, as it meets the standard of a low-energy building and relies entirely on the potential of regenerative energies.
  • Mobility and Accessibility: The event venue is easily accessible by bike and public transport (about 350 meters walking distance to the central station). It also provides barrierfree access for wheelchar users as well as WC facilities accessible to wheelchairs.
  • Catering: The selected caterer John Catering cooks with regional, seasonal, fair and organic grown food. At the conference there will be offered vegetarian and vegan food only.
  • Procurement of products and services: We work together with local partners and suppliers to keep distances short and emissions low. All service provides have a sustainability concept (event location, event agency, hotel, caterer etc.). With the goal of stemming the paper tide, we opted for digital invitations, booklets, publications etc. Wherever possible we rent or reuse furniture, equipment, lanyards, display stands etc.

We would greatly appreciate it, if you could share this invitation with your networks and interested colleagues.

We are looking forward to meeting you personally on 29 and 30 November 2022 in Berlin!

The GIZ EXI Team