HOOP Cities and Policy Conference

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4-5 June 2024

European Committee of the Regions
Brussels, Belgium

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Agenda: Day 1 | Day 2 | Registration

The HOOP Cities and Policy Conference will bring cities and regions together to discuss and learn about implementing innovative circular bioeconomy solutions. A dedicated policy session will allow cities to voice their concerns and challenges to EU institutions and federations.

Registration will be open until 24 May 2024. Register now!

HOOP Policy Conference: What barriers and drivers for the transition to local circular bioeconomy systems?

Agenda: Day 1

13:00 – 13:30

Registration and welcoming

13:30 – 13:45

Opening and institutional greetings

Session 1: Most hindering regulatory and economic barriers and policy requests

13:45 – 14:00

Introduction:landing the regulatory and economic challenges faced by cities and regions towards circular bioeconomy

14:00 – 14:30

Testimonies from local players: how regulation and economic consideration hinder the deployment of circular bioeconomy systems and projects

14:30– 15:15

Panel discussion bringing together different initiatives and EU policy makers to discuss:

  • The most relevant barriers linked with regulation and economic considerations
  • Examples from territories that manager to overcome them
  • The future plans and projects to address them
  • How to make circular bioeconomy competitive in a complicated context for public authorities?

Discussion with the audience

15:15 – 15:45

Coffee and Networking

Session 2: Towards policy drivers

15:50 – 16:00

Cties’ point of view: how to design policy tools to boost circular bioeconomy projects: funding and legal amendments

16:00 – 16:20

Testimonies from EU and local players on successful experience with regulation, investments, and economic instruments that managed to boost circular bioeconomy solutions

16:20 – 17:00

Panel discussion bringin together different initiatives and EU policy makers to discuss:

  • Specific drivers that have been successfully applied to circular bioeconomy
  • The criteria to select promising biocircular projects and systems
  • How to guarantee access to key drivers to the largest number
  • The outlooks for instruments driving local circular bioeconomy in the near future

Discussion with the audience

17:00 – 17:30

Open discussion and closure

HOOP Cities and Regions Conference

Agenda: Day 2


8:30 – 9:00

Welcoming participants

9:00 – 9:15

Opening words – the role of local and regional players for circular bioeconomy

9:15 – 9:30

4 years of bringing together European cities and regions around local circular Bioeconomy: Introducing the HOOP Network

Introduction and welcoming words, and presentation of the HOOP Network’s achievements

9:30 – 9:45

How can cities and regions manage the implementation of Urban Circular Bioeconomy?

9:45 – 11:00

1st panel discussion: “The biocircular journey of the HOOP Lighthouses”

  • The 8 HOOP Lighthouses reflect on their experience with HOOP: the project that they developed, the main results, and their future plans.
  • Albano-Laziale: Highest quality and quantity of biowaste from households
  • Almere: House of circular innovation, endorsing start-ups for biocircularity
  • Bergen: From food waste to fish feed
  • Greater Porto: The king of compost and sustainability in waste management
  • Kuopio: Piloting circular biochar
  • Münster: Over 20 years of anaerobic digestion of selectively collected biowaste
  • Murcia: Pioneer circular economy strategy
  • Western Macedonia: Transitioning from coal mining to a renewable, biobased economy

Open discussion with the audience

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 – 12:30

2nd panel discussion: “The biocircular journey of the HOOP members”

3 HOOP members share their latest development on circular bioeconomy, also reflecting on how HOOP provided some support for their journey.

Open discussion with the audience

12:30 – 13:00

Take-away messages and explanations for the afternoon break-out sessions

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch break


14:00 – 15:00

First round of parallel sessions

In parallel: HOOP tools available for quick introduction and test for participants (in the agora)

Technologies available at industrial scale for biowaste. How to select them? What benefits?

Business model for biocircular systems

15:00 – 16:00

Second round of parallel sessions

In parallel: HOOP tools available for quick introduction and test for participants (in the agora)

Funding the transition: investments, public procurement of innovation, and funding mechanisms for local biocircular projects

Drivers and solutions for stakeholder engagements

16:00 – 16:30

Networking coffee

16:30 – 17:00

Conclusions: which future for the HOOP Network?

Participants will be involved in an Interactive session to decide the future of the HOOP Network.