The Conference

One Day of Powerful Talks – 05 June 2019 – 09:00 am

The conference focuses on how the circular economy can create value for both businesses and society and will include lecturers from academia and the private industry. The central topics are circular design, business models for a circular economy and collaborative innovation.
The current economic model of “taking, manufacturing, dispose” reaches its physical limits and needs to be replaced. In the circular economy, the goal is to keep as much of the value and usefulness of products, materials and components as possible for as long as possible. Tomorrow’s winners will be companies that can create more value from less resources. This requires an innovative mentality, a long-term perspective, new business models and the desire to collaborate.
The event aims to bring together industry practitioners with a focus on the circular economy to share their ideas and experience, thus developing circular and sustainable businesses. The conference will address, on the one hand, issues related to good industry practice and, on the other hand, the context in which companies can build innovative solutions through collaboration to achieve the UN’s sustainable development goals.


What is Horizon?

Session 1: Circular Design in the manufacturing and transport industry – circular design is a prerequisite for the circular economy. Design influences business models, consumer behaviour and circularity of resources.

Session 2: Circular Business in the manufacturing and transport industry – there is a need for rethinking business models and operations strategies, which can lead to both increased value creation and environmentally sustainable solutions.

Session 3: Collaboration in the manufacturing and transport industry – collaboration is another prerequisite and enabler for the circular economy. Co-innovation and shared value creation are important aspects in this respect.

Session 4: Digitalization in the manufacturing and transport industry – the digital technology development, including Internet of Things and Blockchain technology, may be facilitators for the transition to a circular economy.

Session 5: Potential and Barriers for CE in Romania – Romania industry actors will share their thoughts on the future of Romanian company’s value creation in a circular economy. What are the opportunities? And what are the barriers?

Session 6: Quality of life and the role of administrative institutions – practical approaches to the circular economy in communities.


Elena Simina LAKATOS

Elena Simina LAKATOS

IRCEM president



Minister Counselor at the Ministry of Environment

PhD Eng. Alexandru STĂNILĂ

PhD Eng. Alexandru STĂNILĂ


Prof. Teclu CODRESI

Prof. Teclu CODRESI




Rodica LUPU

Rodica LUPU

CEO Loop Operations, Founder Ingenius Hub


IMS & HS Manager, DeLonghi Romania



9:00am // Registration, Coffee & Mingling
9:30am // Welcome
9:50am // Session 1 & 2 & 3
11:00am // Session 4 & 5 & 6
12:00am // Group photo
12:15pm // Lunch break & networking
1:15pm // WORKSHOP
4:15pm // Q&A session, closing the conference

Workshop – Questions for discussion


1. Where do we want Romania to be by 2030 in terms of adopting the circular economy strategy in the manufacturing and transportation industry?
2. What are the steps to be taken in the manufacturing and transportation sector in the context of adopting the circular economy strategy?





Questions for discussion 1.What are the circular policy instruments adopted by Romania so far and how do they influence the manufacturing and transportation sector? 2.Identify the key areas for implementing the systemic circular economy of manufacturing and transportation sector (production, consumption, waste management, waste to resources, innovation and investment, others). 3.Why is there a need for a circular economy strategy in Romania and what is the role of the state in achieving this? 4.What kind of circular economy do we want to have in Romania by 2030? 5.What are the trends in the systemic circular economy related to innovation, technology, education, legislation in concern with the economic, social and environmental three pillars, in the world? and in neighboring countries?
Questions for discussion 1.How will technological developments influence the national, European and global economies? 2.Where does Romania stand in economic, social and environmental terms regarding the adoption of the circular economy in 2019? (SWOT analysis, Strengths - Weaknesses) 3.What advantages and opportunities does Romania have in relation to the adoption of the circular consumption and production model? 4.Analysis of Romania's real potential from the point of view of resources and an appreciation of how to value them (Analysis of Romania's resources and capacity to adopt the concept of systemic circular economy in the year 2018, PEST analysis). 5What investments and development programs should be implemented in the manufacturing and transportation industry in order to facilitate the transition towards a circular economy by 2030?

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Following the circular economy conference on the manufacturing and transport industry held in Craiova on June 5, 2019, we would like to bring your attention to the following items:

By means of this message, we would like to reiterate our appreciation for our sponsors, collaborators, partners, and for all the participants to our events. Romania’s Circular Strategy 2020-2030 would not be possible without your support and involvement.