The German Engineering Federation (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau – VDMA) invited Martin Faulstich, chairman of the German Advisory Council on the Environment (SRU), to make a keynote speech at the “Circular economy: just a question of recycling? A look at production and products” event. The discussion with eminent panellists focused on how industry can contribute to a resource-efficient economy. Among the speakers were Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director-General of DG ENV, Reinhard Bütikofer, member of theEP ITRE, and Christoph Scharff, representing CEC4Europe.
The mechanical engineering industry plays a key role in an effective circular economy. VDMA represents over 3,100 mostly medium-sized companies in the capital goods industry and is one of the largest industry associations in Europe.