One of the driving forces behind the Love Tomorrow Conference is the Flemish knowledge centre VITO. This prime research and technology organisation on clean-tech and sustainable development is also the driving force behind G-STIC, the global sustainable technology and innovation community that wants to accelerate market-ready integrated technological solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals.
G-STIC’s annual conference is one of the most influential in the world. The 2023 session will include António Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations. On this global stage, Circular Economy receives a lot of attention. This is no coincidence, says Dietrich Van Der Weken, General Manager of G-STIC.
“Circular economy is crucial to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, and in different ways. People often think only of the classic waste paradigm, reusing raw materials as much as possible. But circular economy also has many spillovers to other sustainability compartments, such as climate. For example, we can realize a huge CO2 gain by using materials sustainably. Even for rare resources - used in renewable energy applications such as wind turbines and batteries - it is vital to create a closed loop. So we are facing a crucial transition for the climate, which will also have a major impact on the competitiveness of our industry.”