Impulses for a sustainable future

For the first time, the successful format is coming to Germany. From September 12 to 14, the former mining town and today’s InnovationCity Bottrop will host the Circular Economy Hotspot. Learn more about the importance of the circular economy and the emergence of this future format.

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Since 2016, world-renowned experts and delegates from business, politics, science and public initiatives come together every year in Europe for the Circular Economy Hotspot. At annually changing locations, business models, strategies and approaches from the respective host regions are highlighted. The focus is set on regional companies which have already successfully established circular  processes and solutions. During the event, these processes and solutions will be presented to the international audience of experts. The event will provide the space for mutual exchange and discussions in which new impulses for circular economy are to be gained.

After the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Scotland, Belgium and Spain, in 2022, the event will be held in Germany’s federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia.


This year, the Circular Economy Hotspot takes place for the 6th time and for the first time in Bottrop. In the heart of the Ruhr Area, the people responsible would like to present pioneering approaches for the transformation from linear business processes to circular economy. For centuries, the mining industry and the consumption of coal and other fossil fuels were the driving force for the regional economy. The Prosper-Haniel mine in Bottrop was Germany’s last active coal mine and is still a witness of the region’s history. Today, Bottrop and North Rhine-Westphalia continue to evolve and aspire to become one of the greenest industrial regions in the world. Bottrop, this year’s Circular Economy Hotspot location, represents not only the industrial revolution of the previous century, but also successful economic change and visionary green transformation.


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The Hotspot’s journey will continue – for the first time beyond European borders: in 2023, besides Dublin (Ireland), also Lagos (Nigeria) and Santiago de Chile (Chile) will be hosting the Circular Economy Hotspot. With this opening to the world, the important topic of circular economy shall be advanced not only in Europe but on a global scale and a worldwide collective for circular value creation shall be built and strengthened.

Thank you to all partners and participants for making the #CEhotspotNRW a fantastic event!

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