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Conference Invitation

Where are resource efficiency and eco-efficiency going after twenty years?
International conference at the occasion of the opening of the Czech Presidency of European network PREPARE 2012 - 2014 and the adoption of the “Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe” Date: Place: Organized by: Tuesday, January 24th 2012, 9:30 - 16:00 Hotel Diplomat, Evropská 15, Prague 6 Platform for Sustainable Consumption and Production EMPRESS
under the aegis of the Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic, the Ministry of Industry and Trade and of the Czech Republic and the Czech Chamber of Commerce supported by PREPARE

We would like to invite you to the international conference which is thematically focused on the eco-efficiency in the Czech Republic. The term "eco-efficiency" is used as an umbrella concept for activities in the field of industrial management for sustainable development of systematic approaches to the more efficient use of resources. These activities have begun already in 1992 under different names like cleaner production, pollution prevention, cleaner technologies, waste minimization or later also sustainable consumption and production. Today these preventive and proactive approaches receive new impulses not only in the form of rising material and energy prices and changing markets, but also in the form of increasing opportunities for innovation at all levels of a business. In September 2011 the European Commission adopted the "Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe”, which can be a starting point for discussion on further steps for the effective and sustainable business. Main topics of the conference:  Opening of the Czech Presidency of PREPARE 2012 – 2014  Eco efficiency in the Czech Republic – experience of managers of enterprises, support at the political level and practical benefits for industry and businesses, municipalities and regions  Introduction of the "Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe” and its implementation in the Czech Republic  Strengthening of the network of initiatives in the area of eco-efficiency in the Czech Republic and connections with foreign networks (especially with the European network PREPARE and global network RECP Net). Meeting with representatives of these networks. Registration for the conference: until January 18th 2012 via e-mail: office@empress.cz or tel.: 284 007 498 The conference fee is 50 EUR per day. Participants can pay this fee together with the hotel accommodation.

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Programme:
Time 9:00 - 9:30 Registration Topic Lecturer

Twenty years of eco-efficiency and resource efficiency in the Czech Republic 9:30 9:45 – 9:55 Theatrical surprise Opening speech The New Way of Resource Policy in Czech Republic Tomáš Chalupa, Minister of the Environment of the Czech Republic Pavlína Kulhánková, Diretor of Department. of Ecology, Ministry of Industry and Trade CR Libor Láznička, Dir., Barum Continental Pavel Vajčner, Dir., Znovín Znojmo Ladislav Kašpar, Dir., P-D Refractories Jiří Študent, Director of the Czech Environment Management Centre

9:55 - 10:05

10:05 – 10:50

Experience of the Czech enterprises

10:50 – 11:00 11:00 - 11:20

Experience from implementation of eco-efficiency Break

Support to eco-efficiency and resource efficiency within international networks 11:20 – 11:40 11:40 – 11:50 11:50 – 12:00 12:00 - 12:10 UN support to eco-efficiency and global network for Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP Net) Heinz Leuenberger, Director, Environmental Management Branch UNIDO

Introduction of PREPARE - European eco-efficiency Claus Stig Pedersen, Former President network and its selected projects of PREPARE Corporate social responsibility as the basis for ecoefficiency and trends in its application in Europe PREPARE strategy for the next 3 years Introducing of the new portal for sustainable consumption and production and more efficient use of resources Kim Christiansen, PREPARE Zdeněk Horsák, New President of PREPARE Jiří Hřebíček, EMPRESS

12:10 - 12:20

Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Czech Republic 12:20 - 12:40 12:40 - 13:00 Resource efficiency in Europe Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe Pawel Kazmierczyk, European Environment Agency Pavel Mišiga, European Commission Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade Czech Ministry of Environment Czech Environmental Information Agency PREPARE UNIDO/UNEP European Commission Czech Chamber of Commerce

13:00-14:00

Panel discussion & press conference on the topic "Where are we heading with more efficient use of resources and eco-efficiency?" Reflections of lessons learned, next steps and opportunities for cooperation.

14:00-16:00

Networking meeting with tasting wine of Znovín Znojmo (the first wine producer worldwide to introduce Cleaner production and ISO 14001 which continues with activities in the field of Sustainable Consumption and Production)

Conference languages are Czech and English with interpretation.

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