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Circular Economy Hotspot 2022

3 days, 14 workshops, and 40 exhibitors - Bottrop welcomes you to the Circular Economy Hotspot from September 12 to 14. From former mining town to hosting the annual summit of the circular economy in Europe. Experience structural change in the last active coal mine - the famous Prosper-Haniel mine.

World-renowned experts and delegates from science, business, politics, and public initiatives will meet and exchange ideas about business models, strategies, and approaches to the circular economy. As a partner of the event, The Green Economy Network NRW (short KNUW) will of course be there and has put together an exciting programme for you (see below).

The Circular Economy Hotspot NRW represents the last stop of the virtual European tour "Circular SMEs across Europe - from Barcelona to Bottrop", which was initiated and organized by KNUW with various partners from Europe. It will be an exciting culmination of the successful series. Watch all videos here or become part of the community!

Partners of the CE Tour from the Netherlands, Flanders, and Catalonia will be present at the event, as well as numerous other participants from NRW, Germany, and Europe. Attend to exchange ideas with the frontrunners of the Circular Economy.

KNUW activities on the conference day, 14 September

Join our Learning Lab No. 7 at 11:30 am! – "Circular SMEs across Europe - playful exploration of circularity in the value chain"
Join the workshop with presentations of best practice examples to learn about different circular strategies and innovative business models playfully. We look forward to seeing you!

Networking at 5:00 pm @ the joint stand of the "Round Table Circular Economy for NRW"
We will give a short introduction of partners, and our innovation screenings, and present the new  CE Tour Brochure. Get an overview of all good practices from our series "Circular SMEs across Europe - from Barcelona to Bottrop" bundled in one product. And come over for a drink to meet our NRW and European partners, too!

Pitch your company or solution in the exhibition area!
Present good practice and reach an international audience! Slots are still available (please contact Hanne Hagedorn:

Shoot a video with us!
Companies and solution providers can become part of our "KNUW asks..." videos and present themselves. You are invited to answer questions about your innovative idea and how you have mastered challenges faced to inspire others and express your needs for support to be even more successful!
New videos will be compiled and posted on our social media channels. You can of course receive the raw material for your own purposes, too. Take advantage of the opportunity to present yourself on the KNUW communication channels!

The entire programme of the CE Hotspot NRW in brief

  • 12 September 2022: Visit the last German coal mine & Welcome reception of the Lord Mayor of Bottrop at the town hall
  • 13 September 2022: Industry tours & Networking night at the Prosper-Haniels site
  • 14 September 2022: Conference and exhibition day (see KNUW programme above)
  • 15 September 2022: Side Events – Circular Futures Festival 2022 and NRW-Dutch cross-border opportunities on Chemical Recycling

For more information on the event and the detailed program, please click here

Tickets for the Circular Economy Hotspot 2022

Free tickets are still available for a limited time. Please contact Hanne Hagedorn: to receive the code.

Take the chance and learn more about business models, strategies, and approaches to the circular economy at the Hotspot NRW in Bottrop!

Please do not hesitate to contact us:

Hanne Hagedorn,
Greta Dekker, 





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