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Traditionally, the global economy has been linear – take, make, dispose. However it is reaching its limits and is placing excessive pressure on the environment and jeopardising finite natural resources. Hence, a global transition to a carbon-neutral, resource-efficient circular economy is key to fighting climate change, protecting biodiversity loss while addressing important social needs.

The initial Circular Economy Action Plan of the EU, introduced in 2015, has exerted a significant influence on a global scale. Its vision to shift towards a circular economy will alleviate strain on natural resources, foster sustainable growth and boost job creation. This endeavor is also set to expedite the EU’s ambitious goal of achieving climate neutrality by 2050 while simultaneously curbing biodiversity loss.

In 2022, there were a number of revisions unveiled, spanning the entire life cycle of products. These encompass a comprehensive spectrum: from product design considerations, to the promotion of circular economy processes, the cultivation of sustainable consumption patterns, and the steadfast commitment to waste prevention and resource recovery.

This webinar is jointly organized by EuroCham Singapore and EuroCham Indonesia. During the session, a meaningful dialogue will transpire involving public officers from the DG Environment of the EU Commission. This discussion will be enriched by the participation of EU companies in ASEAN, members from various EuroChams spanning different ASEAN jurisdictions.

In this session, you can anticipate the following:

  • Up-to-date insights and revisions pertaining to the Circular Economy Action Plan
  • Valuable feedback from EU companies regarding the effects of the EU Circular Economy
  • Action Plan and related regulations on their operations within the Southeast Asian region


3.50 pm Zoom webinar waiting room opens
4.00 pm Opening and Welcome Remarks by Ms Nele Cornelis, EBO WWN Board Member and Executive Director of EuroCham Singapore
4.05 pm Presentation by Mrs Astrid Schomaker, Director for Green Diplomacy and Multilateralism at the European Commission’s Directorate General for the Environment
4.30 pm Moderated Discussion and Q&A led by Mr Matthew Tan, Co-Chair of Circular Economy Committee at EuroCham Singapore
4.55 pm Closing Remarks by Mr Edison Bako, EBO Regional Coordinator for ASEAN Region and Executive Director at EuroCham Indonesia
5.00 pm End of Event




Mrs Astrid Schomaker
Director for Green Diplomacy and Multilateralism
The European Commission’s Directorate General for the Environment

Astrid Schomaker is Director for Green Diplomacy and Multilateralism at the European Commission’s Directorate General for the Environment. Her portfolio includes relations with third countries and international organisations and coordination of the EU’s extensive multilateral engagements.

A lawyer by training, she joined the European Commission in 1992 where she held various posts in the external affairs department, before moving to the Environment Department in 2004 where she led work on a variety of issues including, chemicals, oceans and water industry as well as overall coordination and communication. She took up her present position in July 2017.




Mr Matthew Tan
Co-Chair of Circular Economy Committee
The European Business Chamber of Commerce Singapore








Ms Nele Cornelis
Executive Director
The European Business Chamber of Commerce Singapore






Mr Edison Bako
Executive Director
The European Business Chamber of Commerce Indonesia






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On 20th October, EuroCham Singapore in collaboration with EuroCham Indonesia (EuroCham Indonesia (The European Business Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia)) organised a webinar on “The EU Circular Economy Action Plan: Insights and Significance for the Southeast Asian Region” with our esteemed guest speaker, Mrs Astrid Schomaker, Director for Global Sustainable Development at the European Commission’s Directorate General for the Environment. Our Circular Economy Co-Chair, Mr Matthew Tan Ying Che (Pernod Ricard), led an engaging Q&A session attended by close to 100 online participants representing members, partners, and guests from across ASEAN and elsewhere. A big thank you to our EBOs ASEAN counterparts for reaching out to their members and creating a platform for this discussion.

Mrs Schomaker briefly touched upon the additional 35 actions of The New Circular Economy Action Plan (2020) looking across the entire life cycle of products. She stressed that circular is not only a good resilience policy but also the only way forward. The participants benefited by learning of EU Digital Product Passport (DPP), revised proposal for Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR), the new restriction of intentionally added microplastics to consumer or professional use products (25 September 2023) and of the ongoing negotiations for the global agreement on plastic pollution. Lastly, she highlighted the joint EU-ASEAN initiative, ASEAN Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform, plays a vital role in better understanding and greater adoption of circular economy practices in the region.

“There is only one planet Earth, yet by 2050, the world will be consuming as if there were three”. (The New Circular Economy Action Plan)

Watch this space for the final session of the 3-part webinar series on “The EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism: Overview and the Implications within Southeast Asia Businesses”.