The activity corresponded to the first milestone of the Bien Público project "Scanner of circular economy opportunities for the Tarapacá Region 2030", mandated by the Municipality of Iquique and supported by Corfo.

"I would like to congratulate CircularTec for the seminar on the Circularity Scanner. We believe it is a tremendous Public Good project that will contribute to the development of multiple opportunities for the region. It has been a very dynamic activity, with the participation of many people who are very motivated with the development of the circular economy", said Manuel Alballay, deputy director of Corfo Tarapacá, after the end of the Seminar Scanning the Circularity of Tarapacá, organized by the Technological Center of Circular Economy, CircularTec.

The event, which took place in the Waldorf A room of the Hilton Garden Inn Iquique Hotel, was attended by more than one hundred representatives from the public and private sectors, academics and representatives of the regional government, key players in the creation and sustainable development of a circular economy in the Tarapacá region.

Jordi Oliver Solà, executive director of Inèdit Spain, was in charge of presenting and explaining how the "Circular Economy Opportunities Scanner for the Tarapacá Region 2030" works. "The project has four phases. The first is the alignment of teams, the second is the prioritization of the sectors to work on, which is currently being completed, identifying the priority sectors that generate more employment, economic weight, waste generation, resource consumption in Tarapacá. And we are working on the analysis of material flows, which means being able to make a diagram, visualize the consumption of resources, different raw materials, transformation processes and waste generation that we have in the prioritized sectors. Some of them may be mining, where we have found quality data and we have been able to advance faster, and for others we are still looking for sources of information to be able to have these material flow diagrams. When we have them we can work with the sectoral agents, companies and thus prioritize the actions that could be carried out in the region, with local resources and create a strategy that advances circularity", explained Oliver.

Regarding the main objective of the project, the executive director of the Circular Economy Technology Center, Andreé Henríquez, stressed that "we believe that this type of space is fundamental because it allows us to coordinate the different regional actors around the challenge of sustainable development hand in hand with the circular economy. This activity takes place within the framework of the milestone of the sixth month of the project Public Good Circularity Scanner of Tarapacá, which seeks to provide the region with a proposal for a strategy and a bank of integrated projects for circularity for the coming years".

 

Regarding the seminar, Diego López, environmental director of the Municipality of Iquique, commented that "the idea is to make a diagnosis, a regional photograph where the gaps in circularity can be identified and this can also be grounded in a strategy or proposal for the coming years, where each actor in the region is crucial, both civil society and the public and private world, so it is a great job".

The academia was also present and Alberto Martínez, rector of Universidad Arturo Prat explained that "we are very pleased to have participated in this activity. It is important that we sit down to talk, plan, dream and learn about what CircularTec is advancing. In particular, where the public sector, the authorities, academia, the productive sector, the private sector, as well as recyclers' groups participate".

The Regional Government highlighted the initiative; Pablo Zambra, cabinet advisor to Governor José Miguel Carvajal, added that "this activity is fundamental and key for different relevant actors in society who are currently working on the issue of circular economy. To be able to articulate different links and that is something that we as Regional Government also want to be part of a collaborative process of an ecosystem that can vibrate in such important issues as the environment, biodiversity and circular economy".

The day also included a panel discussion entitled "Opportunities for the sustainable development of Tarapacá through the circular economy". This activity was attended by Denisse Morán Denisse Morán, president of the Trade Association of Basic Recyclers, Marcos Gómez, General Manager of the Industrial Association of Iquique and Tamarugal, Miguel Perret, Operations Manager of Zona Franca de Iquique S.A. (ZOFRI S.A.), Manuel Alballay, deputy director of Corfo Tarapacá and Jorge Julio, Seremi de Economía Tarapacá.