During the WCEF2019, which brings together key circular economy thinkers and doers from around the world, we met with Professor Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency (EEA). Professor Bruyninckx talked us through how the EEA is providing accurate and independent information on the environment so as to support policymakers and individuals in scaling sustainable development. His unique expertise in policy-oriented research in the areas of environmental politics, climate change, and sustainable development give us insight into the current state and future direction of the circular economy and bioeconomy.    The first question is a general one on the situation of waste in Europe. From your research what main challenges emerge, especial...