Interview • Hanadi Džabić

 Interview • Hanadi Džabić

Interview • Hanadi Džabić @ Balkans Go Circular

Impressions from the previous BGC 2022 conference?

I had an extraordinary and inspiring experience at the BGC 2022
conference. I am honored to have been a part of the conference where acknowledged experts from various fields came together to share the latest information on the circular economy. Also, it is a pleasure to have had the opportunity to represent RCB (Recovered Carbon Black) Nanotechnology – which patented the carbon black production technology from material at the end of its life without a CO 2 footprint on the environment. The discussions about progress in the application of renewable materials, including our own, were certainly very fruitful- the whole experience left a strong impression on me.

What do you consider as main topics in the circular economy this year?

I think that this year have been highlighted the topics related to
progress in recycling , resource optimization and waste management. From this year, the circular economy is progressively becoming a part of business strategy and global initiatives. Also, the topics on digitalisation and innovations in processes, which play a key role in achieving a sustainable future, besides that our RCB Nanotechnology strives exactly for such a goal.

What do you recognize as the biggest challenge for the further implementation of the circular economy in the Balkans?

Perhaps one of the biggest challenges is the recognition itself, the
recognition of the circular economy as a main direction towards development. In addition, it is challenging to align the infrastructure and capacities with high CE standards. I believe that education, technological modernization and strengthening of cooperation between the private and public sectors is the key to
successful implementation and the solution of existing obstacles.

How much will the new non-financial reporting Directive change the Balkan economy?

The new EU directives will, without a doubt, have a significant impact on the Balkan economy. By increasing transparency in reporting on environmental and social aspects the growth of responsible business practices will be encouraged. Furthermore, I think that the Directives will have an important role in attracting investments and increasing competitiveness on a global marketplace.

Single out the most significant news from the circular economy for you in the past year or the most successful example from practice?

I think an excellent example would be the industrial symbiosis, a
system where the waste of one company becomes a resource of others, as a method for efficient and sustainable use of valuable and rare materials. It represents an ideal way of working that reduces both the impact on environment and the production costs. By exchanging surplus resources, it provides a direct benefit as
reduced costs for waste management and material procurement. For companies practicing industrial symbiosis, this has provided a host of benefits.

What news from your company would you like to share with the readers?

It is my pleasure to share the information that we as pioneers of CE in Bosnia and Herzegovina, started the phase of test production of renewed carbon black material in July. Our team of engineers and experts is working hard, and the first kilograms have been produced, at the same time we are increasing the number of employees. For us, this means that we are one step
ahead closer to the goal, which is to start production at the beginning of next year.