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The circular economy in cities

Monday 3 June at 14.30-16.00


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Cities play a central role as engines of the global economy. Some 54% of the world’s population live in urban areas, and cities account for 85% of global GDP generation. Cities are also aggregators of materials and nutrients, accounting for 75% of natural resource consumption, 50% of global waste production and 60 to 80% of greenhouse gas emissions.* The city session will discuss the role of cities in leading the change towards a circular economy and acting as platforms for innovation and business development in the circular economy.​

14.30 Opening words
Cities leading the change
Jan Vapaavuori, Mayor, City of Helsinki
Esther Agricola, Director and spatial development and sustainability, City of Amsterdam​
Annerieke Douma, Director for cities and regions, Circle Economy See the presentation
Kirsten Dunlop, Chief Executive Officer, EIT Climate-KIC See the presentation
From resource overuse to circularity​
Pekka Lundmark, President and CEO, Fortum​ See the presentation
Lindsay Clinton, Senior vice president, EDC New York See the presentation
New economic opportunities from circularity
Wayne Hubbard, CEO, London Waste and Recycling Board​ See the presentation
Sauli Böhm, CEO, ResQ Club See the presentation
Damiano Avellino, CEO, Fairbnb​ See the presentation
Closing remarks
16.00 Session ends


Tiina Kähö,  Smart & Clean Foundation and Siiri Mäkelä, The Finnish Agenda2030 Youth Group


Helsinki Metropolitan Smart & Clean Foundation, Climate KIC, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, EIB and Sitra



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