Image: Topias Dean, Sitra

Published August 27, 2020

Enabling the circular economy: the role of policy and finance

Wednesday 30 September 2020 at 18:00-19:15 (UTC+3)

Lead organiser: Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF)

The closing session will wrap up WCEFonline with discussions on the critical role of finance and policy. It shows how the circular economy becomes more relevant than ever in the context of the current pandemic, as it offers a pathway to redefined growth and enhanced resilience. As the finance sector and policymakers around the globe look to invest and reset, this session discusses what role they can play in enabling and accelerating the transition to a circular economy and defining the steps for our work in the future.


18:00 (UTC+3) Opening words
Overall host of the session: Ashima Sukhdev, Government & Cities Programme Lead, EMF
Keynote speaker 
Ellen MacArthur, Founder, EMF, will explore how the circular economy can be a pathway to redefined growth and enhanced resilience.
Moderated dialogue on finance as an enabler
What is the role of finance in the circular economy, the opportunities for private finance and key actions needed to capture the opportunity?
Michiel De Smet, Finance Lead, EMF (Moderator)
Shiva Dustdar, Head of Innovation Finance, EIB
Panel discussion on policy as an enabler
What do governments need to focus on now in order to scale the circular economy?
Miranda Schnitger, Governments Lead, EMF (Moderator)
Shardul Agrawala, Head of the Environment and Economic Integration Division, OECD
Lena Pripp-Kovac, Head of Sustainability, Inter IKEA Group
Carolina Schmidt, Minister of Environment, Chile
Final words
Mari Pantsar
, Director, Sitra
19:15 (UTC+3) Session ends

All sessions of the WCEFonline will be moderated by Veera Heinonen and Tim Forslund of Sitra.


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