WHAT IS WCEF?
The World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF) is the global initiative of Finland and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra. The WCEF brings together more than 1,000 business leaders, policymakers and experts to present the world’s best circular economy solutions. The WCEF examines how businesses can seize new opportunities, gain a competitive advantage through circular economy solutions and how the circular economy contributes to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We believe that truly competitive solutions are born when business and environment go hand in hand.
The first forum was organised in Helsinki, Finland in June 2017 with 1,600 participants around 100 countries. More than half of the participants represented businesses.
See the atmosphere at the World Circular Economy Forum 2017 in Helsinki, Finland.
WCEF2018 in Yokohama, Japan, 22-24 October 2018
The World Circular Economy Forum 2018 is being hosted by the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra and Japan’s Ministry of the Environment and co-organised with selected international partners on 22-24 October 2018 at Pacifico Yokohama in Yokohama (Greater Tokyo Area), Japan.
WCEF2018 will focus on building the future visions for the circular economy. Topics that will be discussed include economic benefits and social equity of the circular economy, energy and climate solutions for a circular economy, global value chains and circular trade, as well as shared mobility and circular solutions for reducing marine plastic waste.
The WCEF2018 will also bring forward Japan’s story of how it has become one of the leading circular economy nations in the world and Japan’s best practices for bringing the private and public sectors together.
Consisting of 17 plenary and parallel sessions with keynotes speeches, thematic discussions and networking opportunities, WCEF2018 is a landmark event of the year.