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World Circular Economy Forum heads to Japan

Last year we had a blast at the first World Circular Economy Forum in Helsinki, so why wouldn't we do it again this year – in Japan!  


Japan is one of the world’s leading circular economy nations with unique approach to material cycle. In 2018, the WCEF is being organised together by the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra and Japan’s Ministry of the Environment.

So mark your calendars because the World Circular Economy Forum takes place on 22-24 October 2018 at Pacifico Yokohama in Yokohama (Greater Tokyo Area), Japan. WCEF2018 will send all the sessions live on WCEF2018 website. More information about the digital participation can be found on our website closer to the event.

The WCEF2018 will focus on building the future visions for the circular economy. The forum will accelerate discussions on 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 mobility revolution and circular solutions for reducing marine plastic waste. See the whole programme here.

While in Japan, the WCEF2018 will share Japan’s story of how it has become one of the leading circular economy nations in the world. Also, we’ll have a chance to learn about Japan’s best practices for bringing the private and public sectors together.

If you’re not familiar with the World Circular Economy Forum, here’s a few things you should know:

  • 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.
  • The WCEF consists of 17 plenary and parallel sessions keynotes speeches, thematic discussions and networking opportunities.
  • The first WCEF took place in Helsinki, Finland in 2017 gathering together around 1,600 participants from nearly 100 countries.

See more information at and take part in the discussion online in Twitter using #WCEF2018.


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