A just transition to a circular economy – Employment trends and visions for the future

A just transition to a circular economy – Employment trends and visions for the future

How does a transition to a circular economy impact the future or work? What are the future skills in a circular economy? A WCEFonline side event.

Image: Annette Ekengren, Sitra
  • December 14, 2020 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Online

The event takes place at 3-4.30 pm UTC+2 / 2-3.30 pm CET.

A shift to a circular economy will change job markets considerably: some jobs will disappear, new jobs will emerge and many jobs will change in natureTo ensure a fair transition, it is important to assess and manage the impacts of the transition to a circular economy on the labour market. 

This event focuses on the skills and employment in circular economy.  

You will hear insights from three recent studies on the topic followed by a panel discussion with leading experts. 

In the event we will discuss two key issues: 

  • The circular economy is necessary for a transition to sustainable future. But can it bring about well-being, equality and other social benefits too? 
  • How do resource efficiency, product life extension, sharing platforms and other new circular economy business models affect employment and what new skills will be required?

The event is co-organised by Sitra, Circle Economy and IISD.

The event is an official WCEFonline Side Event and will be moderated by Malena Sell-Myllyoja, Senior specialist, Circular Economy, Sitra.


15:00 UTC+2 (14:00 CET)
Opening remarks and introduction of speakers 
Keynote: Why do we need to foresee and manage the social impacts of the transition to a circular economy?

Mari Pantsar, Director, Carbon-neutral circular economy, Sitra

Key insights from three recent studies on the circular economy’s employment effects, social impacts and changing skills needs

Employment impacts resulting from circular economy  interventions

Philip Gass, Lead, Transitions, International Institute for Sustainable Development

Three pillars for a positive transition to circularity for work and workers

Esther Goodwin Brown, Manager, Circular Jobs Initiative, Circle Economy

A qualitative approach to employment trends and the skills required in the future

Riikka Leppänen, Specialist, Circular Economy, Sitra

Panel discussion – How to accelerate the transition to a circular economy and manage the social impacts

Camilla Roman, Policy Specialist, Green Jobs at the International Labour Organization

Benjamin Denis, Senior Policy Advisor, IndustriAll Europe

Risto Raivio, Senior Expert, European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

Q&A with the audience  
16:30 UTC+2 (15:30 CET)
End of the session

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