On 15 and 16 April 2021, Sitra co-hosted with the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands a high-level meeting to address the connection between the circular economy and climate.

  • April 15, 2021 at 3:45 pm - April 16, 2021 at 4:30 pm
  • #WCEFClimate

Led by the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, Finland has joined forces with Canada and the Netherlands to host three high-level events to address the important role circularity plays in the economies of the future and today. How can we all join forces in the fight against climate change climate change A broad range of changes happening to our planet due to global warming, which is caused by the increase in the amount of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere as a result of human activity. Open term page climate change and stimulate the circular economy The circular economy An economic model which does not focus on producing more and more goods, but in which consumption is based on using services – sharing, renting and recycling – instead of owning. Materials are not destroyed in the end, but are used to make new products over and over again. Open term page The circular economy ?

The event series started with WCEFonline that demonstrated how the circular economy can enhance resilience on a business and society level. The next will be WCEF+Climate, a high-level meeting for decision-makers, co-hosted by the Ministry of the Environment of the Netherlands and Sitra.

What is WCEF+Climate about?

The Netherlands, also an active member in the Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE), will organise a multi-stakeholder high-level meeting as part of the World Circular Economy Forum to address the connection between the circular economy and climate.

WCEF+Climate will help to prepare for upcoming international climate negotiations and aims to position the circular economy higher on the UN Climate Change Conferences and broader international agenda. The objective is also to broaden the coalition and build bridges between the public and private sector. This will include more developing countries in the global debate on the benefits of circularity. The event will take place in the Netherlands and online.

“The Netherlands is very much looking forward to hosting the high-level WCEF+Climate meeting on 15 April 2021. There is no doubt that the transition to a circular economy is crucial in reaching our climate goals. We need to recognise the large and cost-effective contribution that the circular economy can make in building a more sustainable society, especially in the post-COVID-19 world,” says Minister for the Environment of the Netherlands Stientje van Veldhoven.

For more information on the event programme and on how you can participate in the conference, see the official event website.

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