WCEF Accelerator session: Implementing the Circular Economy in Cities
This on-line session Implementing the Circular Economy in Cities on 2 June 2023, from 10:00 to 12:00 (GMT+2), will explore how cities across the globe can unlock circular economy potential at the local level.
It will open with an overview of the recently published Circular Cities Declaration Report 2022, developed by ICLEI Europe with support from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF). The report is the widest ever assessment of circular economy practices across European cities, highlighting key trends and challenges faced by cities in the transition from a linear to a circular economy.
Two European cities (Espoo, Finland, and Maribor, Slovenia) will provide testimonials on how to implement the circular economy and overcome barriers to implementation, while also highlighting how they harness major co-benefits such as nature conservation, or resilience. EMF will then provide a global perspective on the barriers faced and solutions implemented by cities, with testimonies from Cape Town, South Africa and a South American city (tbc).
The end of the session will provide space for an open discussion on how to accelerate and scale-up the circular economy at the city level, while also meeting those co-benefits related to biodiversity and nature conservation.
The session will be of interest to local authorities, local practitioners, solution providers, policy makers and civil society representatives.