Though still at experimentation stages, circular economy* is motivating local leaders to adopt new strategies to achieve wider policy goals and solve a variety of economic, environmental and social contemporary problems (climate change, increased inequalities, urban liveability challenges, budget
* Circular economy means “moving from a linear ‘take-make-waste’ to a circular approach to dramatically reduce the current pressure on our natural resources, maintain products, materials and resources in the economy for as long as possible, and minimise the generation of waste”.
International Summit for Cities and Regions driving Circular Economy
Co-hosted with Lyon Metropole
Date: Wednesday 28 November, 2018
Location: Lyon, France, during Pollutec International Tradeshow for Environment and Sustainability Equipment,
Technology and Services (27-30 November, 2018), Eurexpo Convention Centre
SUMMIT INTRODUCTION & BACKGROUND:
Bolstering circular urban agendas and strategies
At the heart of creativity, innovation and growth, cities play a central role as engines of the global economy accounting for 85% of global GDP generation. Cities are also aggregators of materials and nutrients, accounting for 75% of natural resource consumption, 50% of global waste production, and 60- 80% of greenhouse gas emissions.
Hence, by their inherent circular and central situation, cities are uniquely positioned to drive a global transition towards a circular economy, with their high concentration of resources, capital, data, and talent over a specific geography, and could greatly benefit from the outcomes of such a transition. It will enable all stakeholders, public and private practitioners, policy-makers, regulators and communities to collaborate and redesign urban governance to implement and ultimately deliver circular local strategies through operational projects.
SUMMIT OBJECTIVES: Focusing on actionable levers and projects
Cities and local authorities must act as enablers through economic development, urban planning, and innovation policies; they must effectively coordinate civil society and the private sector in the implementation of measures relating to waste and materials, energy, water, land and natural ecosystems impacting urban infrastructures, the built environment, and the mobility system; and they must embrace the strong influence of digital technology as a powerful support to the circular and sustainable transition.
PLENARY SESSIONS will include speeches by mayors and key officials, keynotes and panels.
WORKSHOPS will enable projects backers to develop implementation plans, ideas and strategies via themed experiments at operational scales (waste management, water-energy nexus, remanufacturing, sharing services …) on an easy-sharing format facilitating dialogue between participants and presenters.
SPEED-DATING will be a privileged framework for city/municipality/locality officials to meet companies to discuss the development of specific projects and highlight equipment and technology with potentials for circularity.