World Circular Economy Forum + Climate, 15-16 April 2021
On 15 and 16 April 2021, the Netherlands and The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra welcomed representatives of governments, international organisations, knowledge institutes, the private sector, and citizens from around the globe to our virtual conference platform, to digitally meet up and discuss the crucial role of a circular economy in achieving climate neutrality. Thank you for joining us!
Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our times. A circular economy can play an important role in addressing this crisis. By designing out waste, avoiding pollution and keeping materials in use as long as possible, we can reduce climate emissions by about 20%. To achieve climate neutrality, we need to look beyond energy efficiency, and all work towards a circular shift across the world.
In WCEF+Climate’s virtual sessions (in English, with simultaneous translations into Spanish and French), leaders from government, business and civil society from all corners of our planet commited to bold action, scaled up their commitments, and shared best practices for a just transition to a circular economy. Check out the Circular Economy Champions Commitments by high-level global leaders. If we are to achieve the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, we must look towards a circular future.
At WCEF+Climate you could join other leaders in paving the way for bold steps towards a circular economy by 2050, a necessity for climate neutrality. Watch the conference back.
The Dutch Minister for the Environment, Stientje van Veldhoven, welcomes you to the WCEF+Climate:
Video message by Stientje van Veldhoven
Thank you for watching.
There’s a 65% chance
that you’re watching this video message...
on your mobile phone.
Today we’re using nearly 5 billion
mobile phones all together worldwide.
And for each one of them
we need rare and precious resources to assemble.
The pace in which we are producing,
using and wasting our products requires three planets.
And we may have had a successful landing on Mars,
but that doesn't make for three planets.
So we have a great challenge
and we’ve known this for a while.
And we also know that a transition to a circular economy
can result in 20% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions.
Aiming for a circular economy by 2050
is a necessity for climate neutrality.
That is why on the 15th and 16th of April
the government of the Netherlands...
and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra
are hosting the WCEF+Climate event.
A global online event where governments, companies,
international organizations and civil society will meet.
Only Together we can build the chain to a circular economy,
a necessity for climate neutrality by 2050.
Collaboration is key.
It’s time for a major change.
It’s time for new ideas.
And that’s why we need you.
We look forward to seeing you in April.
Don’t forget to register!
Impressions of WCEF+Climate
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