online | 29th until 30th of September 2020

With six independent sessions with keynote speeches, panel discussions and networking opportunities, WCEFonline will provide different lenses through which business leaders and policy makers can assess the risks and opportunities associated with their resource dependence. The key questions answered include how the circular economy helps in building more resilient businesses, why sustainable finance is key, and what governments need to focus on now to scale up the circular economy.

At the opening session of Sitra’s WCEF on 29 September, Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice President of the European Commission, together with Inger Andersen, Executive Director of UN Environement Programme will address the current state of the global economy and recovery in the context of the European Green Deal. Minister for the Environment, Stientje van Veldhoven, will take part in the panel discussion on the role of private and public financing and concrete actions.

See the full programme here: https://www.sitra.fi/en/events/wcefonline-programme/


WCEFonline on rebooting and creating a resilient circular economy

WCEFonline is part of the World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF). WCEF is a global initiative of Finland and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra. The event brings together more than 2,000 business leaders, policymakers and experts to present the world’s best circular economy solutions. It examines how businesses can seize new opportunities, gain a competitive advantage through circular economy solutions and how the circular economy contributes to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We believe that truly competitive solutions are born when business and environment go hand in hand.

WCEF event in the Netherlands for decision-makers

on 15 April 2021 The Netherlands will organise a multi-stakeholder high-level meeting as part of the World Circular Economy Forum to address the links between the circular economy and climate.

“The Netherlands is very much looking forward to hosting a high level WCEF meeting on the circular economy and climate change 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.

The physical event that was supposed to take place in Toronto this year is postponed to 2021. Read the news release about it here.