Launch of the Circular Business Platform Lagos
October 11, 2021
On the 5th October 2021 The Circular Business Platform Lagos (CBPL) was launched during a sold-out event at EKO Hotel. The platform is a first step in the transition from a linear to a circular economy in Nigeria with Lagos State as a model.
As partners, the Embassy of The Netherlands and Holland Circular Hotspot have been supporting the Lagos Circular Business Platform with knowledge and capacity building. Also, we can shared best practices from businesses, insights and tools from knowledge community, exchange the hard learnt lessons from government and introduce them to a global circular economy network.
“The transition from a linear to a circular economy demands cooperation over sectoral borders. The private sector should be in the lead but an enabling policy environment and research into new technologies and data collection are also of crucial importance”.Michel Deelen, Consul General of The Netherlands
Launch event with key stakeholders
The CBPL hybrid launch event was attended by the Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherland, Mr. Michel Deelen, Honourable Commissioner for Economic Planning & Budget of Lagos State, Mr. Sam Egube, Managing Director of Nigerian Breweries, Mr. Hans Essaadi, Managing Director of Coca-Cola, Mr Alfred Olajide as well as other notable individuals, businesses and organizations from a variety of sectors.
A recap of initiating the Circular Business Platform in Lagos
Based on stakeholder engagements with the circular economy ecosystem in 2020, both enthusiasm and need were identified for the establishment of a Circular Business Platform in Lagos. Therefore, the Consulate General of The Kingdom of The Netherlands in Lagos commissioned a preparatory study to inform the inception of such a platform carried out by the African Circular Economy Network (ACEN) and Holland Circular Hotspot (HCH). The study concluded that there is high demand for a platform connecting businesses, knowledge institutes, civil society and the government to promote a the transition from a linear to a circular economy in Lagos State. The platform should be an independent and self-sustaining entity aiming to facilitate partnerships, knowledge exchange, circular finance opportunities, market access for international companies and policy dialogue to promote an enabling environment.
The Circular Economy Innovation Partnership (CEIP) will take the lead in the implementation of the CBPL, supported by the Nigeria Climate Innovation Center (NCIC), ACEN and a steering committee, consisting of key stakeholders that showed willingness to take the lead.
The CBPL will be as successful as its members make it. Are you a Lagos based circular or sustainability focused entrepreneur or SME? A large business or corporate investing in recycling or resource efficiency? An NGO advocating for a cleaner environment? A research institution exploring innovative and circular solutions? Or a government organization aiming to create an enabling environment for sustainable business to thrive?
Please register here and stay updated: Registration of Interest in the Circular Business Platform – Circular Lagos