World Circular Economy Forum + Climate

March 10, 2021

On 15 and 16 April 2021, the Netherlands and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra will welcome representatives of governments, international organisations, knowledge institutes, the private sector, and citizens from around the globe to the virtual conference platform, to digitally meet up and discuss the crucial role of a circular economy in achieving climate neutrality.

“The Netherlands is very much looking forward to hosting the high-level WCEF+Climate meeting on 15-16 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.”
– Minister for the Environment of the Netherlands, Stientje van Veldhoven.

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The role of circular economy in addressing climate change challenges

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 13 sessions, leaders from government, business and civil society from all corners of our planet will commit to bold action, scale up their commitments, and share best practices for a just transition to a circular economy. If we are to achieve the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, we must look towards a circular future.

WCEF+Climate is the opportunity to join other leaders in paving the way for bold steps towards a circular economy by 2050, a necessity for climate neutrality.

The Dutch Minister for the Environment, Stientje van Veldhoven, welcomes you to the WCEF+Climate: