Webinar: Closing the loop for the climate: Harnessing the circular economy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Sept 28, 2021, 9 am CDT
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In order to limit global warming to below 1.5°C, global emissions need to reach net-zero by the mid-century, as outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in its 2018 report. Achieving this goal will require unprecedented action to tackle emissions from the production, consumption and disposal of products and materials, which currently account for nearly half of all global greenhouse gas emissions. But while discussion has so far centred predominantly on scaling renewable energies and improving energy efficiency, the potential role of the circular economy in cutting emissions has been largely overlooked―at least until now.  

In the circular economy the linear “take-make-waste” model is jettisoned, with products designed for reuse, repair and remanufacture. Keeping materials in circulation and maintaining their utility not only limits waste and the use of precious raw materials, but can reduce emissions at each stage of the material life cycle―from the initial design and  industrial production to the end of life. So how can the potential of the circular economy for emissions reduction be unlocked? The solution exists: all that is needed is willingness to take it up.

In this webinar we bring together industry representatives, circular-economy experts and climate thinkers to examine what role the circular economy could play in reducing emissions and addressing climate change.

Key topics covered: 

  • What is the potential of the circular economy in facilitating emissions reduction from the production, consumption and disposal of material goods?
  • In which sectors and industries could circular models prove most effective in reducing emissions? 
  • How does material management need to transform in order to reduce emissions? 
  • How can cross-sector collaboration be achieved to move circularity forward? 

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