On 3-5 June 2019, the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra is hosting the World Circular Economy Forum 2019 (WCEF2019) on the theme of "A carbon-neutral circular economy" in Helskini, Finland.
In the next era of the circular economy, it’s time to transform “the best kept secret” into global impact. Great solutions have been identified all over the world. We now need to scale things up. This involves growing investments into circular economy businesses, spreading and adopting new technologies and making significant regulatory changes that enable the circular economy to flourish. In this context, the WCEF2019 programme will be divided into four tracks:
- Track 1: INNOVATION: This track will cover the role of innovation in transitioning to a circular economy. It will include discussions on new business activities, future technologies and required investments for scaling-up the circular economy.
- Track 2: SECTORAL: This track will cover the application of circular economy solutions for different sectors. It will include discussions on circular solutions in cities, and especially for construction and water.
- Track 3: STRATEGY: This track will cover strategic planning and execution for the circular economy. It will include discussions on regional, national and local strategies, road maps and indicators as well as the interconnectedness of circularity with climate change.
- Track 4: SOCIAL: This track will cover the social impacts and the fairness of the transition to a circular economy. It will include discussions on circular economy in developing countries, the effects on global security as well as present educational and everyday solutions.
The World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF) is the global initiative of Finland and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra. The WCEF brings together more than 2,000 business leaders, policymakers and experts to present the world’s best circular economy solutions. The WCEF 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.
The first forum was organised in Helsinki, Finland in June 2017 with 1,600 participants from nearly 100 countries. In 2018, Sitra brought the concept to Yokohama, Japan where more than 1,100 circular economy experts discussed what we need to do to create a true circular economy by 2050. See the outcomes of the WCEF2018 here.
The WCEF2019 is by invitation only. If you are interested in attending the event or have other questions about the WCEF2019, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org