Aiming at a circular economy by 2050, a necessity for carbon neutrality

On the 15th of April 2021 the Dutch government, together with the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, will host a high-level meeting to address the connection between the circular economy and climate.

It is evident that the circular economy has great potential to contribute to reducing greenhouse gases, as a number of studies conclude that 45-50% of total global greenhouse gas emissions are related to the extraction and processing of materials.

The WCEF+Climate is an international high-level event which brings together business leaders, policymakers and experts from nearly 100 countries to discuss how circular economy solutions help in combatting climate change.

Let’s reboot the economy with circular solutions and climate change together.

This year marks a year of change and adaptation. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the world and our economies. At the same time, a rapid transition to a circular economy is more important than ever. The whole world needs to find ways to get back on its feet, and we have a unique opportunity to support the sustainable recovery of our economies with circular solutions while contributing to also solving the biodiversity crisis. The ultimate goal of the event is to galvanize leaders from government, business and other parts of society to take next steps in implementing a circular economy. This is an incredible opportunity that could help us reach our common climate goals, spur a new economy with better jobs and a cleaner future.

Sneak peek of the programme

The event will address the connection between the circular economy and climate change. The objective is to form a Joint Action Statement. Due to the COVID-19, the entire event will be held online and has the ambition to build bridges together. Business leaders, policymakers, and experts – all who are interested in climate change, the circular economy and emissions reductions are welcome to participate.

The programme will address topics such as:

  • The Paris Agreement (5th anniversary in December 2020): establishing synergies and paving the way forward through circular economy monitoring linked to the climate goals and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Reaching the circular economy full potential in action plans around the Nationally Determined Contributions’ (NDC’s), the national climate plans.
  • Enhancing structural engagement across regions on the circular economy.
  • Better incorporating the circular economy in the SDG agenda.
  • Strengthening resilience and adaptation to climate change in the water and agricultural sectors and mainstreaming climate change in local and regional development planning.
  • A low-carbon and climate-resilient economy.
  • Building cross-regional coalitions and increasing circularity in the value chains of plastics and electronics. 
  • Political commitment to link the circular economy and climate goals.


Stay tuned for more information! The programme will be launched on the event website in the beginning of 2021 and the website of the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra.