Tuesday, December 7 | 9:00 – 11:30 am Pacific | Virtual
The circular economy is a proven model that is linking new economic and employment opportunities with the potential to create more resilient communities, businesses, and supply chains, improve competitiveness, spur innovation, and attract new investment that can support economic recovery. Circular economy strategies can also help tackle the climate change crisis, delivering deeper greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions, including considerations for embodied carbon in manufactured products and across supply chains.
Systems-thinking and cross-sector collaboration are keys to advancing the circular economy. As consumers demand more sustainable, low-carbon products and services, companies (from established multinationals to start-ups) are adopting circular business models and strategies, resulting in shifts within global value chains and across sectors.
Governments around the world are also investing in the circular economy. Europe has embraced the circular economy as a defining strategy through its updated Circular Economy Action Plan, with the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Programme having invested nearly €1 billion per year into research and the financing of circular economy projects to enhance competitiveness. Earlier this year, China released its newest five-year plan (2021-2025) outlining goals for the adoption of a circular economy system.
The Cascadia Innovation and Circular Economy Conference will examine circular strategies across three sectors (transportation and logistics, plastics and packaging, and electronics/e-waste) and the linkage to innovation that can enhance economic competitiveness and investments in the region and beyond.
9:00-9:10am PT – Welcome: Importance of Innovation & the Circular Economy
9:10-9:30am – Keynote: 4IR & Cleantech Solutions for Circularity
9:30-10:30am – Breakout Tracks:
- Panel 1: Circular Transportation & Logistics
- Panel 2: Circular Plastics & Packaging
- Panel 3: Electronics & End-of-Life Recovery
10:30-11:20am – Keynote & Armchair Dialogue: Regional to Global Supply Chains & Scaling Solutions
11:20-11:30am – Key Take-aways & Wrap-up