If we are to succeed in the fight against climate change, we need new, better models to using our planet’s finite resources. We also need to drastically reduce consumer and industrial waste. Circular Economy approaches offer a solution to both challenges. By designing products and processes around models of extended use, repairability and shareability, we can address environmental, geopolitical, and cost-related risks surrounding the extraction and processing of natural resources.
By focusing on disassembly, recycling, and the recovery of materials from end-of-life products we can also address many of the issues associated with consumer and industrial waste. A successful transition towards a Circular Economy will require multidisciplinary, system-level approaches across product design, business models, and supply chains. Startups are in a unique position to test, validate and ultimately spearhead new circular solutions and will play a key role in this transition while Venture Capitalists will find unique, long-term, and high-impact investment opportunities.
- Anli Zhang, Founder, World We Dare to Imagine
- Chantal Emmanuel, CTO & Co-Founder, Limeloop
- Johan Schwind, Managing Director, URBAN-X
- Rekha Grennan, Founder & CEO, WorkSpherics
Moderator: Imke Myrick, Director, Circular City Week/Danish Cleantech Hub