We talked about virtual product chains and advanced sorting & characterisation before and finally we'll take a look at the bigger picture, and analyse the role of urban flows in generating a circular economy.
Increased urbanization offers various circular opportunities and challenges. Circular economy and circular building practices are based on the local management of material flows. Cities play a central role in developing these material flows and management systems. Materials for new projects will be sourced from existing stocks and flows, while local re-use and recycling will be stimulated. Several elements to allow for such a system are in place. There is, however, a need to bring these elements together and build them into a functioning complex system. Digital technologies enhance our ability to effectively and efficiently do this. Thus, we finish by focusing on urban metabolism and by bringing various approaches to material sourcing and management together that build a functioning, complex, circular system.
During this final session we aim to investigate ways in which cities can incorporate circular economy, and the role technology holds in generating circular urban systems. How can cities learn from one another whilst appreciating their vast differences, and what is the role of policy in generating technological innovation? Finally, how can cities drive technological innovation for circular economy, using the perspective from different regions in the world?
This final session includes a panel of innovative, exciting speakers from the United Nations Environmental Program International Resource Panel (UNEP IRP), EPEA, UN Habitat, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Ellen McArthur Foundation.
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