Join us at this event, jointly organized by the Green Alliance and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and explore the role of finance in promoting the transition to a circular economy.
According to the UN, half of global emissions result from the extraction and processing of raw materials for products and raw materials for food and fuel, so climate change cannot be tackled without a fundamental rethinking of raw material use.
But using fewer resources and extending the life of products is not only good for the planet, it also makes economic sense. This is the circular economy. A circular economy will bring higher GDP growth and more jobs, which will reduce an economy's exposure to volatile commodity markets. A growing number of businesses are seeing these economic opportunities and developing approaches with climate resilience and circular systems in mind.
Moving to a circular economy that preserves resources at their highest value for as long as possible will take a concerted effort to unlock the potential of new business models. At UK government level, policies such asMaximize resources, minimize waste' and a green finance strategy should help translate these ambitions into reality. But are they enough to ensure the necessary funding and remove tax and legal hurdles? How do you translate ambition into concrete action?
It is not only the government's responsibility. A truly circular economy requires a new perspective, experimentation and the courage to shape a new future. Bankers, investors and others in the financial sector must play a key role in driving change. But how do they integrate the growing risks of resource depletion and insecure supply chains into their modeling? How can a different approach of financial and investment institutions evolve to improve certainty for circular businesses, long-term sustainability and liquidity for supply chain contracts?
Join us at this event to explore the answers to these questions. The panel discussion will include an audience Q&A, followed by drinks and networking.
Key note: Afke van RijnDirector General for Environment and International Affairs, Government of the Netherlands
- Chair: Libby Peek, Head of Resource Policy, Green Alliance
- AGnes Estbals, Deputy Director, Business Decarbonisation and Energy Transition Policy, DESNZ
- Charlotte Morley, Founder and CEO, The Little Loop
- More speakers to be announced.
A link to the event will be provided upon registration.
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