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Towards a Circular Economy

Chatham House London, UK


Felix Preston, Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Research Director, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House


Today’s global economy is based on a linear process where resources are taken to make products, these products are consumed and then discarded. The ‘circular economy’ offers a fundamentally new model of industrial organization where waste is designed out by sharing, leasing, reusing and repairing and recycling products. The level of business and government interest in the circular economy concept has grown in recent years and in 2015, the Paris climate agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) both recognized the urgent need for ‘transformative’ innovation to reduce emissions and resource use.

There is now a window of opportunity to ensure that innovation in the circular economy makes a significant contribution to meeting of short- and medium-term climate and sustainability goals, supporting the implementation of these agreements. Felix Preston will draw on a new initiative at Chatham House that aims to track what is happening in the real economy and consider what is needed to scale up and accelerate innovation, and how to track and measure progress.

To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.

This event is only open to Major Corporate Member and Partner organizations of Chatham House. If you would like to register your interest, please RSVP to Linda Bedford. We will contact you to confirm your attendance.