How can recent advancements in trade traceability accelerate a just circular transition?

This roundtable will feature global experts on the topics of supply chain transparency and tracking technologies; and circular economy trade. 

Research event, Roundtable Invitation only
26 October 2021 — 2:00PM TO 3:30PM
Online

As an enabler of the circular economy, global trade facilitates access to the materials, technologies and services countries (and businesses) need to engage in circular activities (reuse, repair, re-manufacturing or recycling). Despite its decisive role in the transition to the circular economy, the global trading system has so far evolved in favour of the linear extract-make-throwaway economy, resulting in lock-ins and challenges that have made circular trade particularly difficult. 

The development and scaling up of digital and physical tracking technologies (such as the blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT) and RFID tags) can and are already helping solve supply chain transparency problems by enabling real-time identification and tracking of products (such as recycled plastics) across their entire life cycle. Despite offering clear benefits to the global circular economy transition, the combined effects of these technological developments pose unique challenges and opportunities in terms of realizing a just circular transition for low-income countries.  

This roundtable will feature global experts on the topics of (i) supply chain transparency and tracking technologies; and (ii) circular economy trade. Through moderated discussion, the session will explore how the deployment of these technologies is currently aiding (or may aid in the future) businesses in low-income countries to take advantage of the opportunities offered through circular economy-oriented trade.

Participants

Dr Jack Barrie, Research Fellow, Chatham House

Alisa DiCaprio, Head of Trade and Supply Chain, R3 

Maria Teresa Pisani, Economic Cooperation and Trade Division, UNECE

More speakers to be confirmed.

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