Regional Technical Expert Meetings on circular economy and waste-to-energy (23 August 2018, montevideo, uruguay)

The meeting focuses on various solutions aimed at achieving a shift towards circular economy and the associated triple win: economic, environmental and employment. “Circular economy” is an alternative to a traditional linear economy (make, use and dispose). It aims to use resources as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them and recover and regenerate materials at the end.

The implementers of circular economy (countries, cities, industries, companies and public) concentrate on rethinking products and services using principles based on durability, renewability, reuse, repair, replacement, upgrades, refurbishment and reduced material use.

By applying these principles, the implementer can design out waste, increase resource productivity and decouple growth from natural resource consumption. Through this they can capture significant benefits, including: increased supply chain and resource security; growth, innovation and competitive advantage; cost reduction; and reduced energy consumption and GHG emissions.

The circular economy solutions contribute to various sustainable development goals (SDGs). It helps to meet the overall energy needs (SDG 7- affordable and clean energy) and entails GHG emission reductions (SDG 13-climate action). Furthermore, it also contributes to SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth), SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure) and SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production) through the creation of job opportunities, closed loops in industries and industrial symbiosis, and recovery of energy/material from waste.

The meetings is organised by the UNFCCC secretariat in collaboration with Technology Executive Committee, the Climate Technology Center and Network, and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, in conjunction with the Latin America and Caribbean climate week, held in Montevideo, Uruguay from 20 to 23 August 2018 .