DAY 1: 18 May - 14.00 – 16.30 CET: From a sectoral to a systemic approach: how the circular economy can accelerate the blue and green economy in cities and regions
This session will explore how cities and regions can link blue and green agendas following circular economy principles, in order to: enhance material efficiency; close loops and regenerate natural systems. The OECD case study on the Circular Economy in of Granada, Spain, has shown that water-related initiatives can push for more holistic strategies towards the circular economy transition. Similarly, the OECD case study on the Circular Economy in Glasgow, United Kingdom, host of the COP 26 in November 2021, highlights how the circular economy can help achieve carbon neutral objectives.
DAY 2: 19 May - 10.00 – 12.30 CET: From global to local: closing loops in green recovery plans and measuring progress in cities and regions
The COVID-19 crisis highlighted the unsustainable nature of certain environmental and social trends and led to a reconsideration of current production and consumption patterns, including for mobility, material use and food. In the post-COVID-19 scenario, several national governments are adopting green recovery initiatives, but the role of cities in these strategies and the extent to which packages will drive the circular economy remain unclear.
Building on OECD case studies on the circular economy at the national (Ireland) and the local (Canada, Estonia) level, the session will discuss the role of cities and regions within COVID-19 recovery plans and how they can establish a governance system that enables the circular transition and helps measure progress.