Singapore joins global network of Circular Economy Mapping Pioneers
UWCSEA hosted the inaugural Singapore Circular Economy (CE) Mapping Session on Thursday, 8 February in the IDEAS Hub on Dover Campus. The event, which attracted participants from corporates, NGOs, government institutions, start-ups and the education sector, was conceived to accelerate what many believe to be the inevitable global transition from a linear to a circular economic model.
Between 5 and 11 February, more than 60 cities around the world mapped local CE initiatives. The key objective of the global mapping initiative is to accelerate the adoption of a circular economic model, the need for which is highlighted in the recent Circularity Gap report, which found that the world economy is only 9.1% circular. The mapping sessions are one response initiative, helping to close the massive circularity gap in our current economic model by helping share knowledge that will hasten the transition to a more regenerative system in two ways:
developing a worldwide database of CE initiatives, to be made available at not cost via an online platform
growing both local and global networks of passionate individuals, influencers and enablers, who can be instrumental in driving the circular economy forward
In Singapore, the event attracted more than 70 participants, many of them Circular Economy professionals, who were happy to share their experiences in the sector and to extend their networks. Jiehui Kia, APAC lead on the Circular Economy at Forum for the Future said of the event, 'The energy in the room was infectious! Loved meeting so many others who are working in many different ways to make a circular economy possible.' Other keynote speakers included Professor William Chen, Director of the Food Science and Technology Programme at Nanyang Technological University; Janet Neo, Head of Corporate Sustainability in Asia Pacific at Fuji Xerox and Maxine Chen, Sustainability Communications Specialist at Interface.
UWCSEA is actively involved in teaching and learning for the Circular Economy through a educational partnership with the Ellen Macarthur Foundation, a global thought-leader in this field. Workshop sponsor and UWCSEA Director of Sustainability Nathan Hunt opened the workshop by framing the CE as “a key component in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals and thus the UWCSEA mission. Transitioning from a degenerative to regenerative economy that learns from Nature’s natural cycling of resources is not just environmentally imperative, but economically very attractive, with a whole range of exciting possibilities for entrepreneurs.” UWCSEA also recently hosted Forum for the Future’s ‘Re-imagining jobs in the Circular Economy’ event at the Ideas Hub which likewise showed the growing opportunities that this transition will provide for students graduating in the coming years.
The global mapping initiative is the brainchild of the Circular Economy Club (CEC), a not-for-profit group headquartered in London, with an international network of over 2,600 circular economy professionals and organisations. The Singapore event was facilitated by Marialine Verdickt, founder of CircleWerkz, a Singapore-founded online solutions platform for “Conscious Consumption”.
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