SDG & Circular Economy

BACKGROUND

In today’s linear economy, manufacturers work around the take-make-waste model, where natural resources are extracted to create products, and products are disposed when they’re no longer useful. Such model is costly, not only in terms of economic value, it also imposes great loss to the environment.

Circular Economy, on the other hand, ensures that everything has value and nothing is wasted. Products are designed and made to last. Manufacturers adopt reuse-repair-reproduce model, enabling materials to remain in use at their highest value for as long as possible.

THE GEOSPATIAL ENABLER

While it is well established that Geospatial and Earth Observation data are powerful tools in measuring, monitoring and reporting of the SDGs; tracking and managing the Circular Economy pose a different challenge altogether.

Circular Economy requires products to be connected digitally to the manufacturer so the entire product lifecycle can be monitored. The complex circular networks connecting suppliers and partners, too, must be managed seamlessly in order to support Circular Economy collaborative model. Advances in digital technologies, especially the combination of mobile, machine-to-machine and data analytics, will play a big role in matching the supply and demand of underused assets and products.

There are various ways Geospatial technology is supporting and has the potential to support Circular Economy practices, among others:

SYMPOSIUM ON SDG & CIRCULAR ECONOMY AT GWF 2021

Geospatial World Forum 2021 shall host a 2-day symposium on SDG & Circular Economy, with the objective to demonstrate how Circular Economy practices can help to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), and the promising role of Geospatial solutions in this regard.

TOPICS TO BE COVERED

SDG 12 & Circular Economy: Ensuring Responsible Consumption and Production Patterns
  • Sustainable water management
  • Waste management
  • Sustainable products and services
  • Sustainable supply chains
  • Synergies with renewable energy
  • Reducing industrial pollution of water and soil
Geospatial & Circular Business Models
  • Sharing Platforms
  • Products-as-a-Service
  • Circular Supply Chains
  • Product Life Extension
  • Recovery and Recycling
Circular Agriculture: Rethinking Agricultural Value Chains to Prevent Food Loss
  • Implementation of sustainable food production systems
  • Resilience to climate change and severe disasters
  • Recycle farming
  • Rehabilitation of degraded land
  • Digitizing agricultural supply chain from farm to fork
Circular Economy & Net-Zero Emission Target
  • Transforming energy, industry, transport, food, agriculture and forestry ecosystems
  • Critical role of renewable energy and energy-efficiency measures
  • Tackling industrial emissions (cement, steel, plastic and aluminium)
Social Innovation and Collaborations towards Circular Cities
  • Synergies among local government, knowledge institutes and local entrepreneurs to accelerate change
  • Encouraging citizen participation
  • Educating leaders and consumers

SPEAKERS

PanellistAmy Coughenour Betancourt, CEO, CADASTA Foundation

Amy Coughenour Betancourt

CADASTA Foundation
Amy

Panellist Coughenour Betancourt

CEO
CADASTA Foundation
PanellistRobert Cheetham, CEO, Azavea,

Robert Cheetham

Azavea
Robert

Panellist Cheetham

CEO
Azavea
Alexandre Cabaret, Senior Director, Partnerships, Devex,

Alexandre Cabaret

Devex
Alexandre

Cabaret

Senior Director, Partnerships
Devex
Fireside ChatJackie Mwaniki, Energy Sector Lead, Fraym, Kenya

Jackie Mwaniki

Fraym
Jackie

Fireside Chat Mwaniki

Energy Sector Lead
Fraym
Kenya
Luca Budello, Manager - Geospatial Insights, Knowledge Transfer Network, UK

Luca Budello

Knowledge Transfer Network
Luca

Budello

Manager - Geospatial Insights
Knowledge Transfer Network
UK
Kwaku Owusu-Achaw, Business Development Adviser, Shell Foundation,

Kwaku Owusu-Achaw

Shell Foundation
Kwaku

Owusu-Achaw

Business Development Adviser
Shell Foundation
Holli Howard, Geo Data Operations, Google

Holli Howard

Google
Holli

Howard

Geo Data Operations
Google
Marino Cavallo, Head - Innovation, Metropolitan City of Bologna

Marino Cavallo

Metropolitan City of Bologna
Marino

Cavallo

Head - Innovation
Metropolitan City of Bologna
Sami Pippuri, CTO, MaaS Global Oy,

Sami Pippuri

MaaS Global Oy
Sami

Pippuri

CTO
MaaS Global Oy
Marcel Broekhaar, Program Leader Smart Society, City of Zwolle, The Netherlands

Marcel Broekhaar

City of Zwolle
Marcel

Broekhaar

Program Leader Smart Society
City of Zwolle
The Netherlands
Mary-Ann Schreurs, Strategic Advisor, Initiative Co-Lead Innovate.City</br>Marketplace of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities

Mary-Ann Schreurs

Marketplace of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities
Mary-Ann

Schreurs

Strategic Advisor, Initiative Co-Lead Innovate.City
Marketplace of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities
Peter Rose, Managing Director, Orbica, Germany

Peter Rose

Orbica
Peter

Rose

Managing Director
Orbica
Germany
Alexander Gunkel, CEO, Space4Good, The Netherlands

Alexander Gunkel

Space4Good
Alexander

Gunkel

CEO
Space4Good
The Netherlands

TARGET AUDIENCE

NGOs and INGOs
Multilateral organizations
Academia & research institutions
Consultants & project implementers
Donors, funders and aid agencies
Policy makers
Geospatial and allied technology companies