Circular Economy: Closing the Loop on a Sustainable Future
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM EDTWashington, DC
Learn how European and American leaders in government and business envision the growth of a sustainable, circular economy.
Rapid population growth and a growing global middle class will put unprecedented strain on our natural resources within the coming decades. The good news: corporate and government leaders are beginning to reimagine how we produce, use, and recycle products. A circular economy model that makes better use of waste can unlock business opportunities and allow companies to do more with less.
In this presentation and panel discussion, European and American leaders in government and business shared their views on this emerging topic. In the spirit of the coinciding EU Climate Diplomacy Week, this event will included discussion of how a circular economy model can support global climate goals as outlined in the Paris Agreement on climate change.
- Janet Ranganathan, Vice President for Science and Research, World Resources Institute (@WorldResources)
- David O'Sullivan, Ambassador of the European Union to the United States of America (@EUAmbUS | @EUintheUS)
- Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission (@KarmenuVella | @EU_Commission)
- Isabella Lövin, Minister for International Development and Climate, Deputy Prime Minister, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Sweden (@IsabellaLovin)
- Moderator: Kevin Moss, Global Director for the Business Center, World Resources Institute (@KevinIMoss)
- Mathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Land and Emergency Management, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (@EPAland)
- Sir David King, Special Representative for Climate Change, United Kingdom (@Sir_David_King | @GOVUK)
- Dr. Helge Wendenburg, Director General, Water Management and Resource Conservation, German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (@bmub)
- Jennifer Gerholdt, Senior Director, Environment Program, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (@JGerholdt | @USCCFoundation)
- April Hembree Crow, Senior Director, Environment & Sustainability, The Coca-Cola Company (@AprilHCrow | @CocaColaCo)
- Hugh Welsh, President and General Counsel, DSM North America (@HughCWelsh | @DSM)