WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Keeping our eyes on the municipal and regional elections, we want the Circular Agenda to be at the heart of the public debate, starting in Athens, at one of the most beautiful, historic and symbolic venues:
The purpose of the Forum is to stimulate and jump-start a long-ranging conversation between all relevant communities of the Greek ecosystem necessary to accelerate the transition of the national and European economy from linear to circular.
Our Planet Suffers
The circular model is restorative and regenerative by design, and the key principle is that products, services, components and materials are kept at their highest value at all times. A circular economy is the most efficient answer to solving the problem of depletion and economic scarcity of resources.
IS THIS POSSIBLE?
According to the UN, the world is currently 9.1% circular. This implies that more than 90% of the world’s raw materials do not return into economic processes.
A circular economy would bring added value through new business models and strategies to increase growth, and enhance competitiveness: these tools would reduce dependency on scarce resources, and thus exposure to price volatility.
They would accelerate growth by reducing supply chain inefficiencies and they would allow companies to be better prepared for changes in environmental regulation by hedging future resource and material supply risks, as well as reap reputational benefits.
WHERE DO WE START FROM?
From the Cities
Cities consume more than 75% of the available resources (including energy) in the world, produce more than 50% of waste and are responsible for about 80% of the world's greenhouse gases. For this reason, Cities will be the origin point from which the circular economy will take flight.