Self vs Society: the growing need for the establishment of a truly global Circular Economy

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Thursday, June 24th 2021: Panel discussion held in Dubai at the In5 Tech in partnership with the Sustain UAE group. We spent the evening discussing the circular economy

The massive impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on all our lives and economies underscores that our collective survival and well-being hinges on our willingness to confront environmental threats that have global consequences.  Key to protecting lives and making communities more resilient to such threats as well as the overarching fears of environmental degradation caused by climate change will be an increasingly focused emphasis on proactive, science-based decision-making at all levels of society.

Now more than ever before, we need to work together to implement new policies and utilize technology to strengthen resource security and ensure resilience. Moving towards a more circular economy can lead to reducing pressure on the environment, improving the security of supplying raw materials, increasing competitiveness, stimulating innovation and accelerating economic growth. The circular economy, if appropriately implemented,  has the potential to boost jobs, growth, and investment, while promoting the transition to a carbon-neutral, resource-efficient, and competitive economy.

Based on his championship of the Circular Economy in Singapore, across the SE Asia region and within the Energy Institute for some years, our Guest Speaker Peter Godfrey summarized what he sees as some of the core elements of Circular Economy development and implementation that we should all be thinking about in our day-to-day lives and business.