The 2019 Circularity Gap report warns the rate of raw material extraction at 92 billion tonnes per year is already exceeding planetary boundaries, and that due to population and economic growth this figure could swell to a staggering 184 billion tonnes per year by 2050. The report points out that only a mutually reinforcing combination of low-carbon development and resource efficiency can shift our world economy to a low carbon pathway. Consequently, a systematic and holistic approach to climate change is needed which doesn’t focus on single sectors or industries and instead focuses on a new vision of sustainable, low-carbon growth while re-writing the narrative that reducing emissions is costly to the economy.
This webinar provided a brief overview of how circular economies, which are aimed at minizing production of wasteful materials and making the most of resources, are well placed to target consumption-based emissions and address responsibilities for outsourced industries. This webinar also discussed cooperative climate finance approaches that can take into consideration emissions generated along the supply chains and address the emissions embedded in the products as well as off-shore finance markets and related climate finance calculations.
This webinar was organized jointly by UNDP through its NDC Support Programme, Alliance Sud and Shifting Paradigms.
Panelists and presentations
Juerg Staudenmann, Head Climate and Environment at Alliance Sud, Switzerland
Ratcheting up Ambition! Towards Consumption-based Accounting & Commitments
Jelmer Hoogzaad, CEO, Shifting Paradigms, Netherlands
The Paris Agreement: How a 1.5 degrees world can only be circular