2021/09/15 | Circular Finance Accelerator Session

  • Date: September 15, 2021
  • Time: 8:30-10:30 PT / 11:30am-1:30pm ET
  • Registration: Registration information coming soon
  • Hosts: This WCEF2021 Accelerator event will be hosted by Circular Economy Leadership Canada (CELC), GLOBE Series, and the United Nations Environment Programme Finance initiative (UNEP FI)

Description: The circular economy has potential to help meet global sustainability goals, address local environmental priorities and deliver significant economic returns, while mitigating the risks associated with a more linear economy. However, even as momentum grows for impact investing opportunities, the financing of circular solutions still faces challenges.

This outcomes-oriented virtual event will focus on how we can accelerate and scale up circular financing, from the global to the local level. We will begin with a global view of opportunities and challenges curated by the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) followed by an in-depth look at specific local applications in Canada, focused on the following key framing questions:

  • Despite a lack of harmonized frameworks, taxonomies, and metrics, what circular financing solutions are being implemented today?
  • How can we accelerate the scale up circular finance within the financial sector, to financial institutions not yet actively involved in circular financing, and across the supply chain, including to SMEs?
  • What are the potential returns and associated risks of investing in circular products, services, and solutions?
  • How can we leverage the intersection of circular economy with broader ESG investment opportunities, the UN SDGs, net-zero climate commitments, and green economic recovery objectives?

Who Should Attend?  This is a public event targeted to an audience of international and Canadian finance and investment business leaders, practitioners, and policymakers.