GRCx The Circular Economy Opportunity: Deepening Decarbonization Through Sustainability of All Value Chains

On Wednesday, November 17 at 1pm ET, join the Boston Green Ribbon Commission for its next GRCx program, "The Circular Economy Opportunity: Deepening Decarbonization Through Sustainability of All Value Chains."

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Sustainability innovation leaders are extending their decarbonization commitments to embrace the vision of a circular economy with strategies to design out waste and pollution, maintain products’ and materials’ value and regenerate natural systems; creating new revenue streams, business models and opportunities across all sectors and at all stages of the value chain.

The traditional economy is a linear one that can be characterized as ‘take – make – use – waste.’ The circular economy seeks to: 

  • Eliminate waste and pollution through the use of sustainable and circular inputs such as renewable energy, recycled or upcycled materials and bio-based sources, 

  • Maximize the useful life of all products and materials by designing for modularity and repair, new business models to increase utilization without the need to produce more goods or extract more materials and retain the value of source materials, while

  • Regenerating the planet’s natural systems the economy depends on, through tightening resource “loops” and implementing strategies to preserve and enhance the environment in all aspects of business throughout the value chain. 

For climate action leaders, it means extending sustainability goals beyond energy and fuels use to encompass all of the material elements of the enterprise. Circularity seeks to decarbonize at every stage of the entire life cycle and value chain – starting with design, to consider all resource extraction, production, logistics, use and ultimately decommissioning and repurposing/upcycling/recycling. Circular economy practices can be implemented at multiple scales – be it the organization, cities, regional and/or national economies. A circular economy vision extends sustainability goals beyond energy and fuels use to encompass all of the material elements of the enterprise. Circular economy practices can be implemented at multiple scales – be it the organization, cities, regional and/or national economies.

In this GRCx they will explore how Boston’s climate leaders can and are evolving their business practices to:

  • Embrace a circular economy vision and strategy

  • Identify the benefits the circular economy can generate for:

    • Residents

    • Organizations

    • Companies

    • Boston and the surrounding community

The session will include an overview of the global circular economy movement as well as thought leader ‘speaker bursts’ on strategies and actions being taken in a variety of sectors, including:

  • Buildings and the built environment

  • Cities

  • Energy

  • Finance

  • NGOs and community-based organizations

Speakers:

  • J. Renay Loper
    Vice President of Program Innovation
    PYXERA Global
  • Peter Perrault
    Head of Circular Economy, USA & Canada
    Enel North America
  • Divya Sridhar
    Manager of Climate Resiliency and Sustainability
    Cleveland Neighborhood Progress
  • Anne van Riel
    Head of Sustainable Finance Capital Markets America
    BNP Paribas
  • Frances Yang
    Structures and Sustainability Specialist
    Arup

About GRCx:
GRCx is an interactive program series from the Boston Green Ribbon Commission designed to accelerate the implementation of the City's Climate Action Plan by providing high-quality, useful content on climate resilience and carbon mitigation to the Boston community.