Smart City Expo 2017 Brokerage Event


Moving towards a Circular Economy

  • What if we could redesign everything?
  • What if there was no waste?
  • What if we use renewable resources and energy? What if we are able to close loops of materials flows?
  • What if we design waste out of the lifecycle of a building?
  • What if the 6.000 million of people that will be living in megacities by 2050 will be free of emissions, traffic jams, stress, noise, shortage of food and food waste?
  • What if we could improve transport flows, have less congestion, better air quality, greener spaces, healthier buildings and reduced energy bills?
  • What if we could bring circular economy innovative solutions for cities?

A circular economy keeps products and materials circulating within the economy at their highest value for as long as possible, through re-use, upcycling, recycling, remanufacturing, delivering products as services and sharing

Cities are the big player of the circular economy. Globally, for the first time ever, more than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas and Cities could play a key role for the development of the circular economy.


So how are cities approaching the circular challenge?

London, Barcelona, Paris, Amsterdam and Copenhagen are developping some best practice models. London is developing it own circular economy routemap, which involves drawing up new specifications for public procurement, and reframing other local government policies such as planning, infrastructure and transport to encourage greater reuse of materials and assets.

Other examples include Helsinki where city authorities are aspiring to make car ownership obsolete through the creation of multimodal transport infrastructure (bus, bike, taxi or ferry). On a smaller level, Peterborough, a 2015 World Smart City winner, is looking to become the first ‘circular-smart’ city by integrating its smart city agenda with its circular economy drive.

The circular economy is a global movement, being circular  is smart, and it  is boosting  new business models that rely on new technology and disruptive innovative solutions.


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closed since 3 Nov 2017
Registration 1 Jun – 3 Nov
Meeting Selection 4 Sep – 10 Nov
Event 14 Nov – 16 Nov
Language English
Costs Free of charge (Visitor Pass Required)
Venue Avinguda Joan Carles I 64
L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain
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Argentina 1
Australia 11
Austria 13
Belgium 26
Brazil 1
Canada 4
Chile 13
Croatia 1
Cyprus 1
Czech Republic 2
Denmark 3
Estonia 10
Finland 30
France 35
Germany 17
Hungary 1
India 5
Ireland 1
Israel 17
Italy 22
Japan 2
Korea, Republic Of 2
Lithuania 2
Luxembourg 2
Netherlands 16
Norway 5
Poland 11
Portugal 10
Romania 1
Russia 10
Slovak Republic 1
Slovenia 2
Spain 170
Sweden 9
Switzerland 4
Taiwan 1
Turkey 1
United Kingdom 18
United States 23
Uruguay 3
Venezuela 1
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