Time to Act: The Circular Economy Action Agenda

David Messer
David Messer Guelph Smart City Office

Leaders from business,Logo for the Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy also known as PACE. government and civil society set out the bold action needed to create a circular economy.

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Use of resources has tripled since 1970, and could double again by 2050 if we continue business as usual. We must urgently work to create a circular economy where waste and pollution are designed out, products and materials are kept in use, and natural systems are regenerated – leading to a more resilient economy. 

This webinar will bring together leaders from business, government and civil society to launch the Circular Economy Action Agenda. Developed collectively by more than 200 experts from 100 organizations, the Action Agenda is a rallying call to accelerate the transition to a circular economy – and to a better future for people and nature. The five reports focus on plastics, textiles, electronics, food, and capital equipment.

This landmark event will set the scene for the year to come and provide a key moment in the lead-up to the World Circular Economy Forum+ Climate in April.

Join the webinar to discover:

  • How a circular economy can contribute to tackling the climate crisis while promoting economic wellbeing, protecting human health and biodiversity, and creating decent work.

  • Where businesses, governments and civil society organizations can start – and what is needed for a better and faster transition


  • Inger AndersenExecutive Director, UN Environment Programme
  • Frans van HoutenCEO, Philips
  • Stientje van VeldhovenMinister of the Environment, the Netherlands
  • Jyrki KatainenPresident, Sitra
  • Dame Ellen MacArthurFounder, Ellen MacArthur Foundation
  • Carolina SchmidtMinister of the Environment, Chile
  • Jonathan WilkinsonMinister of the Environment and Climate Change, Canada
  • Dominic WaughrayManaging Director, Centre for Global Public Goods, World Economic Forum
  • Lisa JacksonVice President for Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, Apple
  • Peter LacyChief Responsibility Officer and Global Sustainability Services Lead, Accenture
  • Naoko IshiiDirector, Center for Global Commons, University of Tokyo
  • Andrew SteerPresident and CEO, WRI
  • David McGintyGlobal Director, PACE


The PACE report being launched at this event highlights Guelph-Wellington's Our Food Future project as an initiative working to connect industry ecosystems.