The circular economy model has emerged as an important part of the solution to growing environmental and social issues. It helps us rethink how resources are used and recaptured, how products are designed and repaired, and how new services are leveraged to support a resilient low-carbon economy. We are only beginning to understand the benefits to communities, government and businesses, with some estimates suggesting that the circular economy could generate $4.5 trillion of additional global economic output by 2030, and an additional $25 trillion by 2050.
The World Economic Forum says circular business models provide a competitive edge because they create more value from each unit of resource than the traditional linear ‘take-make-dispose’ model. In addition to new economic and employment opportunities, circular economy can help to create more resilient communities, businesses, and supply chains, spur innovation, and tackle deep greenhouse gas emissions. In this inspiring keynote, Paul Shorthouse will explore these and other trends to give you insight into the full spectrum of opportunities that circular economy presents to both Canada and the world.
Paul Shorthouse is one of Canada’s leading experts in the emerging circular economy, providing solutions and engaging leaders who are working at the intersection of business innovation, public policy, economic development, and sustainability. For over a decade, this work has placed him at the forefront of the important transition that is underway towards a greener, more prosperous, low-carbon economy.