C-ECO visits UNU-IAS and MOEJ in Tokyo to develop common solutions for low-carbon societies
United Nations University's Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability [UNU-IAS] and Japan's Ministry of the Environment [MOEJ] invited Circular Economy Solutions GmbH (C-ECO) to participate in a consultation to identify how a resource circulation system in a low-carbon society would look like.
Representatives of business, research, NGO's, IGO's and governments where invited to share their vision of a resource efficient, low-carbon society. They were requested to present best practices for the following topics: technology, initiatives, business, and policy. The participants discussed necessary potential steps to achieve the presented goals.
Throughout all the presentations and discussions it was clear that the United Nation's (UN) climate targets depend on necessary resource efficiencies. It was understood that circular economy is supporting the climate targets to be reached.
The Directorate-General for the Environment of the European Union presented Circular Economy as having a strong positive influence on the overall ecological and climate targets.
Increasing commercial efficiency, including resource productivity, will be the future base for commercial decisions. This will extend today's focus on financial results based on labor productivity.
Circular economy should not be seen as an extension of the existing linear business, but as a total new kind of business model to be developed by the related companies.
Within the discussion, C-ECO highlighted the limited acceptance of products in the second life cycle. The possibility and necessity to support the circular process for products was a focal point of discussion between participating politicians and C-ECO.