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Circular Cities I Stakeholder workshop

January 28, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

we are pleased to invite you for a stakeholder workshop, where we want to explore opportunities to operationalize the Circular Economy framework in the context of Swiss cities.

Cities today are where most materials are used and wasted, and where buildings, cars, and products are consistently under-used (Source: Ellen Mac Arthur, Circular Cities report). In parallel, waste prevention, ecodesign, reuse and similar measures could bring net savings of €600 billion, or 8% of annual turnover, for businesses in the EU, while reducing total annual greenhouse gas emissions by 2-4% (Source: European union, CE communication report).

We believe that bringing key players to cooperate in the transformation towards “circular cities” has the potential to create unimagined opportunities, help achieve the highly needed sustainable development goals and increase quality of life for citizens in cities.

The workshop is aimed at :

Municipal representatives who are working on the topic of circular cities or those who would like a new perspective on the topic
Companies who are interested in shifting their business models or are already offering sustainable solutions and products
Interested representatives from politics, science, NGOs, citizens’ initiatives, who would like to participate actively in the transformation process

The purpose of the workshop is to stimulate dialogue between key players operating in the fields of Food (Food, Water & Agriculture), Energy (Energy & Transportation), Built environment (Construction) and Commodities (Goods & Services) and explore the cross-cutting activities of the Circular Economy.

We will have some representatives from international organisations joining the workshop to inspire ourselves with other contexts and pioneer projects.


17:00 – Welcome & registration
17:30 – Towards a circular economy, Principles & Business Case – Circular Economy Transition
17:45 – The Water – Energy – Food nexus – Inspiration from successful international use-cases – alchemia-nova
18:00 – Implementing nature based solutions for creating a resourceful circular city COST Circular Cities
18:10 – Circular Cities, Focus on Switzerland – ECOS
18:25 – Breakout rounds – City Mapping – Status quo / opportunities / next steps
19:20 – Sharing & outlook
19:45 – Networking & Apéro

We’re keen to discuss approaches, opportunities, risks and concrete implementation steps of Circular Cities with you.

Looking forward to this evening with you!

About the organizers:


Institute for innovative phytochemistry & closed loop processes.

An Austrian-Greek company, which exists since 2000 and works almost exclusively on circular economy projects with major focus on utilising the evolutionary power of the biosphere. Since 2006 alchemia-nova was accredited as Cradle to Cradle® partner. alchemia-nova is an innovation-driven company with experience in future-oriented projects with long-term sustainability and social benefit. alchemia-nova took part as a partner and as scientific leader in several EU and national research projects. Their core work includes valorisation of natural resources and agricultural by-products, developing sustainable solutions for products, buildings, and cities and leveraging social transformation.

Circular Economy Transition is a pioneer initiative that aims at accelerating the transition of Switzerland to a Circular Economy. It currently takes place in 5 Swiss cities – Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne, and Zurich.

In close collaboration with Impact Hub Switzerland, sanu durabilitas and with the support of the MAVA foundation, this initiative will contribute to drive the new paradigm for the future of business, policy making and society through 4 main pillars.


Impact Hub Zürich
Sihlquai 131
Zürich, Switzerland
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