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Circular Economy Roundtable: Developing and Financing High Impact Circular...

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A paradigm shift from conventional wasteful economic practices is taking place in the world. This began with a recognition, by a few thinkers at first, of the need for sustainable economic practices to conserve natural resources. These thinkers preached a belief in minimising waste by recirculating materials to build a resilient local-global economies. They called this point of view a circular economy.

In a circular economy, the lesson from nature is taken to heart. Every production process necessarily is an input into the next process in a closed loop with little or, ideally, no waste. As in nature, there is a symbiosis. This means that a circular economy requires that products be designed 1) for long life, 2) for maintainability, 3) for reusability, and 4) for recycling. Nothing should be designed for disposal. Design is at the centre if the circular economy., something that presents a big challenge to the way society does business today. What is more, the circular economy promotes delivery of services over sale of goods by originators of high value-added products.

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Grand Polytechnic Institute is organising this series of seminars/workshops for the benefit of its business and industry clients to share insights into the shape if things to come as more countries are drawn into the global movement to circularise business and industry practices. As the UNIDO has pointed out , the shift to a circular economy carries with it many risks for resource rich developing countries as they could find themselves shut out. At the same time it carries plenty of opportunities as they now stand a chance of building robust self sufficient local economies if they respond to the challenge by correctly identifying and adjusting their strengths and weaknesses.

The aim of the present series of roundtable seminars is to the draw attention of decision makers to what's going on, what opportunities are opening up, and how GPi can be of help. Our goals are to:

* build project partnerships to drive change

* shape the thinking of industry leaders and the investment community to design high impact projects to quicken the pace of adopting the new practices,

* advance industry learning to improve understanding of the unfolding situation, associated risks, and opportunities,

* make GPi services immediately available through consulting clinics during and after each workshop;


Themes:

* Circular Economy : A new industrial paradigm?

* Project development opportunities

* Project case studies and lessons learned;

* Project financing approaches and opportunities ;

* GPi services for project owners, investors, and customers

Who Should Attend?

We believe decision makers from the following sectors stand to benefit from attending this event:

* Government departments, national, provincial and municipalities;

* State Owned Companies;

* Development Finance Institutions;

*Investment and commercial bankers;

* Private companies, entrepreneurs, and professions

* Nongovernmental organisations

* Traditional and community leaders.

Benefits of Attendance

Immediate benefits of attending this event include opportunity to share new insights in an atmosphere of information sharing and learning. In the medium to long term this learning should feed into your orgablnisation's sustainability strategies to become a trend setter in during the transition to a local circular economy in South Africa. Above all, the transition to a CE economy presents an opportunity to break out of SA's long economic slumber of waste, poor productivity, and dismal quality of product or service in almost all sectors.

In the final analysis the combined efforts of participants should help shape economic developments in the direction of sustainable growth that is increasingly decoupled from fluctuating resource input prices.

Contact Details

For further details and to register:

Phone: +27817021532

Email: grandpolytechnic@gmail.com

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