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SMEs from the SwitchMed MED TEST II project are shaping the future on The World Circular Economy Forum 2017 (WCEF)

The world is in serious need of solutions about how to sustainably create growth and jobs. A pioneering event in Helsinki, Finland, will look and present sustainable business solutions on the 5-6 June 2017. The agenda features the world’s best circular economy solutions based on the implementation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and will bring together 1,200 managers, urban experts, government officials and international business and NGO leaders, including representatives from the SwitchMed programme.
Published on May 27, 2017

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The Finnish Innovation Fund (SITRA) is inviting “the future shapers of our well-being” to celebrate Finland’s 100th year of independence at the World Circular Economy Forum 2017 in Helsinki. 

The focus of the WCEF is on genuinely sustainable and competitive solutions for the circular economy –solutions that have been created in different parts of the world and in which business and the environment go hand in hand. Switching to circular consumption and production patterns plays an important role in the realization of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. By switching to a production and consumption that shifts from the traditional "make, use, dispose" model to more sustainable methods that maximize the use of resources, significant contributions can be made in achieving the sustainable development goals, while at the same time encourage innovation, entrepreneurship and growth. 

Future well-being is built on cooperation, which results from encounters – including those under the Midnight Sun in Finland. Spearheading the circular economy at WCEF2017’s 17 sessions are numerous expert presentations both at the conference as well as during company visits.

”We will also explain how Finland, as the first country in the world, is implementing its national roadmap of the circular economy – how the whole society is increasing its competitiveness and benefiting from moving to a new operational model for the economy, a model in which the growth of the economy and well-being are no longer based on the overconsumption of natural resources and fossil fuels”, says Mari Pantsar, the director of resource-wise and carbon-neutral activities in Sitra.

SwitchMed's participation at The World Circular Economy Forum 2017

During this session, 17 SMEs – including Afrique Cables and New Amico – will present examples of how they are helping to achieve the SDGs.  Afrique Cables and New Amico will highlight contributions to SDGs 9, 12, 13 and 14.

Two industries from the MED TEST II demonstration project, which are currently adopting principles of circular economy in their operations, have been selected to join this session to present the business perspective and benefits of the this transition:

  1. Afrique Cables (Morocco), a manufacturer of car batteries that has expanded its business to include recycling of car batteries, using recovered materials to produce new ones. It is the first company in Africa to obtain a permit to recycle car batteries on an industrial scale.
  2. New Amico (Tunisia), a textile manufacturer making 2.5 million garments per year that has implemented tools to monitor and reduce its environmental impact, with a commitment to recycle 70% of its process water. 

This panel will be moderated by Stephan Sicars of UNIDO (Director of the Department of Environment) and will present tools for supporting SMEs such as investment support, innovative and green public procurement and matchmaking services, such as the SwitchMed B2B networking for eco-innovative business solutions. 

SwitchMed Programme will also take part in a Marketplace stand dedicated to showcasing circular economy solutions from all the Switch programmes.  We will show the latest videos of the UNIDO Business 2 Business Events and Switchers stories. There will also be a visual presentation of all the activities and achievements till date of the SwitchMed Programme.

For more information please visit SITRA website and check out their video.