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Circular economy in Africa on stage at the World Circular Economy Forum 2024 

ACCELERATOR SESSION

Enhancing Circularity in Africa’s mining sector

  • 18 April 2024 at 9:00-12:00 CEST (UTC+2) 

  • Location: K1, 1 Avenue du port - 1000 Brussels, Belgium / Online

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There are a vast number of circular economy opportunities across the value chain in the minerals and metals sector globally and in Africa. This session will explore these at both upstream and downstream levels, highlighting how CE principles can lead to a decrease in operational costs and enhanced efficiency through optimized resource utilization. For example, onshoring the processing and production of minerals for the green transition could reduce the global volume of minerals required, decarbonise global supply chains, and drive local manufacturing and economic activities.

PARALLEL SESSION

Does location matter for the energy transition?

15 April 2024 at 15:15-16:15 CEST (UTC+2)

Organisers: African Circular Economy Alliance, with the African Development Bank and Climate Action Platform for Africa

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Onshoring the production and processing of minerals critical for the energy transition can both reduce global volume of minerals required and decarbonise global supply chains, while driving local manufacturing and economic development on the African continent. The session explores how this revolution can also be accompanied by investment in recycling and remanufacturing, particularly for renewable energy equipment and infrastructure. The discussion showcases the economic potential of green industrialisation in Africa, emphasising job creation, revenue generation and substantial reductions in global emissions.

Uganda takes first step to unleashing circularity's potentialities 

Uganda has taken a major step towards creating a circular economy to drive sustainable growth and green industrialisation in line with its Vision 2040 national agenda.
With the support of the African Development Bank, the country launched the circular economy roadmap process on 31 January 2024 in the capital, Kampala. Representatives of the government and the African Development Bank attended.

The initiative, implemented jointly with the African Circular Economy Alliance (ACEA) and backed through the African Development Bank’s Africa Circular Economy Facility (ACEF), will engage government policymakers, businesses and civil society organizations in efforts to tap the full potential of circularity to accelerate progress towards sustainable development goals and climate action.
 

Circular Economy highlighted at the Africa Climate Week 2023 as a strategy to reach climate objectives

The African Development Bank, through its Multi-donor Trust Fund, the Africa Circular Economy Facility (ACEF), and the African Circular Economy Alliance (ACEA), organised a session on Financing Circular Economy Roadmaps during the Africa Climate Week 2023 . 

Side event with ACEA during the sixth UN Environment Assembly

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Date and time: Tuesday, 27 February 2024, from 6.30 to 7.45 pm EAT

Location: In-person, Press Room, UN Compound in Gigiri, Nairobi, Kenya

In line with the UNEA-6 theme, this event will provide the opportunity to discuss the pivotal role of partnering with financial institutions to catalyse effective, sustainable, multilateral action on accelerating the transition to circular economies.

During this event organized as part of UNEA-6, GACERE, the African Circular Economy Alliance, the Circular Economy Coalition for Latin America and the Caribbean, Circular STEP and financial institutions will explore how governments can increase effectiveness and impact of their efforts towards circularity by partnering with financial institutions and unlocking private finance. 

UNEA-6 side event with ACEA: Business commitments to measure and implement sustainable consumption and production, through a Global Circularity Protocol

Date and time: Saturday, 24 February 2024, from 1.30 to 2.30 pm EAT

Organized by: the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns (10YFP) Secretariat / One Planet Network (OPN).

The Global Circularity Protocol (GCP) is a voluntary framework that aims to address key accountability and policy gaps currently impeding the scaling of circularity globally. The GCP will be the go-to framework for companies to assess, measure, set science-based targets, report, and disclose progress on resource efficiency and circularity information consistently and enabling comparison.  The GCP will also support policymakers and regulators by providing a comprehensive policy framework for circularity to create a level playing field for the business community.  

ACEA is part of the Global Circularity Protocol working group

Circular Economy: connecting the dots between Climate Change, Resilience, and Opportunities in Africa 

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The 2023 ACEA annual meeting held in Nairobi during the Africa Climate Week 

Transition to circular economy discussed with private sector in Kenya

A delegation from the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Government of Finland, the Nordic Development Fund, the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, and the African Circular Economy Alliance met with the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), in January. The discussions were focused on the areas of synergy between the African Development Bank,  through the African Circular Economy Facility (ACEF) and the Sustainable Inclusive Business of the KEPSA. AfDB is keen on supporting countries in a swift transition to a circular economy while Sustainable Inclusive Business is focused on enabling the realization of the transition through waste management issues, recycling opportunities, incubating business solutions, designing alternatives and communicating to raise awareness, change behaviour and educate positively.

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