Circular Economy

Circular Economy Solutions Dialogues

The Circular Economy Solutions Dialogues (CESD) advance the circular economy agenda and facilitate the initiative to disseminate green technologies globally and their contextualized application. The CESD are implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in cooperation with the Global Solutions Initiative, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

The Circular Economy Solutions Dialogues

  • were launched with a view to inspire a conducive circular economy (CE) narrative feeding into the G/T20 process 
  • build on the momentum of multilateral policy dialogues and commitments on the circular economy (GACERE, ACEA, LAC CE Coalition, G20 Resource Efficiency Dialogue) 
  • focus on both analyzing mechanisms scaling-up circularity and devising context-sensitive strategies for their broad implementation 
  • take place in a co-creative digital set up, each involving 20-30 participants with various institutional and sectoral backgrounds 
  • are complemented by a Sounding Board, a parallel, amplifying dialogue stream dedicated to developing a cross-sector circular economy agenda at a multilateral level, targeting international fora, such as the G20, T20, ASEAN and the EU
  • span across three thematic cycles, focusing on
    1. plastics
    2. global value chains
    3. urban metabolism and sustainable infrastructure  

Members of the CESD Sounding Board convened to discuss the implications of the current global health crisis in achieving circularity in global value chains. The members agreed that in the face of mounting pressure to adapt and increase financial profitability, businesses are finding it difficult to maintain their commitments to circular economy and sustainability goals.

The discussion rounded up with a call for action on two main areas. First, the members called on international and multilateral actors to join forces, convene and build momentum towards incorporating circularity in energy transition plans and climate change mitigation strategies. A refined analyses of the COP26 results and the G20/G7 recovery policies were identified as complementary processes. Second, there was resounding support for cross-border cooperation in the development of circular economy response plans. The Sounding Board members recognized that, while standardized response plans are not internationally operable, coordination and alignment are necessary to effectively embed circularity at the global and local levels of the supply chain.

The Sounding Board members will reconvene on 2 February 2022.

In this series of dialogues, participants will analyse mechanisms embedding circularity in global value chains and devise context sensitive strategies for localised secondary raw material markets. A deep dive webinar uncovering synergies among Global Value Chains, batteries and the automotive industry complements the second CESD series.

Key dates:

  • Session 1: 21 October 2021
  • Session 2: 11 November 2021
  • Session 3: 2 December 2021
  • Deep Dive Webinar: 9 December 2021, Register here
  • Session 4: 22 January 2022

Notwithstanding the multitude of technological, business and other circular economy approaches for plastics proposed by the private sector, more conducive policy and financial framework conditions are required to turn individual initiatives into wide-scale global solutions. An appropriate mix of actionable policies capable of facilitating and accelerating a circular economy transition may include sustainable producer guidelines (e.g. Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) systems), empowerment of consumers and public buyers, enhanced waste prevention initiatives, and incentives for the promotion of green technologies. 

These policy alternatives form the basis of discussion themes addressed by the first CESD, which focused on the circular economy in the plastics value chain and analysed enabling options and tools such as implementing EPR systems to establish regulated residual and resource streams. 

Full review available here.

Strong voices for a circular economy transition

Breaking up the linear economy in emerging countries: Circular economy vision-setting panel 

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The challenges of turning the idea of a circular economy into reality are multifaceted. What needs to be done to close the knowledge gaps in the identification of sustainable production and consumption loops to make circularity the mainstream model in emerging economies? 

Multi-stakeholder panel at the digital Global Solutions Summit 2021 hosted by the CESD. 

Izabella Teixeira
Co-Chair of UNEP International Resource Panel

Shardul Agrawala 
Head of Division, Environment and Economy Integration Division, RECIRCLE project, OECD

Linda Arthur
Senior Capacity Building and Training Specialist, Asian Development Bank Institute

Director for Environmental Affairs, Indonesian Ministry of National Development Planning (Bappenas)
Helga Vanthournout 
Founder, Wealth Of Flows Consulting
Moderated by:
Nicolas Buchoud 
Global Solutions Fellow

Localising the circular economy imperative in a post COVID-19 era: Place, trade and multilateralism 

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Building on the immense potential for social and environmental technology innovation in urban areas, circularity can induce deep systemic changes in the economy and contribute to increased resilience in supply chains. 

Multi-stakeholder panel at the digital Global Solutions Summit 2021 hosted by the CESD. 

Alexander Bonde
Secretary General, German Federal Environmental Foundation

Mohammed Khashashneh
Secretary General, Ministry of Environment of Jordan

Shuva Raha
Head – New Initiatives, Council on Energy, Environment and Water

Shereen Shaheen
Director, Regional Government Affairs, Communications &
Sustainability Egypt, Libya & Sudan, The Coca Cola Company

Moderated by:
Alexander Charalambous,
Senior Partner, Living Prospects

Woche der Umwelt – A circular economy – perspectives from the Global South

Expert forum „A circular economy to recouple social, economic and environmental prosperity – perspectives from the Global South“, organized by the Global Solutions Initiative with support from the Circular Economy Solutions Dialogues, at the Digital Week of the Environment 2021, hosted by Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and the German Federal Environmental Foundation (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt DBU) 


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  • CESD Deep Dive Webinar: Due Diligence and Circularity Solutions for Battery Value Chains, 9 December 2021, Thursday from 12:30 – 14:30 (CET). Register here.

  • The CESD will host two panels at the next Global Solutions Summit in March 2022. 
  • CESD #3 Urban Metabolism and Sustainable Infrastructure will take place in spring 2022. 
  • Insights from the GIZ/GSI Cooperation


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