Archived Webinar

Emerging Technology Unlocking the Circular Economy in Sectors and Cities

"Exploring the role of emerging technology solutions to support the circular economy in emerging markets."

The potential of the circular economy to support sustainable cities, regions, and countries still needs to be unlocked. In cities and regions, the circular economy implies a systemic shift, whereby; services are provided, making efficient use of natural resources as primary materials, such as plastics, and optimizing their reuse; economic activities are planned and carried out in a way to close, slow and narrow loops across value chains; and infrastructure is designed and built to avoid linear lock-in to avoid material waste (OECD, 2020). Disruptive and transformative technologies play a crucial role in enabling circular business models in cities (Accenture, 2020).

This session explores the role of emerging technology solutions to support the circular economy in emerging markets. Gain insights on the role of private sector technology solutions in the building of a circular economy for recycled plastics in emerging markets. Further, learn about the DT4D Challenge, part of the DT4D Program, and how it matches innovative pilots, aiming to solve this and other developing countries’ challenges, with financing to test the scalability of their proposed solutions through World Bank Group (WBG) operations. In particular, learn first-hand about the Connecting Communities and Local Governments to Co-create Circular Economy Approaches in Indonesian Cities pilot, awarded through the second cohort of the DT4D Challenge.

About the Presenters

Ming Zhang

Practice Manager, Urban Development and Disaster Risk Management, World Bank

Elena Gasal Ramos

Senior Private Sector Specialist (TTL, DT4D), Markets, Competition and Technology Unit, Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation (FCI), World Bank

Gayatri Singh

Senior Urban Development Specialist (TTL, DT4D), World Bank

Yuko Arai

Urban Specialist (TTL, DT4D), World Bank

Jinhee Park

IT Officer, Technology and Innovation Lab, World Bank

Martyn Tickner

Chief Advisor Circular Solutions, Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW)

Suhendra Setiadi

CEO, Plasticpay

Bolormaa Amgaabazar

Operations Manager, Indonesia and Timor-Leste, World Bank

Questions Submitted

jose luis

- Jul 20, 2022
muy bueno

Anupam Krishna

- May 11, 2022
The webinar is very informative. I personally liked the Martyn Tickner's End Plastic Waste but all the presentations and solutions were excellent.


- Apr 29, 2022
Very interesting and informative contents.
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