LWARB has established a London Borough circular economy champions programme. We will work with three people per year, who will work to actively promote circular economy thinking and practice within their organisations. LWARB offers each champion a place on the Ellen Macarthur Foundation Executive Education course – a short six week course that is delivered via webinar, and a fully funded* place at an Ellen Macarthur Foundation Circular Economy 100 Acceleration Workshop, or the Annual Summit.
The Acceleration workshop is a two day event that takes place every six months in a major European city. It attracts senior representatives from some of the world’s biggest companies and cities, as well as academics, SMEs and policy makers. For example, the main funders of the EMF, the Global Partners, are Cisco, Google, H&M, Intesa Sanpaolo, Kingfisher, Phillips, Renault, and Unilever (see here for a full list of members of the CE100 and here for a list of members of the governments and regions group.)
The Annual Summit is a one day event attended by CE100 members and leading circular economy thinkers.
- Each champion is required to actively promote circular economy thinking and practice within their own organisations and networks. LWARB will arrange 3 workshops per year for the circular economy champions to attend, where practical steps to accelerate the circular economy will be discussed.
- Attendance at either an acceleration workshop (up to 3 days) or/and the Annual Summit (1 day).
- Each champion is eligible to enrol on an Executive Education Course. The course is run over 6 weeks with a weekly evening webinar plus some pre reading.
Benefits to you and your organisation
Being a Circular Economy Champion offers some significant CPD opportunities in a rapidly growing area of policy. The main thrust of European waste and environment policy is being developed through a circular economy lens, and many cities and governments around the world are actively considering how they can benefit from a transition to a circular economy.
Becoming a circular economy champion will allow you to make contacts with some of the world’s biggest companies, as well as a host of smaller ones, with all the potential collaborative opportunities this provides. The circular economy champions programme is open to anyone who works for a London borough council, in whatever capacity and at whatever level, although we are looking to recruit people who can make a real impact.
There are also potential benefits for your borough. LWARB are very keen to explore with you and other boroughs how circular economy business models, for example sharing and leasing, can be developed at local level to deliver income or savings to local authorities. Circular economy thinking will have wider applications in the public realm, in purchasing policies, land use planning, housing and mobility
Next Steps – How you can be involved
We have now recruited our first three circular economy champions for 2016/17 and will post information on what they are up to in the coming months.
If you have any questions please contact Wayne Hubbard on 020 7960 3684.
*Circular economy acceleration workshops are usually located in major European cities. LWARB will cover the costs of attendance at these workshops by arranging for travel and accommodation. Other expenses will be met by the participant.