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Webinar: Circular Cities

The global megatrends are showing rapid urbanization, which means more and more people will be living in urban areas in the future. Cities will be holding an increasingly important role in transitioning to a circular carbon-neutral economy. SEI Tallinn together with the Estonian Association for Environmental Management (EKJA) organized a webinar focusing on the possibilities of implementing circular economy in cities.

11 June 2020 at 11:00 EEST

ending at 13:00 EEST

Event contact

Kristiina Martin

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Date: 11 June 2020 at 11:00–13:00 EEST

The webinar was held in English.

According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a circular city embeds the principles of a circular economy across all its functions, establishing an urban system that is regenerative and restorative by design. These cities aim to eliminate the concept of waste, keep assets at their highest utility at all times, and are enabled by digital technology. At the webinar, we gave give an overview of the circular city concept, discussed the role of architecture and digital transformation and other aspects of achieving a carbon-neutral circular city.


11:00-11:05 Opening remarks – Kristiina Martin, SEI Tallinn

11:05-11:25 Urban circularity – Why is circularity in cities necessaryDr. Fedra Vanhuyse, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

11:25-11:45 Example of a circular city – Leuven (Belgium) – Jan Mertens, Coordinator of the City platform for Leuven Circularity

11:45 -12:05 Co-creating smart cities via experiments – Ralf-Martin Soe, PhD, TalTech,

12:05-12:25 If “sustainability” is an answer, what is the question? Case studies in architecture and design – Sille Pihlak, Junior Researcher at Estonian Academy of Arts, founding partner at PART architects

12:25-12:40 Approaching circular city: examples of local strategies and practice across Europe – Nikolai Jacobi, ICLEI Officer – Sustainable Resources, Climate and Resilience

12:40-13:00 Q&A session

The webinar was supported by:

Design and development by Soapbox.