The Global Centre of Excellence in Circular Economy – Circular 360 is registered in Australia as a not-for-profit organisation and works as a change agent, knowledge partner, an impact agency, and a solution broker. It is a collaborative platform that brings together governments, the private sector, financial institutions, civil society, intergovernmental bodies, academia, industry and knowledge institutions.
There is a global movement for transitioning the world from a linear economy to a circular economy and the aim of Circular 360 is to bring together global leaders and decisions makers to co-design high impact programs and practical solutions to accelerate this transition.
The focus is to design out waste. The products of today are also the raw materials of tomorrow. The concept of the circular economy is universally applicable across all sectors: it pervades everything we do, everything we make and everything we use. The circular economy is based on five key principles:
There are vast, long-term benefits to be gained for businesses, governments and not-for-profit organisations:
Obtaining the maximum value from products during use and after their service life via recovery and regeneration of their components can reduce sourcing costs and lowers business risk.
Generating income by selling the by-products of waste regeneration, extending product life via refurbishment, remanufacturing and repair, leasing and “return and refill” services.
Businesses can reduce their reliance on expensive raw materials and can shorten supply chains and transport costs through local material production.
Fostering longer-term relationships by providing products with longer useful lives, a lower environmental footprint, and fewer toxic ingredients and components.
Ensuring business success well into the future by securing circular material supply chains and avoiding resource scarcity.
Using circular economy principles represents a tangible commitment to protecting the health of our citizens, the livability of our cities and regions, and our natural environment.
Read more by visiting our Partner page, and get access to your Circular360 Partner Starter Kit, detailing how you can get involved.
We work with partners on a variety of initiatives from education and training, through to research and development, global networking, advocacy and policy and the accelerated commercialisation of new ideas.
Developed in collaboration between the United Nations Centre for Regional Development, South Australian Government, Circular Economy Alliance Australia, and international experts, this program is specifically tailored for senior sustainability leaders, CEOs and executives. It is an exclusive program for change agents, role-models and innovators who think and act on a global scale.
The program enables participants to develop a comprehensive understanding of the circular economy in the areas of governance, enforcement, policy, technology, market instruments, community partnership, and education while in the company of international peers and experts.
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The Global Centre of Excellence in Circular Economy is established as a follow up to the Adelaide 3R Declaration towards the Promotion of Circular Economy in Asia and the Pacific under the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Adelaide 3R Declaration was agreed by the member countries at the 7th Regional 3R Forum in Asia and the Pacific in 2016, hosted by the Australian Government, Government of South Australia along with the United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA).