Based on the recent initiative of the Malaysian Government to introduce a Circular Economy Roadmap (CER) for plastics by end 2020, the stakeholder consultations aims at supporting stakeholders, including state governments, private sector, research and civil society (quadruple helix), in taking a unified and collective approach towards a sustainable, circular economic system and an inclusive approach including the informal sector and vulnerable groups as well.
The new EU Circular Economy Action Plan will serve as a basis for action in Malaysia, where the IUC project will bring best practices from the European pilot cities to achieve circular product design through, e.g. improved durability, reusability, upgradability and reparability of products; increased recycled content in products; and restricting single-use and countering premature obsolescence of products. There is an expected benefit for the European cities to access the growing market of circular economy investments in Malaysian cities.
This stakeholder consultation webinar will enable representatives from government, private sector, research and civil society to dialogue with experts from European cities and organisations on the subject matter. Participants will also explore how city-to-city cooperation with European pairs will support the transition of Petaling Jaya to a circular city.
The Malaysian city of Petaling Jaya would like to share their top five (5) challenges in their transition to a circular economy (1) Food and organic waste (2) Plastic pollution and packaging (3) Construction material flow and design (4) Household e-waste (5) Lack of digital sharing tools & platforms as an enabler for circular cities.
In turn, European experts will be invited to share the transition to circular, sustainable economy and how it opens the way to emerging industries and new jobs with higher added value. Best practices will be shared from European cities as well as from members of the Circular Economy Club. Identifying and advancing these opportunities is important, where the IUC Asia project will introduce some of the most cutting-edge innovations and initiatives in the field.