Lyon hosts a summit for circular cities and territories

Posted on 07 February 2019.

Pollutec 2018 hosted its first international summit in Lyon for cities and territories driving the circular economy.Pollutec 2018 hosted its first international summit in Lyon for cities and territories driving the circular economy.

For four days, from 27 to 30 November 2018, Lyon became the environment capital during the international Pollutec trade fair. Thousands of professionals from all over the world gathered for what is now a key event for the environment sector.
The fair aims to connect private companies and public environmental stakeholders to drive the development of their ecological transition projects forward. It is also an opportunity to spotlight the sector’s latest technical and technological innovations. All-in-all it is a great opportunity for the 70,000 participating professionals from 128 countries represented this year to meet – among them Veolia!
In 2018 Pollutec innovated: it organized the first international summit for cities and territories driving the circular economy. Lyon invited both representatives of municipalities - French, European and international - and local entrepreneurs. An unprecedented event where they could discuss their shared goal: to make circular economy a local political priority.

The circular economy, a priority for cities

Representatives of municipalities from all over the world responded to the invitation: Canton, Dakar, Chicago, Oslo, Quebec and Irkutsk (Russia). The city of Ouagadougou - capital of Burkina Faso, a country with a high demand for environmental solutions - especially in water and waste treatment - was guest of honor.
On the program: site and business visits around Lyon, pitches from circular economy entrepreneurs and workshops highlighting innovative initiatives. All feeding the debates about a wide range of ecological issues such as the local economy, resource and materials management, and new uses and lifestyles.
The cities also shared their experiences in implementing their local circular strategy and their thoughts as regards developing a shared roadmap. This unprecedented global gathering was an important reminder of the role played by municipalities in promoting and implementing the circular economy.