A major international event highlighting the benefits of living sustainably through the circular economy is coming to Dublin this week.
The Circular Economy Hotspot runs from this Monday, May 29th to Thursday, June 1st at venues across the capital - and tickets are available here.
The four-day event takes place in a different city each year – with the 2023 gathering set to put Dublin on the circular economy map internationally.
The Circular Economy Hotspot offers Irish organisations an opportunity to learn more about what the circular economy actually looks like in practice, giving attendees a chance to learn from, network with, and be inspired by the very best in sustainability.
Over the four days, attendees will learn about the practical steps and resources needed to take action within their own communities - all while meeting with international stakeholders and engaging in inspiring discussions through talks, tours, workshops and topic deep dives.
Dublin Lord Mayor Caroline Conroy, who will open the event at the Mansion House, said it is a “fantastic opportunity for Dubliners to learn more about what the circular economy actually is, and why it has taken root so successfully in Dublin”.
“The next few days will see a range of top-level experts sharing their expertise for the betterment of society, but also grassroots organisations sharing why their initiatives have worked so well.
“The circular economy is absolutely crucial for creating a sustainable future so I’m thrilled to see Dublin host such an event.”
The circular economy is a model of production and consumption of goods that involves sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing and recycling existing materials and products for as long as possible.
This year’s Circular Economy Hotspot revolves around three key themes - Policy in Practice, Citizen Engagement, and Innovation & Collaboration.
It will involve experts examining each one across six innovative focus areas – Social Enterprise, Design & Manufacturing, Built Environment, Food Systems & the Bioeconomy, Textiles and Communications for Behaviour Change.
Hotspot steering committee spokesperson Dr Sarah Miller said: “The Circular Economy Hotspot is a unique gathering of international experts, industry leaders, and forward-thinking individuals – all dedicated to advancing the circular economy agenda.
“It provides a platform for knowledge exchange, collaboration, and innovation – fuelling transformative ideas that can help us live and work more sustainably. We are really excited to see this come to Dublin.”
'Make waste a thing of the past'
Green Party Minister Ossian Smyth said: “Ireland has made significant strides in embracing circularity, and this event will further accelerate our progress as well as create a lasting legacy.”
“From policy developments, business model innovations, research and funding opportunities that will shape the development of the circular economy for years to come, Circular Economy Hotspot Dublin 2023 will showcase inspiring success stories and practical solutions that can be implemented across our nation,” he said.
“The aim is to make waste a thing of the past.”
Tickets for the four-day event are available now at Dublincirculareconomyhotspot.com/tickets.
For more information on Circular Economy Hotspot Dublin 2023, including the full agenda of events, visit the website at Dublincirculareconomyhotspot.com.