Ellen MacArthur Foundation announces C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group as a Platform Partner

Under a new agreement, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group have joined forces to accelerate progress towards a circular and low carbon economy, recognising the crucial role that cities play in this transition.

The collaboration will promote valuable joint programming and knowledge sharing on the circular economy and, the role it can, and will, play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in cities.

“Cities, increasingly, are economic powerhouses and centres of innovation. As such, they play a crucial role in the transition towards a low carbon, restorative and regenerative circular economy. This vision presents city leaders and citizens with inspiring new opportunities for more distributed, diverse and resilient economic development and growth that benefits people and the environment. We are delighted to be partnering with C40 to explore how a circular economy can contribute to prosperous and resilient future cities.”  – Andrew Morlet, CEO, Ellen MacArthur Foundation


"C40’s Deadline 2020 research revealed the scale of the emissions reductions needed in world’s great cities to deliver on the ambition of the Paris Agreement and prevent catastrophic climate change. Achieving these will require radical, innovative and transformational solutions. Circular approaches to urban systems – from transport to buildings, and from food systems to waste management – offers precisely that type of progress for our cities. That is why C40 is delighted to partner with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to develop this vital agenda." – Mark Watts, Executive Director, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

Both organisations will establish work areas across their respective entities, to complement and amplify impact over the next 18 months. As part of its broader Circular Cities research initiative, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation will explore the impact circular economy activities could have on carbon reduction efforts, with input from C40 and other experts. In addition, both organisations will continue research into the urban opportunities of circular economy in China, and explore possibilities for collaboration on C40’s development of Climate Action Plans with pioneering cities.

About the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

C40 Cities connects more than 90 of the world’s greatest cities, representing 650+ million people and one quarter of the global economy. Created and led by cities, C40 is focused on tackling climate change and driving urban action that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks, while increasing the health, wellbeing and economic opportunities of urban citizens. The current chair of the C40 is Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo; and three-term Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg serves as President of the Board. C40’s work is made possible by our three strategic funders: Bloomberg Philanthropies, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), and Realdania. To learn more about the work of C40 and our cities, please visit www.c40.org.

About the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation was created in 2010 to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. The Foundation works across five areas: insight and analysis, business and government, education and training, systemic initiatives, and communication. With its Knowledge Partners (Arup, IDEO, McKinsey & Co., and SYSTEMIQ), and supported by Core Philanthropic Funder (SUN), the Foundation works to quantify the economic opportunity of a more circular model and to develop approaches for capturing its value. The Foundation collaborates with its Global Partners (Danone, Google, H&M, Intesa Sanpaolo, NIKE, Inc., Philips, Renault, Unilever), and its CE100 network (businesses, universities, emerging innovators, governments, cities, and affiliate organisations), to build capacity, explore collaboration opportunities and to develop circular business initiatives. The Foundation has created global teaching, learning and training platforms on the circular economy, encompassing work with leading universities, schools and colleges, and online events such as the Disruptive Innovation Festival. By establishing platforms such as the New Plastics Economy initiative, the Foundation works to transform key material flows, applying a global, cross-sectoral, cross value chain approach that aims to effect systems change. The Foundation promotes the idea of a circular economy via research reports, case studies and books series, using multiple channels, web and social media platforms, including circulatenews.org which provides a leading online source for circular economy news and insight. Further information: ellenmacarthurfoundation.org | @circulareconomy

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