ADB Data Room: Circular Economy


ADB Data Room: Circular Economy

20 April 2022

The Circular Economy is an emerging theme internationally. A Circular Economy is a systemic approach to decouple economic development and activity from consuming finite resources. A Circular Economy will allow ADB to tackle global environmental challenges including climate change, resource management, biodiversity loss, waste, and pollution while supporting economic development and reducing poverty.

Circular Economy related policy and legislation are actively being developed and implemented across our Developing Member Countries (DMCs) and have become a central theme for many of ADB’s funding sources. Circular Economy will be a central facet of implementing the Global Plastics Treaty recently agreed upon at the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) 5.2 in Nairobi. The finance framework included in the draft agreement offers huge potential for investment and project development in DMCs. ADB is developing a Circular Economy Toolkit to help identify, create, integrate, and deliver investment opportunities.  

This data room contains the schedule of upcoming webinars, information, and key documents on the Circular Economy, its concepts, and implementation. For periodic updates, sign up here.

For more information or specialized advice, please contact Stephen Peters or James Baker.

Program and Learning Materials: 
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
20 Apr 2022 28 September 2023 Closing the Loop on Food Waste with Insect Bioconversion (Circular Economy Webinar Series Session 19)
The ADB Circular Economy (CE) Webinar Seriessession explored how insect bioconversionoffers a nature-based solutionto the pressing challenges of managing...
20 Apr 2022 14 September 2023 Scaling the Circular Economy with Circular Platforms (Circular Economy Webinar Series Session 18)
The circular economy offers a framework for reducing waste and increasing sustainability by keeping materials in use through repair, reuse, and recycling...
20 Apr 2022 24 August 2023 Low Temperature Gasification of Waste: Ultimate Solution for Energy/Waste/Climate (Circular Economy Webinar Series Session 17)
This session discussedabout an innovation for Waste to Energy: How Wastecan be turned into an Energy Resource without air pollution andlandfill needs ...
20 Apr 2022 22 June 2023 Smart Cities and Circular Economy: How Citizens Recycle and Reuse to Save the Planet (Circular Economy Webinar Series Session 16)
The amount of plastic waste in South Korea has been increasing rapidly during the coronavirus pandemic, and the problem is becoming serious. To solve ...
20 Apr 2022 11 May 2023 The Power of Partnerships in Fostering a Circular Economy (Circular Economy Webinar Series Session 15)
As the Philippines tackles the plastic waste problem, Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines Inc. leads the way towards a circular economy for clear PET plastic...
20 Apr 2022 20 April 2023 Circular Solutions to Address Plastic Pollution in the Maritime Industry (Circular Economy Webinar Series Session 14)
In the Philippines, at least 2.5 million metric tons of plastic were being consumed pre-pandemic, out of which only 9% was being recycled and 35% was ...
20 Apr 2022 30 March 2023 Research Assessment on the Attitudes and Motivations of Women in Waste: A Gender-responsive Approach on Addressing Plastic Pollution (Circular Economy Webinar Series Session 13)
The ADB CEWG recognizes the need to highlight the human side of our commitment to a circular economy. In partnership with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and...
20 Apr 2022 16 March 2023 NUTEC Plastic - NUclear TEchnology for Controlling Plastic Pollution (Circular Economy Webinar Series Session 12)
There are about 12 million tons of plastic that enter the oceans every year. The oceans are expected to contain one ton of plastic for every three tons...
20 Apr 2022 2 February 2023 ECOBRICKS: A Circular Economy Solution to Transform Plastic Waste into Sustainable Concrete (Circular Economy Webinar Series Session 11)
The built environment and the construction industry are major contributors to the planet's greatest environmental challenges - plastic waste and carbon...
20 Apr 2022 8 December 2022 Mil Mill Paper Cycle – a Circular Business Model for Low Value Waste Mixed Papers (Circular Economy Webinar Series Session 10)
The session is about Mill, Hong Kong, China’s first beverage carton recycling pulp mill and education center. The center can process up to about 50 tons...
20 Apr 2022 24 November 2022 Koinpack’s Reuse Revolution to Radically Prevent Plastic Pollution in Indonesia (ADB Circular Economy Webinar Series, Session 09)
Launched in 2020, Koinpack built a deposit-based reuse system for plastic packaging, allowing consumers to purchase their favorite brands in reusable ...
20 Apr 2022 17 November 2022 Omni Processor Project: Revolutionizing Municipal Solid Waste and Liquid Sludge Management in Bangladesh (ADB Circular Economy Webinar Series, Session 08)
Session Synopsis: In observance of World Toilet Day and the call for urgent action to make sanitation a global development priority, the Asian Development...
20 Apr 2022 10 November 2022 ADB’s Roadmap for Circular Economy Zero Waste Cities in the People’s Republic of China (Circular Economy Webinar Series Session 07)
In 2009, the Circular Economy Promotion Law came into effect in the People's Republic of China (PRC), and circular economy is now included as an important...
20 Apr 2022 20 October 2022 Measuring and Mitigating Methane Emissions from Agriculture, Municipal Solid Waste, and Wastewater (ADB CE Webinar Series, Session 06)
Nick Elger with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provided an overview of tools and resources offered by the EPA to support methane mitigation...
20 Apr 2022 22 September 2022 Eliminating the Idea of Waste with the TerraCycle Global Foundation (ADB CE Webinar Series, Session 05)
Thousands of tons of plastic waste are polluting Thailand’s canals, rivers, and seas every year.The TerraCycle Global Foundation collects and recycles...
20 Apr 2022 25 August 2022 A pre-launch for the Circular Plastics Economy eLearning Course (ADB CE Webinar Series, Session 04)
How can policymakers and corporate strategists design and implement effective policies to reduce and eventually eliminate plastic pollution? This was...
20 Apr 2022 11 August 2022 THE GREEN ROAD: Integrated Waste Management and Circular Economy in Bhutan (ADB CE Webinar Series, Session 03)
While Bhutan is developing its network of roadways, its climate and mountainous terrain contribute to road degradation, making it difficult for transport...
20 Apr 2022 26 July 2022 Case Studies on Circular Economy Biz Model: Mechanisms, Opportunities and Challenges (ADB CE Webinar Series, Session 02)
Despite the current circular economy global movement, the amount of waste generated globally is still on the rise, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic...
20 Apr 2022 7 June 2022 Biochar as a Circular Solution for Sustainable Agriculture and Poverty Reduction (ADB CE Webinar Series, Session 01)
Asia is home to an estimated 350 million smallholder farmers, who produce around 80% of the food consumed in the region. The impacts of climate change...
20 Apr 2022 15 February 2022 Online Presentation and Discussion on Orange Clockwork Waste
The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), a leader in the circular...
20 Apr 2022 28 January 2022 Plastic-free Oceans by Ministry of Environment, Government of Japan
Session Synopsis: The global community now faces three global crises: climate change, nature loss, and environmental pollution. In order to address these...
Robin Takashi Lewis, Shuji Sonoda, Yasuhiko Hotta
20 Apr 2022 28 January 2022 Circular Economy Plastics Clinic: A Project Playshop
Jenna Jambeck, Lerwen Liu, Dave Albao, Anna Oposa
20 Apr 2022 27 January 2022 Deep Dive 1.4 (Plastic-free Oceans Track) - Advancing Circularity: Supporting Investible Startups with a Connected Network
Matteo Chiampo, Sandhya Dovedy, Sarahvan van Boekhout, Laura Benns
20 Apr 2022 27 January 2022 Deep Dive 1.5. Better Together: Innovating Socially Inclusive Waste Management Systems
James Baker, Siddharth Hande, Barak Ekshtein, Bharati Chaturvedi, Luca Di Mario
20 Apr 2022 26 January 2022 Scene Setter for Plastic-free Oceans
Plastic waste and pollution are urgent issues for Asia and the Pacific and the health of its ecosystems and communities. Over 80% of all marine plastic...
Jenna Jambeck
20 Apr 2022 26 January 2022 Deep Dive 1.1 (Plastic-free Oceans Track) - Circling Back: A Back-to-Basics Course on Circular Plastics Economy
Anna Oposa, Dave Albao, Lerwen Liu
20 Apr 2022 26 January 2022 Deep Dive 1.2 (Plastic-free Oceans Track) - From Source to Sea: Promoting Circular Economy Solutions to Reduce Marine Plastic Pollution
Bintang Ekananda, Pratibha Priya, Nieva Natural, Shuji Hashizume, Mahesh Pradhan
20 Apr 2022 26 January 2022 Deep Dive 1.3 (Plastic-free Oceans Track) - Message in a Bottle-to Bottle: Scaling Up Investments in High-Quality Recycling
Mani Kishore Vajipeyajula, Kanchana Wanichkorn, Ingo Walterscheid, Keli Yu, Sanjib Bezbaroa, Martyn Tickner, Jonas Byström
20 Apr 2022 23 September to 18 November 2021 ADB Circular Economy Sprint Series - Closing the Circle: Reducing Plastic Pollution and Promoting Green Businesses
ADB's Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department is organizing a five-part training on Circular Economy (CE) entitled
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
22 Apr 2022 Project Documents Regional: Promoting Action on Plastic Pollution from Source to Sea in Asia and the Pacific
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
23 Apr 2022 Materials will be posted once available.


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