Harnessing Technology in the Circular Economy for Climate Action in Africa: Knowledge Brief Launch Webinar

Webinars facts

Waste management
Cross-sectoral enabler
Capacity building and training
Communication and awareness
Governance and planning
CTCN Keyword Matches
Waste Management
Recycling of Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment
Solid waste
Industrial solid waste
Date and time
- Africa/Nairobi
Climate Innovation Centre Kenya

Africa’s population is expected to double by 2050, reaching 2.5 billion, and the amount of waste generated on the continent could triple by 2050, exerting further pressure on resources, economic activities, and sustainable livelihoods. While 70–80 % of the municipal solid waste generated in Africa is recyclable, only 4 % is currently recycled, and only half of all waste generated is collected, much of it disposed of in dumpsites, rendering Africa home to 19 of the 50 world’s largest dumpsites. 

Circular economy practices and technologies disrupt the traditional linear economy that has relied upon an unsustainable model of production and consumption, accompanied by an ever-growing quantity of waste. Given the need to design systems and technologies that increase resource efficiency, African nations are gaining momentum using the circular economy to meet their climate change and sustainable development goals while reaping a myriad of environmental, social, and economic benefits. Across a diverse range of sectors – including agriculture and food systems, the built environment, e-waste, plastics, and textiles – innovative technologies are serving as key enablers of the circular economy in Africa and beyond.

The Knowledge Brief Harnessing Technology in the Circular Economy for Climate Action in Africa showcases the opportunities in Africa to harness circular economy solutions to address climate change while highlighting key lessons and insights.

The Brief was launched during a webinar where public institutions, organisations, entrepreneurs and stakeholders shared the challenges and opportunities encountered in implementing circular economy in their business, communities, and organisations.