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Strive for Circular Economy: CEC

The Circular Economy Club (CEC) is a non-profit, global and open club. Anyone can join the club for free. The club exists to spur collaboration by connecting professionals and organisations, because together, we can create greater impact. Activities are all about connecting professionals in the sector, facilitating knowledge exchange and providing relevant resources. 

What is CEC?

Circular Economy Club (CEC), is a global network consisting of more than 2,600 professionals and organisers across 130 countries that focus towards circular economy in their respective cities. It is a global network that connects club members together to discuss and take effective actions on issues that are either in global or citywide scale. It drives a lot of thought progress in policy making for circular economy, from the grassroots stage to bringing a strong motion towards circular economy. CEC is a platform that allows people to find and exchange knowledge. 

How did CEC come into conception?

CEC was established by Anna Tari, who started the first club in London back in 2012. It started as a platform to spread information on Circular Economy and she mostly got her information on the subject from the Ellen MacArthur foundation. She then started to gain more traction to the club by getting interested parties involved in discussions and sharing information on the subject. 

Started off with 50 members in the club, the club now has spurred over 2,000 members across 100 countries. It is mostly run by 37 volunteers from 18 different countries. 

They organise programmes globally such as mentorship programmes and competitions to spread the awareness of Circular Economy among professionals, businesses and startups. 

What is the role of CEC in promoting Circular Economy globally?

CEC is a platform that provides oversight, guidelines for people across the globe to learn how to go about mobilising premises within their cities. We hope that people would actually evaluate and apply the concept of CE. 

CEC’s website is resourceful: 

Organiser:

If you are interested to become an organiser in your city, CEC has a 3 minutes programmes that you can participate in, namely, CEC Organisers Programme, CEC Mentors Programme and  CEC Global Events. Do note that there are guidelines to follow to maintain quality discussions across different cities.

Mentors Programmes

CEC has mentors to guide the startups that want to effectively implement CE ideas. It is one of the programmes that CEC organises specially for startups. You would have to be selected to be part of the programme and a mentor will be assigned.

Global Events 

There are themes, toolboxes and resources that you can utilise when organising the events. We also do video screening and registered it in CEC Global Event to further promote the event and increase engagement. This event is opened to anyone that is from the region. As a result, exchange of information occurs regionally and globally.

How does the Malaysian community get involved?

We encourage people to join as a member. Why should you join?

  • Access to resources and information about CEC. 
  • Keeps you informed on the events happening regionally or globally. 
  • Connects with members from the globe. Allows information exchange more efficiently.
  • Keep up to date on the various resources that are all open source 
  • Generate ideas with one another to encourage peer to peer learning.  

You can sign up as a member at their website at www.circulareconomyclub.com!

What are the benefits of becoming a member?

  • You will get to join Global Events
  • You will get to organise events 
  • If you want to register your cities to participate in CEC events, you would have to seek advise from your local city counsel and discuss local circular economy strategy. You might also need to consult with business experts on discussing CE strategies in building a supportive ecosystem in the city.
  •  This initiative is not only about dealing with waste management but to encourage food collection and distribution. In fact, it is easier to redistribute food than disposing food at the compost. Thanks to the advent of technology, food composting can be done effectively. 
  • There are a few stages in implementing CE: You could either go over with a cup of coffee, discuss on the event and the propose it to the counsel.  you can sit down with a couple of friends and have discussions on the event you want to do and then propose it to the counsel.

In fact, there will be an upcoming global event called Circular Cities, happening on the 28th October to 3rd November. This event will highlight what other cities have implemented and also showcase you can implement in your cities to continuously improve the technology and the implementation of CE. 

“I got associated with CE through the Ellen MacArthur Fellowship Progeamme when I came back to Malaysia from a research in UK. I had ambitious goals that I would like to achieve but I was afraid and did not know where to start. The conventional economy in Malaysia aggravated this void; I felt stuck. Then 8 years ago, I got a call from a friend inviting me to a CE event and that was when I found out about CEC.”

“You can start anywhere”. 

 Join the club for free. Join CEC KL for future exciting events!

Where do you see CEC going in the next 5 years in Malaysia?

 

I would say CEC is going strong now. I believe that Malaysia has potential to lead Circular Economy in South-East Asia region. 

“I would like to see businesses from diverse backgrounds to make and upcycle things. I would also like to encourage startups to make changes in their business plans to survive in Malaysia.” 

Inspired by design ideas from nature and adopt it in cities can actually preserve the ecosystem, making the world better and more sustainable.

We encourage people to be more connected with organisations that are practicing CE in their business or city plans.