Urban Innovation

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Learning Circularity from Penang, Malaysia – Knowledge-share from Penang’s Experiences

Day 1 – Tuesday, 15 October 2019
16:30 - 18:00
Function Room 7
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Lead Organization

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office for Asia Pacific
Partner Organizer(s)
  • Penang State Government
  • Osaka City Government
  • Global Environmental Centre Foundation (GEC)
  • Penang Green Council
Lead Organizer(s)

The session will be focused on the Penang’s initiative for circular economy. Penang has implemented various initiatives for more than two decades to re-circulate materials back in the system through source segregation, material recovery, composting, and creating demand for the recovered materials. These initiatives are by the municipal and state government, private sector, and civil society. These initiatives cover organic materials, paper, plastics, metals and other major recoverable and recyclable materials. These initiatives cover all the sectors including household, commercial, industrial, hospitals, and landfill sites. The important learning from these initiatives is (1) roles of stakeholders, (2) socioeconomic aspects, (3) environmental aspects for environmental initiatives, (4) business models, (5) political will and policy support, and (6) community awareness and engagement. This session will be in the format of training modules that can be used for building capacity of other cities to replicate similar focus by adapting the initiatives to their local situations. State Government and Municipal Governments in Penang, Malaysia are eager to support international cooperation and happy to disseminate and train the delegates.

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Join us at the seventh session of the Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF7) in Penang, Malaysia from 15 to 17 October 2019