Urban & Rural Development week
Switzerland is widely known for its beautiful landscapes, pure mountain air, crystal-clear lakes and lush public green spaces. But, how does it manage to overcome this trade-off between nature conservation and urban planning? Why Geneva or Zürich are amongst the most liveable cities in the world in terms of quality of life? The answer lies with its various innovations and technologies making the transition towards a circular economy a reality.
For the Expo 2020 Urban & Rural Development Thematic Week, Swissnex at the Swiss Pavilion will combine the perspectives of stakeholders who are enabling this transformation. Together with partners from the UAE, the Middle East and other Expo International Participants, we will attempt to draw a blueprint for adopting the circular transition within an urban environment.
- Pitching and award ceremony – Swiss-Middle East Circular Economy for Youth Initiative (SMECEYI)
- Workshop and panel – Waste management in cities: challenges and opportunities
- Workshop – Low Carbon Cement as a source of low CO2 Infrastructure production
- World Majlis – Smarter than Smart Cities: Exploring Low-tech Ways to Make Cities Progress
- Panel – The new urban infrastructures of the circular economy
- Workshop – From waste to value: A blueprint to implement the circular economy in cities
- Exhibition – Urban & Rural development: The Circular Economy of Smart Cities: Swiss solutions made globally
- IGLUS (EPFL)
IGLUS is a non-profit initiative of the EPFL seeking to help cities better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the governance of their infrastructures with respect to three dimensions: efficiency, sustainability, and resilience. It is an action-research program that seeks to contribute to the better governance of increasingly larger, increasingly complex and increasingly dynamic urban systems. IGLUS will share key insights about city governance in terms of the circular economy, making us benefit throughout our events from its unique theoretical framework and its international network of researchers.
S-GE is the official Swiss organisation for export and investment promotion. It supports Swiss SMEs in their international business and helps innovative foreign companies to establish in Switzerland. Since 2016, S-GE has purposefully intensified exports of Swiss cleantech products, including in the Middle East which is a strategic market. The Swiss association SmartCity Alliance stands for the sustainable development of living space in urban and regional areas in the digital age. It represents the voice of Swiss companies and associations that contribute to the sustainable development of the economy, environment and society thanks to their innovations.
- LC3 cement (EPFL)
LC3 is a new type of cement which is comprised of a blend of limestone and calcined clay. LC3 can reduce CO2-emissions down by 40% in cement production. It is estimated that using LC3 globally has the potential to save every year at least 10 times the CO2-emissions of Switzerland. The objective of this project is, through research and testing, to make LC3 a standard in the production of cement globally. The LC3 project, thanks to its partner institutions (namely the EPFL and the Swiss Development Agency) will present its technology to the pavilion and take part in discussions about how to build sustainable infrastructures for cities.