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Lux Executive Summit 2021: Circular Economy Track

Lux Research
August 26, 2021

The Lux Executive Summit is a global forum for leaders tackling innovation challenges. The event brings together Lux Research’s thought leaders to provide a forward-looking perspective on innovation around mission-critical topics. This year, the event focuses on the growing prominence of sustainability.

At Lux Research, we define sustainability in a way that aligns with the perspective of the United Nations, that is, “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” But this vast concept makes it nearly impossible to build a comprehensive taxonomy, and avoiding wasted investment around the hype-driven sector is a hurdle.

This year’s event breaks down opportunities in sustainability into four tracks for further discussion by our experts: Climate Tech, Emerging Technologies, The Future Consumer, and the trend that has been roiling industries from chemicals to consumer products to oil and gas – the Circular Economy. We’re dedicated one of our major tracks to exploring the transition from the current linear economy that consumes tremendous amounts of resources and generates tremendous amounts of waste to a more circular economy that addresses that waste by finding innovative ways to convert it back into valuable products. Here’s a sneak peek at some of what to expect in the Circular Economy track.

Understand the evolving innovation ecosystem

As with other sustainability issues, there’s a huge imperative to get the transition to the circular economy right: Billions of lives will be impacted by the issue. But can we count on our current innovation ecosystem of startups, entrepreneurs, and investors to get us out of this? In “Taking a Pragmatic Path to the Circular Economy,” our Research Director Anthony Schiavo will take a hard look at what works and what doesn’t and how to identify the most and least promising means of funding innovation for the sustainability transition.

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Avoid critical missteps on the journey to circularity

While everyone is trying to achieve sustainability, some may blunder into solutions that do more harm than good or miss out entirely on better alternatives, especially when transitioning from a linear to a more circular economy. Kristin Marshall and Cecilia Gee discuss how to ensure clean execution in a session on “Four Sustainability Traps to Avoid: Pitfalls and Alternatives for a Circular Economy.”

Learn from how your peers are approaching sustainability

Most companies have set sustainability and circular economy goals. Realizing these goals requires companies to rethink their innovation planning – but they are often unsure exactly how to incorporate sustainability considerations at different stages of the innovation process. The “The Circular Economy Innovators Panel,” led by Tugce Uslu, will explore approaches to align corporate sustainability goals with technology innovation.

We look forward to having you join us virtually at the Lux Executive Summit. Please be sure to check out the full agenda for more details, and let us know which topics you’re most interested in exploring with the Lux team and other leading circular economy innovators.

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