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30 May 2024 | Geneva, Switzerland + Online

Eliminating Hazardous Chemicals from Fashion and Construction Value Chains

This WCEF2024 Side Event will discuss the current state of the global fashion and construction value chains by identifying the environmental risks of hazardous chemical use. It will explore strategies to eliminate hazardous chemicals across both industry value chains.

Time & Location

30 May 2024
14:00 - 16:00 (CEST)

UNEP - Maison Internationale de l’Environnement Room 3

Chemin des Anémones 11-13

CH-1219 Châtelaine-Geneva



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Please register for in-person attendance in Geneva or online attendance using the respective link below.


The building and construction (B&C) and fashion sectors are both among the most chemical-intensive industry sectors. With the fashion industry being one of the largest industries in the world, with an estimated value of $1.5 trillion, and the global construction industry with an estimated value of US$9.7 trillion in 2022, Circular Innovation Lab, in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), has targeted the issue of hazardous chemical use in fashion and B&C value chains.

This World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF) 2024 Side Event, hosted by Circular Innovation Lab in collaboration with UNEP in Geneva and online, explores the roles of key stakeholders in the B&C and fashion sectors and their capacity to impact operations and outcomes of Industrial Processes, as well as the current policy landscape for fashion and B&C. 


The event will discuss stakeholder coordination amongst actors in coordination projects, including co-finance partners, innovators, knowledge producers, influential stakeholders and end users. It is additionally focused on the gender disparities and the transformative potential of gender equity to drive sustainable practices in value chains, with the overarching goal of fostering long-term sustainability in the fashion and construction industries and encouraging the desired behavioural change in global actors, leading to transformative systemic changes in the value chains.


This is a Side Event at the World Circular Economy Forum 2024 ( WCEF2024 is guided by the latest scientific evidence on the most impactful circular solutions and explores how to turn them from theory to action.

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