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Circular economy

“Our struggle for global sustainability will be won or lost in cities.”

Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations from 2007 to 2016

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The German Pavilion at Expo 2025 in Osaka is dedicated to a theme pivotal to our future: the circular economy.
The evolution of our lives and economies towards closed-loop systems is an important building block on our way to a more sustainable and future-proof society.

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Everything in the German Pavilion is circular: the Pavilion itself, the visitor experience, the design and the technologies and future visions presented there.
It is all based on the notion of circularity or – translated into architectural terms – on the shape of a circle.

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Germany is currently undergoing a decade of transformation, in which sustainability has become the main driver of innovation and future-proofness.
That is the fulcrum that enables sustainable economies to leverage the closing of material cycles.
The primary objective is to create a circular economy – one with “zero waste” – in which all consumable goods are returned into the cycle. In other words, the consumption of resources is radically minimised.
The subject of circular economy is at the heart of many Sustainability Development Goals of the United Nations.
The circular economy plays a pivotal role even in the Expo subtheme “Connecting Lives” that our Pavilion has chosen to contribute to.
This also applies to the two United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals that Germany chose for its Expo participation: Goal 9 “Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure” and Goal 11 “Sustainable Cities and Communities”. Both important aspects of making economies circular.

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As an industrial powerhouse, Germany harnesses enormous potential to pioneer those new technologies that enable circular and thereby climate neutral ways of economizing.

Likewise, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action views the topic of circular economy as fundamentally important.

At Expo 2025 in Osaka, the German Pavilion extends an invitation to the world community to join them in thinking mutually about a circular future.

Are circular cities our future habitats?

How can Germany become circular and thereby emission-free?

What role do digital forward-looking technologies play?

How will a circular economy succeed in securing our energy supply?

And, ultimately, what does it mean for each of us as individuals to inhabit a circular society?

You will find the answers to these questions in the German Pavilion from 13 April 2025.


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Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan