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Umeå becomes a Foundation Network Partner

November 27, 2020

We are pleased to announce that Umeå has become a Partner of the Foundation’s Network.

Umea, Sweden, is not only one of Europe’s fastest growing cities, but is fast becoming a leader in the circular economy. In Umeå, the circular economy presents multiple opportunities to stimulate businesses, while achieving the environmental goal of carbon neutrality by 2040.

As a pioneer in the field, Umea was recently selected to participate in the OECD programme The Circular Economy in Cities and Regions. The programme resulted in city-specific recommendations on how to best continue developing the circular economy in its region. Those recommendations, alongside being a signatory of the European Circular Cities declaration gives Umeå a framework for circular economy activities. Building on this and their partnership with the Foundation introduces Umea to a network of other cities determined to actively collaborate, share knowledge and expertise to drive the global transition to a circular economy, and demonstrate the circular economy at the local-level.

Umea joins other cities such as Brussels, London, Milan, New York City, Phoenix, Porto, São Paulo, and Toronto in collaborating for a circular economy.

More information on the circular economy in Umea.

Circular economy initiatives already in place:

  • inclusive library to facilitate the sharing of sports gear and outdoor life equipment (Fritidsbanken)
  • sharing platform for electric bikes (U-bike)
  • the Circular Economy Business Accelerator North Sweden, a collaboration platform for business advisors to build knowledge and business model innovation
  • a circular fashion project: promoting a more sustainable production and consumption of fashion and textiles (F/act movement)

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