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Momentum is building around circular economy in cities. In addition to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Systemic Initiatives (for plastics, fashion, and food), multiple other organisations are integrating circular economy into their programmes and tools.
This reference page provides an interactive overview of the relevant resources, tools, and initiatives from our partners and other organisations in the field.
ACR+ supports capacity building of local and regional authorities via:
ACR+ addresses diverse areas, like operational instruments (measuring material resources performances on diverse flows and sectors like construction, food, municipal waste and mixed fractions), awareness-raising (as coordinator of the European Week for Waste Reduction), legal and economic instruments (EPR, circular procurement, etc.), cooperation and capacity building (expertise exchanges on diverse topics like integrated solid waste management, innovation in resource management, tourism, sports events, etc.).
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C40 has multiple research projects and networks exploring how city governments can take a lead in the transition to a circular economy, and provides tools, knowledge sharing and support for cities to plan, measure and implement action.
C40 links the importance of a circular economy to the reduction in a city’s carbon emissions, alongside wider social, economic and environmental benefits for sustainable development.
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Head, Green Economy & Innovation
Circle Economy’s Cities Programme accelerates the transition towards circular cities throughout five core services:
Scan: Circular innovation process that identifies opportunities to foster a circular economy and presents practical and scalable strategies to begin implementation.
Implement: Implementation of circular business solutions by providing tools, capacity building modules, best practices and on the ground support.
Measure: We develop and measure circular metrics to create insights, a baseline and monitor progress towards achieving the cities environmental, economic and societal policy targets.
Scale: We support a global community of urban changemakers, hubs and city partners by creating an open-access digital platform with tools and gauges to support and empower them to accelerate the circular transition. Thought leadership: We initiate thought leading projects and programmes to drive the transition towards a circular economy, create proof of concept and communicate the benefits.
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Circle Economy: + 31 085 536 6300
Director Cities, Regions and Global Hubs: Annerieke
The CEC Organisers programme has over 170 volunteers who have opened CEC chapters in their cities in order to raise awareness of the circular economy and bring together the local community to start proposals for the design and implementation of a local circular economy strategy.
Twice a year, CEC organises a global event during a week in which all CEC Organisers worldwide organise a similar session. In 2018, the club celebrated the Circular Economy Mapping Week in 45 countries worldwide. Over 2,100 participants identified 3,000 circular economy solutions and initiatives which the club made publicly available right after.
In 2019, CEC is organising the Circular Economy Cities Week, during which we invite circular economy supporters to organise a session in their cities to discuss with key stakeholders the design and implementation of a circular economy local strategy.
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Among its 140 EUROCITIES members, the EUROCITIES task force on circular economy is a dedicated expert group of cities which meets frequently to share knowledge on their progress towards a more circular city. The meetings are an opportunity to learn from best practises and to exchange on how to overcome barriers posed by the linear economy model. Key circular economy stakeholders and EU policy actors are frequently invited to exchange with our members during our meetings and public events. The task force has compiled a set of city circular economy case studies and produced a number of policy recommendations papers.
EUROCITIES is a partner of the urban agenda partnership on circular economy as well as being part of the coordination group of the circular economy stakeholder platform - a joint initiative by the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee.
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EIB’s support to the circular transition is based on three mutually reinforcing actions:
For cities, the EIB offers municipal framework loans, which is a type of multi-scheme credit line that can finance circular investment programmes. We also provide financial and technical advisory to cities, through the Advisory Hub, URBIS, Innovation Finance advisory, and JASPERS. EIB has also issued a guide for cities: The 15 Circular Steps for Cities, and under the Urban Agenda Partnership on Circular Economy we are preparing a Circular City Funding Guide with Advisory Hub support.
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The European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform acts as a 'network of networks', highlighting and promoting cross-sector opportunities for accelerating the transition to a circular economy.
In recent years the role of cities in this transition and in addressing climate change has gained increasing attention and relevance. The Platform is naturally giving the topic its due place, thanks to:
Good practices in cities
If you would like to find out more: circulareconomy.europa.eu/platform
Members of the Partnership are:
The Circular Economy Partnership has identified 12 actions and recommendations to be put forward to the EU, Member States and cities. These actions and recommendations touch upon some of the most important barriers and also provide advice for cities in their work towards a strategy for circular economy.
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Håkon Sandven Jentoft, Coordinator, City of Oslo
Fab City is a new urban model of transforming and shaping cities that shifts how they source and use materials: from ‘Products In Trash Out’ (PITO) to ‘Data In Data Out’ (DIDO). In this model, more production occurs inside the city and materials circulate to meet local production needs. The import and export of a city is reduced to the movement of data such as information, knowledge, design or code. The Fab City Global initiative comprises a network of 28 cities, a core Collective of individual researchers and is governed by a foundation. This community of practice takes the ideals of the Fab Lab - the connectivity, culture and creativity - and scales it to the City working across local and global systems to implement key strategies. One strategic vision is Building the Spiral Economy which aims to reduce the amount of imported goods, food and resources like water or energy and increase the use of recycled raw materials for the production of objects in cities and to use local specificities like craftmanship or materials to create added value in every iteration of a new product.
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ICLEI's circular development projects and initiatives tackle issues of production, consumption and waste prevention from multiple perspectives - from facilitating innovation in the waste management sector to fostering citizen participation in decisions about resources and waste. ICLEI provides guidance and training on the implementation of integrated Circular Development measures. Examples of projects include:
Circular public procurements: We are working on supporting municipalities in embedding circular principles in their public procurement, including lifecycle costing, local sourcing, low embodied energy and water and cradle-to-cradle management of resources. For more information on circular procurement, please refer to our Best practice report and Case Study Collection.
Food systems: Our CityFood network aims to accelerate local and regional government action on sustainable city-region food systems by combining networking with training, policy guidance and technical expertise to its participants. Connecting circular cities: Based in East-Asia, the Green Circular Cities Coalition provides a platform to connect cities, experts, businesses, and other relevant stakeholders to foster urban circular economy transition through knowledge and experience exchange, mutual learning and technical support.
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For more information about ICLEI and its 5 pathways to sustainable urban development, check out our website.
Roman Mendle, Circular Development Program Manager, ICLEI World Secretariat
Marion Guénard, Circular Cities Officer, ICLEI World Secretariat
The International Resource Panel (IRP) supports the development of a strategy for 21st Century urbanisation through parallel actions on urban planning, sustainable design and resource efficient components, new governance models, and politics of new imaginative business propositions and experimentation.
The IRP has developed a scientific assessment entitled “The Weight of Cities: Resource Requirements of Future Urbanisation” The IRP also collaborated with UN Environment on the development of a regional report based on the IRP global findings of “The Weight of Cities”, entitled “Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Transitions in the ASEAN Region: A Resource Perspective”.
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Head, International Resource Panel Secretariat Telephone: +33 (0)1 4437 3009 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
How can cities support the transition from a linear to circular economy? What is their role? How can we measure how circular a city is?
The OECD Economics and Governance of Circular Economy in Cities Programme aims to provide interested cities with an understanding of what the circular economy is, how it can be implemented in practice, what the economic and governance challenges are, and explores policy solutions.
The Programme favours multi-stakeholder dialogues in cities and peer-to-peer learning for an efficient, effective and inclusive transition to a circular economy. Key circular indicators for policy-making and implementation are developed through a bottom up approach with cities and experts. It will provide a platform for knowledge-sharing across levels of government.
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Under the Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities (or GI-REC, a platform of collaboration to implement urban metabolism at the city level), UN Environment has been working on circular economy in cities, anchored on the International Resource Panel (IRP) report “the Weight of Cities” and previous IRP reports. The Initiative has developed and piloted a number of concepts and tools to support cities in their transition to low-carbon, resilient, and resource efficient development and a circular economy:
Find out more: www.resourceefficientcities.org
Ms. Sharon Gil, Coordinator, Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities, firstname.lastname@example.org