Circular Cities: Fast-tracking zero-waste city systems

Project: Research

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Description

Circular Economy (CE) is all about common sense when designing, producing, consuming and disposing what we no longer need. Cities can increase revenue and reduce their costs by designing our products to be reused and shared, thereby extending the product life cycle.. Waste should no longer be the end of our consumption, but the start.
The benefits of initiating a Circular Economy for municipalities are not merely operational but strategic and serve as catalyst for both efficiency and innovation. A multi-municipality stakeholder community of six to eight “Circular Economy Champions” and three ‘quickly catching-up’ cities will be created with the purpose of taking the lead in outlining a practical CE Charter for Municipalities. The charter will include:
1. Implementable incentives that are able to stimulate municipalities to measure, benchmark and improve their resource efficiency systematically
2. Identify benefits and catalyse enabling mechanisms regarding how municipalities can inspire each other and work together to make the best use of their waste streams
3. An assessment of the economic benefits from enhanced innovation
4. An outlined series of recommendations as to how municipalities are able to incorporate circular economic thinking in procurement
5. Create an online education and knowledge learning platform capable of finding and presenting a catalogue of 1-2 success stories from each city partner involved in project targeting municipality-driven Circular Economy cases
6. A catalogue of 10 concrete cases of CE initiatives demonstrating how cities can create growth through instigating CE principles
7. Investigating the local urban circular economy’s role in stimulating business
8. Roadmap for scaling out the CE charter for second tier ‘quickly catching-up’ municipalities
The public need to adopt change towards sharing instead of owning, which will have a major impact on their lives and consumption habits. The authorities must thus take responsibility for the promotion of new solutions across sectors and institutions and adapt legislation to the benefit of to a Circular Economy can be built on known technologies, but investment is also required in the development of new technologies with business models to support it .
It is time to action and to rethink our business models and welfare society based on the following formula:
Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Rethink.initiatives able to promote a Circular Economy. A transformation
Short titleCircular Cities
StatusActive
Effective start/end date01/05/201831/12/2019

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