Circular Economy

Municipality-led circular economy case studies from EIT Climate-KIC and partners

How can cities create prosperity for expanding populations whose rates of consumption are increasing, while strengthening the systemic change that supports waste and resource management?

How can cities achieve continued economic prosperity while preserving and reducing the resource, like building and construction material, food and energy that is fuelling economic growth?

Cities across the world are looking at the circular economy agenda, as it is acknowledged around the world that cities are the key driver of green transition and sustainable consumption. Cities echo that it is time to accelerate the shift to ‘Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Rethink.’.

The cities hold the circular economy promise of reconciling these seemingly opposing objectives and are ready to include circular economy as a planning tool to replace current processes by adopting a circular, restorative approach where we no longer consider anything to be waste.

The EIT Climate-KIC Orchestrated Innovation Ecosystem program is specifically looking for initiatives that helps with the sharing of circular economy innovation between cities, regions and networks on a global basis, which is the essence of the Circular City project.

The Circular City project is investigating how city districts can be transformational change agents and creators of Smart and Sustainable Neighbourhoods – the business concepts of circular economy resulting is anticipated to improve how cities manage building, construction and utility waste and, through productively utilising household and industrial waste streams, will increase the growing perception that what was once viewed as waste can now be viewed as resource streams.

This publication is a case study catalogue showing how cities are achieving this transformation, which cities across the globe can use as best practice in their own localities.