Circular Economy is a hot topic for local policy makers. But frontrunners confirm: from first interest to the implementation of a circular strategy is a huge step. The current cases and studies mostly focus on facts and results, but what is usually missing is the governance aspect. How can cities support circular models within their current governance? This web page acts as a first guide for policy makers who want to explore circular city governance.
Cities and urban areas are important as transition catalysts and key ecosystems for green and circular solutions. The governance of the city is a key holder of resource management and can apply new business models and many circular solutions through the services they provide.
Being the government level closest to citizens, cities can have a huge impact and can be the “trend setters” with profound impact on consumption and other behavioural habits. As such, cities have many opportunities for developing circular models and also transforming it as a systemic change into the operation of their governance.
The roll-out of a circular economy requires a total systemic change and a new form of governance. A new method of collaborating – both between the city’s various departments and its inhabitants and companies – is required in order to establish an effective circular strategy.
The overview below focusses on the various roles of the city. For example, circular economy initiatives can bring benefit at the same time from both a poverty prevention perspective and a job creation viewpoint. It also demonstrates specific actions a city can take regarding its own administration or how it can stimulate and support its residents or businesses.
The overview and infographic are designed based on interviews with European frontrunners.
The overview sheet can be downloaded freely. You can use it as a tool to show the city governance model behind a certain circular case: who took the initiative, which new partnerships were forged, and what results did this lead to?
In that way, the cases transcend the facts & figures, telling the story behind the project. Give it a try, and don’t hesitate to share your experiences.
A joint initiative by the European Commission (EC) and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) to exchange cases and strategies. The governance sheets from the Urban Agenda are uploaded here.
This guide provides users with information on the circular economy in the urban context and enable them to navigate through the broad and diverse funding landscape. It also gives guidelines to develop circular funding programmes.
A partnership of cities, member states, networks and EC worked on 12 actions on better knowledge, better legislation and better funding in which cities could have an impact to reach the Circular Economy goals.
This page provides information on EU policies such as climate change adaptation, mobility or circular economy that directly impact cities and urban areas.
The Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) represents the interests of Europe's local and regional governments and their associations in more than 40 countries. Circular economy being one of the key activities.
Network of major European cities, supporting the transition to a circular economy as part of a prosperous local economy.
A gateway to best practices on circular economy and resource efficiency from cities and regions.
Network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change. C40 supports cities to collaborate effectively, share knowledge and drive action on climate change with a network dedicated on ‘waste to resources’.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, transitioning to a circular economy is key for a prosperous, inclusive and sustainable future.
Works to inspire a generation to re-think, re-design and build a positive future circular economy.
What would life look like in a circular economy? What would businesses do? What kind of spaces would we use to live, work and play? To explore these questions we have designed the city of Reburg, where the circular economy comes to life.