Cities across the world are looking into the circular economy concept, as it is being recognized as a key driver for the much wanted green transition, simultaneously enabling greater energy and material efficiency, lower pollution and GHG emissions and job creation. Cities echo that it is time to accelerate the “reduce, reuse, recycle” mantra by rethinking the approach to development. With their high densities, cities hold the potential to adopt circular, restorative economies where we no longer consider anything to be waste.
The EIT Climate-KIC Orchestrated Innovation Ecosystem program is specifically looking for initiatives that promote and catalyse the sharing of circular economy innovation between cities, regions and networks on a global basis, which is the essence of the Climate-KIC Circular Cities project.
The Circular Cities project has several outputs, including toolkits and the creation of tangible circular city hubs where different circular concepts can be tested, validated and implemented. This first project publication provides a unique overview of concrete circular economy initiatives from cities through 40 examples from around the world. It showcases how cities today are viably putting the circular economy concept into practice to realise systemic change on a district and city level, which can then be scaled-up, not only regionally, but internationally as well.