Cities play an essential role in the development of the circular economy. They act as enablers of potential measures that can influence both businesses and citizens. Governance, enabling businesses, public procurement, consumption, and resource management are the themes that would all have a bearing upon the development of circular economy concepts within cities.
The Partnership on Circular Economy has reviewed the whole circle, starting with the extraction of raw material, design, production, transportation, consumption and finally the waste recycling with residues for final disposal. The following themes have been selected: a) Circular consumption; b) Urban resource management; c) Circular business enablers and drivers; d) Governance. Actions presented in this document all cover one or more of the above relevant themes.
The City of Oslo is the coordinator of the Partnership of Circular Economy. The Technical Secretariat provided by Ecorys has been operating from the start-up of the work of the partnership.
The Circular Economy Partnership consists of six urban authorities, namely the City of Oslo, The Hague, Prato, Porto, Kaunas and Flanders region. The Member States are Finland, Poland, Slovenia and Greece. The European Commission is represented by DG REGIO, DG ENV, DG CLIMA, DG RTD, and DG GROW. Further members are the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), Eurocities, URBACT, and the European Investment Bank (EIB). In the course of the work, the Association of Cities and Regions for Sustainable Resource management (ACR+) has joined as stakeholder. In addition, the partnership received expert input from external stakeholders including ICLEI, Europa Decentraal, RReuse, OuiShare, and the University of Nijmegen (NL), however most of the stocktaking was done by the partners.
By 31st January 2018, the partnership had held seven partnerships meetings, all of them highly attended, successful and effective. The partnership has also organised one workshop during the Cities Forum in Rotterdam, 27th November 2017. In addition, the partnership has discussed some of the draft actions with the members of EUROCITIES Working Group on Waste and interested members at EUROCITIES annual meeting.
The partnership work has so far consisted of four steps:
- Step 1: Orientation stage, which resulted in the Orientation Paper.
- Step 2: Development and drafting of 11 scoping fiches – helping to narrow down the interests of the partnership.
- Step 3: Selection of possible actions – based on each scoping fiche, a session during a partnership meeting was dedicated to a discussion between all partners on meeting the key criteria as set in the Orientation Paper. This step includes a voting on the prioritisation of actions, and the (self-) nomination of partners to elaborate the actions.
- Step 4: Decision on final actions - After the seventh meeting of the partnership, a list of actions was identified and grouped into two Parts:
- Part 1: The eight actions put out for public consultation in February 2018, making up the Draft Action Plan Part 1;
- Part 2: The four actions put out for public consultation in July 2018, making up the Draft Action Plan Part 2.
The twelve actions and additional recommendations developed by the Partnership are touching upon some of the most important barriers for a circular economy in cities and offer advice for cities in their work towards a strategy for the circular economy.
An overview of all actions is provided in the table below with all twelve actions, including the four actions put out for this (July 2018) public consultation, available below.
- Circular Economy full Draft Action Plan (Parts 1 & 2)
- Introduction to the Draft Action Plan of the Partnership on Circular Economy
- About the Public Feedback
- Draft Action 1: Help make waste legislation support the circular economy in cities
- Draft Action 2: Help make water legislation support the circular economy in cities
- Draft Action 9: Analyse the regulatory obstacles and drivers for boosting an urban circular bioeconomy (open to Public Feedback)
- Draft Action 3: Prepare a Circular City Funding Guide to assist cities in accessing funding for circular economy projects
- Draft Action 4: Mainstream the circular economy rationale into European Structural and Investment Fund programmes
- Draft Action 5: Prepare a Blueprint for a Circular City Portal
- Draft Action 6: Promote Urban Resource Centres for waste prevention, re-use and recycling
- Draft Action 7: Develop a 'Circular Resource Management' roadmap for cities
- Draft Action 8: Develop a Collaborative Economy Knowledge Pack for cities
- Draft Action 10: Manage the re-use of buildings and spaces in a Circular Economy (open to Public Feedback)
- Draft Action 11: Develop City Indicators for a Circular Economy (open to Public Feedback)
- Draft Action 12: Develop a “Pay-as-you-throw”-toolkit with coaching (open to Public Feedback)