What is the initiative about?

A growing number of cities and regions have drawn up action plans and are actively testing and improving circularity in their economic sectors, value chains and services. Several research and innovation projects and initiatives are helping improve circularity in local systems and economies.

Making circular economy actions plans deliver concrete solutions has often proved challenging. Innovative, systemic solutions for transitioning towards a circular economy at urban and regional level still need to be demonstrated and replicated effectively elsewhere.

A major challenge is to expand circularity beyond traditional resource recovery in waste and water sectors and make circular solutions sustainable, regenerative, inclusive, and just.

Next steps


The circular cities and regions initiative is part of the new circular economy action plan. It will implement circular solutions at local and regional scale and help deliver on the European Green Deal and the EU bioeconomy strategy. 


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