An increasing number of cities and regions are engaged to test and improve circularity in their economic sectors, value chains and services. Various circular economy actions plans (CEAPs) have been drafted by cities and regions. Several research and innovation (R&I) projects and initiatives support the improvement of circularity in local systems and economies.
Nonetheless, making CEAPs deliver concrete solutions has proved to be challenging for several cities and regions. Moreover, urban and regional innovative and systemic solutions for a transition towards a circular economy still need to be demonstrated and replicated effectively in other areas. 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.
The circular economy potential in cities and regions can be unlocked by implementing and demonstrating innovative circular solutions at local and regional scale and facilitate their replication in other areas.
The Circular Cities and Regions Initiative (CCRI) is part of the new Circular Economy Action Plan and will focus on the implementation of circular solutions at local and regional scale. The CCRI will also provide a contribution to the implementation of the European Green Deal and the EU Bioeconomy Strategy.
The CCRI will be implemented in the following months.