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The CSCP Releases the Circular Economy Guidebook for Cities

Cities are growth engines in need of supervision and control. They are the major contributors to climate change and responsible for up to 76% of the carbon emissions. Even though they occupy less than 2% of the Earth surface, they account for 75% of natural resource consumption and 50% of global waste production. The Circular Economy Guidebook for Cities addresses these challenges by suggesting systematic approaches, deriving context-related recommendations and providing concrete examples united under the goal to achieve progress towards circularity in cities.

When looking at the “how to achieve progress” it becomes clear that common collaborative action between different stakeholder groups within cities – such as citizens and private initiatives, entrepreneurs, NGOs, policymakers, academia – is needed. Cities are among the most important actors which can positively influence development if they turn circular.

The guidebook is based on our work from international research projects as well as regional groundwork on circular cities. It’s objective is to give practical advice to actors involved in the development of a circular city as well as a contribution to the overall discourse.

We are steadily looking for further opportunities to bring in our expertise and commitment to the development of circular cities as well as the circular economy through collaborative endeavours. We do this with partners who share our fascination with sustainability.

We’d like to thank Piyush Dhawan who temporarily joined the CSCP as a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 2018 and who is also the lead author of this publication.

Please click here to download the Circular Economy Guidebook for Cities.

Please contact Janpeter Beckmann for further questions.