ACR+ contributes to the development of sub-national circular economy monitoring and evalution frameworks

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To continue the work started through the Circular Europe Network and as part of its activity within the Urban Agenda Partnership on Circular Economy (UAPCE), ACR+ has contributed to the discussions and exchanges of expertise on two UAPCE actions related to:

  1. planning and monitoring of circular economy
  2. material resources in urban areas.

One of these actions is led by ACR+ member The Hague with a view to developing a roadmap for resource management at city level by the end of 2019. The purpose of this roadmap is to provide cities with a clear outline on how to improve their resource efficiency based on:

  • mapping resources (stocks and flows)
  • setting-up brokerage facilities to bridge the gap between supply and demand and
  • monitoring results.

The second action, led by Oslo, has resulted in a report on indicators for circular economy transition in cities. After mapping and consultation exercises,  30 indicators have been identified, categorised according to:

  • process indicators (about actions from cities)
  • outcome indicators (about the results these actions have) and
  • context indicators (what actions other stakeholders implement).

A follow-up workshop will take place 8 October 2019 in Brussels druing the European Week of Regions and Cities.

The CIRCTER consortium has simultaneously published its final report containing:

  • a territorial definition of the circular economy
  • the monitoring of circular economy at sub-national levels
  • evidence from six CIRCTER case studies including three ACR+ members: Zero Waste Scotland, Maribor and Brussels Environment, and
  • adapted policy recommendations.

A series of maps illustrating the territorial dimension of circular economy is also enclosed. CIRCTER’s main policy messages are the following:

  • agglomeration economies seem the most relevant territorial factor driving circular economies;
  • for rural regions the biggest prospect clearly lies in the circular bioeconomy;
  • industrial areas are the only possible setting for several circular economy strategies, ranging from industrial symbiosis schemes to product remanufacturing;
  • regions and cities have a fundamental role in contributing to an effective recovery of all materials consumed locally.