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